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Seeking recipe for tang zhong (chinese hot dog rolls) (or cookbook containing it)

Aug 20, 2011
gemsquash in Home Cooking

Your disappointing purchases from Costco

I haven't tried the spinach artichoke, but didn't like the spinach dip with water chestnut at all.

Jun 17, 2011
gemsquash in Chains

where to find irradiated eggs for tiramisu

Thank you, looks like a Save Mart might not be too far away. I was looking for eggs to use in homemade mayo. I had also tried TJ's but no luck there.

Milk Substitute that tastes similar/good in Tea?

Yes, the one I got was in a large carton and labelled milk. I'll look out for the creamer next time. It doesn't have a lot of artificial ingredients / transfats like some creamers?

Jun 15, 2011
gemsquash in General Topics

Variegated rabbit rolls? (lost white rabbit candy flavor..)

We used to get a flavor of of the white rabbit candy when I was a kid, which I liked much better than the regular white rabbits. It was kind of a light brownish color and less sweet. I think the package read 'variegated rabbit rolls', but I can't find them anywhere now.

Anyone else know of these and if they can still be found?

Jun 15, 2011
gemsquash in General Topics

Need recipes for canned sardines

That sounds good! Do you really need a cup of water to cook the noodles, I thought they would be more or less soft after soaking?

Jun 15, 2011
gemsquash in Home Cooking

Milk Substitute that tastes similar/good in Tea?

Funny, I tried So Delicious recently too as it was on sale, but it was labeled 'milk' not creamer so maybe not the same product? I thought it was ok but still no replacement for cow's milk, at least in tea (coffee has a stronger taste so I'm not so fussy there).

I've given up finding a good substitute, tea just doesn't taste the same without milk.

Jun 15, 2011
gemsquash in General Topics

Need recipes for canned sardines

Sorry, I don't have the ingredient list right now - it tastes a bit like bbq sauce so I would imagine sugar, tomato, vinegar, spices would be in there.

Mar 29, 2011
gemsquash in Home Cooking

Need recipes for canned sardines

I'm also trying to eat more sardines but agree the taste can be quite strong. I've tried eating it with mayo, avocado, wasabi, tomato sauce etc but it still tasted too sardine-y. This combination hid the fishiness, and the spaghetti squash makes it almost as satisfying as pasta:

1/2 onion, sliced
1 tin sardines in oil (I use the headless boneless skinless kind, discard the oil and rinse lightly in lemon juice)
about 2 cups cooked spaghetti squash
1-2 tablespoons Trader Joe's General Tso sauce
small handful kimchee, chopped (or chili or hot sauce if you don't like kimchee)
handful chopped green onions or spinach (optional, for color)

Stir fry onions in a little oil till cooked, then add the rest of ingredients to taste and heat through.

It's not very sophisticated and does have sugar from the sauce, but for the first time I actually enjoyed sardines instead of forcing myself to eat it for the health benefits. (I should add I do have a sweet tooth)

Mar 27, 2011
gemsquash in Home Cooking

What is this and how do I make it?

They were definitely not fried but I think baked rather than steamed, and with taro filling in the middle. Like a very soft, delicate bao. I googled some more and looks like they are also called 'snow mountain bun', but only reference to dim sum places, no recipe to be found :(
Here's a picture of a halved one to show what it looks like on the inside (you can see how soft and easily squished it is)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/garrettl...

But thank you ipsedixit I will see how your guidelines work out - it may not be the same product but still sounds good.

Feb 19, 2011
gemsquash in Home Cooking

What is this and how do I make it?

ipsedixit, if you read this thread.. do you think you could post a recipe?

Feb 18, 2011
gemsquash in Home Cooking

My, how could that taste so awful?

Nice - thanks for the information! All that for an innocent looking sandwich..

Feb 13, 2011
gemsquash in General Topics

My, how could that taste so awful?

While you were working there, did you find out what is in the bread to produce the smell that everyone complains about? I mean bread has mostly low cost ingredients like flour.. right? How much cheaper could it be.. and what could they be putting in to turn a normally wonderful smell (bread baking) so strange?

