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Steam white rice - what to buy?

I have been a bad Chinese... Somehow, I never "care" about the kind of rice I bought. Growing up, my family here is US bought the pink label one from Costco. I simply never question it and continue to buy and cook it. It wasn't until recently, my American fiance order some take outs and was head over heel with the rice that came with our meal. We are now questioning our rice choices for home. But I'm lost... There are several brand in the stores. But what are the difference? Or are they basically the same thing just different packaging? I know there are different rice (short) available in Japan/China/Taiwan. Are any of them available here in US (east coast)?

Apr 06, 2013
meimei in General Topics

Foodtruck event in Baltimore?

I heard through grapevine about some sort of foodtruck event in Baltimore this wkd (06/23-24), but can't seem to find anything on line. Does anyone knows what it is? Where? When?

Jun 21, 2012
meimei in Washington DC & Baltimore

Cookbook advice?

I really enjoy the last 2 books I got: Baked Explorations by Matt Lewis & Renato Poliafito (a gift), and Flour by Joanne Chang. However, not necessary for the actual recipes in them. Both are visually beautiful that contain pictures of mouth watering bake goods all over the book. But more importantly, I get technique tutorial and new ideas from them. With the easy access of internet every where these days, my books are really becoming more like decoration. And with my ever growing collection on a limited space. I found that I definitely love my books, but in reality don't use them as much compare to the personal cooking/baking page I created for my own personal use.

Feb 26, 2012
meimei in Home Cooking

Re: Dinner party with multi-allergy guest - menu

A few weeks ago I posted an SOS on here for needing tips/ideas of what to serve on a dinner party when one of the guests has several unusual food allergies (please see the original post for the list of allergies). I got a lot of wonderful suggestions from you all, and the dinner was a success. Many of you have asked me to post the final menu, so here it is:

- Salt Crusted Fish stuffed with lemon and ginger (grouper & tilapia)
- Spicy Asian coleslaw : Napa cabbage, Asian pear, orange, Chinese grapefruit tossed with lemon juice, Chinese dark vinegar, salt, and zest from the Chinese grapefruit with sliced chili pepper(Thai)
- Crunchy & creamy red potatoes : boiled red potatoes smashed into a pancake, drizzled with bacon fat and salt, baked at a high temp until crispy on the bottom and edges
- Red wine & Pear Sorbet
- Orange cranberry macaroon (the coconut kind)

With the exception of the coleslaw (my own creation), all of the recipes came from a "professional" source (magazine/media), than I tweaked it to fit the allergy list. Everything I served is eatable to the guest in question.
This was a tiresome preparation, but such a great challenge to force me thinking outside of the box. I had a lot of fun, and can't wait to do this again at my next turn. (its a monthly dinner rotation among a group of friends.)

Feb 26, 2012
meimei in Home Cooking

Dinner party for multi-allergy guest

I have a dillemma on my hand. I'm suppose to be hosting a dinner party for a group of friends. All adventurous, well travelled, open minded "foodies." One miner issue, one of them has food allergy to many usual and unusal things. List of no-nos includes: all grains (rice, oats, barley, etc), all dairy (including butter), all nuts, fruits w/ big ston cores (such as plums or dates), garlic, mushrooms, onions, all poultry, most of the oils (only safe one is vegetable and canola), all soy products, and probably a few others that I don't know yet. I have decided on fish for my entry (and gotten the safe fish list from the person), and a non-dairty home made sorbet for dessert. But I'm drawing a blank on what to serve as my side and appeziter. I am an pretty experienced home-cook and baker, have a pretty well stocked kitchen, and is in a major metropolitan area where I can source most items w/o too much issues. Can anyone suggest something other than mix salad? Thanks in advnace!

Feb 01, 2012
meimei in Home Cooking

Steve Ells stealing idea from contestant?

I just heard about Chiptole opening a new Asian theme chain in DC. Isn't this the idea from one of his finallist on his show? Isn't that somewhat unethical to not pick the guy as winner and turn around and open one of his own?

May 03, 2011
meimei in Food Media & News

Kürtőskalács or Hugarian Chimney Cake

I think I just have a new reason to visit Chicago now.

Feb 09, 2011
meimei in Washington DC & Baltimore

Kürtőskalács or Hugarian Chimney Cake

I came across an article about this unique cake. Anyone know of an Eatern European bakey that has this treat?

