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Thai chili oil/prik nam man

Can you recommend a brand of this that you like?

I presume this is just coarsely pounded/ground dried red chile steeped in its frying oil? Or is this actually another way to label nam prik pao, which is sort of the same thing but also has other seasonings in it?

about 10 hours ago
luckyfatima in General Topics

About Tostones

They are more of an on-the-side thing than the main meal. If you are looking for something traditional, maybe go for rice and beans plus some kind of animal protein dish like a meat stew, fried fish, chicken, or what have you. Or you could serve them with garlic dipping sauce.

Sep 08, 2014
luckyfatima in Home Cooking

cotton candy grapes

I liked them but husband and kids rejected them.

Sep 08, 2014
luckyfatima in General Topics

Wiener Circle - and tacos

Is it jenni's?

Wiener Circle - and tacos

What is the name of the taco bar?

The pics on Yelp of the Wiener's Cajun dishes look way better than the couple of Cajun restos I've seen in this area. Do you know if their ettouffee and jambalaya are on the regular menu or do they have specials that change often?

Do you substitue sour cream for plain yogurt?

I never do it in marinades. I don't know if sour cream would have the same tenderizing effect as yoghurt. Does it?

I usually make raitas with plain yoghurt for daily consumption, but if I am having a party I will add some sour cream to the raita to make it richer.

Sep 01, 2014
luckyfatima in Home Cooking

Indian Pickles in Saveur

Typical restaurant table pickle is likely going to be mixed pickle, green mango, lemon, or green chile.

Aug 31, 2014
luckyfatima in General Topics

How to eat Mexican Soup with a side of Tortillas?

Roll it into a tube and take bites of it in between spoons of soup. You can sprinkle salt on it before rolling it, if you like.

Aug 29, 2014
luckyfatima in General Topics

Anyone tried Saba?

http://www.yelp.com/biz/saba-traditio...

Has anyone tried out Saba Traditional Yemeni Cuisine in Fairfax? If anyone stops by, please report back.

What types of restaurants does DC need now?

The whole area could also use some good North Indian style chaat houses, and some Gujarati farsan+chaat houses.

What types of restaurants does DC need now?

DC and the metro whole area needs a place that has a real Gujarati-Rajasthani thali service. I think if the food were well made and if the atmosphere and service were nice, a Gujarati-Rajasthani thali service place, family owned or like the Maharaj Bhog or Rajdhani franchise, would do very very good business.

Adding whole tomatoes to Indian-style rice? Am I crazy?

Sounds like you are making a pullao-ish dish and not a biryani. If you were making a biryani, you should be making the chicken in a gravy (in which you could add tomato) and then layering that with the rice. Tomato in the gravy is characteristic of many types of biryani. It will be completely broken down in the gravy.

There are also many varieties of biryani into which sliced tomatoes are added before sealing the par cooked rice with the gravy to fully cook the rice. This yields tomatoes that add bursts of flavor and keep the biryani moist.

Tomatoes are fine in your pullao-ish dish. You can add some finely chopped/roughly pureed tomatoes in with the seasoned water/broth. They will add good flavor and color. Then you could add slices of them on top of the rice dish for serving. They will add juicy moisture to everyone's helping.

Aug 27, 2014
luckyfatima in Home Cooking

Where to buy blood

Vietnamese grocery store.

Aug 26, 2014
luckyfatima in General Topics

Good Vietnamese?

I concur that Rice Paper has very good VN food. Nice grilled meats and seafood for roll-your-own goi cuon.

Lard free fresh tamales

Answering my own question: Pablito's Bakery on Braker stopped using Tamales Leo as their tamalero some time ago so I was afraid they switched to a vendor who used lard or Armour hydrogenated mixed veg oil-lard, but I called they assured me that they use vegetable oil! Yay!

Aug 21, 2014
luckyfatima in Austin

Lard free fresh tamales

I know Tamales Leo and Gardener's Feast have lard free tamales. Do you know of any other places that do? Especially north side based?

Aug 20, 2014
luckyfatima in Austin

Does fish stock gel?

Yes, gels for me, too. There are even marshmallows made with gelatin from fish bones, incidentally.

Aug 15, 2014
luckyfatima in General Topics

Southside Market Lamb Ribs

I wanted to go try the lamb ribs at Southside market. I have never been there. Do they only have the ribs on the weekend? Is it a place with tables to sit down? I'm looking for details practicalities so I can plan my visit there. TIA

Aug 15, 2014
luckyfatima in Austin

Pakistani Sweets - What are they called?

https://soundcloud.com/mithai2014

I have recorded a sound file on saying barfi for anyone curious :)

Aug 13, 2014
luckyfatima in General Topics
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Pakistani Sweets - What are they called?

Nihari is really a specialy of Karachi, not Lahore or Islamabad. Lahore has Food Street, a must visit area. The specialties of Lahore are paya/siri-paya (cow trotter stew, trotter stew with brains, murgh chholay (chicken in chickpea gracy) hareesa, haleem (both wheat and meat porridge preparations), chargha (roast chicken, quail), fish fry, roghni naan (large golden sesame covered naan, can't get it anywhere else), and stuff like seekh kababs other various kabaabs.

