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Hello, I am looking for some recommendations for some store bought marinades,sauces, and pre mixed seasonings for chicken.

I'm gonna have to give that one a try. I've had a few of their pastes and was not overly impressed, but they were definitely worth trying.

1 day ago
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Slowing the ripening of avocados

Yup.

Hello, I am looking for some recommendations for some store bought marinades,sauces, and pre mixed seasonings for chicken.

Walkerswood Jerk Seasoning in the little jar. It's the paste. You won't regret it.

Braised Beef Tacos

Web up recipes for "barbacoa" for more ideas.

Sep 15, 2014
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The great noodle soups of the world roundup

Meant K's, not D's.

Sep 13, 2014
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The great noodle soups of the world roundup

Howdy, JungMann-
For the Yat Gaw Mein soup with roast duck, it's a total hole in the wall. I haven't been in 4 years or so, but I remember that soup so well. I used to get it often, but I moved far away, and I'm rarely in the area anymore:
Empire Restaurant
49 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL
312-943-6818
I used to get that soup or Lo Mein ONLY. The rest of the food was pedestrian at best. Total hole in the wall, no waitstaff.

If you are looking for some real deal Szechwan noodle soups or perhaps pho, I'd be happy to help out. Not sure if you have those types of spots where you're at. One place I am absolutely in love with right now is called Katy's Dumplings, or D's Dumplings. If you like spicy Szechwan foods, and hand pulled noodles, Katy's is the bomb. They have a few locations, just not in Chicago proper.

Sep 13, 2014
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China town recommendations

So, this has me thinking. In Chinatown, where do y'all go for Szechwan?
I see a decent amt of folks saying the Lao joints are not to their liking, but I mostly view those places as Szechwan food specialists with generally speaking, a lack of enthusiastically prepared Cantonese dishes. When I think Moon Palace, or Little Three Happiness, I don't consider those places as apple to apple comparisons for "Chinese Food" to Lao Sze Chuan or Lao Beijing.

What's up with Szechwan for you?

Sep 13, 2014
gordeaux in Chicago Area

O'Hare-Rosemont - help?

What time, and where are you staying? Will you have a car?
What kind of food are you lookin to get?

Sep 12, 2014
gordeaux in Chicago Area

The great noodle soups of the world roundup

When I saw the thread title, I immediately thought of a roast duck noodle soup I get in Chicago. It's a simple Yat Gaw Mein, but the addition of bone-in roast duck chopped into bite size parts adds so much flavor, and the skin stays crispy in the soup. Fatty duck and crunchy duck skin in hot broth with chewy noodles? HUGE fan. Add a nice slick of hot chili oil, and I'm not done til it's all gone.

Sep 12, 2014
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China town recommendations

If you're gonna be alone, here's a sneaky suggestion. In the north west corner of the mall, there is an odd little food court. I think it's called "Richland Food Court." It's a building you enter, and walk downstairs. There are food stalls. It's not huge or anything -last time I was there, there were maybe 6 food stalls set up. Nothing I've had at any of them has been mind-blowing, but I've only been a few times.

If I were to go for Dim Sum, I'd choose the newish Cai, but Dim Sum in Chicago is kind of lacking, imo. It very well might be the best option to try a decent amount of things for a solo diner, tho.

If I were seeking Szechwan as a solo diner, I'd settle into either:
1. Lao Sze Chuan for dry chili chicken, and a some dumplings or noodles (with spicy sauce)

OR
2. Lao Beijing for Dan Dan Noodles, and dry chili tofu.

I forget if either place offers smaller portions.

For straight Cantonese Style, which I don't go to Chinatown very often for, Moon Palace and Little Three Happiness is usually where I'd wind up. I'm much more fond of the Szechwan offerings at Lao Sze Chuan, and Lao Beijing than the Cantonese joints, tho.
Don't forget Joy Yee for a bubble tea with tapioca! (Get a melon flavor!)

Sep 10, 2014
gordeaux in Chicago Area

China town recommendations

My current favorite for a mix of Cantonese and Szechwan is Lao Beijing in the Chinatown Mall. I find that most places specialize (mostly) in one or the other, but Lao Beijing, imo, is a fantastic blend of both, so the spicy food lovers and not so spicy food lovers can share a table and everyone's happy eating everything. If I'm with a group, and some ppl in the group want spicy foods, but some don't like the heat, Lao Beijing is my "go to."

What kind of Asian food are you interested in? Nsxtasy is right on, as usual, about the other ethnic neighborhoods that you might wannna investigate.

Sep 08, 2014
gordeaux in Chicago Area

Looking for something super spicy near Brookfield, IL

I'm a big fan of both of those dishes. Dry chili chicken is always on my table, and I press for the starter slaw if we don't get it right off the bat when seated. If I were to point someone to something really spicy on their menu, it would be one of their ma-la hot pots. That glorious sludge at the bottom of the pot can be heavenly spicy. Still, not like "food challenge" spicy, in my book, but it'll put a bead of sweat on your brow.