Feb 08, 2011
meimei in Washington DC & Baltimore

Okonomiyaki in NOVA?

Last time this question were asked was a year or 2 ago. My bf recently had it in Seattle, and was so shocked that I have never mention this yummieness before. Now that he can actually appreciate such traditional food, anyone know where I can find it? I've been to Blue Ocean in FF, and knew they used to have a decent Tokoyaki on the menu. Do they also Okonomiyaki? are they still in business?

Jun 28, 2010
meimei in Washington DC & Baltimore

Weekend at Newport, RI, 1st time ever

Coffee Milk! I have heard of those, and we have the exact same thing growing up in Taiwan! Are there local grocery store where I can pick up the syrup?

Apr 12, 2010
meimei in Southern New England

Weekend at Newport, RI, 1st time ever

thank you Frank! one more question, what is awful awful? Is that a local specialty?

Apr 10, 2010
meimei in Southern New England

Weekend at Newport, RI, 1st time ever

My man and I are heading to Newport, RI for an wedding in May. We'll have an entire wkd (Fri - Sun), but only 1 evening of the wedding activities. I read a bit of other posts on here recommending different places. I want to know:
1.where do the locals eat?
2. what are the do-not-miss places?
3. where do I go for fresh seafood, and won't pay the tourist prices? (is that possible?)

We are a young couple with very open-minded palate, loves food, but a bit tight on fund. I want my first New England experience to be as full as it can be.... Thanks!

Apr 09, 2010
meimei in Southern New England

Real coke (& Pepsi) at Costco in Leesburg

We went this afternoon to pick up some stuff, and was pleasantly surprised by this new find. The coke are even in the classic glass bottles. The Pepsi are called Throwback? they are right next to each other in the drink section at the very back.

Jan 16, 2010
meimei in Washington DC & Baltimore

Trouble with Banana bread/cake

I combine Cherylptw, ChsirtianMason & sholli's suggestion. I cut them into big piece so they somewhat stay in shape, put them on a foil lines cookie sheet and set the oven to 225 degree. I cheked it every 10 mins or so. It took about an hour before the most gooey spots start to set. But the orgianl cake was moist enough that the previous done spot are still yummy. I now have a new creation, it was like a banana bread cake with cookie crust. Had it as bkfst this morning, great with a bold cup of coffee. :) Thank you all!

Nov 17, 2009
meimei in Home Cooking

Trouble with Banana bread/cake

I was given a recipe of a Maple banana bread/cake by a friend, who wanted me to updated it for her a bit. She say it was too sweet whenever her mom made it. It was simple enough to do so, all I had to do was taking the strussel topping off, and it was a sweet, moist banana cake/bread. But I was curioud about how to original would turn out, so I gave it a try. Well, the strussel completly melted and created a puddle on top of the cake, and I was left with a wet center. It was cooked, mostly, but also very very very wet. Since its only the center that is not set, is there anyway I can still save this without burning the rest of the cake?

Nov 16, 2009
meimei in Home Cooking

VIO by Coke

Has anyone tried it yet? I guess its only being test market in NY now. I'm curious tho....

Aug 20, 2009
meimei in General Topics

chicken salad too salty...help?

Yeah, I was actually thinking about leaving out the salt as I was measuring it out, because it seems a bit much. Oh well, that'll teach me to listen to my inner chef next time. I'm hoping the very sweet cherry tomatoes might help at this point. Or try the red onion like chef chicklet suggested.

Jul 04, 2009
meimei in Home Cooking

chicken salad too salty...help?

Red onion sounds like a good idea, maybe I should prep some on the side to be added later..
Salad is sitting in the fridge right now.
Dressing contains: Dijon & whole grain mustard, white wine, salt & pepper. I'll also try to add some more pepper and see if that helps.

Jul 04, 2009
meimei in Home Cooking

chicken salad too salty...help?

Making Mustard Chicken Salad for the cook out tonight. I think the salt in roasting the chicken plus the salt in the dressing was too much...I added more mayo & mustard, which seems to help a bit. I have not added the cherry tomatoes into it, and they are quite sweet. Will that be enough? Is there anything else I can do to save my salad?
Beside roasted chicken breat, salad also has broccoli, and cherry tomatoes.