I'd really like to know as although I avoid any meat-type ingredients at Subway, I do sometimes get the veggie sandwich. Depending on the specific location this has ranged to awful, to not bad (it really helps to be hungry though).

Feb 13, 2011
gemsquash in General Topics

Grocery Store Roasted Chicken - Who has the best?

Good question. My current vote is for Costco as the chickens are so cheap and plump, but for raw chicken I usually buy organic so wouldn't mind paying extra if they provided an organic/free range rotisserie option.

Feb 12, 2011
gemsquash in Greater Seattle

Milk Substitute that tastes similar/good in Tea?

Thanks for the suggestions.

I do drink a variety of teas and some like green and rooibos don't need milk. But there's nothing like a nice cup of black tea with milk and sugar!

I don't seem to mind the taste of substitutes for baking, over cereal, even in coffee. However for tea, finding a replacement which doesn't overwhelm the taste of tea, and without a chalky residue, doesn't seem to be easy.

Nondairy creamer - have tried, don't like this in tea
So Delicious Coconut Milk Creamer - will try, hopefully it's not similar to nondairy creamer
Oat - will try it out

Feb 12, 2011
gemsquash in General Topics

Milk Substitute that tastes similar/good in Tea?

Trying to avoid dairy to see if it helps with congestion and allergies.

Coconut milk - I love coconut milk in cooking, but in tea - too coconutty
Rice milk - too thin and watery
Almond - different flavor and texture (grittier) and doesn't 'lighten' tea enough
Soy milk - I actually liked this for a while but after about a year became allergic to it :)

Any suggestions? I can't be the only one looking to replace milk.. there just doesn't seem to be anything close in taste and texture to it, when it comes to putting it in tea.

Feb 11, 2011
gemsquash in General Topics

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay thread - 1st quarter 2011 [old]

Yay to the frozen sweet potato bites. They're small phyllo pastry shells with sweet potato and nut filling, light and not too sweet but still satisfying.

Feb 11, 2011
gemsquash in Chains

What is this and how do I make it?

Is there a detailed recipe you could post or link to?

I've had them at the same dim sum place phyrefly44 linked to, and I would hardly call them 'just taro buns'! People almost snatch them out the servers' hands when they see them coming. They're incredibly fluffy, light with a slight crust and melt in the mouth texture, but unfortunately there's never enough to go round. Out of more than 10 visits so far, I've only managed to taste them once.

So if there's a recipe out there that you could share, please do!

Feb 11, 2011
gemsquash in Home Cooking

Madeleine help, please! and a general question about the "ribbon stage"

Thank you for the explanation of the different styles and the recipe - will be trying this over when I get a chance!

Apr 26, 2010
gemsquash in Home Cooking

New Trader Joe's yea/nay thread

Anyone try the salmon crepes? They had an empty box on display in the 'new items' display, but they were all out in the frozen section.

Aug 21, 2009
gemsquash in Chains

Whole Foods' Scales and Price Gouging

Thanks coney. I could understand some marinade being thrown in, but the amount added probably doubled the cost of what I had estimated, based on the price per pound, so I was totally caught by surprise.

I wasn't sure if I could ask for the marinade - not the fish - to be reduced! And the server didn't look very friendly at all...

Aug 11, 2009
gemsquash in Chains

Whole Foods' Scales and Price Gouging

Talking about seafood - and prices - I once asked at the WF counter for a small piece of marinated salmon (sold by weight). The server put a piece in the bag, then added several huge ladles of the marinade so that the fish was literally swimming. I was first so shocked at the final price that I returned it to customer service explaining it was more than I had expected to pay. I am sorry in hindsight as I am sure they would have had to toss the fish, but it was way over my dinner budget. I've never had the courage to go back to the fish counter at WF again..

Aug 10, 2009
gemsquash in Chains

Glass insulated mug for tea?

By the time my tea has brewed, it's not as hot as I would like (especially in winter..)
Can anyone recommend an insulated mug, preferably glass?
These from Bodum look great, but seem fragile from the reviews: http://tinyurl.com/37jmlw

Feb 07, 2007
gemsquash in Cookware