In reading yuppicide's description of their Thai joint, I might suggest they go to one of our Thai joints and try some non "pad Thai" dishes. In Chicago, Pad Thai is normally a dry-ish noodle dish with a light sweet/sour dressing primarily based on fish sauce. It's not one that I would associate with "serious heat" in a Thai spot for the most part. I'd suggest skipping Pad Thai altogether, and going for more "salad-y" type of dishes and ask for them "Thai Spicy" for that in your face, mack truck, unforgiving heat. One place very close to Brookfield almost made me tap out last year, around this time (fresh pepper harvesting time.) The place is called Yum Thai, and it's in Forest Park. Yum Thai has been around forever and a day, and it has the "secret menu." Once you ask for the secret menu, they know you mean business. Anyway, when I asked them for their "squid salad, Thai spicy," and the server repeated, but said "squid salad, extra spicy," I then corrected her by saying, "No, I'd like it THAI spicy," I got the grin. The grin that says, "ok, I trust you know what you are talking about." It was almost unbearably hot, but I like the rush from those types of things, and it had FLAVOR, also. Normally, in all of the Thai joints around, when you ask for a dish "Thai spicy," they get it. If you get "the grin," you pretty much know they get it.

Indian joints will also amp up the heat levels if you make sure you emphasize that you would like them to bring the heat. There are no "phaal" dishes that I know of here, tho. Out East, I think phaal is a little more common on menus. I can't think of any Indian joints close to Brookfield that have made my tastebuds sizzle, but I've never asked for them to make anything extra spicy for me, since I'm the only one in my family who can really "take" the heat. Their normal heat levels seem to be just fine for everyone else.

Sep 07, 2014
gordeaux in Chicago Area

Looking for something super spicy near Brookfield, IL

Would you mind narrowing this down a little? Are you looking for like, food challenge spicy, or really good food that'll put a little sizzle on you? In the Chi, there's not too many "food challenge" spicy places, but there are plenty of joints that will amp it up for you if you request it.

Lao Sze Chuan is really good food, and some of it can get spicy, but it's more Szechwan peppercorn spicy, than blazing chile spicy. I dig it a lot, but it's not gonna sizzle your tastebuds as much as it will make them go numb (as Szechwan peppercorns are supposed to do.)
The food is fantastic, but it's not gonna be food challenge spicy.

I'd be looking at Indian or Thai joints if you want some tongue sizzlin' heat.

A sneaky spot for almost food challenge worthy stuff that is damn close to Brookfield -

Zacatacos on Harlem Ave in Berwyn, Illinois. Steak tacos with their red salsa. It's Salsa de Chile Arbol, and it is normally sizzlin hot. Very earthy flavor, and it's full of flavor, not just hot for hot's sake. Their char grilled skirt steak and red salsa might be something for you to look into.

Sep 06, 2014
gordeaux in Chicago Area

Hatch Green Chile roasting in Chicago area?

Kinda funny how the "need" for green chile dissapates so incredibly quickly outside of the few states in the SW where it's so prevalent. Luckily, my better half's company is hq'd in Denver, so I can get a suitcase full of roasted, peeled, and frozen every so often. Mail order is also an option for you for roasted and frozen. Hope you find 'em!

Sep 01, 2014
gordeaux in Chicago Area

Looking for fresh red Jalapenos in Chicago

Not sure where you've checked so far, but any decent sized Mexican market should be a good bet. Jimenez, or Cermak Produce would be my first thought to check for stores with multiple locations.

Aug 09, 2014
gordeaux in Chicago Area

Attention Chefs: Can we all agree that bacon is over?

Bacon can surely be "out" for those who ever thought it was "in." Just like sriracha, cilantro, avocado... whatever. I'll still use them the same as I always have.

P.S. If you're over it, who ordered those dishes.

Jul 25, 2014
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How to get better results with a microwave?

Use the power levels correctly.

Know which foods should never be heated in the nuke, or, know which foods will be crappy if heated in the nuke, and weigh out the options. Sometimes I'll use it for leftover pizza, but I know it's gonna be crappy, and sometimes that's ok.

Jul 25, 2014
gordeaux in Home Cooking
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Famous foods from your region you find tasty and delicious.

I'll concede to the Lou's deep dish, because I have a fondness for a Lou's once in a long while when they are done correctly. But, a Lou's extra thin still trumps a Lou's deep 90% of the time, imo. Leaving out the other styles (NY, and Neo,) what is your preference when getting a pie without out-of-towners? Tavern, DD, or Stuft? I, and everyone I know, will say Tavern. Do I know everyone in the city? No. Not at all. Just my 2 cents for the thread. Most of the folks I know do say that DD and stuft are for tourists.

Jul 12, 2014
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Famous foods from your region you find tasty and delicious.

Plenty in Chicago, but the things I would miss that a lot of ppl might not know, or are overlooked:

Combo with hot giardiniera

Tavern style thin crust pizza (deep dish and stuffed pizza are for tourists)

There is CRAZY good Mexican food here. A lot of my L.A. hound friends bee line it for Mexican food when they get in town. The taqueria choices are endless, and some of them are insanely good. Sure, there's plenty of crappy ones, too.

