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Ben aka The Single Guy. Summary only Labels: Stuff. The recipe keeps things simple, with minimal ingredients. I think when cooking lobster, the simpler the better because the lobster meat is just so great by itself. The trick is finding the live lobster. Most places sell just frozen lobster tails, but whenever I need live seafood, I can always count on the seafood markets in Chinatown. The recipe gets its name from the fact that you have to kill the live lobster, which would make anyone angry. But in Chinese households, a quick chop to a lobster or crab between the eyes is a quicker death than boiling.
Once I got my lobster ready, I prepped the other ingredients, which was a pint of cherry tomatoes, two handfuls of fresh basil, a teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes and 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced. To prepare the dish, I started by warming a little less than a quarter cup of extra virgin olive oil in a large skillet.
Then adding the garlic and red pepper flakes to infuse the oil over medium high heat. Florence says to brown the lobster pieces for about 3 to 4 minutes on each side.
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When the lobsters are all browned, then they all get combined in the skillet along with the cherry tomatoes, cooking for another five minutes to soften the tomatoes. Then add half the basil along with the juice of half a lemon. To finish everything, I added in two tablespoon of unsalted butter, which creates a sauce for the butter. And then I just plated everything up and garnished with the remaining basil leaves.
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Looks pretty good huh? Be very close to your sink to not mess up your counter top.
Try not to use a lot of flour on your lobster pieces, dust them off a bit. The reason is the flour residue in the skillet will turn the butter you add later into a nice thick sauce. But too much flour can mean a super thick sauce. So use less flour or add more liquid or lemon juice at the end to thin out the butter sauce.
Definitely serve this with bread to fill you up but also to soak up the chile butter sauce. Taste: Keeping it simple, the taste was pretty nice, with the butter and slight heat from the red pepper flakes. I really enjoyed it. Overall grade: A, because this was a simple preparation, tasty, and really looks vibrant in the red and green when presented. Maybe the lemon ricotta crepes! Labels: Cookbooks , Recipe.
It's a great outdoor event to watch teams maneuver dragon boats near Treasure Island. The event is actually tied to the ancient Chinese folk festival celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth moon on the lunar calendar which is roughly around the summer. The festival honors a Chinese poet who jumped into a river, and people raced in dragon boats to save him.
So that's how the races came about. One of the signature food associated with the festival is joong , a sticky rice delicacy that's wrapped in bamboo leaves into a nice package. The story goes that when the racers reached the poet's body, they found that he was already dead and to keep the fish and other sea animals from eating away at his body, they threw the joong into the river to give the fish something else to eat. OK, so that's a lot of Chinese folk history. The demo featured the making of joong in honor of the dragon boat races this weekend. Even though the festival traditionally takes place around June, the Bay Area holds its races later in the summer when the weather is nicer as we can attest to after having a foggy and cold summer.
The demo was also hosted by my friend Carolyn Jung, who pens the popular Food Gal blog.http://chrismurdock.com/where-to-buy-a-location-cell-oneplus-5.php
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Carolyn did a great job telling the audience about the Dragon Boat festival and about Ong's restaurant. And did you know Carolyn used to be on a dragon boat team?
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I can believe it. I mean, she must have strong arms from all the batter she makes when baking. My mom made these a lot when I was growing up, and she was an expert joong wrapper, with the bamboo leaves and rice in one hand and the twine in another that she'd used to tie up her joong. She'd add the traditional ingredients like fatty salted pork, a salted duck egg, and black eye beans. Ong made a healthier version, using portabella mushrooms instead of pork belly. The marinated portabella is roasted to make the texture meaty, and then they're added to the glutinous rice and duck egg and wrapped in the bamboo leaves before being boiled at a low temperature for about two hours.
Joong , which Carolyn describes as a Chinese "tamale," is one of those traditional Chinese food that's very comforting, and fewer and fewer people are making them in the United States. Hopefully demos like these will encourage people to make them. Like Ong said, throw yourself a joong party. Labels: Events. Perfecting Pasta for Dinner Harrison St. So when my friend David mentioned he had reservations still pretty hard to come by and was interested in its pasta tasting menu, I said yes faster than the shutter snaps in my camera.
We arrived for our early reservations at the restaurant, which looked pretty much the same since my last visit with its wooden furnishings and eclectic artwork. There was a steady crowd arriving soon after the doors open, which says a lot considering that we were eating on Monday night.
Everyone at the table has to order the tasting menu, which is brought out family style.
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Dinner started off with an amuse that was both delectable and mesmerizing in appearance. This roasted candy striped fig was just slightly sweet from a glaze, but was flavored more by pickled mustard seeds and horseradish cream. Our first pasta course was an eggplant and ricotta triangoli with cherry tomatoes and basil — classic flavors for the summer.
Still, I enjoyed the bright and bold flavors of the cherry tomatoes. Next up was a squid ink chitarra with sea urchin or uni with cherry tomatoes, chili and mint. I like the dramatic black pasta from the squid ink, but both David and I commented on the distinctive smell of squid ink pasta. David could barely detect the mint, and I commented on how odd it was to have back to back dishes featuring cherry tomatoes. Then we moved to some of the meatier courses, like this rabbit francobolli with chanterelles and fried sage.
The pasta was another filled pasta but the shape was supposed to resemble a postage stamp. Both David and I agreed that the start of the dish was the beautifully prepared chanterelles. This rigatoni with goat sausage, rabe, roasted peppers and oregano increased in flavor from the previous pasta dish, but I was starting to feel that the pasta dishes started to look the same, with family similar color and sauce.
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Our final pasta dish turned out to be my favorite of the night. It was the sweetbread cannelloni with spigarello , savory and cippolinis. The baked cheese that created the cannelloni smelled wonderful, and I loved the bold flavors of the sweetbread filling. We ended dinner with a nocciolata semifreddo , which actually looked like a pate when it arrived. I understand that the recipes need to be able to be prepared simply and without much fuss but they are a bit too basic for me.
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