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Japanese food question

I know it as Chinese, Hom yu(k). But it was a "secret menu item" in the old days. Steamed seasoned ground pork patty topped with fermented fish or fermented bean curd

2 days ago
Alan408 in Home Cooking

Japanese food question

It is a ground pork patty with fermented fish or bean curd

Skip, tell us where you want to eat this dish

2 days ago
Alan408 in Home Cooking

What is this? And where can I buy it / how can I make it?

Yes you can purchase it, yes you can purchase unseasoned, then prepare your own sauce

Japanese call the dried fish niboshi

Aug 07, 2014
Alan408 in General Topics

Oysters - Horseradish

Based on wasabi costing around $100 per pound and being scarce an amazing amount of wasabi is probably green died horseradish

Apr 12, 2014
Alan408 in General Topics

Paying it forward

Recently a gold star son was in the media for paying it forward, have your hostess google it, and maybe it would help her understand paying it forward

Apr 12, 2014
Alan408 in Not About Food

Paying it forward

Toll Bridges and Toll Roads too

Apr 12, 2014
Alan408 in Not About Food

Fresh masa items, made to order

San Jose

I don't know if they use masa or harina, but Tropicana on Story has an in house tortilla factory, one can watch them process

Chavez on Blossom Hill has the ability to make fresh corn tortillas to order: ball of dough run through a roller then cooked on the flat top

san jose recommendations

Hi, I am in a hospital, third time since Nov

Hit by a red light runner, every time they say I may not be able to walk, I try to prove them wrong and end up in the hospital

The meds they give me are mind altering

At least this visit my posts haven't been deleted, maybe tomorrow

Nice to remember with you

Is there a fix for my chicken soup - it tastes sour

My experience with sour chicken soup was left warm covered overnight, I wasn't the cook but I thought it was spoiled

Apr 10, 2014
Alan408 in Kosher

How to control garden pests and varmints?

Got a phone message today, I have 3 raccoon traps deployed, caught 1 racoon and the two other traps had been tripped.

Regarding pee and hair, I have dogs, they shed and pee, doesn't deter anything. And, there have been a couple of humans who peed in the area too.

I have a chicken coop at the cabin, I have (had) pheasant and partridges in them. Double fenced, the traps are inside the first fence.

Raccoons kill and eat my birds, weasels kill and drink the birds blood, I think the skunks eat the feed and any dead birds. I have learned by the remains, what killed them.

A neighbor occasionally raises chickens in the enclosure, sometimes he spends the night out there, I know this because I sometimes hear gunfire.

He burns the carcasses, he thinks that deters their relatives from visiting. Another neighbor used to hang coyote carcasses on his fence, said a coyote won't cross a fence with a carcass on it.

Sometimes I think I would rather deal with the live raccoons than deal with the smell of them in a burn barrel.

Apr 10, 2014
Alan408 in Gardening

How to control garden pests and varmints?

Earwigs do that to my seedlings.

Apr 10, 2014
Alan408 in Gardening

Veal Stock

Not an Austin rec, but I often use Knorr's Homestyle Stock.

I think it is better than BtB or Minors. Not as salty, and has some body. One container with water equal 3.5 cups of stock. I don't dilute, just add a 1/4 t per serving. If I making 4 servings of steak tips with mushroom sauce, I add ~1t, container might be 3-4T. 4 containers in a pack, I don't contaminate the container, and it lasts for months in the fridge.

In my grocery stores, they sell frozen demi glac, might cost ~$10 for 8 oz.

Apr 10, 2014
Alan408 in Austin
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Substitute for whitefish in gefilte fish recipe

Regarding the whitefish shortage. Many parts of the Great Lakes froze over this winter, very difficult to harvest commercial quanties of fish through ice. Chicago is a border city to a great lake. The Great Lakes are a major supplier of White Fish. There are no whitefish living in NYC that I know of....they live in the Great Lakes, other places too, but not in NYC. I have fished for them in Canada, but those areas were cold too this winter.

White fish are a mild tasting fish, I think striped bass has more texture than white fish, but can understand it is a recommendation. Wild Striped bass are larger than whitefish, if the striped bass are farm raised, they maybe very similar to whitefish. Talapia could be used as a substitute to white fish. I am not "kosher", but I can't see how commercially available talapia could be kosher, and I am on the border re farm raised striped bass.

My "kosher" thoughts are based on what farm raised talapia eat, and what farm raised striped bass may eat.

Apr 10, 2014
Alan408 in Home Cooking

san jose recommendations

I lived in downtown SJ in the 70s. When called a state of decline, well that is what happens to all cities, it is a business decision...costs a lot of money to tear down existing buildings and replace them, vs building on previously farm land. In the 80s, a new mayor was elected, his family owned a lot of downtown, his family may have not wanted to spend money to tear down their buildings just because they were old. The mayor started a downtown redevelopment (vs other mayors who promoted out of downtown development.....the previous mayors had investments in land outside of downtown, e.g., Hayes). McHenry was able to get state money to redevelop downtown, the money lasted for ~30 years.

