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Goose Fat

How low of a flame do you have the goose rendering on? I feel like you should get more fat out of the goose considering how much more fatty than duck it is...

Mar 09, 2010
anna_banana in Austin

Austin Burger Smackdown!

Thousand Island dressing is a fairly common sauce for burgers considering that McDonalds does it. Not that I'm suggesting that McDonalds burgers are amazing, quite the contrary. But it's no stranger to put thousand island as the sauce than any other. Personally, I love it and find the combination of mustard and mayonnaise strange. Love P. Terry's with everything - onions, pickles, jalapenos and all.

Apr 22, 2009
anna_banana in Austin

Non-chain Plano/Frisco restaurants?

Pho Que Huong has so many locations these days that I'd definitely consider it a chain. While it isn't corporatized, I repeatedly get served bland, mediocre food everytime I go. And even with my extremely low expectations - it still manages to disappoint me everytime.

[DFW] - Mr. Shabu Shabu - Plano

Slightly outdated post, but dipping the meat in the raw egg is something that's new to me. I think you're confusing shabu shabu with Japanese sukiyaki which is kinda similar and you dip you cooked beef in raw egg traditionally. Mr. Shabu Shabu is a Taiwanese owned place (despite the Japanese name)...what they're offering is hot pot. In China, and to my knowledge Japan, you dip your cooked meet in a a sauce, I personally like sa cha sauce of this. The egg is for you to crack and cook in your soup. Of course, eat your food however you like, but by no means is it necessary to dip the meat into raw egg.

Austin wine bars?

Cru already has a winebar open in Austin. I'm pretty sure it's on 2nd st.

Jun 29, 2008
anna_banana in Austin

Austin Driskill Grill Tasting menu---worth it??

No personal experience because my graduation ceremony overlapped with the only reservation time I could get, but my bf went for his graduation dinner. I believe he had the six course tasting menu which is considerably cheaper (I'm not sure what the actual cost is). From the pictures, the portions ran on the large side for a tasting menu, so I'm sure the six course would be more than enough. The food and service he said were spectacular and well worth the money. I think whether something is worth it or not is a very subjective question. Personally, I'm very willing to pay a lot of money for good food. And when it comes to fine dining, I'm not really looking to see if what I got was the best deal, etc... Other people obviously feel differently. I don't think you'll have a very good time if you go in with the thought that it's too expensive, so in your case, I'd go else where. There are many cheaper tasting menu places in town for sure that are very good as well.

Jun 09, 2008
anna_banana in Austin

Flipping pancakes

I always make either Alton Brown's buttermilk pancake recipe found on the food network website, or a Joy of Cooking recipe, and I love both. The only real trick to pancakes is to not overmix the batter. Otherwise, it's incredibly straight forward and simple.

Jun 03, 2008
anna_banana in Home Cooking

Getting frozen dumplings/gyoza/mandoo crispy?

You should not thaw frozen dumplings prior to cooking. Really, I just think you used way too much water.

Jun 03, 2008
anna_banana in Home Cooking

San Diego hound looking for Austin-only eats

That's because part 1 was in response to another topic. There's a link to it at the bottom of part 2, also here:

http://www.chowhound.com/topics/93175...

=)

Jun 03, 2008
anna_banana in Austin

BYOB restaurants

I agree. The last time I went, I got the katsu don which was bland with overcooked rice and was no longer BYOB.

Jun 02, 2008
anna_banana in Austin

What happened to Din Ho?!!

Asia Cafe isn't a Cantonese restaurant...neither is Pao's Mandarin House. For good Cantonese food in Austin I would really say the most authentic is First Chinese BBQ in Chinatown. I have never liked Din Ho and could never understand the raves people gave it. To me, it's always been inconsistent at best. All the times I've gone the food's been alternatively too greasy, underseasoned, overseasoned, and just plain bad.

Really Austin Chinese food just can't compare to real food from Canton. Whenever I come back from China, I stay away from Chinese restaurants for at least a month to not ruin them for myself. If you can make the trek down to Houston, you'll have much better options.

May 08, 2008
anna_banana in Austin

Pho---can it be ordered without the noodles?

Most Pho joints do not serve it family style. It's about individual portions and customizing your own bowl of noodles with the various condiments. If the place you go to serves it family style, that's an exception. I've never seen it served family style in any of the numerous vietmanese restaurants I've eaten at over the years around the US and Asia.

Many pho restaurants will serve sides of broth and meat so you can probably combine the two to get no noodles, but really it wouldn't be pho anymore. It would be, like other posters have stated, it would be like spaghetti with meatballs without the spaghetti. Really though, most Asian restaurants in the states are out to make a profit and will make any dish as customized as you want it within their ability. You shouldn't have any real issues getting it without noodles if you manage communicate your desires to your server, but don't be surprised if you get strange looks.

May 06, 2008
anna_banana in General Topics

Moving from LA - Looking for healthy options

Since Whole Foods is headquartered in Austin, it has the market fairly pinned in terms of the giant organic supermarket. It's where I typically go every weekend. Central Market tends to have wider selection, but I find the service and overall quality of central market to be generally poor in comparison. Thus why I don't do my weekly shopping at central market even though it's five minutes away from my apartment.

If you want really local fare, the farmer's markets are quite prevalent and well stocked with seasonal vegetation from nearby farms. The two ones that I know of are:

http://www.austinfarmersmarket.org/
http://www.sunsetvalleyfarmersmarket....