Rib Tips / hot links from an Aquarium smoker joint.

GArrett's popcorn. Chicago Mix. Heaven in a bag.

Famous Regional Food you find embarrassing or disgusting?

In Chicago, most places DO bbq the tips. It's normally the baby back ribs that are baked. Spares and tips are usually 'qued in the Chicago q joints.

Jul 11, 2014
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Famous Regional Food you find embarrassing or disgusting?

Two schools, JungMann. When I think of Chicago q, it's tips, spares, and links. Some call it "SouthSide" BBQ. BUT, there's so many places on the "north" side that are famous for their baked bbq ribs, that within the city/burbs, some ppl think bbq is a slab of baby backs baked in bbq sauce. I'm sure plenty of folks from places that know bbq have come to Chicago and been pointed to places like Twin Anchors, Fireplace, Portillo's, pretty much any Greek diner for "The Best BBQ Ribs," and gotten a plate full of braised pork on bones, slathered in candy sauce, that no smoke ever touched.

Jul 10, 2014
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Famous Regional Food you find embarrassing or disgusting?

Agreed on the beef.

I think a Lou's deep dish can be a thing of beauty, but the Chicago "Stuffed" pizza is flat out gross. More ppl really need to know about Chicago style "Tavern Thin Crust."

I also think the "Chicago Style" dog needs to lose the green relish. That stuff is embarrassingly gross, imo.

One more thing that fits the bill: the fake, baked "bbq" ribs slathered in sugary sauce, and then braised in the oven. There's a lot of real/good bbq in Chicago popping up, and there has also been a Chicago Style bbq for a while that deserves to be recognized (tips/links/spares.) Why those places that are slinging baked pork became somewhat famous as "Chicago BBQ" is beyond me.

Jul 09, 2014
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What I bought today at my Asian market

Lime leaf
Holy basil
Maesri red curry paste
Coconut milk
Frozen dumplings
Premium oyster sauce
Chow fun noodles
Hot chili sesame oil
Sushi rice
Nori
Frozen tobiko
Frozen masago
Ichmi togarashi
Ponzu
Wasabi powder
Rice flake
Rice noodle
Lo mein noodle
Black bean sauce
Chili garlic sauce
Watch for sneaky surprise prices on fozen shrimp, and squid, chicken feet, necks, pork neckbones
Chinese sausages
Thai issan sausage.

Jun 29, 2014
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Best Local Sausage (?)

Pauina is definitely worth stopping. I'd also suggest getting some hot-links. Should be able to find them at any Jewel or Tony's (I'd try Tony's first.) Frozen sausage section - look for Moo&Oink brand in a red box. Get turkey if they have them. if not, pork or beef will do.

Jun 26, 2014
gordeaux in Chicago Area

Your favorite grilled chicken wing recipe!?!?

You are DEFINITELY not crazy, but your idea of unbearably hot might be completely different than 50 other people, and each of them might be different than each other.

Side note: Drinking water to cool down mouth heat is generally not very effective

Jun 18, 2014
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Your favorite grilled chicken wing recipe!?!?

They have a "mild" which is still nicely spicy, and a "hot and spicy" which is hotter. I'd say if you are someone who doesn't immediately say "I want the hot one," you should start with the mild if you can find it. Each person's taste buds are different. My rule of thumb is if anyone asks "How hot is it?" that probably means they have limited heat preference.

If the store you find it doesn't carry the mild one, get the hot one. The stuff will still be absolutely luscious, but it's got a good kick to it. Remember, let it marinate overnight, and get some of the paste under the skin. If you can't find Walkerswood brand, try a different brand, and then when you love that brand, just know that Walkerswood is probably better. I've tried several of the other brands in the short squat little jar - all decent, but WW has always been better. Sheesh - I should be on their p.r. firm.

Jun 18, 2014
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Your favorite grilled chicken wing recipe!?!?

I'll 3rd the WW jerk seasoning in the jar. Always let it marinate overnight, and make sure to get some under the skin. It's a little bit of work when dealing with wings, but if you want an easy guaranteed "wow," the WW product will do it.

Jun 16, 2014
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Curry Rules the Food World!!

Dying to hear what "Bunny Chow" is. I'll web it up, but would love to hear a description from you!

A loaf, or a part of a loaf of bread hollowed out and filled with some sort of gravy (curry) dish?

Jun 15, 2014
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Curry Rules the Food World!!

Keep expanding your palate and cooking skills. You might look back on your post one day and giggle a lil.

Jun 14, 2014
gordeaux in General Topics

Cheap Foods that Become Popular

I actually view it as a challenge, and try to have fun with it. I can still find stuff for decent prices every once in a while- really good sales / loss leaders, etc. I build the week's menu around that stuff, or buy in bulk, and use the vac sealer and freezer. This week it's choice sirloin tip steaks at 2.99/lb. Gonna go today and buy about 6 month's worth. The s/o thinks I'm nuts, but the savings definitely add up. I also load up the freezer around the holidays. The steaks I buy during the 4th of July sales will be just fine vac packed and frozen for some nice ribeye dinners during xmas season when the family is over.

Jun 08, 2014
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