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When is kimchee too funky?

So, I've had this jar of cabbage kimchee (one of those made in-house kimchees from a mom and pop Korean market) in the back of the fridge. It has a "made on" date of 8/29 so it's about a month and a half old.

It was already too funky to eat plain about two weeks ago when I made kimchee fried rice which was awesome. But that was then and I'm not so sure that it's still edible. But how can you tell when it is too funky? There's no rotten spots on it (that I can tell) but it's at that stage where you crack open the jar and the whole house becomes majorly odoriferous.

Do I dare make more fried rice or a jigae out of this or do I just toss at this point?

Oct 10, 2013
muimi07 in Home Cooking

Vietnamese La Lot (piper sarmentosum) leaves

Summer's here so I was really hoping to get some beef wrapped in la lot leaves to grill up. was wondering if anyone knows of any stores (preferably East Bay but I have the feeling I'll have to go down to the South Bay) that sells Vietnamese la lot (piper sarmentosum), sometimes called "wild betel" leaf. I haven't found it in Contra Costa county (not surprising). I'm not sure if this herb is subject to a season or available year round. I'd prefer to find it fresh but I'm so desperate for this dish, I'll take frozen too :)

May 02, 2013
muimi07 in San Francisco Bay Area

Looking for bakeware recs

Thanks for the recs, everyone! Currently looking at the Fat Daddios vs. Chicago Metallics right now -- any pros or cons to etiher?

Feb 01, 2013
muimi07 in Cookware

Looking for bakeware recs

I'm in the process (re)building my bakeware stash. I've always gotten cheapo pans which works for a bit but gets warped and rusted after awhile. This time, I have a bit more to start with so I want to buy myself a collection of real, quality pans that can last more than a year or so.

I'm looking for round and square cake pans (6" and 8"), half and full sheet pans and cookie sheets. Would also love recs for casserole dishes, etc.

Jan 30, 2013
muimi07 in Cookware

Fresh onion top ideas

My local farmers market was just teeming with fresh onions -- full sized beauties with their green tops still intact. I'm making onion marmalade from the bottoms but short of fried rice and some excellent scallion oil, I'm sort of out of ideas for the green onion tops. They are big and beautiful and flavorsome so I'd hate to throw them in the compost bin.

May 06, 2012
muimi07 in Home Cooking

Banh chung or banh Tet in East Bay?

I live out in Antioch which is pretty much a food wasteland, especially for Asian food. There's a few Vietnamese restaurants out this way but no Vietnamese centric grocery stores. I want to get a banh Tet for Tet but really, really want to avoid driving out to San Jose if I could possibly help it. Are there any Vietnamese delis/grocery stores in the East Bay (Contra Costa County, preferably) that sell it? I'd rather not go all the way to Fremont (since I know I could get some there) or Oakland Chinatown if I could possibly help it.

Jan 30, 2011
muimi07 in San Francisco Bay Area

Asian/Asian Fusion recs in the Walnut Creek area

Looking for some recommendation for a nice, Asian or Asian Fusion restaurant in the Walnut Creek area for my birthday. I'll take good food over ambiance, though. I looked through some restaurants myself and it seemed to me that a lot of the Asian places seemed overly Americanized. Or at least, their prices were.

Sep 22, 2010
muimi07 in San Francisco Bay Area

Food Festivals? [2010]

In Contra Costa County, Pittsburg is having its 26th Annual Seafood Festival on September 11th & 12th, 2010.

More info here:
http://www.pittsburgchamber.org/Chamb...

Aug 21, 2010
muimi07 in San Francisco Bay Area

Hercules Market Hall impressions?

Has anyone been to the Hercules Market Hall that opened up earlier this month? I passed by it earlier this week but during the week, it looks pretty dead. I've been debating a weekend trip back to Hercules to check it out myself but really would like some opinions from other folks that have been there.

