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Graduation dinner in Port Chester/Rye/Harrison?

I'm graduating tomorrow, and my parents want to take me out to dinner afterward. We want to avoid White plains because it's already bad enough to drive in without crowds of ravenous graduates and their families trying to find a place to eat, so I was thinking Harrison, Port Chester or Rye (or any other towns within a short drive). Nothing extremely fancy and expensive -- my poor parents already payed for four years of tuition! -- but not anywhere that looks like it barely passed its health inspection either. I would prefer to avoid standard American or Italian American fare, but basically anything else would be great. I'm an especially big fan of Thai, real Chinese and Vietnamese, but I'm not sure if there's anything in that line in the area. Thanks in advance!

May 13, 2010
xiaolongbao in New York State (exc. NYC)

Recipe for the sesame dipping sauce for Beijing style Hotpot?

Thanks for the recipe, and for the tip about the sesame oil; I had no idea that the flavor strengthened over time. The dipping sauce I'm after is pretty specific to Beijing/northeastern China, and if you've eaten hotpot in Beijing you'll recognize it, but I'm at a loss as to how to explain it. I'm pretty sure there's something in it - maybe some kind of fermented bean paste? - that I'm not very familiar with, which is why I'm been spending so much time hunting for a recipe, in the hopes that someone knows the secret!

Jan 06, 2010
xiaolongbao in Home Cooking

Recipe for the sesame dipping sauce for Beijing style Hotpot?

I tried asking this at the cooking community on Livejournal and was met with RESOUNDING silence, so I'm turning to Chowhounds for help. I've been craving huoguo for MONTHS now, and now that I've found a hotplate and a recipe for a Sichuan-style broth (in Fuschia Dunlop's Land of Plenty) I'm ready to make it. My problem is that I'm a northern-style huoguo loyalist and really want to be able to eat my hotpot with that amazing creamy sesame dipping sauce that you always get in restaurants in Beijing, but I can't seem to find a recipe for it. Does anyone know how to make this stuff, or if it can be bought premade? Thanks!

Jan 06, 2010
xiaolongbao in Home Cooking