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Mango kills corn starch's thickening

I bought the tapioca starch. I had two mangos and I made the dish twice. The starch thickens immediately. I put in the same amount as corn starch and it became like glue. Then I added the mango and all of the thickening went away. Just like corn starch.

The second time I had the mango in the sauce and up to temp and then added the starch. It thickened right away and I then served it. As it sat on the plate while eating it started to loosen. So, that's ok, but not ideal.

Mango just on top is ok but you don't get the mango flavor in the sauce as much.

I don't think it's acidity. I've added orange juice to other stir frys and corn starch thickens just fine.

Aug 22, 2012
rockhopper in Home Cooking

What makes a hoagie a hoagie?

Agree with Deluca cheese monger.

Something not usually mentioned: in a hoagie the loaf is sliced almost but not quite in half so there is a "hinge". They lay the loaf open, then lay on the cheese first, then the meats, then the veg. The wet stuff is therefore not touching the bread.

On a Sub - which reminds me of substandard - the roll is sliced in half and the top part lies on the wet veg.

Aug 21, 2012
rockhopper in General Topics

What's the best sandwich at Tony Luke's?

Once I got his meatball sandwich for a change of pace from the RPI. It is an excellent example of this common sandwich.

Aug 21, 2012
rockhopper in Philadelphia

McMillan's Bakery on Haddon Ave. in New Jersey has the Best Cream Donuts I have tasted

Yes. The cream donuts are great. So are the chocolate raised donuts and the jelly donuts. They are the best I've ever had. Better than NYC's exalted Donut Factory.

In the spring, their hot cross buns are terrific. I don't think they have them at other times.

Collingswood starts once you cross Cuthbert, which is 100 yards away.

Aug 21, 2012
rockhopper in Philadelphia

Hatch Chiles available locally?

This year's crop of Hatch Chiles are in. Is there any place near Philly where I can buy them?

Otherwise, there are online sources like this:

The shipping is as much as the peppers.

Aug 21, 2012
rockhopper in Philadelphia

Mango kills corn starch's thickening

When I make a stir fry and add fresh mango, any thickening from the corn starch disappears. Some enzyme thing I guess. It doesn't matter if I thicken the sauce first then add the mango, or add the mango and then try to thicken it.

So, how do you thicken the sauce when using mango?

I see tapioca starch and potato starch in asian markets. Use one of these instead?

Aug 21, 2012
rockhopper in Home Cooking

Best Indian In South Jersey

I'll second that. Best I've had outside of Iselin or India. Consistently outstanding over dozens of trips and several dishes.

they are moving across the street to to Blackbird's old digs the first week of March. I hope the chef Rakesh keeps the quality up with the bigger space.

Feb 24, 2011
rockhopper in New Jersey

Cherry Hill area hoagies

DiPascale's is hands down the best. Really. Sarcone's bread. Good quality meat. Excellent amount of meat. Better than Chick's (2nd) and Carmen's (3rd).

The Mob names on Primo's menu means I will never set foot in their place.

It's in the back of a small grocery in Pennsauken.

Side note: I went to DiVello's once and ordered an Italian Hoagie. It had mustard and mayonaisse on it. WTF? I threw it out and never went back

Jan 31, 2011
rockhopper in New Jersey

Lahiere's, Princeton (closed)

I liked the Grotto and miss it. Two things stand out in my memory. The cook's sister was a waitress who wore what looked like J.S. Bach's wig so we called her Madame Bach. She never wrote down your order and never got it wrong. I always asked what was for desert because she used an unusual pronunciation for spumoni. It came out sounding like spermoni. Just in case I never ordered it.

Nov 19, 2010
rockhopper in New Jersey

West Side Gravy/Alex Capasso in Collingswood

After reading this gushfest I tried WSG on a Thursday night.

I got their fried chicken. Bleah. Remember the last time you had a fried chicken frozen dinner? Take it down a notch from Swanson. Banquet maybe. No, what's below that? THAT would have been better.

The chicken was indeed frozen - you can tell by the color of the bones. The order is not a half chicken (breast,wing,thigh,drumstick) as the diner vibe would have you believe but two drumsticks and two thighs. You know - the 39 cent a pound parts. I should have asked.

The flavor was "reheated chicken" flavor. You know that taste. You make a pile of fried chicken and can't eat those last few pieces. So the next day you heat them in the oven. The unmistakable reheated chicken flavor. That's what you get here. Yes it was hot (straight from the oven!) and crispy. It was also dried out and it had that gross flavor. Hardly "This was some of the best homemade fried chicken you will anywhere [sic]"

The cole slaw was good and the potato salad OK.

