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I just had an amazing lunch in Richardson

Jeng Chi Restaurant on Greenville Ave. just north of Beltline. Wow. I went for dumplings and dumplings they had. They are beautiful and delicate and perfectly sized. In a different life, I was a teacher in Taiwan for a couple of years. I have yet to find dumplings that match what I remember eating several times a week during my time in Asia. I believe I've found them.

Do yourself a favor and check it out. http://www.jengchirestaurant.com/

I'm also uploading a picture. Yes, I Instagrammed that s***. I'm THAT guy. But I don't care because it was too beautiful. I asked which dumpling on the menu was the most popular and they brought me an assortment. I appreciated that.

Good Pizza in S. Lewisville, Coppell, or N. Carrollton

It's a chain (and somewhat inconsistent from spot to spot from what I've read), but my wife and I can't shake Palio's from our regular rotation. It's cheap and BYOB with no cork fees. And oh so good.

1016 E Hebron Pkwy Carrollton, TX 75010
(214) 483-6555

Also, and this may be a bit south for you -- Paparazzi Pizza at Josey and Keller Springs -- owned by a really nice family. It's more traditional carry out style pizza (you know, Dominos-style) but definitely not the same source for their ingredients. Delicious, fresh. Plus, they usually have some great baklava for sell along with it.

2145 N Josey Ln, #114, Carrollton, TX 75006

Feb 21, 2013
genslay in Dallas - Fort Worth

How much brisket & pulled pork for 50?

Thanks everyone! I definitely wouldn't have bought enough.

Jun 02, 2011
genslay in Home Cooking

How much brisket & pulled pork for 50?

Using a butt for the pulled pork most likely. Depends on what I can find. It's a graduation party, so maybe 2 hours? I don't know...I'm not attending, just cooking. I will assume these are the only meat offerings.

May 31, 2011
genslay in Home Cooking

How much brisket & pulled pork for 50?

Hello!

I have been asked to do a brisket and a pulled pork for a party coming up. There will be about 50 people at the party and it's a part of an "appetizer buffet" so it doesn't need to be full meal portions.

My guess (which is an uneducated one) is about 10 lbs of each. Is that too much or too little? I've never cooked for this many people before!

Thanks!

May 31, 2011
genslay in Home Cooking

Plano/North Dallas Dive Bars

Are there any dive bars worth checking out in North Dallas/Plano/Carrollton/Frisco areas? I lived in Lakewood until I got married and moved north and miss the Landing, the Cock & Bull, Ships, Double Wide, etc. –type bars.

Thanks!

Dec 21, 2010
genslay in Dallas - Fort Worth

Whiskey Cake in Plano

We tried it out Saturday night and wanted to mention a few things.

Overall, I think it's great to have a restaurant like this outside of the hip neighborhoods like Bishop Arts, Uptown, etc. It felt like it had a soul, unlike the run-of-the-mill chain restaurants that produce food that appeals to the lowest common denominator (which isn't necessarily a bad thing).

When we arrived, we were told we would need to wait an hour for a table, which was fine and completely understandable. While we were waiting, a waitress took our drink orders (a wonderful level of service, rarely experienced). I love the huge selection of micros and ordered a Dogfish 90-minute. My wife ordered a Moscow Mule but had to send it back because ALL we could taste was ginger. It completely overpowered the drink and was frankly impossible to drink.

We were seated withing 15 minutes when they told us the communal tables were open if we wanted to go ahead and be seated. Again, a testament to the level of service we received.

I ordered the mussels and the fried green tomatoes as an appetizer for our table. The mussels were absolutely perfectly cooked. The broth was delicious, the mussels were tender and juicy. However, they were in serious need of salt, but our table didn't have any and once we were seated our waitress was always hard to find. Our water glasses were filled once and never again, except when we were paying our check.

The fried green tomatoes were, as it's been mentioned, all batter. We couldn't really even taste the tomato (or really find the tomato under all the batter).

I ordered the chicken and my wife ordered the sirloin. Oh man, the sirloin -- what a wonderful piece of meat that was. Perfectly cooked, the flavor was absolutely delicious. I would order that again in a heartbeat.

The chicken was fine, but generally dry and flavorless. I went straight for the leg, and to my shock, it was dry. I wasn't sure that was possible. I want to try it again, hoping I just received an off piece, because several people have recommended it.

The sweet potato fennel hash was wonderful, however. Worth getting the chicken just for the hash.

We finished it off with the whiskey cake. It was delicious -- rich and just enough whiskey taste to make you want more.

I will definitely be back and really appreciate the concept.

Dec 07, 2010
genslay in Dallas - Fort Worth

Whiskey Cake in Plano

Anyone tried it out? Excited about a farm-to-table in my neck of the woods. whiskey-cake.com

Dec 02, 2010
genslay in Dallas - Fort Worth

Groundcherries/Gooseberries

Anyone ever seen this delicious fruit in any grocery stores?

