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how to use Thai Sweet Rice

I would use it to make lotus wrapped pork and sticky rice, and loh mai kai (a dim sum staple with chicken marinated with oyster sauce and oyster mushrooms). Sticky rice needs a good soaking so usually soak overnight or at least 4-5 hours. Or if I am particularly keen, I would make rice dumpings (sticky rice, meat wrapped in bamboo leaves and steamed or boiled )... Dumpling festival was just last week.

For sweets, the sticky rice would be steamed with coconut cream and some sugar and have a custard base like kuih lapis, or the rice steamed with coconut milk and serve with a watered down egg custard "kaya", or a drizzle of palm sugar syrup.

As you can tell, I use sticky rice regularly in my kitchen.

Question about Sabu (and Shabu Shabu soup) in Edmonton

I posted a reply to a similar question about steamboat/hotpot/shabu shabu in general topics not too long ago.

You can buy presliced meats at T and T. No need to worry about slicing your fingers on a mandolin.

We had hotpot for chinese new year eve dinner last week. My sister has a fancy electric hot pot /grill cooker but I have used a simple old fashioned rice cooker to make hot pot (National, one button special bought from a pawnshop 10 years ago).

I also did it with a friend who had an electric fondue pot from the 90's (Rival Brand).

Check out this blog for a good how to.

Feb 15, 2013
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Question about Sabu (and Shabu Shabu soup) in Edmonton

I ate at Sabu last week. Alas, we didn't do the shabu shabu although we did see it offered. The food looks like a combination of japanese and korean foods. We liked what we ordered, beef tataki, and various rolls and nigiri.

I would give them a call and confirm that they have it and also the cost. Alternatively, you can do your own shabu shabu with ease since most of the ingredients can be gotten from T and T, along with the propane stove and the hotpot pot.

Feb 13, 2013
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Thawing question...

It really depends on what you are willing to risk and the health of the persons eating the steak.

If the diners are in relatively good health, and is not immunoconpromised, then go for it.

If you have a most important appointment/presentation/meeting/travel event upcoming this week and cannot afford to have a dicey stomach, then maybe don't eat it.

If you are serving it to the public, I would say don't eat it.
Some bacteria can still multiply in the absence of oxygen.

Once you've weighed all the consequences, and decide to go ahead with cooking it, make sure you rinse the meat well (assumption here, of course is you've popped the meat back into the fridge awaiting supper) , pat dry and season and then cook it to desired doneness.

Good luck! I know I would have this niggling little voice in the back of my mind reminding me I have temperature abused the steak and I know, for me, that would take away from the enjoyment I'd get from eating it.

Jan 22, 2013
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Shabu-shabu/hot pot… teach me!

We have separate chopsticks for dropping raw foods into the pot and personal chopsticks for eating. Usually use the cheap takeout chopsticks for the raw foods.

Each person also has a smaller wire fishing basket to rescue the cooked foods as pictured on this blog:

As for dipping sauces, you can mix:

1) soya sauce and minced or sliced chillies. Add some fried garlic oil and garlic bits to enhance flavour.
2) Thinned down hoisin sauce with some chopped garlic
3) Sambal chilli sauce (slow sauteed onions, garlic, ginger and chillies with some fremented shimp paste). Can be purchased from grocery stores- look out for SingLong brand or something from Malaysia or Singapore. No, sambal oelek is not the same thing since it is not cooked.
4 )Google Jaden Hair's Steamy Kitchen Blog and follow the recipe to make the Chilli garlic sauce for the Hainanese Chicken rice.
5) Thinned down oyster sauce.
6) Chilli oil
7) Processed green onion, ginger and oil a la David Chang

Any sort of dipping sauce works, really. The meats coming out of the hotpot is delicate and somewhat bland so use what you like to flavour it up.

Our family tends to have personal sipping sauces as we are a bit paranoid.

We have blanched egg noodles to eat wth the soup at the end of the meal. or soaked beanthread vermicelli.

There is always a kettle of just boiled water on the side to top up the hot pot.

Jan 22, 2013
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Best Calgary bakeries recommendations please.

My vote is for Patisserie du Soleil in Woodbine in the SW (24 St SW and Anderson Rd, just before it turns to 37 St )

My other favourite is Eclair de Lune in Thorncliff. They make these amazing Mushroom Turnovers as well as some really awesome pastries.

Jan 21, 2013
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Steamed butternut squash, now what?

Saute some ground pork with soy sauce, minced garlic and chopped onions and add in the squash that hss been diced up. Try with some fish sauce to give it some umami too.

Jan 16, 2013
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Do you improvise your own "cooling paddles"?

I have seen dollar stores sell a variant of cooling paddles for jugs of iced tea (so they are much smaller and narrower than the ones you find in the restaurant supply store. The one I saw was about 2 inches by 12 inches by 1 inch).

You still will have to freeze them prior to use.