I went to college in San Jose and Santa Clara. I had classmates whose families owned downtown and also property in the Santa Clara County area. There are a lot of streets with my classmates/friends last names.

When I knew people who owned propery downtown, they had plans to redevelop, just took some time. Thinking was: do they put money into buildings that were going to be raised, or do they stay patient and "hit the lottery". Well, after McHenry was elected, they hit the lottery.

You mentioned 1990, by 1980 Washington Square/El Pasao was in redevelopment. I occasionally see Super Taqueria mentioned on this site, in the 70s it was on 3rd or 4th street, across from BofA, by 79 or 80 both had moved, soon several square blocks had been leveled. I was a customer of San Jose Camera in the 70s, they moved because the building they were in was demolished. Pac Bell's building, close to the bus station was completed in the early 80s. Pac Bell moved from SF to SJ to San Ramon, following building costs, I was involved with Chevron's move from SF in the late 70s (one of Rockefellers businesses from the 1800's) to Concord, many of their employees lived "there" and building costs in Concord were "free" compared to downtown SF.

A key to downtown development was the Arena (formally a Datsun dealership) and the Convention Center, their planning started in the 80s. Your friend may have not been aware of those significant downtown developments. If you want to discuss the area north of SJSU (Santa Clara Street) between Japantown, I can, it is a case of the existing owners contents with their investments vs "selling out" and "hitting the lottery" vs taxes. A thought might be, my grandparents lived here, if I sell, after taxes, it doesn't pencil out. It may not pencil out to redevelop one house, but if the developer can get enough property to build mutiple units, it does. SJ recently had an arsonist, among other places, he torched an old Victorian, house was in need of repairs costing more than the owners could afford with out financing, but the land is very valuable. The property can hold 3 new units, but it isn't penciling out. I am familar with a property owner in the area, they own a condemmed Victorian and several commercial buildings on contingous property, their costs of owning the property are affordable, they own "half the block", all of the other properties are under lease, it doesn't pencil out to evict the commercial tentants to be able to sell to a developer, but in ~6 years, the leases will have expired, maybe they planned this with their lease terms (50 yrs), expect high density housing to replace the two restaurants and ~5 homes.

My name is Alan, I am not trying to argue with you, but I have experiences that don't support yours.

Big Green Egg? Is it worth it?

I have used many "water smokers", they all perform. Spend $200 or $1,000, I don't think there is a food difference. The "cook" has more impact on the food than the cooker.

I had a great dual fuel water smoker branded Coleman. Either Brinkmann copied Coleman or the reverse. The Coleman metal was much thicker than the Brinkmann, and the Coleman costs ~3x vs the Brinkmann.

Initially, I couldn't cook steaks on the egg, I didn't know how to cook steaks at 800 degrees. I used to joke, I could turn iron into steel in the egg (takes a high temp to make steel) but I couldn't cook steaks. But, as long as I didn't make happy hour a priority, I learned to cook steaks.

Big Green Egg? Is it worth it?

My gasket failed years ago, I replaced it with what may contain abestos and is glued in place with a flour and water mixture.

A cabin visitor who worked construction gave a long strip of material, a tube similar to woven cloth, but he said it was heat resistant, later either he told me or someone else, it may contain abestos. Over cocktails, we decided to use flour paste as an adhesive vs something chemical out of a tube. Been a decade or two, still works.

Big Green Egg? Is it worth it?

My Egg is above the fog, below the snow. It occasionally freezes there, temps in the 20's, cold enough to freeze surface water and pipes. I haven't had problems, but I haven't tried to "fire it up" when it is 25 degrees outside.

I "hear you" about moving it, I thought about bringing it home, but since I sold the truck.. I doubt I would, the wheels on my stand have died, in a few years I don't think I could move it by myself unless I get new wheels or a new stand.

san jose recommendations

I commuted on CalTrain for over 20 years and have been a rider since the 1970s.

Your post is interesting but incorrect. Trains in the 1850's, No. Train Towns, not really, many of the current stations have been in their locations for less than 50 years. Many of the old stations are gone. You mention Sunnyvale, I first remember Sunnyvale station was at Hendy Ironworks, the station moved about 20 years ago. The current Sunnyvale station location is relatively new. San Mateo has been there for ~15 years, the old San Mateo station used to be south of the current location, when a train was in the station it blocked 3rd Street, the station was moved north to avoid that. Bayshore is another new location, used to be farther south for Schlage Lock, when they closed, there was no reason for a train station. Bellermine used to have its own station, closed about 15 years ago. Campbell light rail is about 10 years old, the reason Campbell is a "hip" cluster is because the man who owned that area died. While he was alive, he saw no reason to let his property be developed, ever notice how the streets twist and turn in the area, it is because he didn't want traffic, his land: no roads.

