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Thai Wars - Part II

I think both are passable Thai. The ambiance is pretty awful at both places - I almost always order for pickup. However, one dish makes all the difference for me: khao soi, an amazing noodle soup from Northern Thailand that I can never find at Thai restaurants. Madam Mams serves it and serves it well - spicy, funky, complex, the tofu spongy and the side noodles crispy. Does anyone else in Austin serve khao soi? I'd be curious to know. Lately, I've been adding Thai Thani, a small truck on Manor Rd in East Austin, to the mix. One tip: Do not order their food super spicy. They don't mess around.

Oct 09, 2013
abd in Austin

Pig Tails?

The HEB in the Hancock shopping center has them. They have a lovely selection of odd cuts of pork and beef that I've been making my way through. Neck, jowls, tail, tongue. I braised the pig tails in balsamic vinegar in the pressure cooker in the style of the Purple Pig in Chicago, where they have a great version. Some bites of the tail were a little dry but overall they were unctuous and meaty (and dirt cheap).

Sep 01, 2012
abd in Austin

HEB Fresh Bulk Salsas

I was blown away by these HEB salsas, better than any other fresh salsa on offer in town IMHO. I bought them at the E 7th St. HEB and assumed they had some special elves making them fresh in house. I make a special trip now every week for salsa and Cafe Bustelo. Dirt cheap and food stamp eligible.

Apr 18, 2012
abd in Austin

Where is the best Spicy Fried Chicken in Austin on par with Prince's in Nashville

If we're talking spicy chicken, I've got to give a shout-out to the Korean Fried Chicken at Somunanjib Korean Food and Drinks on North Lamar. Amazing flavor and hot as hell (or sweet if you're not into the spicy). No relation at all to Nashville style, but it might fit the bill nonetheless. If they let you order any less than 20 pieces at time, I'd be there all the time.

Mar 03, 2012
abd in Austin

CHOW Tour Austin, Your Thoughts On Where to Go?

I'd add Mr. Natural to the vegi restaurant list, too. Funky, diverse, super-austin-y, vegetarian Tex-Mex. It's on Cesar Chavez not far from downtown. And maybe Swad, too, in North Central Austin for dosas and idli. It's the only restaurant in Austin that approximates my experience of southern india food.

Jan 14, 2011
abd in Austin

Today's Austin Food-Related Groupon

Does anyone know why it listed as a "$65 value" when their weekly delivery is $37. Is it an extra big box of organic produce, or are they just exaggerating the value?

Dec 13, 2010
abd in Austin

Need Fresh Oyster Advice Please - Post Oil Spill

Quality Seafood has definitely upped their oyster game post-BP oil spill. I went with my oyster-loving family this week and they had 6 different oysters to choose from: the Gulf (san antonio bay), Virginia, Connecticut (Blue Points), Washington State, and PEI (Malapeques). They ranged from 11.99/dz to 14.99/dz -- and they threw in a few extras to boot. Love that place.

Dec 01, 2010
abd in Austin

Free Range Heritage Turkey

for what it's worth, the White Egret Farm bourbon red heritage turkey was amazing. It tasted like a totally different animal from any turkey I've eaten before and the skin was crisp, lacquered and glistening. we cooked it low and slow as per their directions (300-325 for 4.5 hours for a 16 lb bird) and my mother-in-law, who's done thanksgiving for the last 30 years, said we knocked it out of the park. so I guess I'll probably brave the 2 hour wait again next year.

Nov 29, 2010
abd in Austin

Free Range Heritage Turkey

Picked up a pastured Bourbon Red heritage bird from White Egret Farm way down FM969. They're selling them for $4/lb at the farm, with the full flock and bird-catching staff in full view (though not the slaughtering and de-feathering). The only catch was that we had to wait in line for them to prepare just the right bird for us, which in our case took 2 hours! Other people waiting on line swore it's the best turkey they've ever eaten; I'll have to report back after T-day.

Nov 24, 2010
abd in Austin

looking for hitachino xh (or any) in austin

According to BeerAdvocate (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/...), the beer is retired and no longer brewed.

Oct 25, 2010
abd in Austin

Need help lighting vintage gas stove

I need some help. I bought a vintage O'keefe and Merritt stove a little while ago for my house, which is nearing the end of a renovation. It was reinstalled and the gas is working fine - the burners can be lit - but I'm not able to get the pilots lit.

I have vague directions from the last seller - press a red button, light pilot (where?) - but I'm failing miserably and we need it to work for our final inspection this week!

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Oct 17, 2010
abd in Cookware

What are your favorite ethnic markets?

Phoenicia Bakery on Burnet Rd is the tops.

6 types of feta (including salty bulgarian and french sheep's feta), an olive bar half the price and twice the freshness of Central Market, freezers full of middle eastern and central european delicacies, and Austin's best homemade pita. Plus the people who work there are great.

http://www.phoeniciabakery.com/

Jul 14, 2010
abd in Austin

The Rebirth of the White Swan

Great scoop. Has anyone else heard this news? If it's true, does anyone have any idea whether he's planning on opening soon or just holding the property until the area turns around? (I live two blocks away, and a new Rio Rita in the hood would make so very happy.)

Jun 24, 2010
abd in Austin

Soups in Austin

Khao Soi (northern thai spicy noodle soup) at Madam Mam's.
Shrimp wonton soup with duck at First Chinese Barbeque (Chinatown Center).

Jul 28, 2008
abd in Austin

Buying paneer

I was suprised to see that the freezer at Phoenicia grocery on Burnet Rd. has paneer. It also has some of the better/cheeper cheeses to be found in town. The French sheep's milk feta (not to mention six other kinds of feta), goat cheese and good oil cured olives are other reasons to check this place out.

Apr 29, 2008
abd in Austin