I live in Canada and in the winter, I just plop my pot into the snowbank on my deck for rapid cooling.

Jan 10, 2013
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Dried Maldive Fish in Calgary?

There is a southern indian grocery store in the NE just off McKnight and Falconridge Blvd. Okay, scratch that- there are ton's of places there but this one stocks maldive fish (I bought some from there, it is called maldive chips and cost 5.99). I don't remember what it is called. But it had a red awning and is located in the the next block of shops west of Fruticana, the grocery store. Along with maldive chips, I also got rose essence there and other sri lankan goodies.

It is located across from Le Jawab ( awesome indian hakka chinese food, btw) in the same block as Talwandi Video store but at the south end of the block. hard to explain- google map it so see location)

Dec 12, 2012
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Takoyaki Griddle in Calgary?

You may want to look for abelskiver cast iron pans at a camping store such as Campers Village or Wholesale Sports .

If money is not an issue, you can find the same pan at Williams Sonoma.

Or, I have seen electric cake pop makers at London Drugs.

Whether it is takoyaki, abelskiver, paniyaram or banh kot, the idea is a thick batter which may be savory or sweet, and may be stuffed or not, cooked into a rounded shape.

There is a thread on this board about the abelskiver pans.

Nov 21, 2012
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Russian (or other E.European) Bistros, Cafes, Restraunts Edmonton?

Try Uncle Ed's Ukrainian Restaurant at 4624-118 Ave NW
And go to Baltyk Bakery (across from the Royal Alex) for their Piernik (gingerbread).

Nov 21, 2012
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Skate / Ray Recipes? Thornback Ray Wing

Rinse thoroughly and pat dry. Rub with about one to one and a half tsp ofpowdered turmeric and salt. Pan fry till cooked. If you want it spicy, add a little bit of chilli poeder or a smidge of cayenne.

Nov 15, 2012
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Seeking Tua Nao in Winnipeg

I am still sourcing tempeh starter. Someone I know said that the dried wine cakes from the oriental grocers might work but I am not sure still. Too cheap to fork out for actual tempeh starter. It's not that hard to make, apparently. And you don't need an incubator. A cooler, a light bulb, thermometer. The info is out there.

And that would be a NO to making fermented shrimp paste- those things are too nasty to ferment indoors. Besides, we cannot get the right kind of shrimp here.

I once took revenge on my pot smoking neighbours. I stuck some belachan in the oven on low and left the building for an hour.

Nov 05, 2012
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Seeking Tua Nao in Winnipeg

Oops, double post.

Nov 05, 2012
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Seeking Tua Nao in Winnipeg

That's what an incubator is for :) I have two sitting in my garage. Still waiting for me to attempt making tempeh.

Or, you could try doing it in a very low oven, or if you have a dehydrator... although if you want to use your dehydrator for other foods, you may not want to use it to make the fermented tua nao. I do agree with you, it is more suited for a summer project.

Nov 05, 2012
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Seeking Tua Nao in Winnipeg

You could always make your own :)

I found this site the other day.... very interesting.

Nov 04, 2012
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Five days in Edmonton!!!

I no longer reside in Edmonton, but when I visit, a must for me, is to dine at Padmanadi. I was there earlier this week. Located on the edge of Chinatown, it is unique- Indonesian vegetarian. My favourite by far is their "Mutton" curry, their lo han noodles and their seven mushroom delight.

I also visited a long forgotten haunt- Baltyk Bakery, located in the strip mall across from the Royal Alex downtown. I bought thier honey ginger chocolate cake and I had forgotten how amazing it is. It has the perfect amount of spice (nutmeg), and the chopped ginger filling is amazing. I wish I had bought a larger piece of cake as I am now slicing very thin slivers of my block to make it last.

If you are keen on trying Ukrainian foods, try Uncle Ed's. Located east of the Coliseum so a long ways away from your located by West Ed. Their food is unpretentious and homey.

Sep 14, 2012
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Kaya Toast in Calgary?

If you are lucky, you may find kaya toast at Hong Kong style cafes.

If you want the experience but don't want to put in the time to make the kaya (which is an egg custard, essentially, flavoured with screwpine/pandan leaves), try and find Yeo's brand kaya in a tin. Yeo's is a Singaporean brand. and their kaya is decent enough. I have also seen a brand called Glory in the stores too. Try Lambda, Tops 100 or even T &T or Lucky's.

Pick up the softest, fluffiest loaf of white bread, maybe even texas toast. Pop it in the toaster, making sure the toast isn't too brown. Slather the kaya on the toast and enjoy. No one I know has a sunny side up egg laced with soya sauce with thier kaya toast. Typically, you just get plain toast to dip in your egg, not kaya toast.

Mar 16, 2012
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Aebleskiver pan

Thanks, Mr. Bill for the information. I hightailed to Deerfoot Meadows to pick up one pan, made some sweet aebelskivers (orange and ginger jam filled) then followed by savoury ones (shrimp filled) and liked it so much, I went hunting at the Stuporstore on McLeod and Southland and found another one to add to my collection. It still cost less than 20$ for two pans which is waaay less than what they were asking at Wholesale Sports for a single pan.

