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The best bargain in town (Philly)

Thanks for the detailed post! I have been curious about the place....

Nov 01, 2007
munch_kin in Pennsylvania

Chicken Fried Steak...gimme the recipes!

Yes, drying helps make it crispier!

Feb 07, 2007
munch_kin in Home Cooking

Pulled pork: can I let it rest overnight before pulling?

Yes, it is easier to pull it while warm.

Feb 04, 2007
munch_kin in Home Cooking

Is it a burger or is it a meatloaf patty??..

I love to dress up hamburgers and probably they would qualify as meatloaf-burgers.
I actually do feel that, for a hamburger at a more elemental level, I hardly touch the meat.
The more ground meat is kneaded, or even molded into patties, it becomes tougher.
Ideally you can form a "patty" right on the grill, no salt or other seasonings until it is on the grill. Of course, pre-salting ground meat makes it tough, too.
Then it must not be touched (tougher, yet) until it is time to be flipped.
I also like to cook it on top of chopped onions that will carmelize.

Feb 04, 2007
munch_kin in General Topics

can you return corked wine?

Yes, I had the same situation and returned it to the liquor store for a replacement.
They apologized profusely and there was no problem.

Feb 04, 2007
munch_kin in Wine

Good Barbecue in York, PA

We got there today. It was worth the long drive.

I ate grouper there (really tender and juicy with a light cornmeal/flour batter) today. My wife had the pulled pork, which I sampled. I don't think it could have been much better, tender and not pre-sauced. The beans were great, as mentioned above.
We took a rack of ribs home for another day. Joe was very friendly and fun, too.
(Thanks again for the recommendation!)

Of course, the place is an hour and a half from home, but I have to go to York in a week....

Here is the website info: http://www.smokeyjoesbbq.net/index.html

Feb 03, 2007
munch_kin in Pennsylvania

30th St Sta, Philadelphia

You can also take a cab to any number of great places in W. Philly.
(The station has just been renovated, so that is good, at least.)

I was in New Orleans for the last Tut exhibit, I am looking foward to seeing the one at the Franklin!

Feb 03, 2007
munch_kin in Pennsylvania

Grog

I can't believe I have never made Grog, since I do like dark rum the best. I will try it soon, I even have a few limes around to use!

Feb 01, 2007
munch_kin in Recipes

Caveman Posture

Try eating fried chicken or BBQ without having elbows come into play!

Feb 01, 2007
munch_kin in Features

Vietnamese Building Blocks

You guys are making me jealous that my mom wasn't from Vietnam. The first time I had Vietnamese food, I felt like I could eat it on any occasion, holiday or not!!

Feb 01, 2007
munch_kin in Features

A Classy Drunk

Check out "The Savoy COCKTAIL BOOK" from, of course, The Savoy Hotel. It was originally published in 1930, but I have '80's version, reprinted with all of the deco artwork.

(Good luck finding absinthe.) As, mentioned above, Pimm's is just a six mile drive away, at my local state PA liquor store!

Feb 01, 2007
munch_kin in Features

Is Nutmeg Really a Mind-Altering Substance?

BTW, the song "mellow yellow" was not referring to bananas.
What it does refer to, I will leave to your imagination, or further research.

Feb 01, 2007
munch_kin in Features

Havana Joes in Pottstown--Good Chow, Great Service!

The chipotle ribs are another good item. I recently tried the ropa vieja and enjoyed it, as well. Friendly staff, as mentioned above.

Does anyone have any other dining recommendations in the Pottstown area?

Jan 30, 2007
munch_kin in Pennsylvania

Good Barbecue in York, PA

Thanks for the heads-up! After living in KC, MO for many years, I am desperate for BBQ!
I love the ones voted "Best Philly BBQ", etc.... I guess they voted for themselves.

Unless you roast a whole pig, it is hard to smoke pork, I think.
I have used various smokers, with my favorite meats (and fish) for years, but even though it is usually better than the local "BBQ's," it can't compare with smoking the whole pig.
(Unless you have a large amount of meat, it is hard to keep the temps low enough not to make the wood impart a bitter taste....)

Thanks to everyone that posts about where to go for BBQ!!
We live between Reading and Pottstown, but I will drive to York for BBQ!!!!
(Enjoyable ride, too!)

Jan 28, 2007
munch_kin in Pennsylvania

ISO: Deviled Crab Soup recipe

I haven't had a chance to make it, either, but I had planned to use deviled crab ingredients, as you suggest.

If the broth/base is too strong, it will overcome the crab.
If it is cooked too long, or too hot it will ruin the crab flavor.

I imagine that a saute of the veggies, then a deglazing, reduction with some stock/white wine, with crab being added last, might be one idea.

Let us know how it goes!

Jan 19, 2007
munch_kin in Home Cooking

What's a Good Sauce to Serve with tamales?

How about posting it your recipe as a seperate thread?
It wouldn't be buried here among the sauce postings.