The other organic grocery stores in town tend to be on the smaller side. The ones I know of are:

Wheatsville Co-Op
Oakerville Grocer
Sun Harvest
Farm to Market Grocer (supplied by local farms)

May 06, 2008
anna_banana in Austin

Where can I find slab bacon in Austin?

I actually ended up going there and they had it. Thanks! =)

Apr 14, 2008
anna_banana in Austin

Where can I find slab bacon in Austin?

Yeah, I already sent them an e-mail. Hopefully I will get a response relatively soon. It's just their online order form doesn't list the Triangle as an option for pick-up.

Apr 14, 2008
anna_banana in Austin

Where can I find slab bacon in Austin?

Unfortunately, I need the bacon sooner than Saturday's farmer's market, and they don't seem to visit the Wednesday one at The Triangle.=(

Apr 14, 2008
anna_banana in Austin

Where can I find slab bacon in Austin?

Does anyone know where I can buy a pound of slab bacon in Austin? I need my bacon slices cut about 3/8 of an in thick for lardons in a recipe and all the stores I've called/checked thus far only sell pre-cut bacon that is 1/8 in thick. Basically I need a place that has a giant block of bacon they can slice to my specifications. Places I've checked thus far:

Central Market
Whole Foods
Oakville Grocer
Sun Harvest

If anyone knows where I can find this, I'd greatly appreciate it.

Apr 14, 2008
anna_banana in Austin

Desserts for 2 cookbook?

I really enjoy Alton Brown's peach upside down cakes for single serving desert options.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recip...

Or you can do what me and my boyfriend does since there's only the two of us, and we love to bake. We make full recipes and give lots and lots of food away to our grateful friends. =)

Mar 10, 2008
anna_banana in Home Cooking

Salt and Pepper Squid

I've never had consistency issues with this dish at sunflower. If you squeeze the lime and mix the juice with the salt and pepper mixture, it's delicious as a dipping sauce =). I don't much like the ones at Din Ho or T&S because they have a buttery flavor that's really disconcerting to me.

Mar 10, 2008
anna_banana in Austin

Egg Whites

Before cutting egg yolks from your diet, I'd suggest checking your information sources. I have never heard that egg yolks cause free radicals. As a matter of fact, a quick google search led me to several webpages that list egg yolks as an antioxidant:

http://www.rice.edu/~jenky/sports/ant...

http://www.gmhc.org/health/nutrition/...

In anycase, eating healthily can only be achieved by maintaining a balanced diet and not by cutting out anything entirely. Most food play important roles in our diet and balance is extremely important.

Mar 06, 2008
anna_banana in Home Cooking

Your stir fry recipes

Most Chinese food in America is way too sweet. It just happened to work out that Americans tend to like sweet sauces especially in take out dishes like sesame chicken. In response to this, even fairly traditional restaurants lean towards the sweeter sides of things to appeal to a wider palate.

Asking if Chinese food as a whole is sweet or not is asking for a gross blanket statement. You have to understand that Chinese food is made out of many many different kinds of regional cuisines that are very all very distinct and different. If we were to pick the region that is most prone to sweet food, that would probably be Shanghai. Shanghainese dishes leans toward the sweeter side (although nothing on the level of sesame chicken) and is usually balanced by the use of lots of vinegar.

I will also say that my Chinese grandmother, who is an amazing cook does use sugar in her cooking, but never in her stir fry. And when I was growing up, the only honey we kept in the house was local wildflower honey because that was suppose to help my brother's terrible seasonal allergies.

Mar 05, 2008
anna_banana in Home Cooking

Where to Eat DOWNTOWN During SXSW 2008

Many of those places aren't anywhere close to being within walking distance of downtown...

Mar 05, 2008
anna_banana in Austin

Best book for a cupcake [Moved from Food Media & News board]

You can essentially take any cake recipe you like and make them into cupcakes (reduce baking time to about 20-25 minutes). I personally really like the in the four-egg yellow cake recipe in the Joy of Cooking for cupcakes. It's not too sweet, and the folded-in whipped egg whites leaves the cupcakes soft and fluffy.

Mar 05, 2008
anna_banana in Home Cooking

Chocolate

The best chocolate truffles I've ever had, Austin or elsewhere, are Edi's Chocolates, and I've eaten my fair share of gourmet truffles. Handmade truffles using only high quality dark Belgium chocolate; in particular, her coffee truffles are incredible. She sells them Saturday mornings at the Sunset Farmer's Market in south Austin for $20/dozen.

Mar 04, 2008
anna_banana in Austin

Please help me to like salmon

If you don't like salmon (much like I didn't up until fairly recently) start slow. By far, I find the most palatable way of eating salmon is in sushi/sashimi or smoked. Try making gravlax sandwiches with lots of dill to get used to the general taste. Also, when you cook it, you can try to keep it relatively raw by only searing it. As long as your salmon is good quality this shouldn't pose any health issues, and keeping it rare will keep it sweeter as opposed to having it acquire a cooked, fishy taste.

Mar 04, 2008
anna_banana in Home Cooking

Good Fish and Chips Recs?

Hi, I'm new to the board. Although I feel fairly familiar with the restaurant scene in Austin; I'm always looking for new places =)

I've been looking for decent fish and chips in Austin for a while, and have been thus far throughly let down. In particular, I found the fish and chips at the Dog and Duck Pub near UT campus to be exceptionally nasty (having the magical properties of being overcooked AND undercooked at the same time). Any places you guys would recommend?

Mar 04, 2008
anna_banana in Austin