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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!

about 6 hours ago
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?

1 day ago
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.

Aug 13, 2014
luckyfatima in Features
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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.

Aug 12, 2014
luckyfatima in Site Talk
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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.

Jul 29, 2014
luckyfatima in Washington DC & Baltimore

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

Taco Cabana

I love Taco Cabana brisket tacos and barbacoa tacos. Nice and salty. (Have you ever noticed that quite a lot of places make completely undersalted barbacoa? I love salty food, so this is a disappointment.) In a pinch for a quick meal, I'd much rather go through the TC drive through for those tacos than go to McDingle's or whatever. However, IMHO TC plates are dog food. Oh, but their tortillas are awesome. Hahaha I have some relatives who go through the drive through to get Taco Cabana tortillas and take them to a barbecue restaurant to make tacos instead of eating the sliced bread. That's the kind of thing that would have embarrassed the heck out of me when I was younger, but now I think it's smart!

Jul 09, 2014
luckyfatima in Austin

Easy Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Guess what I made today! I used whole wheat pasta and a combo of some cheapo shredded cheese in a bag so the kids would like it. (2 cups cheddar, 2 cups Mexican 4-cheese blend, 1 cup mozzarella.) It came out very well. Thanks for posting this recipe. I have always wanted to make not-boxed homemade macaroni and cheese and you made it look so easy I just had to give it a try! Very true about lots of dry/soggy, under-seasoned and clumpy versions at potlucks and such. The thorough recipe and video here helped circumvent any issues.

Jul 07, 2014
luckyfatima in Recipes

Good Lebanese food in the DC area?

Also some friends had recommended Raouche Cafe.

Jul 07, 2014
luckyfatima in Washington DC & Baltimore

Good Lebanese food in the DC area?

I haven't been there myself, but several of my Arab friends have recommended the Lebanese Butcher in Falls Church when discussions on good restos come up. It has a restaurant inside.

Jul 07, 2014
luckyfatima in Washington DC & Baltimore

Easy Baked Macaroni and Cheese

What other cheese combos might work well in this? Something sharp and savory for flavor, but no aged cheese under-taste or the kids will reject it.

Jul 05, 2014
luckyfatima in Recipes

When making Turkish Coffee for guests....

Actually they sell several sizes of vessels for making Turkish coffee, so one can make several cups at a time in the larger vessels.

Jul 05, 2014
luckyfatima in General Topics

Kenyan Food at Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Oooh. Sounds good. I do mean to try Swahili Village.

Jul 05, 2014
luckyfatima in Washington DC & Baltimore

i have mango powder

You can use it as a base for homemade chaat masala. For that you probably have the other chaat masala ingredients at home except for black salt, which you will have to buy from a South Asian grocer.

You can sprinkle khatai on fruit along with salt and red chile powder to bring out the flavor.

But it is really the chaat masala that will be most useful if you make it.

I add amchoor in my pakora karhi and my Sindhi biryani masala just to give a tang. I also put it in my stuffed vegetable masala. Other than that, I don't use it that much on its own that I can think of at the moment.

Jun 28, 2014
luckyfatima in Home Cooking
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San Antonio: lard free tamales

Do you any place that uses oil and not lard in their tamales?

I am looking for traditional tamales like one would get at a tamalería or a MX bakery. Not looking for health food quinoa kale tamales or restaurant tamales covered in sauce.

TIA

Jun 26, 2014
luckyfatima in Texas

Manassas MX: La Jarochita

Went there for lunch today.

Another great MX in Manassas. They have tacos, quesadillas, huaraches, sopes, gorditas, tortas, caldos, and more. They also have a bakery and a deli.

Their fresh cheese (queso fresco) is AMAZING. Made onsite. In the deli they also have chicharrones, rendered lard, and a selection of butchered meats.

I had a gordita stuffed with tripas. Tripas were simultaneously tender and crunchy, as they should be. The gordita was a bit oily, but I gobbled it down. It was great.

I also sampled their style of barbacoa...yet another variety of barbacoa, going from my tejana beef cheek barbacoa as what is "normal" for me. I mentioned elsewhere on the board before that Taquería Tres Reyes and El Garage have different varieties of barbacoa (goat and lamb, respectively), while Tortillería El Molino serves beef cheek barbacoa. So...La Jarochita has a type of beef barbacoa which is beef stewed with chiles into a dry-ish (as opposed to soupy) shredded consistency and you can get the flavor of the árbol chiles and see their slight red tint in the meat. Really good.

They also have cabeza, which is like the TX-norteña barbacoa.

So I had tripas, cabeza, and barbacoa. All great.

They had chile de árbol salsa, which was really spicy and good, and a salsa verde based on tomatillos which I think was okay.

My friend ate a torta cubana and raved about it.

The tortillas did not have the made-by-abuelita feeling of those of El Garage, but were pressed fresh to order and seared in the fat from the meat for serving, so they were good.

Once again, another awesome MX find in Manassas.

Jun 17, 2014
luckyfatima in Washington DC & Baltimore

Knorr & Other International Products - which ones do you use?

Th Knorr tamarind soup base can be used to make the Vietnamese soup canh chua. A lot of people use it. I had forgotten about that.

Jun 17, 2014
luckyfatima in General Topics

Knorr & Other International Products - which ones do you use?

Addingto DiningDiva's list, it's even added in salsas. It's in *everything,* it doesn't matter if the dish is based on another protein (beef, goat, lamb, etc.) and even in long cooked meaty soups filled with collageny, flavor giving ingredients like bones and shanks and all, there will be some sprinkled in.

I also have some norsuiza, Knorr Suisse caldo de pollo from Costco and have taken to using it.

Jun 16, 2014
luckyfatima in General Topics
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Favorite dessert by nationality?

US: NY cheesecake
Mexico: pastel de tres leches
El Salvador: flan de leche
Peru: alfajores
Italy: zuccotto
France: chocolate mousse
England: rhubarb tart with almond crumble top
Egypt: kunafah with 'ishta
Levant region: baqlawa and asaabi zainab (that's a handful of countries, so I'm naming two :)
Gulf Arab countries: lugeimaat
Kenya-Tanzania kaimati (^same thing as this above)
Iran: bamieh
Afghanistan: firni
Pakistan: gulab jamun
India: qalaqand(^interchangeable)
Bangladesh: roshomalai (^interchangeable)
Thailand: sticky rice w/ coconut milk with fresh mango
Vietnam: banh cam
China: dunno what it is called in Chinese languages but it is banh bao chi in Vietnamese, both this and banh cam are from either country

Jun 15, 2014
luckyfatima in General Topics

asian market free fish frying service

Asian fish departments? Can you be specific? Do you mean at a Chinese supermarket?

I would think it would be best to have the market clean and prep the fish, but then you steam or fry at home. Freshly cooked fish is always best.

I like red snapper and grouper. Oh, and deep fried pomfret.

Jun 12, 2014
luckyfatima in General Topics
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