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  1. Try the Brick Pit. For me, the best BBQ place in Mobile. That is, if you're not like the herds who seem to prefer sweet, gloopy sauces. They are open for lunch and dinner. Southern food wise, I would recommend Queen G's Cafe. Make sure to get the sweet tea with mint! They are only open for lunch. I would second the recommendation for the Original Oyster House ... lunch is a really good deal, the steamed platter is about $10 and is basically an piled plate of steamed seafood. Open for lunch and dinner, but tends to get crowded. Wintzell has happy hour (M-F, 4-7 pm) oysters at half price (used to be 25 cents each). I have lived here for almost 3 years, and while it's not a culinary hotspot by any means, I feel that the food here is generally cooked better compared to many other places I've been to. Even in places like the Olive Garden. Many hidden gems too, if you stay here long enough. With the OP only staying for 24 hours I didn't want to recommend more than 3 places though.
  2. I've read through 20 pages of post titles with nothing similar popping up, so I thought I would post this on my sister's behalf. Any ideas for someone who good food? Pretty please?
  3. This is probably not 100% related, but I got carded for buying shaoxing rice wine at a 99 Ranch market a few years back. After I got over my initial disbelief I duly produced my ID and still laugh about it today. Hasn't happened since though.
  4. Puff pastry, that was it! I think you got the ingredients for the filling spot on too Dejah.
  5. Don't know if this helps but ... My uncle made them for me when I visited him a while ago in NYC, I have no idea what he used to make the filling, but the skin was made with phyllo dough IIRC. Baked in the oven and it was yummy. I have a bad picture of what they looked like before they got baked. He made a second batch the next day which turned out even better. Maybe the filling had a chance to settle overnight. Edit to say that I think deep fried ones taste better but these were not too bad (and healthier too)
  6. This is the first time I can recall any chef not being able to finish (so many of) his dishes on time. Although the 5 dish limit/minimum also seems too restrictive for my liking.
  7. My parents sent some boxed mixes up from Singapore, together with all the Chinese New Year goodies. The brand is Prima Taste and I haven't been able to find them here anywhere. I tried making the rendang and it was so easy! You just follow the directions and in an hour (or less) you have perfect rendang. It tastes gooood, better than that, it tastes accurate. Oops ... make that authentic. To my uneducated tastebuds that is. Some pictures: <img src="http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~kchan/random1.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Box"> The finished rendang <img src="http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~kchan/random3.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Finished"> They have a bunch of other dishes as well. So far I've tried laksa and mee rebus as well. They have all been a big boost to someone that misses the food from back home. I'll try and post pictures of the other dishes if I manage to get to them before the plates get licked clean.
  8. *puts hand up* I did, and this recipe worked wonderfully. First time I actually saw food disappear that quickly. Renee also came up with a slight variation here. I am planning to try this over Thanksgiving. Never did manage to find maltose though.
  9. Never thought I'd see a Purdue thread on eGullet! Time to push the Hoosiers off this thread. There has been an influx of new places in the past couple years, Scotty's Brewhouse down in the Levee to name but one. A new Korean place (Bea One) opened up about a year ago just across the bridge. Oh and a new Thai place just opened in Chauncey. Have always wanted to try it but haven't found the time so far. There's lots of places to go to actually. IMO the dining scene has improved alot compared to when I first came here 5 years ago. Of course Triple XXX is always the good 'ol standby.
  10. Oooooh that looks promising! Thanks so much! *fingers crossed*
  11. I'm a international student just into my 6th year in the US ... orginally from Singapore. When I first came here it was American food and portions all the way, and of course I missed the food back home. It just seemed cheaper and easier to eat the food that was most widely available. However as the years went by I've started to put more and more effort into recreating what I can get back home, be it char siew (roast pork) or a simple dish of sweet and sour pork. And with each bite I remember a little slice of home. Of course it helped that I had awesome food throughout the entirety of my childhood. So, for me at least I think my memories are guiding me back to where I came from.
  12. The brand that I have now has an picture of an elephant on it, and another brand that I remember has a tiger instead. I've always known it as dark soy sauce, and I think I know what the sweet ones are, but that's not it ... maybe I should just try a couple of your suggestions and see what i can find. I knew I should have delurked much earlier
  13. No, that I can find. I was refering what we call dark soy sauce back home ... The ones on sale in the US are thin and feel almost like regular soy sauce to me. It's really thick and not as salty as light soy sauce.
  14. Whew, finally activated my account ... guess I've been lurking for too long. So I've been using up the dark soy sauce (the one that's really thick, almost like molasses) I brought back from Singapore at a torrid rate, and being located in Indiana for now I haven't been able to find anything that is similar to it. Have been searching online and have turned up nothing so far, even on the big websites like ethnicgrocer etc. I'm sure I would be able to find it in a big metropolitan area but there's no such thing in Indiana. Would be nice to find a ready supply in the US so I can go back to cooking my braised dishes and char siew with abandon ...
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