There was a station between Palo Alto and Mountain View that was built as a condition for allowing the train to cross a landowners property. There was nothing there then and the stop was eliminated in the 70s.

Castro Street was "redeveloped", but it was thriving before and after.

Your story is nice, but not consistent with my experiences. I rode the train for so long, most of the conductors I knew have not only retired, but they have passed away. In the early 90s, trains were lightly used, the "dot com" boom in the late 90s changed things, then it continued with the increase in gas prices. The earthquake in 89 led to extending service to Gilroy, Highway 17 was closed for a few months, Santa Cruz commuters had to drive to Gilroy or Half Moon Bay to get "over the hill". The only old stations on the penisula I know of are; San Jose, Palo Alto, and Menlo Park. All of the other stations are in "new" locations. Stanford is still there but only used on game days.

Mountain View had a "tech" explosion in the 60s, supporting aerospace. The old 237 corridor was full of aerospace companies, in the 90s it became housing. I watched Castro Street "boom" in the 70s and it has been that way since. Castro Street had nothing to do with Caltrain, it was dependent on local businesses, the end of the cold war affected businesses in that area. Some companies survived because of the MCI lawsuit. In the old days, the commuter train was run by Southern Pacific. SP was losing money, the state took over the commuter railroad and was originally called Caltrans.

Central Pacific across the continent or Southern Pacific heading south through the central valley did indeed created "Train Towns", but I disagree trains made the towns on the penisula. It was the other way around; the towns were already there, train stations were opened to support agriculture then manufacturing.

Unsalted pistachios

Seems as if every supermarket has unsalted in the shell when I am looking for salted

Safeway on King yesterday

Big Green Egg? Is it worth it?

I have one , I can do everything I need in a Weber Kettle, but no one notices the Weber ,

What is your cheap charcoal grill and what are you trying to accomplish ?

shirataki noodle question

If you want them drier , pan fry them

Do you have a package ? Are they wet ( in liquid) or dry ?

Apr 07, 2014
Alan408 in Special Diets

shirataki noodle question

I think they have a neutral taste , but the texture is different than "pasta "

Apr 07, 2014
Alan408 in Special Diets

Mushroom Logs

Nor Cal , during the winter inside the house, 2 harvests of shiitake mushrooms

The woman who cuts my hair grows mushrooms in a paper bag , following instructions from the internet

Apr 07, 2014
Alan408 in Gardening

How to control garden pests and varmints?

I had problems with raccoons a couple of years ago, a fishing buddy runs a pest control business, he let me use a couple of his live traps. He also advised me to leave a radio on. I baited the traps with the oil from canned tuna fish. The traps worked.

His live traps were ~$75 each, I purchased 6 DP Coon Traps for ~$20 each. I didn't have problems with raccoons last year, but in February I saw 3 on the road. The DP traps are deployed but I haven't seen any evidence they are on my property. I did catch a couple of skunks and a weasel so far this year. I am not playing the radio now, I don't know if it worked, and it took some getting use to, "hearing voices outside at night". I tried sports talk and settled on Mexican Music. I joked with people, that I would find the raccoons sitting in front of the radio listening to Rush Limbaugh, doing fist pumps.

With the live traps one has the option to relocate the prey, with the DP traps, the prey has to be killed.

Mar 31, 2014
Alan408 in Gardening

Very old topics recently?

I think it is due to google searches, when a reply to an old thread is from a first time poster I think they found chowhound from a search engine

When the thread is renewed by an existing chowhounder I think ADD or someone who wants to communicate to anyone

Mar 29, 2014
Alan408 in Site Talk
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Hollow bread?

I think it is from: too much yeast, long rise time, not enough kneeding after the punch down

Could be one of the above or a combination

I like bread like that, except when I want slices

Mar 29, 2014
Alan408 in Home Cooking
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California's Food History and Iconic Dishes?

California Coolers were before Bartles and James

Gallo out advertised CC

I recommend the book Blood and Wine for Gallo info

Mar 28, 2014
Alan408 in General Topics

Take-out advice and pointers

I try to keep a box in the car

A box will contain spills and may prevent soup containers from tipping

Mar 27, 2014
Alan408 in General Topics
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Frozen Pre-Shelled Snails?

Simmer in teriyaki for 30-45 minutes, add some chili flakes if you like spicy. Cook them until they get a rubber band texture, they start off tough as leather, probably get tougher, then soften.

My father used to tell his friends/relatives it was rattlesnake meat. Then after they ate some, he let them know they were periwinkles.

Mar 27, 2014
Alan408 in General Topics

Excellent tacos al pastor in San Jose: Antojitos Mexicanas on Alum Rock...

Super Taqueria is a local chain

If you want to avoid the SJSU congestion, 1way street, limited parking, try one of their other locations