May 15, 2010
muimi07 in San Francisco Bay Area

Quince ideas

Hmmm... maybe the quince I got from her is not ripe yet? We've yet to experience any kind of cold weather here and the quince are super fuzzy. They're not particularly fragrant.

Sep 25, 2009
muimi07 in Home Cooking

Quince ideas

A friend of mine has an old quince tree in her backyard. She's tried a few recipes and been unhappy with the results so this year, she decided to give away the quince. She knows I'm up to experimentation so now I've got a paper bag with a good 10lbs of quince!

I looked up some recipes and am finding mostly jams, jellies and the like. I'm definitely going to make some membrillo but am at a loss for what else to do with the darned stuff. I would hate for this stuff to go to waste but I am also not willing to invest in canning equipment just to make some jelly or jam. Is it possible to make some jam without canning it?

Any ideas for this old fruit would be greatly appreciated!

Sep 24, 2009
muimi07 in Home Cooking

Tell me about whoopie pie filling

Specifically, what is the traditional, Pennsylvania Dutch style whoopie pie filling? I live on the West Coast and never heard of these little gems until recently. I'm curious what the old-fashioned whoopie pie filling is supposed to be like. I've seen plenty of recipes involving fluff and though I love the stuff, I am having a hard time believing that these treats originated using fluff. Is the filling supposed to be like a frosting? Is it creamy, gooey, sticky or stiff?

Thanks in advance for any help!

Sep 08, 2009
muimi07 in Home Cooking

Karaage problems?

My sister and I have been making chicken karaage with potato starch. Every time we make it, we end up with a powdery outside. It doesn't taste bad but it isn't as pretty. Any ideas?

Apr 15, 2009
muimi07 in Home Cooking

Vietnamese deli in Contra Costa County?

I actually live a few houses down from Da Nang -- the location is a headscratcher but I've been there a few times. :) The owners are nice and food is decent for the area but oh man oh man, what I would do for decent Vietnamese sweets around here :(

I'll have to check out the deli in Pinole sometime.

Feb 02, 2009
muimi07 in San Francisco Bay Area

Vietnamese deli in Contra Costa County?

Just like the title says -- are there any good Vietnamese delis in CoCoCo? I'm hoping for places that sell things like banh mi, various other banh, etc. I'm dying out here in Antioch :( The local Asian market (County Square) is fine in a pinch for most groceries but my husband and I prefer Vietnamese food which they don't have at their hot counter. They don't carry any Vietnamese sweets and I can't remember if they carry any fresh rice noodles either. HELP!

Jan 28, 2009
muimi07 in San Francisco Bay Area

Guava Cake

Vienna Bakery in Fremont. It bought Aki's a year or two ago and also inherited the very same guava cake recipe.

Jun 26, 2008
muimi07 in San Francisco Bay Area

Recipes for steel cut oats?

I've got a surplus of steel cut oats. Other than the obvious oatmeal (which I love), does anyone have any recipes (esp. baked goods) that call for steel cut oats?

Jun 02, 2008
muimi07 in Home Cooking

Chowish recs for Antioch area?

I actually grew up in Hercules :) My parents still live there so I suppose if I get desperate for things I can tell them to bring it to me :)

May 22, 2008
muimi07 in San Francisco Bay Area

Chowish recs for Antioch area?

Thanks for the list!

My husband is Vietnamese so we eat a lot of Vietnamese food. We lived in San Jose for a few years and we got spoiled on being able to trek down to Tully & King nearly every week for some good grub. Not being able to get pho on a regular basis may send the poor thing into withdrawal, I'm afraid. Luckily, we can cook a majority of what we like at home. I'm Filipino and though I can cook whatever food I like at home, I still like Filipino bakery goods that I just won't bother making like cassava cake, etc.

We also like good Chinese food -- nothing too fancy but some good HK style BBQ is always appreciated. We also love Japanese food, beyond just sushi but things like Japanese curry, okonomyaki, ramen etc. I've found non-Japanese owned Japanese restaurants to have rather soulless standards like teriyaki-whatever and over battered tempura though I'll readily admit that Korean rolls are often far more creative than Japanese. Korean BBQ is also a favorite.