Jan 14, 2007
munch_kin in Home Cooking

ISO: Deviled Crab Soup recipe

(I know you probably checked with a search engine.)

I searched and found nothing similar. Also, I was at the Issac's near Reading (on Friday) and it wasn't featured that day.

You really have me curious, maybe if you can remember more about it you can re-create it yourself. Was it a cream soup?

Jan 14, 2007
munch_kin in Home Cooking

Anniversary dinner in the suburbs?

The website reservation page indicates that you need to call one month in advance. I wonder if that is the case at this time of year?

Jan 12, 2007
munch_kin in Pennsylvania

What's a Good Sauce to Serve with tamales?

Thank you so much! I am curious about the Mucbil Pollos.

Jan 11, 2007
munch_kin in Home Cooking

Indian Restaurants near K of P

I like the word "novely", btw, it sounds like a lovely novel!
(Or something that resembles a novel.)

You got me thinking about all the different types of sambar.
At Devi, they were both lentil-based. One featured hot red peppers. It wasn't too hot, but left a slow burn.
(The worst burn I got was from mirichi pakora at Palace of Asai.) I could see the cooks watching me take the first bite.) Devi had idli (lentil crumpets) to soak up the sambar. I didn't like them on their own, but they were pretty neutral once they had absorbed the sambar.

The dosas are the best I have had at a restaurant, but I have only had dosas at about ten places, so I am no expert! I make french crepes, but I sure couldn't make one of these, without a lot of practice. They were really thin and light. They have a large selection of sambars on the weekend buffet, or so I am told.

I need to try Himalayan and Gateway as soon as possible....

I have never made sambar at home, btw,
Here is a link; let me know what you think!

http://www.recipezaar.com/89803

Jan 11, 2007
munch_kin in Pennsylvania

What's a Good Sauce to Serve with tamales?

What about fillings? What else is typical of tamales in Yucatan that make them different? Do you use raisins, or fruit?

Jan 11, 2007
munch_kin in Home Cooking

What's a Good Sauce to Serve with tamales?

I have never had traditional tamales served with sauce.
I do like MINE with sauce on the side, though. Red or green chile sauce works well. Also you might enjoy a mole sauce.
It seems that many confuse salsa (for dipping) with chile sauce.

Just do what you think you and your fellow chowhounds at home would like, and don't worry if it is "authentic."

Jan 09, 2007
munch_kin in Home Cooking

Baba Ganoush

That sounds interesting: I have never seen it without lemon juice are tahini. No kosher recipe (or any other) I have seen leaves them out. It should not taste sour, even with the juice of a whole lemon. Many years ago, I remember making it with mayo, because I was out of tahini. (I can't remember what it tasted like.)

I am curious to see what you come up with. Call that chef!

Jan 09, 2007
munch_kin in Home Cooking

I bought the brussel sprouts ... now how do I roast them? Tips?

That sounds like a good idea, I will try that. I usually just steam them, with a little butter, garlic and kosher salt and pepper, until they are just tender crisp. Then I squeeze a little lemon juice on them before serving.

I love roasting veggies; oddly enough, I have never roasted the little green monsters!

Jan 09, 2007
munch_kin in Home Cooking

Does anyone remember Tom and Jerrys?

Why, of course, they're why I became addicted to alcohol at age three!! (just kiddin')

Thank you for posting a link to the recipe!

Jan 09, 2007
munch_kin in Home Cooking

ISO: Deviled Crab Soup recipe

There is a website you might like. It is designed to help those who want to re-create their fav chain restaurant recipes:

http://www.copykat.com/

Jan 09, 2007
munch_kin in Home Cooking

Good diners in the western Philly burbs?

I used to live off of Baltimore Pike and ate regularly at the Olympia. That was a few years ago, but I imagine it isn't much different.

Most of these Greek diners are best for breakfast. The so-called "home fries" are sliced, boiled potatoes that sit in the corner the grill all day, so you better get there early! If you want hash browns, they are frozen patties (not hand grated) but are usually better than home fries.

Good luck! Try breakfast first, then, if you survive, go for lunch or dinner.

Jan 09, 2007
munch_kin in Pennsylvania

dinner recs between Lancaster and Wilmington

Yes, great food, service and even atmosphere!

(I got to it via 202 South to RT 2, but if you are coming from Lancaster, of course that would not be the way to go!)

I found it to be one of the finest area Indian restaurants;
below is the link to their website (map included)

http://www.palace-of-asia.com/restaur...

Jan 09, 2007
munch_kin in Pennsylvania

dinner recs between Lancaster and Wilmington

The Palace of Asia (Indian) in Newark, DE, is very good. I wish they were closer to where I live! It is right off 202.

Jan 08, 2007
munch_kin in Pennsylvania

Steaks - Straight (plain) or Sauced ?

This super-searing works well, since the steaks are cooked as quickly as possible. It assumes that the "searer" is very competent, as I am sure you must be, or you probably wouldn't have suggested it!!

Jan 05, 2007
munch_kin in General Topics