Archive for August, 2010

More of Eating Orlando

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Only 30 minutes after our breakfast at Bull & Bear, we were on our way to lunch at
Pho 88 730 North Mills Avenue, Orlando, FL 32803 to eat with a local food writer/blogger, Scott Joseph.
The spring rolls were disappointing since they used Chinese spring roll wrappers, not the bubbly kind. The […]

New First Impressions of Orlando

Saturday, August 28, 2010

When Denise Spiegel from Orlando Convention & Visitors Bureau invited me on a culinary focused trip to Orlando, I’ll admit, I was skeptical. Orlando, Florida is not particularly well known for food. It’s thought of as a tourist town where you go for Mickey Mouse, not a fine dining experience.  Yet, I’ve been pleasantly surprised. […]

Soy Beans, Snow Cabbage, & Tofu Skin Ribbons

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

People always talk about the weird cravings pregnant women have but what about the strange aversions. It’s so odd to suddenly be repulsed by your own favorite foods. I can’t believe that I’ll turn away a plate of slender crispy fries, a cup of smoky dark chocolate ice cream, or even a garlicky bowl of […]

Salt Preserved Snow Cabbage

Friday, August 20, 2010

A week or so ago, we went to
Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao 38-12 Prince Sreet, Flushing, NY 11354, possibly my dad’s favorite restaurant at the moment. They’re famous for their soup dumplings so that’s a must, but many other dishes are wonderful as well. We had a light noodle soup with […]

Chinese Beef and Peppers

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Growing up, meals were almost always Chinese family style. Everyone gets a bowl of rice and a large plate to fill-up with goodies. On any regular weeknight, 4 to 6 different dishes would be set in the center, and we’d take first, seconds, and thirds, to our hearts’ content. Sometimes we’d end with soup, and […]

Vegetarian Yellow Sparrow

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Soo Hwang Chue sounds a little better in Chinese than it does translated into Vegetarian Yellow Sparrow, and like the Lion’s Head Casserole, these don’t really look like birds. Naming issues aside, it’s a fabulous dish. It takes a little prep work and a bit of finesse, so it’s one of those dishes that you […]

We’re Expanding

Sunday, August 8, 2010

I’ve been eager to tell you for weeks… I’m pregnant!
Maybe you’ve already noticed the decline in posts and I’m sorry.  This morning sickness thing has been killing me–it’s wrongly named because mine lasts all day long. Feeling ill has made it impossible to cook or even think about food. Everything tastes funny and even though […]

Chinese Chicken Roll

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Some Chinese dishes are so well known that there’s already an accepted English name for them. It certainly minimizes confusion when all the restaurants use the same name on their menu. We have no doubt what Hot & Sour Soup is. We recognize the word wontons and Ma Po Tofu signals heat to us.  For […]

Lion’s Head Casserole

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Lion’s Head Casserole is a simple dish of pork meatballs and napa cabbage. The meatballs supposedly look like lion’s heads, which is a stretch, I know, but that is the name. Last week, I wasn’t feeling that great and got in that I want my mommy mood. (Yes, I’m 30.) I whined and asked my […]