Pic of Lahori naan to look for: http://www.flickr.com/photos/chapatim...

Aug 13, 2014
luckyfatima in General Topics

Pakistani Sweets - What are they called?

Top L>R motichoor laddu, pateesa (cousin of sohan papri)
Mid anjeer ka halva/anjeer ki mithai, pista barfee, not sure
bottom habshi halva, gulab jamun, habshi halva

barfi rhymes with murphy

Aug 13, 2014
luckyfatima in General Topics

10 Reasons You Should Be Eating in Houston Right Now

Just about to embark on my annual trip to Houston. I love eating out in Houston. We stay in Chinatown and eat as much as we can for about three days, going to museums and shopping in between! Only California Vietnamese rivals Houston Vietnamese. So many consistently great places. My favorite of all is fried egg with noodle cake at Tan Tan. Simple, gorgeous meal.

Chinatown-Little Saigon: Best bo nuong

Hello Houstonites. It is soon going to be time for my delve into gluttony on a much anticipated annual trip to Houston. Staying in Chinatown area as usual. I was wondering if anyone has recs for excellent bo nuong for bun, banh hoi, roll-your-own goi cuon, bo bay mon, etc. I am looking for savory, salty, flavorful well seared beef that is really grilled. Is there a place that is famous from their grilled meats? Thanks in advance.

Aug 12, 2014
luckyfatima in Houston

Veggo - Sad news

Wind knocked out of me! :_( Will post on his brother's thread.

Aug 12, 2014
luckyfatima in Houston

Sad to report the passing of Veggo

I just saw this now and feel as if the wind has been knocked out of me. Veggo was a kindred spirit in his passion for Mexican food and global flavors. I cherished his contributions whenever he came into threads. Love and peace to you on the other side, Veggo! :_( My thoughts are with Veggo's friends and family.

Looking for grape leaves (or oak or mesquite) for old school pickles

You'll get grape leaves in an Arab/Mid Eastern market. Unfortunately, they will not be fresh. They will be jarred (avoid) or vacuum sealed in plastic (better option). Head out to North Lamar where there are several markets to choose from, or go to a place like http://www.phoeniciabakery.com/ Phoenicia Bakery or http://www.sarahsmediterranean.com/ Sarah's (I'd say communication will be easier at either of those two) and ask if they get fresh grape leaves at any time of the year.

About 4 years ago, I asked on this board if anyone could rec a Mid-Eastern market which had fresh grape leaves. Somebody told me to go pick wild grape leaves which apparently grow everywhere on the side of the road. I never found any. But maybe you'll have better luck. Not sure if these would be suitable for eating, either. (I wanted them for making wara' ainab.)

Aug 10, 2014
luckyfatima in Austin

New Taco In Town - Taco Bamba (Falls Church)

Tried this place recently. I loved the grilled corn (elote). That was delicious. but I'd say Tacos El Costalilla and La Mexicana Bakery in Alexandria, as well as a few places in Manassas are better in terms of meats. I mean, with a taquería it's really all about the meat when it comes down to it. I mean, fresh hand made tortillas are awesome, but I have had plenty of great tacos on outsourced tortillas. But they have good options for vegetarians and also they have some cool 'modern concept' hipster tacos which we have a lot of in my hometown of Austin, so I was happy to see that on the menu---sometimes the hipster tacos can surprise you with unique flavor combos that really work well together. I had a chicken taco arabe, which is cool bc that is traditionally made of pork, which I don't eat. It was okay, but nothing must-try. (Actually it is traditionally made of lamb because it was brought by Lebanese immigrants to MX who introduced shawarma/meat on a revolving standing spit...but it evolved into being mainly available in pork in MX.) Also, no lard in the beans, and vegetarian tamales available. I would give it 3.5 stars overall for the general meal based on my daughters' and my tacos, but 5 stars for the corn itself. My lower rating is cuz the meats were dried out. I like them moist and greasy in the right way. Even the birria I ordered was dry. And my daughter's carne asada taco was tough and with no seasoning or smokiness to it. Good carne asada is heaven, bad carne asada is just tough squiggles of meat. I liked the TnT taco, though (tongue and tripe). It wasn't was good as those other places I mention above, but it was a good taco. The tripa wasn't just fried, but was also seasoned, and the tongue was good and soft. Worth exploring more, though. I liked their orange salsa. I presume it's habanero salsa.

US online source for Indian yellow chilli powder

I have ordered some special spices that are hard to find in the US from this place:
http://spicesonline.info/indian-spice...

They don't have yellow chilli powder but you could contact them and see if they could get it for you.

Jul 23, 2014
luckyfatima in General Topics

Gateway Foods(dishes) to introduce foreign / ethnic flavours

I would say just go straight for what you would normally eat and delve right in together. Just explain what everything is to make the person feel secure.

If it's someone you can have a little fun with, order something and tell her it's beef, then later elaborate that it is beef tongue. Or say it is a medley of seafood in a Chinese dish. Later the person notices some things they can't identity. Then you say, "That's abalone," "that's rehydrated dried squid," or what have you.

Jul 22, 2014
luckyfatima in General Topics

Taco Cabana

Now that sounds goooood.

Jul 09, 2014
luckyfatima in Austin