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Beef Kalbi

Interesting. Agreed with Wilhemina that there are huge variations on this recipe from family to family. And David is correct, a lot of families will use fruit - like Asian pear, apple or kiwi or some use fruit juice. I think the acids from the fruit are supposed to help tenderize the meat. And, I do like ginger in mine too!

Apr 29, 2010
chau in Recipes

Lunch spots near John Wayne?

Thanks so much folks. I've been in a rut and wanted to check out some new options. BTDT with Mitsuwa, Inka Grill, May Garden, several places on DJ (85, BCD, Capital, etc.), and The Lab and South Coast, but I've never been to The Camp. I enjoy ramen but wasn't sure about Ajisen, so I'm glad to know someone has tried it and liked it. And, thanks for the lead on the fish and chips. Yum! I know exactly where it is but we used to always end up stopping at Franco's instead. Greek Island Grille sounds great too. THANK YOU ALL!

Feb 19, 2010
chau in Los Angeles Area

Lunch spots near John Wayne?

Thanks degustateur. It has been years since I have been to Pascal so I appreciate the re-intro, as I just seem to go to the same restaurants over and over again. I've never been to the bistro/deli though and that is definitely on my list of places to go now too!

Feb 19, 2010
chau in Los Angeles Area

Lunch spots near John Wayne?

Great question - I should have started off with that. Upscale is okay but not the atmosphere we are looking for. A mom and pop little restaurant, serving African, Asian, or Latin American food and is not too expensive - under $20 per person - would be great. Thanks!

Feb 19, 2010
chau in Los Angeles Area

Lunch spots near John Wayne?

I would appreciate any recommendations for lunch spots near John Wayne airport (with a 3 mile radius). We don't have that much time and are tapped out of places - struggling to find something that is not part of a major chain. Thanks so much for your recommendations!

Feb 18, 2010
chau in Los Angeles Area

Ethiopian food in Orange County

Hi folks,

I just developed a craving for Ethiopian food - honey wine, injera, stews, etc. Are there any good Ethiopian places in Orange County that someone can recommend, especially if they are in the Tustin/Irvine area!!! Thank you!

Apr 03, 2009
chau in Los Angeles Area

Medialunas de grasa

Hi folks,

Every once in a while, I get a craving for the medialunas de grasa I had in Argentina every morning during my 2 visits there. I can't quite find any here locally. Does anyone have a recipe for this? I can't find an English language recipe anywhere. Thanks so much!

Apr 01, 2009
chau in Home Cooking

Saturday Indonesian Food Fair at the Duarte Inn IS BACK ON (Jan. 17th)!

Do you know where they will be in Hacienda Heights? I would love to try them out and HH is so much closer to me!!!! Thanks!

Jan 14, 2009
chau in Los Angeles Area

Mate in Orange County

Wonderful! Claro's is not too far away at all! I will check them out. And, I am sure mate in a french press is superior in extracting the best flavor, but I love the ritual of pouring my yerba in the mate, shaking it upside down, tilting it as I adulterate the product with orange peel and sugar, and giving it just a bit o room temperature water to moisten the leaves before adding the hot (but not boiling!) water. I don't know when it happened, but somehow, the ritual became much more satisfying than the drink itself.

Thak you both!

Oct 13, 2008
chau in Los Angeles Area

Mate in Orange County

Hello folks! Love these posts - read often and appreciate the opinions of all you posters but rarely do I find myself in a position to be additive...until now! ;-)

I need to buy a new gourd for my mate and would appreciate any exposure to any Argentine stores in OC that sell mates and bombillas. I know Whole Foods carries them under a kit by Guayaki, but their yerba is terrible (imho) and the products are overpriced. Thanks for any advice!

Oct 13, 2008
chau in Los Angeles Area

Time for Korean Grilling

This sounds delicious! I'm going to make the recipe for my husband and myself but it would be too spicy for my mom and kids (1 and 3 yo). Have you made a mild version of this? Is it just as good if I cut out the peppers or maybe cut back to a 1/4 of the recipe? Just curious. Thanks!

Jun 27, 2008
chau in Home Cooking

Suddenly, 90% Less Cooking Shows

Thank you for bringing this up! I have felt the same way. I can't figure out why FoodTV got rid of their wonderful cooking shows unless they could not afford the budgets for these shows any longer. Where are the great chefs we used to watch? Instead, we watch their contest winners or watch hosts like Robin who are not my cup of tea.

It's as if they took a lesson from MTV and decided to cut out the foundation upon which the network was built, replacing it with shows that offer very little sustenance to us. Would love an answer.

Jun 24, 2008
chau in Food Media & News

Roasting Corn

Thank you all. Yesterday, we tried it with the foil method which was great - and it was the only choice since we needed the grill to cook the meat. I want to try all of these methods though, so we'll have to plan a few more outings methinks!

May 19, 2008
chau in Home Cooking

Roasting Corn

Would love advice on how to roast corn over an open fire pit. I love that smoky flavor and would like to replicate it at a barbecue on the beach! We will be using a firepit as much as possible for cooking, but I don't know much about roasting corn in the fire pit.

Do I just soak the corn for about 20 minutes in water, leaving the husk and silk intact, and then just place them next to the flames? Should I wrap it in aluminum? Would appreciate your advice. Thank you!

May 14, 2008
chau in Home Cooking