I hate to say it but Country Buffet makes fried chicken a googolplex times better than what I was served.

Oct 30, 2010
rockhopper in New Jersey

King Wong in Medford NJ

I may have written about Oriental Pearl's H&S soup but that was years ago when it was great. Their current version is what you describe. It is a far cry from what they made just a few years ago. Another victim of the depression.

Oct 12, 2010
rockhopper in New Jersey

Fatty Nut Snack I Can't Stop Eating

Who or what is "Anyhoo?"

Oct 12, 2010
rockhopper in Features

Looking for English/Irish soft drinks and crisps

You can take patco to Haddonfield, make a left on King's Highway and walk 2 blocks to the British Food store and then have lunch across the street at the British Chip Shop.

Aug 06, 2010
rockhopper in Philadelphia

Give me your BEST Cheesesteak joint in PHILLY and WHY

(donning asbestos suit)

The best cheesesteak is not in Philly but in NJ. Chick's Deli in Cherry Hill.

The downside is you won't get any Sout' Philly addytood from the employees

Chick's Deli
906 Township Ln, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

Jul 12, 2010
rockhopper in Philadelphia

Veronica's - Haddonfield, NJ

yes that is the Via Giulia building that they are taking over.

Apr 09, 2010
rockhopper in New Jersey

Veronica's - Haddonfield, NJ

That's where Via Giulia is. Or maybe "was" if you are correct. I'll check when I get home. That would be too bad because their food was great. Perhaps Veronica's might be good too. Besides I always thought Archie should go for Veronica instead of Betty.

It's a small place across from the post office and the same side as *$

Apr 09, 2010
rockhopper in New Jersey

Hot Dogs in South Jersey

Mschow it was sportz dogs but that went out of business. It's now Texas Wieners[sic] which of course has nothing at all to do with Texas.

And they mis-misspelled the name; in North Jersey they are Texas Weiners.

Apr 05, 2010
rockhopper in New Jersey


"ravioli" is already plural.

I wonder if the cheese burger sottocenere is the kind with truffles.

Mar 30, 2010
rockhopper in New Jersey

New Jersey is getting its own CH board [moved from Mid-Atlantic board]

New Jersey or North Jersey?

Jan 23, 2010
rockhopper in Site Talk

Need a Recommendation in Cherry Hill

I'll second what mschow said about Fuji.
It is the best sushi restaurant within 200 miles.
No joke.

Nov 07, 2009
rockhopper in New Jersey

Mediterranean Cafe: Haddonfield, NJ

Thanks for the head's up. We'll check it out this weekend.

Sep 24, 2009
rockhopper in New Jersey

What recipes do you make with San Marzano tomatoes?


Go for a simple quick pan sauce.

Never for Italian American gravy unless you're rich. (I can't tell the difference between them and american tomatoes in a long simmered sauce)

Sep 21, 2009
rockhopper in Home Cooking

Lasagna with Bechamel Sauce????

since you're posting about it you have indeed heard of it :)

Sep 21, 2009
rockhopper in Home Cooking

Greek Style Roasted Potatoes

yes the parboiling is good.

I don't use just oil; I put them in the pan that the lamb was cooked in while its resting. So you get arni goodness along with the rosemary. Then I toss with the lemon juice and put it back in the oven for a few minutes.

... and there's no extra pan to clean.

Sep 21, 2009
rockhopper in Home Cooking

Your Best Michigan Sauce Recipe

In northern New Jersey you can find Texas Weiners[sic]. Like these "Michigans" they have absolutely nothing to do with Texas and are unknown there.

There seems to be a trend towards naming things after places that have nothing to do with them.

Sep 21, 2009
rockhopper in Home Cooking

Reheating spaghetti carbonara?

Give it to the cat and make a new batch. What will it cost? $2?
Now you know how much to make right? Make less next time.

Sep 21, 2009
rockhopper in Home Cooking

Iselin, NJ Chow

that's too funny; something good so that leaves out Indian food. :)

Sep 15, 2009
rockhopper in New Jersey

Heading to Ocean City..Anything New to check out?

I miss it too.

So, how's the beach in Frazer, PA?

Sep 05, 2009
rockhopper in New Jersey

Best Cheesesteak in SJ?

Without question? It's nice that there is something you personally like. Keep eating it and enjoy.

But the crappy AC roll, the flavorless contents and its location raise several questions.

Sep 05, 2009
rockhopper in New Jersey

Pho Barkley - Cherry Hill

In 2 visits you were given the wrong order 4 times?

Aug 20, 2009
rockhopper in Mid-Atlantic