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  1. chinese people bake bread and cake. they just don't do it at home.
  2. Good to see places popping up that make a decent xiao long bao. Can someone get pics of the dongpo pork here (東坡肉). I don't live in Philly anymore, but I'm interested to see if this place makes a good version of it. also does this place have stuffed lotus roots? (糯米甜藕). Cool, thanks, good luck with the restaurant!
  3. The name of that dish is three-cups chicken (三杯雞) It's made by braising chicken in soy sauce, sesame oil, rice wine, sugar, ginger and/or garlic. Then adding basil near the end.
  4. The type of"bao zi" the original poster is referring to is commonly known as a shui jian bao (水煎包). They are are partially steamed and partially skillet fried, very similar to how a guo tie (鍋貼) or potsticker dumpling is cooked. Along the same lines, if it is simply steamed rather than skillet fried/steamed, they are simply called "bao zi" (包子). Shui jian bao are usually filled with chives or cabbage, though pork varieties are also popular. For more information and tons of pictures, just google or google image search 水煎包.
  5. That's a coffee chain called 85C. They started out in Taiwan as a low-cost competitor to Starbucks (cup of Americano for 35NT as opposed to 85NT). They're hugely popular and have recently opened franchises in China. Taiwan's national pasttime: waiting in line for food.
  6. The bell-shaped fruit you ate is commonly called a wax or java- apple. They taste unusual; not as sweet as an apple or pear, yet a little bit tart and citrus-y like an unripe orange. The flesh is light and springy not unlike a nectarine. I like them so much I regularly eat about 8 of them in a single day.
  7. I don't think egg-drop soup is strictly a Chinese-American invention. I know that in Taiwan, every single sidewalk noodle shop has egg-drop soup (and hot/sour soup on its menu.)
  8. I love fish-heads. This is a Hunan-style hot fish-head. best parts are the cheeks. (as you can see, I already started picking away at it)
  9. I dunno. I love the taste of McDonalds. If it weren't for my health, I'd eat it every day.
  10. Every time I hear of this restaurant, I can't help but think that it's the restaurant Jonathan Franzen alludes to as the "Generator" in his novel.
  11. yeah, this movie looks alright.
  12. Mistake number 1: You're looking for chinese food in Wilkes Barre. Wilkes Barre has a grand total of about 2 chinese people, and they both probably work in that restaurant. Mistake number 2: You're asking Cantonese people to cook Szechuan food for you.
  13. To answer the original question, yes, tomatoes and ketchup are part of "authentic" chinese cooking. stirfried eggs and tomatoes is probably the first dish a lot of chinese people learn to cook. If you don't like ketchup, you can substitute vinegar + sugar.
  14. Two things. a) I'd love to see someone do the methanol idea. Just give me the name of your opthamologist after you go blind or the name of your insurance adjuster after you blow up the house. b) If using a used laboratory water bath for cooking, I'd highly recommend disinfecting it first with Virkon S, and then following it up with an 80% ethanol or isopropynol solution. Then repeat. Then repeat again. All the laboratory baths I've used were N-A-S-T-Y.
  15. I'd work out the misunderstanding in private instead of trying to sink their business with a hysterical ALL_CAPS-titled post on one of the biggest food blogs on the internet. edited to add: I have absolutely no connection with this restaurant. I currently don't even live in this country. However, I do like to see all restaurants succeed, especially in the city I love, and hysterical posts such as this one don't help the cause.
  16. So that's how you do it! I was using salt and pepper.
  17. It looks like I have to work a little later than planned tonight so we decided to go for dinner next wednesday, I will let you know how it is . Its a forum for honest discussion, considering how they felt decieved (thier opinion not mine) they should be able to discuss the dynamics, let's continue to reserve sanitized bullshit reviews for chowhound. ← Considering the restaurant is only a month or two old, and considering that friends of friends operate the place and consider it their lifeblood, I think it would be more fair to them, along with friends "Sean" and "Pat", to discuss problems or misunderstandings such as this personally first instead of taking it to an influential public forum such as this, which is read by pretty much every food critic in the country, and starting a post with such a hysterical title. They served the orignal poster an 90 dollar eight course meal that included truffles and fois gras. Obviously it wasn't up to the OP's standards, but the original posting made it sound like they pissed in his coffee or something. By the tone of the original poster, I would begin to question how close these "friends" of his really are. If I were the owners of the restaurant, I'd begin to question how close my friends "Sean" and "Pat" really are, if their "friends" tried to sink them this way on a public forum. edited to add: since the OP is the former executive sous chef of La Croix, I would think he'd be more judicious regarding his comments on public forum, since these kinds of things rarely don't come back around and bite you in the ass.
  18. If you want to keep your friends "Sean" and "Pat" on good terms, it's probably best not to rip on their other friends in such a public forum.
  19. Whoa, who called in the Ota Faction?
  20. From the article. Replace "West Coast" with "East Coast" and hey! sounds a lot like Philly. Granted, Philly may be somewhat of a rut, but I'm pretty sure Philadelphians would rather have another tried and true Italian byob than blow two days of a hard-earned union-provided paycheck in order to eat their menu and drink their deconstructed entree out of a 45 ml Falcon tube lying in a liquid nitrogen bath. I'm pretty sure I would as well.
  21. Nice thread. I'm hungry. Did you go to 50 嵐 for tapioca milk-tea? (they're everywhere. The place with yellow/blue sign) Theirs is probably the best, because they have really small tapioca balls.
  22. A lot of Western food can be found at any super-supermarket, such as Carrefour or RT-Mart (大潤發) They have bagels, doughnuts, pizza, white bread, wheat bread, baguettes, cakes, and an entire dairy aisle including yogurt, cheese, and milk. The cheese is mainly American cheese, swiss cheese, brie, cream cheese, and cheddar/gouda cheese wheels. The toughest "western" items to find are ice cream (Haagan daz is everywhere, but it costs 280 NT a pint, or about 8 dollars.) and deodorant.
  23. I'm in Taiwan right now, and I think haven't heard the hollow vegetable called anything but kong xin tsai (hollow heart vegetable). Maybe it has a different name in different places? And here's some more Chingrish, courtesy of a strawberry cake received today. I'm not quite sure if Fragrance is the name of a bakery chain here, or whether they're just a wholesale distributer of Chingrish-laden bakery boxes.....
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