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Dishin’: Hot-to-Trot Hot Pot

Look up the definition of “hot-to-trot” and you’ll find two sets of meanings: (1) willing and eager and (2) sexually exciting. To us, hot pot is both. All the recent hot pot talk on food message boards and in the local and national newspapers tempted…
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Dishin’: Bamboo Garden’s Walk on the Wild Side

Dishin’ is always lookin’ for soul food and a place to eat. Usually Asian food. Often Chinese. The problem: the best, most authentic dishes are usually on the Chinese menu, and unless someone reads Chinese characters, it’s either point-and-order, or be stuck with what’s on…
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Whining in West Orange

My niece’s bat mitzvah meant a family visit in the New York City area, with “family” and “area” being the operative words. I wasn’t in NYC, but in West Orange, NJ, and from a food perspective (and with family not always wanting to go far…
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Catch-Up: Asian Food and Noodles on the Road

This should finally catch me up on my missed meals of note (or not so noteworthy) on the road. In Worcester (MA), a stop at Dalat Restaurant and a bowl of hu tieu nam vang, per the server’s recommendation. The menu promises a variety of…
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Can Anyone Identify This Oil?

I found this amusingly named (Bunge Pricklyash) oil at HT Oaktree Market recently. It seems to be a peel or seed that might be somewhat related to Szechuan peppercorn. Anyone know what it is? Anyone used the product?…
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In Orlando: China Lee and Jennifer 8 Lee

Another day on the road, and another so-so Chinese restaurant meal. I was in Orlando yesterday, with limited time for food, so I made a convenience stop at China Lee, Express China Lee, #1 Express China Lee–or whatever the real name is. This restaurant is…
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Szechuan Noodle Bowl’s Bowls of Noodles

Szechuan Noodle Bowl is one of those enduring little places that I love in the International District. When Green Leaf (one of my recent Top 5 Asian Restaurant picks) would be too crowded, I always knew I could go next door for some decent noodles.…
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New York City: Getaway Day 5, with Xiao Long Bao

After a few visits to Flushing, I’ve grown fond of the food in its various Chinatown eateries. As time allows, I’ll have to post photos and description of some dishes from Waterfront International Enterprises (some name, huh?), Spicy & Tasty, and a little bing place…
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Blah Chinese Food in Boise

I’m in Boise for the night. Another case of little time to eat, so a mad dash for Chinese food, this time at a place called Guang Zhou Chinese Restaurant. Nothing special, but I was able to convince them to prepare the Szechuan Beef with…
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Dishin’: Shao Bing at Shi’An

We normally run from a restaurant that’s advertised as Chinese and American. Common sense, but it also dates back to a day in New Hampshire when we walked into “Judy’s (or whatever her name was) Chinese Restaurant” and were given dinner rolls and butter along…
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