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Momofuku / David Chang Ginger Scallion Sauce

This is the first thing I made from the book, and we love it. I do it a little differently, though. I make the sauce just as the book says, then use it as a 'stir fry' sauce, adding it to the protein and veg. I cook it for a minute, then add the noodles to the wok and stir it all up.
I have found that adding a bit of nuoc cham (fish sauce vinaigrette in the book) and some chopped kimchi to the bowl is good too.

Jun 02, 2010
anglematic in Home Cooking

Anatomy of pork ribs?

I beleive what you are referring to is what is sold in BBQ restaurants as the "rib tips", they are just cartilage.
People remove the membrane from ribs for two reasons, first, to make the ribs easier to eat, and secondly to allow the sauce to penetrate. The membrane won't break down in cooking.

Jun 02, 2010
anglematic in General Topics

are ramps (wild leeks) around yet?

H-Mart in Federal Way had what they called "wild garlic" but I am pretty sure they are ramps.
The labels at H-Mart can be confusing, i.e. Thai Basil labeled as "taiwan" basil and shiso labelled as seame leaves. But otherwise a fabulous store I can't recommend highly enough.

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H-Mart
31217 Pacific Hwy S, Federal Way, WA 98003

Apr 12, 2010
anglematic in Greater Seattle

Federal way foodies?

Based on these recommendations I went ot Western Garden for lunch Saturday 3/13. As noted, my wife daughter and i were the only non-Korean folks.

They both had bulgogi and I had kalbi. We didn't do the table grilling, just ordered a la carte. It came with rice (of course) and 11 panchans, ranging from regular cabbage kimchi to kong namul (soybean sprouts) toa kind of sweet seaweed flake thing. Especially good were a radish kimchi and a very roasted eggplant dish.

I will definitely be going again, I am up there fairly often to shop at H-Mart.

Mar 15, 2010
anglematic in Greater Seattle

Wok in SEA? Also Meyer lemons.

Dong Vinh Asian restaurant supply has a huge selection of woks. They have them from 14" up to about 36". It is off of 1st Ave, on Hanford. it is right around the corner from Dick's Restaurant Supply (which is right on 1st and easier to see). They have about every kind of Asian cooking implement.

I would second the person who said get a carbon steel wok and season it yourself.

Mar 10, 2010
anglematic in Greater Seattle

Alderwood H Mart

My wife refers to H mart as the "Korean Costco" due to all the overstuffed carts and free samples everywhere.
We go to the one in Federal Way. Great produce, great prices, much better than 99 Ranch or Paldo, in my opinion.

Aug 27, 2008
anglematic in Pacific Northwest

Mangosteens!

Mangosteens are in Olympia! I paid $5.99/lb for about a 2 lb bag at Hong Phat market on College Street.

Jun 05, 2008
anglematic in Pacific Northwest

Nonstick wok + high heat....

I would say your best bet is to go to your local Asian store and buy a 14" carbon steel wok. Here in Washington I normally see them for 9.99 to 19.99 depending on the sophistication of the wok. Ones for 9.99 are pretty roughly made but I am sure do the job great.
I have a flat bottom non-stick wok I use on my glass cooktop that I paid 14.99 for at Ross but am planning on getting a carbon steel round bottomed one to use on the outdoor gas grill just like you.

May 16, 2008
anglematic in Cookware

Best pasta sauce in a jar?

We love Seeds of Change brand, in particular the Arrabiatta di Roma variety. They also have a Balsamic Vinegar and Onion that is quite good.

May 01, 2008
anglematic in General Topics

same or different? (weight loss)

As a person who is dieting right now (and done pretty well - 68 pounds in 16 weeks) I have used the new diet as an excuse to add variety and get out of old routines.
I have been doing a lot of cookbook reading and begun shopping at our local Vietnamese, Korean, and co-op stores.
That said, I have also developed some "routine" foods that are filling and low cal, such as my morning hot six-grain cereal.

May 01, 2008
anglematic in General Topics

Equipment Question

I have had the KA 5 quart for about 15 years now, and wouldn't have anything else. I have made countless loaves of bread, etc etc etc and it is still going strong.
Also, I have been disappointed in the quality of Cuisinart electrics lately, they seem to be one of many companies (Henckels/Calphalon cough cough) living off their past reputations.

Apr 21, 2008
anglematic in Cookware

Edible...Loofah

I see them regularly at my local Vietnamese market, but I haven't tried them yet.

Apr 21, 2008
anglematic in Home Cooking