Jul 04, 2009
meimei in Home Cooking

Bamboo salt

Huh? really? how?

May 06, 2009
meimei in Home Cooking

Bamboo salt

While I was shopping in the Korean market today, I saw "bamboo salt." Never heard of it or seen it before. I did a quick google & chow search. There are a few sites on google mentioning this salt has several medicinal usage to it. You can use it to brush your teeth, wash your face, have a pedi, etc. Chow's story on 10 unique salts thinks it can replace table salt, and not much more than that. Has anyone actually use this before? Does it taste different than sea salt or table salt?

May 03, 2009
meimei in Home Cooking

Kitchen Aid Mixer service in NOVA?

My dough hook is somehow stuck onto the mixer and refuse to come off. I've called kitchen aid who inform me the closest service center is in Richmond. I need someone local and have good history or repairmen. Does anyone know of a place in NOVA, MD, or DC that can be trusted with my kitchen aid?

Apr 24, 2009
meimei in Cookware

Green Olive Buffet & Grill

Has anyone been? good? bad? ugly? Price?

Apr 21, 2009
meimei in Washington DC & Baltimore

Tour of Brewery? (DC and surrounding)

I'm trying to plan a birthday present for my boyfriend by touring brewerys in DC/MD/VA/PA (we live in NOVA). I don't know anything about beer, and the google search came up with too much information... Can chowhounds who are beer lovers provide any information on places that brews quality beer?

Apr 10, 2009
meimei in Beer

Robert Irvine back at FN?

I just saw the new season of Dinner Impossibles' commercial on FN, and its Irvine they are showing. Is he rehired? I thought FN replace him with that new iron chef guy?

Apr 04, 2009
meimei in Food Media & News

Help me use Taiwanese sausage

Did you have the egg pancake as bkfst while you were in Taiwan? If you like them, you could use these susages as topping (or side), and top with a little bit of the sweet/spicy sauces. This would resemble the breakfast you find on the street in Taiwan, where they serves the grilled pork with the pancake.
Pancake is easy, 3 tbsp of flour, 1-2 tbsp of warm water, a dash of salt and sugar, mix in an egg, and cook on skillet as you would for omeletes.

One thing tho, you may want to poke a few holes using forks before pan frying the susages. This will one, release more flavor to the leeks. 2. prevent the fat chucks from blowing up in your face. 3. help sausage to cook a bit faster ( I think the kind you brought back is pretty dry right?)

Happy eatting!

Mar 18, 2009
meimei in Home Cooking

Thai Basil - Throw down with Bobbby Flay

I used to work right near there, but never step in. And there are at least 2 other Thai places within 5 mile radius to them that I frequent. Has anyone been there? What, besides her pad thai, makes the place known?

Mar 04, 2009
meimei in Washington DC & Baltimore

Manila Cafe in Springfield?

I'm planning a 30th birthday party for my man. I was trying to find a place that would serve Lechon, just because we have never had it before. This place came out of my search. Has anyone been there? Is their food good? Another place that looks interesting to me was Pampanguena Cafe in Derwood, MD.
I have never had Filipino food before, so I'm not sure how to pick them.... Our group of friends generally really enjoy any well made ethnic food, and are very open minded to anything new.

Feb 27, 2009
meimei in Washington DC & Baltimore

Buttermilk V.S. heavy cream

Given everyone's reponse, I think I understand why my scone was still yummy after the buttermilk to heavy cream replacement. This receipe has both baking soda and baking powder, so the scones rised beautifully. The high fat content in the heavy cream actually helps this scone since the recipes calls for almost equal amont of oat meal to flour. So the cream actually acts like an insurance policy and makes the scone nice and crumbly but not overly dry as scones sometimes gets.
I baked 2 dozen, and served them with some home-made strwbery jam. My co-workers looks happy. :)

Feb 06, 2009
meimei in Home Cooking

Buttermilk V.S. heavy cream

I was planning on making oatmeal scone for breakfast. I realized I only have heavy cream but the recipes calls for buttermilk. I did a quick google search and saw most suggested not make the switch due to the after taste difference. Not really buying any of the reasons I saw, I went ahead and made the change. The scone came out fabulous. But this has gotten me even more curious. Does anyone know, when it comes to baking. How are the two dairies differ from each other? Does it create some sort of chemical change?

Feb 06, 2009
meimei in Home Cooking