Dec 02, 2010
genslay in Dallas - Fort Worth

Food books that changed your life...

There are 3 food books that changed my life.

• Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential/A Cook's Tour (technically two books, but they came as a single edition)
• Mastering the Art of French Cooking
• The Making of a Chef by Michael Ruhlman

Anthony Bourdain's book got me interested in food in general. Mastering the Art of French cooking helped me expand my cooking abilities exponentially. The Making of a Chef encouraged me to enroll in cooking school.

What food books (cookbooks or otherwise) made an impact on you? Are there any that inspired you, made you a better cook, or changed your life? Are there any that you just found to be extremely interesting?

I'd love to hear!

Dec 02, 2010
genslay in Food Media & News

Whats Your Favorite Salad in DFW

Gaston Garden Salad at the Cock & Bull (plus it's just a really cool dive with surprisingly good food).

Dec 01, 2010
genslay in Dallas - Fort Worth

Cooking classes in the Dallas area...

Thanks everyone. I'm enrolling at Collin County this spring!

Dec 01, 2010
genslay in Dallas - Fort Worth

Special Pommes Frites Knife Cut in Paris

I know, I really wish I would have taken a picture. It has been six months and it's still bugging me!

Nov 30, 2010
genslay in Home Cooking

Special Pommes Frites Knife Cut in Paris

Hello,

I was in Paris this summer and had a memorable version of pommes frites that I cannot figure out how to replicate. The frites were cut into somewhat u-shaped pieces. They were slightly thicker in the middle (kind of like a little pocket) so it was nice and creamy, but the edges were wonderfully crispy. Sorry if that's confusing...

Does anyone know what this cut is called? I've searched everywhere and can't find anything.

Thanks!

Nov 30, 2010
genslay in Home Cooking

Cooking classes in the Dallas area...

Hello!

I read Michael Ruhlman's The Making of a Chef last week and I am now longing for education. I'm not interested in beginning a career as a chef but I am interested in honing my skills and learning things that are normally taught in cooking schools. I cook a lot but I'm completely self taught. I've never learned the proper methods for making stock, how to use the stock, making sauces, even the proper way to uniformly chop vegetables, etc.

A lot of the classes I see are focused on making a menu -- a 4-course French or Southwestern menu, etc that is basically a demo that you get to taste at the end of the class.

Do you know of any cooking classes that might be more what I've described -- learning the proper way to do things, the more in-depth basics for people who already love to cook (essentially like what I would learn if I were to quit my day job and apply at the CIA -- but geared for people who can't quit their day jobs)?

Nov 29, 2010
genslay in Dallas - Fort Worth

Ordering off the menu...

I've noticed that, when looking for restaurants to visit when coming to Dallas, people sometimes ask, "...and will they allow you to order off the menu?"

What is that about? Seems very pretentious but I might be completely misunderstanding the question. Is this a common practice at high end restaurants, if one is a high-roller willing to throw down a pile of cash?

To me it says, "I know what I want and it's better than what you are offering."

Thoughts?

Nov 29, 2010
genslay in Dallas - Fort Worth

Fresh Duck in north Dallas for duck confit

Asian Markets are a great place to get them. They'll be frozen, but they always look and smell fresh once thawed. I trust them more than the frozen ducks wrapped up like a turkey you can get at regular grocery stores. Good luck! Duck confit would be my last meal!

Nov 16, 2010
genslay in Dallas - Fort Worth

Fast-Casual French Cafés?

Hello! I recently visited Paris and have become obsessed with French cuisine. I know I couldn't have picked a more common obsession, but I can't help it!

I've eaten at a few of the well known French restaurants (Cadot, etc), but I'm interested in the more fast-casual Parisian-style Café restaurant. La Madelein is an example of the type of place/price range I'm looking for, but with better food. I know La Madelein is French like the Olive Garden is Italian and I want to avoid that.

Any suggestions for places around the metroplex?

Thanks!

Oct 14, 2010
genslay in Dallas - Fort Worth

Romantic Restaurant for Anniversary?

Cadot is wonderful. I took my wife there for Valentines and it was perfect. Very reasonably priced and the food was rich and delicious.

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Cadot Restaurant
18111 Preston Rd # 120, Dallas, TX 75252

May 18, 2010
genslay in Dallas - Fort Worth

What to cook w/ Israeli Couscous

Hello everyone,

This is my first post, so please be gentle :)

I stumbled upon this recipe: http://bit.ly/buO221 when searching pearl couscous (saw it on Top Chef Masters and was intrigued).

I want to make this but I'm stumped as to what meat would go well with this dish. Any suggestions?

Any thoughts on a side dish? I'm truly stumped!

Thanks so much!

May 18, 2010
genslay in Home Cooking