Monthly Archives: July 2014

Follow up on “Big plate chicken”

For those of you who were maybe curious about that unusual “Old Yang family shop Big plate chicken” spice packet I bought several weeks ago, I finally decided to give it a try.  Above is my a less than photogenic … Continue reading

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Tagine of lamb and peas

Mmm, tagine.  That slow cooked earthy goodness of clay pot magic that is commonly in the form of savory meat stews.  But what a minute… isn’t this a blog about Asian ingredients? Yes, I know that this is really kind … Continue reading

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Happy Eid!

Today Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Fitr (“Roza heyit” in Xinjiang), the feast  day that marks the end of Ramadan, a month of fasting from dawn to dusk (if it is allowed, anyway).  Excellent feasts will be had today. … Continue reading

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Cold jelly noodles, the way I like them

Liangfen 凉粉, or cold jelly noodles, are creeping onto Sichuan menus in the US, at places like Philly’s beloved Han Dynasty.  Unlike the thick jelly noodle variety found there, this is how I best like them: The way I first … Continue reading

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Lamian (pulled noodles) in University City

Life is starting to get easy.  A new place opened up next to the Wawa on 36th and Chestnut in University City that does a decent pulled noodle (lamian 拉面–see here for my more detailed entry about this noodle dish).  … Continue reading

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Turkish hot pepper paste and cracked wheat salad

Today I’ll share a recipe for one of my favorite Turkish dishes.  It is a fine cracked wheat (a.k.a bulgur or burghul) salad.  In Turkish the salad is called kısır.  This is a very nice thing to eat on hot days, … Continue reading

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7th Street’s Friendly Market

A few days ago I gave a rough breakdown on the many markets on 7th Street.  I didn’t mean to leave out an important highlight on South 7th: the Friendly Market, a market with truly unusual food products.  The sign … Continue reading

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Guilin rice noodles, part two

Now that the hard part is done with the preparation of the master stock, or lushui 卤水 (described yesterday), putting together a delicious bowl of Guilin rice noodles, or Guilin mifen 桂林米粉, is relatively straightforward.  If you want to make … Continue reading

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Master stock for Guilin rice noodles

Guilin rice noodles, or guilin mifen 桂林米粉, is a delicious lunch or anytime snack that is popular not only in Guilin, but in large cities all around China.  There used to be a place right near my old school in … Continue reading

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Tom yum plaa, Thai hot and sour fish soup

Coming home with a nice looking bunch of sawtooth coriander and Thai basil bai horapa ใบโหระพา (not to be confused with holy basil), I decided to cook a pot of tom yum plaa.  Tom yum is pretty common on Thai menus in … Continue reading

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