December 2, 2011
The "w" in winter generally stands for "whiskey," but what if you're a cold-weather, clear-liquor kind of guy or gal? Try reaching for an ice-cold alcoholic lemonade. Take A Bao — the cleverly named Studio City restaurant specializing in the tasty and eponymous steamed Chinese bun filled with savory ingredients — has just the thing: Basil Lemonade. Made with Stoli Citrus, lemon and orange juices and fresh, hand-torn Thai basil leaves, this concoction will refresh after manic holiday shopping.
October 7, 2009 |
You can tell when a dish has made it into the mainstream by looking it up in the dictionary. There you'll find entries for sushi, taco and pho. I still have to italicize as a foreign word bao , the term for Chinese steamed bread and filled buns, but my hunch is that I won't have to do that for long. Bao is on the rise, and that's not just because it features leavened dough. Just check Costco, supermarket chains such as Vons/Pavilions and Ralphs, and of course, any nearby 99 Ranch.
October 7, 2009
Total time: About 1 hour, plus rising time Servings: 16 medium buns Note: With the dough and filling prepared, here's how to bring them together for steamed filled buns. This recipe requires 16 (3-inch) squares of parchment, cut from a larger sheet. Asian-style wooden dowels for rolling are generally available at Asian markets. To reheat leftover buns, steam them for 5 to 8 minutes. Leftover buns can be refrigerated up to a week or frozen up to a month.
October 7, 2009
Pan-fried pork and scallion mini buns (Sheng jian baozi) Total Time: 45 minutes plus rising time Servings: Makes 32 mini buns Note: You can find ground pork with a higher fat content at many Asian markets, or ask your butcher to grind fat into regular ground pork (you want about 20% fat). Or substitute regular ground pork. Ground beef chuck or chicken thigh may be substituted for the pork in this recipe. Regardless, fatty, rich ground meat makes for better, succulent buns.
July 22, 2009 |
As soon as you place your order at Pita Pockets in Northridge, a cook slaps a soft round of dough onto the wall of a blazing tandoor-like oven. After a few moments, a bubbly disk of laffa, catacombed with air pockets and rich with yeasty char, is ready to be filled. Next a counterman slathers the chewy flatbread with lemony hummus, then loads it with grilled vegetables or juicy marinated kebabs.
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October 30, 2007 |
Bao Zunxin, an activist who was jailed for his role in the 1989 Tiananmen Square democracy movement, has died, a fellow dissident said Monday. He was 70. Once considered one of China's leading intellectuals, Bao died Sunday in Beijing from a brain hemorrhage, said Liu Xiaobo, a former professor at Beijing Normal University who also spent 20 months in jail for joining the 1989 protests.