So, will attempt all kinds of variations of this.
Am going to try and make banh kot with a rice flour and coconut milk based batter (and shrimp) and also try for paniyaram with rice and semolina and lentils.
Yup, I will get much use out of these pans until I get bored of making them.

Feb 15, 2012
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Congee in Calgary

Forbidden City has a seafood congee that is to die for. Chiu Chow style? It has mussels and other seafood that are not overcooked and is flavourful as well.

Dec 30, 2011
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Suggestions for outing with vegetarian?

If you are willing to head up to Edmonton, Padmanadi is a lovely indonesian vegetarian place I dream about whenever I plan a trip north to the capital. Lurve all their dishes, especially the mushroom entree- rapturous. Along with their veggie mutton curry and lo han noodles. They also have a pretty good selection of desserts too.

I've often asked them to consider coming to Calgary.

Dec 30, 2011
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Soy paper in Calgary?

If you mean soy paper as in the semi translucent "skin" that forms when boiling soy milk that is dried and needs rehydrating, prior to using, then try Lambda or Lucky Supermarket or even Shun Fatt or T and T in the refrigerated section. If you are refering to the soy packet used for inari sushi, I would suggest a sushi supply store like Arirang. I think they typically come in a can.

Lucky Supermarket
4527 8 Ave SE #327, Calgary, AB T2A 0A7, CA

Oct 31, 2011
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Tempeh in Calgary

I saw fresh tempeh being sold at the Canadian Indonesian Social Club's Warung Sabtu (translated Saturday Store) yesterday. It usually happens the last saturday of the month-all kinds of Indon goodies can be bought. Google them and check their site to confirm if Warung Sabtu happens or even contact them and they can likely put you in touch with someone who is making the goodies fresh in Calgary.

Stupid me, I meant to buy the tempeh to try it but forgot.

Oct 30, 2011
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Rocky Mountain House?

The Walking Eagle Inn has a restaurant that serves decent food. I've stayed in Rocky several times and its either that place or the Tim's. It is right beside the DQ on Hwy 11.

Sep 21, 2011
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Beef Jerky - Smokey Farm Meats in Calgary?

I've not been to SA meats in Kensington ( they've been closed when I travel by) but in Edmonton, there is Betsy's Boerewors and they make the most delicious chilibites. Their biltong and droewors are also yummy. If you are going to stop there, then why not also pick up their sausages and also meat pies. They are on Calgary Trail South, not far from a school and next to a dive shop and Dorothy's Appliance, I think. My vote is for the chilebites as they are super addictive.

Aug 29, 2011
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Ace Bakery Products, YYC

I was at the Stuporstore south of Southland and Mcleod on Tuesday and they had still warm rosemary foccacia and I passed up on it. I should have picked it up as I am sure the bread would not have disappointed. But having al; that bread to myself is a dangerous thing. The foccacia made me want to make some down home italian fare and I am not really fond of Italian in the first place. I hope Superstore keeps up with the product as just based on smell and sight alone I was wanting to buy it so I could cuddle the bread.

Jun 30, 2011
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Vegan coming to Edmonton

I would urge you to try Padmanadi. Indonesian vegetarian. Sublimely delicious. They moved to thier new location which is bright, clean and funky. Thier bakmi goreng ( noodles are chewy and delicious). Curry "Mutton"- creamy, balanced with hints of kaffir lime leaf. And if you like
mushrooms, thier 3 mushroom dish is heavenly.

And thier desserts are awesome too.

I moved away from Edmonton and every time I visit, a trip to Padmanadi is a must. I am always campaigning for friends to go there, vegetarian or not. I do get funny looks but you know what, great food is great food- whether it has meat or not. And I am not a vegetarian. And I have no affiliation with the restaurant other than I used to live in the region.

10740 101 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5H 2S3, CA

Jun 03, 2011
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where to find chiles

I seem to recall a vegetable/produce store on 17th Ave SE that had a decent collection of mexican chillies. Can't remember what they are called, though? H and W Produce? Not too far from 52 St and also Noodle World. They also have pretty decently priced fruits and veggies.

May 25, 2011
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how many gelaterias in Calgary?

there's Amato Gelato in Kensington with some pretty sweet flavours.

Amato Gelato Cafe
2104 Kensington Rd NW, Calgary, AB T2N 3R7, CA

Apr 09, 2011
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Whats the best place for dim sum YYC?

Used to go to Singapore Sam's in the NE but since they've gone through two reincarnations, the dim sum was overly salty that I've switched to Central Grand (16th Ave and Centre St) and occasionally, Pebble street in the pacific Place mall by the T&T and canadian Tire by Marlborough stn.

Apr 06, 2011
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