Little Nibbles: Challah, Chocolate Wine, New Dim Sum

ChallahWine

Warm up a chilly fall Monday morning with the scent of bread baking, the sound of wine pouring and the taste of dim sum on your tongue. A quick round up of all things delicious, in my kitchen, in my city and around the world... First and foremost: It's all about ME! I have a new column on the Seattle Weekly's Voracious Blog: On Monday mornings, you'll now find my recommendations for where to eat on Monday nights (when everything else is closed). Check out my first column, up today, on the Leary Traveler. Fresh Baked Challah The recent Jewish Holidays got me into a baking mode and … [Read more...]

Bacon and Sour Cream Stuffed Potato Puffs

Split shot

  The wheels in my head go round and round...round and round. The Taro Puffs on the dim sum cart go round and round...round and round. Using the recipe from Asian Dumplings, I became drunk on success  after my first attempt at Taro Puffs, those lacy, crisp bundles of soft starch that envelop pockets of pork, roaming about the dim sum world. What if...I thought. What if, I replaced taro with a more versatile starch, one that could be blank canvas for all my evil amazing plans. I tried to research if the lacy crunch that defines the taro puff would translate to a potato. Andrea … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday: DimSumCouver #7

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[Contest] Where to Eat at Pike Place Market: A Local’s Perspective

Like Eloise in the Plaza, I ran about the Pike Place Market as a child; ducking into stands and around tourists. If I were lucky, there was a post-swim-lesson lunch courtesy of my parents, maybe at the Turkish deli. Other times, my friends and I would slunk about, mixing in amongst older, more experienced vagrants. We'd laugh at the tourists, posing outside the wrong (not the first) Starbucks. Today, I'm no different, no less a kid in a candy store. I sneak through the market at 8am, on my way to work, when only the useful stalls--the fish, the vegetables, are open. Pike Place Market in … [Read more...]

Down and Dirty: Hole in the Wall Restaurants in the Greater Los Angeles Area

Lahmajoun

When I visit friends around the country and the world, I fear I sometimes frighten them with my lists of places to try. Often I've scoured the internet (and the brains of fellow foodies) for the so-called 'hidden gems'. I say so called, because they're never hidden from the people who love them, those to whom this is the food of their homeland. Partamian's Armenian Bakery--also, it seems, known as F & J, is just such an example from my recent trip to LA. We hit a number of great holes in the wall, and the first one embodied so much of why I love to eat at these places. Partamian's … [Read more...]

Pescatarian/Gluten-Free Daikon Cakes

Daikon Cake over soy sauce

Daikon or radish cakes are often a favorite at dim sum. My old co-worker J loved them so much that he categorically denied the existence of pork in them. The first time we went to dim sum together he tried to order them and I asked "I thought you didn't eat pork?" He muttered something in response that indicated he had no idea there was pork, in the form of Chinese sausage or ham in them. The next time we were at dim sum we had a large group and everyone had been laughing as I helped J sort out what had pork in it--virtually everything but the chicken feet! He started to reach for the daikon … [Read more...]

The Top Six Dishes I ate in Seattle this year

I'll be honest, this started out as a top 5 list, but I had six dishes that truly stood out in my mind that I ate this year. I eat out a decent amount and I don't always write about them--especially if the rest of the meal was distinctly underwhelming, as was the case in at least one of them. I like just picking a dish because I'm not judging the whole restaurant experience (another of these dishes was served with a side of horrifically bad service), nor am I needing to make extensive commentary. The only point of this is to give props to the creativity and skills of the chefs and restaurants … [Read more...]

Asian Dumplings: A Book Review

Baozi

If I had to choose my two favorite foods, it would be noodles and meat, so the dumpling is my own personal superfood. Andrea Nguyen, my new hero, has recently written my dream book: Asian Dumplings. Yes, all about dumplings. Oh, dear. I'm drooling already, just thinking about it. When my copy first arrived on the doorstep, thanks to her generous publisher, I opened the box and sat down on the couch. It was ten o'clock at night, I was exhausted, I had just returned from a long dinner meeting and just wanted to relax with my beautiful book. And then I opened the book. My advice for readers of … [Read more...]

Am I Fooling Myself about New World Seafood?

I'm hesitant to post my feelings about New World Seafood, the new dim sum place I have found next to Seven Stars Pepper in the ID. Sometimes I wonder if I project my high hopes for a new dim sum restaurant onto the place and that is why I like it. I loved the food at Tea Garden at first, and that panned out okay, but not quite where I wanted it. Though I did know right away that Duk Li was bad news. Yet, while I thought the food was excellent at New World, I'm worried that as the shiny newness fades, I'll realize that it is just another decent dim sum place, nothing special. I could hold my … [Read more...]

A New Favorite Dim Sum Dish

Dim Sum Jellyfish

I've mentioned before that I think the best dim sum in town is Tea Garden. It helps that it is a quick walk from my house, but all other things aside, it consistently turns out good dim sum. And it only bothers me a little bit that they still drop forks at the place settings of all white people.   One of my big requirements of a great dim sum is that I'm surprised by new dishes, so two weeks ago, I was thrilled when they offered me jellyfish. I had seen the dish before and long assumed that it was some sort of noodle, as on the cart it looks a lot like a plate of pad thai. The … [Read more...]