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vietnamese in kansas city

Thanks dmd_KC

Im going to check out the banh mi hidden behind the counter. haha. Didnt know about that.

Mar 01, 2010
benlee78 in Great Plains

Best Hamburger in Midwest

There are many places but Im going to highlight a chain burger joint; Culvers. Burgers are the best and way better than Wendys, McD's, Burger K, etc...

Bourdain in KC

If Anthony Bourdain came back to visit KC in 2010, I would not recommend any pizza place. Hes probably tired of pizza and grinders since he is coming from NYC thats the mecca of pizzas. Do not mention D'Bronx. Im originally from Brooklyn NY and they are not close to NY pizza. Pizza is not bad but its not like NY.

The only thing I would recommend is to check out most of the BBQ places.

Feb 28, 2010
benlee78 in Great Plains

vietnamese in kansas city

The Korean taste perspective:

I would recommend Vietnam Cafe on Campbell and Missouri Ave (Columbus Park). I drive all the way from Lees Summit to eat there. Price is very reasonable. I think the appetizers are a bit expensive for the small portion such as the fried spring rolls. Pho is always good. The rice/meat dishes are great. I think they have one of the best fried rice combination.

I would also recommend the Vietnam Cafe on 39th and Rainbow (same owner I think). This is in a nicer location but the price is a bit more than the other location at Columbus Park. The cooks are different so you will notice something different about how the food prepared / presented compared to the one at Columbus.

If the cook is the same for the past years, then Hien Vuong at the city market is on the "so so" level depending on what you get.

I have not tried Pho KC on 315 Cherry St. I will probably check it out later.

Feb 28, 2010
benlee78 in Great Plains

CHOW Bagel

Did you add the right amount of yeast? After you mixed, did you let the dough rest so that it can rise?

Nov 25, 2009
benlee78 in Recipes

CHOW Bagel

@ginager. I agree too that bagels should not be dropped into hot bubbling water.

Apr 24, 2009
benlee78 in Recipes

CHOW Bagel

I also like to add brown sugar to the boiling water. The amount depends on you.

Mar 29, 2009
benlee78 in Recipes

CHOW Bagel

After several attempts, heres what I like for my ingredients:

1 1/2 cups warm water
1 packet active dry yeast
4 cups bread flour (recommend King Arthur Bread Dough)
4 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon kosher salt.

Side Note:
When dropping the bagels in the hot water, if the bagel didnt float to the top immediately, it means the dough wasnt left alone long enough to rise. And usually, the texture of the bagel after baking them will not be completed on the inside. When biting into the bagel, it may feel like the inside is not fully done.

For better results, let the bagel shapped dough rise for at least 1-2 hours (in room temp and kept moist). If the bagels float immediately when dropped in the hot water, its usually a good sign the dough was left long enough for it to rise.

Mar 29, 2009
benlee78 in Recipes
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