May 20, 2008
muimi07 in San Francisco Bay Area

Chowish recs for Antioch area?

DH and I are packing up and moving to Antioch in a month or two which my sister warned me is nearly devoid of the Asian food DH and I love to eat. I got word that a new Asian market is opening up in Antioch in July 2008 so that's a relief (I was dreading going down to Pleasant Hill for our groceries) but as far as good restaurants, does anyone have any recs? I only know of the chains around the Lone Tree area. I'm not very fond of Mexican food but any other good food recs are appreciated!

May 18, 2008
muimi07 in San Francisco Bay Area

Pinole: Trader Joe's and fresh produce at 99 Cents Only Store

My family will be glad to hear about the TJs in Pinole. They've been going to the one in El Cerrito for awhile now but they live in Hercules. I'm sure this TJs will get plenty of business once it opens up.

May 07, 2008
muimi07 in San Francisco Bay Area

Great Japanese Curry: Where?

Oh my god, Curry House in Cupertino?! You have just made my night!

Nov 20, 2007
muimi07 in San Francisco Bay Area

Japantown Guide

I disagree with you about Juban. Juban serves Japanese style yakiniku, essentially Japan's take on Korean BBQ. Korean side dishes at Juban are NOT out of place. But yeah, it's pretty damned expensive but pretty tasty. It's a place I'd recommend if a person budget allows since there's wagyu beef on the menu for grilling. Yummy.

Nov 09, 2007
muimi07 in San Francisco Bay Area

Dduk bo ssam in the Bay Area?

After spending the morning browsing food photos on Flickr and drooling helplessly, I thought I'd ask if anyone knows of a place that serves dduk bo ssam in the Bay Area? I've read of one place in Santa Clara and another in Fremont, Four Season Tofu House which got a 4 stars on Yelp. Have any hounds been there recently? I'm admittedly wary. I normally trust Yelp but the last time I went to a well reviewed place (Old Port Lobster Shack) I was really disappointed.

Nov 05, 2007
muimi07 in San Francisco Bay Area

Garlic Confit - uses?

Yummy! Garlic paste for crostini would be an excellent place to start!

Maybe make a vinegarette out of the garlic infused oil? Or maybe sautee potatoes in the oil?

Oct 31, 2007
muimi07 in Home Cooking

removing brownies from the pan

Echoing all the others that suggest a foil sling, sprayed with non-stick. I spray with Trader Joe's flour/oil mixture and have never had a problem. My brownies always come out wonderfully.

Oct 29, 2007
muimi07 in Home Cooking

UnionCity-DeCoto/AlvaradoNiles recommendations?

I'll throw in my vote for Banyan here. It's my favorite restaurant in this area. Roti canai is a great thing to order for an appetizer. I love a lot of things here: the rendang beef, golden tofu, golden crab and of course the coconut rice.

Oct 25, 2007
muimi07 in San Francisco Bay Area

Award winner Pizza chef in Castro Valley ??

I'm glad someone went!! I checked the Pyzano's site online yesterday morning and they said that they were sold out of all 200 pies. I was so disappointed! At least it sounds delicious.

Oct 21, 2007
muimi07 in San Francisco Bay Area

Dinner at Tanpopo - J-Town

IIRC, it's pretty much kitty corner to the Denny's, across from the Peace Pagoda plaza.

I'll vouch for their chahan and their ramen -- both extremely good. YUM!

Sep 07, 2007
muimi07 in San Francisco Bay Area

Kawayan, Filipino restaurant in Berkeley

Filipinos are darned good at those cheap, greasy breakfasts ;) Bad for the heart, good for the soul. ;)

I grew up in Hercules/Pinole and the Filipino food you get from those places are leaps and bounds above Kawayan. I'll be going back to check out their entrees but I have to admit, I'm not expecting too much.

Sep 06, 2007
muimi07 in San Francisco Bay Area