May 13, 1990
On a Cambodian menu it may be hard to distinguish the Cambodian dishes from the Chinese . Here is a crib sheet of dishes not reviewed to help you make authentic choices by the number.
October 4, 2012 |
Tonight's dinner idea comes courtesy of a Culinary SOS request from John in Oak Park, who writes: "My wife and I had Chi Dynasty in Studio City recommended to us. We went there last Saturday and had three appetizers, one of which was the Chinese chicken salad. Its menu professed that it was "voted best in town. " I'm not sure who did the voting, but I can certainly say it was one great salad! Can you get the recipe?" Fresh and bright, with no shortage of crunch, Chi Dynasty's salad comes together in less than an hour.
August 14, 2012 |
The scent of citrus emanating from Boni Liscano's backyard in Atwater Village comes from a 20-foot-high calamondin tree ( Citrofortunella microcarpa ), sometimes called kalamansi or calamansi. The tree is covered in small, lime-shaped green fruit that has a thin rind, juicy pulp and distinctive sour flavor. It's similar to a kumquat (to which it's related) but has a stronger bouquet -- an aroma that's sweeter than lemon and more like orange. Native to the Philippines, calamondin is a wild hybrid used throughout the archipelago in sauces, candies, marinades and drinks.
February 23, 2005 |
One of the best Thai dishes I have tasted in years turned up in Bua Siam, a tiny restaurant in a North Hollywood strip mall. The heady fragrance that drifted up from the plate of fine rice noodles transported me to Thailand's lush countryside. I could have been eating in a rural market or from a noodle boat plying the klongs (canals). Lemon grass, lime leaves, coconut milk and chiles played off each other brilliantly.
March 2, 1995 |
The menu here is crammed with noodles: Thai rice noodles, Chinese egg noodles, Vietnamese rice stick noodle soup, even stir-fried spaghetti. "My whole life I've been involved in restaurants," says John Mekpongsatorn, the 23-year-old restaurateur who created Noodle World, an Alhambra eatery that combines a Denny's-style fast food atmosphere with what amounts to a global tour of noodles. "My favorite thing to eat, of course, was noodles."
June 24, 1993 |
I'd just gotten off a freighter. The weather was incredibly steamy, the way it usually is in Bangkok, and I stumbled into a small, air-conditioned restaurant to escape the heat. That was the Garden Room in Oriental Lane, somewhere near the Oriental Hotel. It was there that I first tasted Thai food. I had chicken supreme in ginger sauce--chicken mixed chop suey-style with shallots, tiny peanuts and shavings of ginger root and spooned over rice. This, with a glass of limeade, cost $1.05.
September 25, 1997 |
Dzora is an odd name, and a sly one, too. Pronounced dio-yay, as far as I can tell, it's said to mean "in and out," though the place doesn't actually sell hamburgers. What this Little Saigon gem does sell is remarkably good, laughably inexpensive appetizers, rice plates, noodle soups and Vietnamese-style submarine sandwiches (banh mi). You can get the subs on a drive-thru basis.
June 6, 1991 |
DEAR SOS: Madame Wu serves the best chicken salad at her restaurant in Santa Monica. Is it possible to have a recipe or facsimile thereof? --JANICE DEAR JANICE: Why settle for second best when you can have the real thing? Sylvia Wu said she had no idea the dish would catch on so quickly when she introduced the simple improvisation on an elaborate Chinese banquet dish in the 1960s. "It's been a bestseller ever since," said Wu.
March 18, 2010 |
Behold the majesty of banh it kep banh ram , one of the most dementedly wonderful versions of the one-thing-stuffed-inside-another-thing idea on this green earth. Deviously enough, banh it kep banh ram takes the concept a step further — stuffing one thing inside another version of itself. It's a glutinous rice cake, gently steamed, then stuffed halfway inside a deep-fried glutinous rice cake. One bite will take your mind apart. The steamed part is soft, gooey and sticky — like a starchy, savory taffy.