Sunday, February 10, 2013

Year of the Snake

The Chinese New Year starts today, and that can only mean one thing -- this bok gwai is getting some roast duck!

Shun Wang (aka Shun Won) is your typical Cantonese restaurant, serving soup, congee, BBQ meats, and other things of the like. The roast duck -- $6.50 an order -- is on par w/ most places in Chinatown.

Shun Wang Restaurant
81-25 Broadway
Elmhurst, NY 11373

The decor is that of a dungeon, but the take-out is fast and tasty.  The commute is about 20 minutes from Astoria, which is much more palatable than the hour commutes to the Manhattan and Flushing Chinatowns.  This place should be on your radar.

Gong Hei Fard Choy!!

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Tubular Tubers

Beets.  I've learned a thing or two about these sweet, starchy dirt candies since my 2010 post, "Just Beet It".  Now I pass this knowledge down to you:

  • When roasting beets, do so on a bed of kosher salt. Add enough to cover the entire bottom of your cooking vessel   Don't be shy -- salt is cheap.  The salt absorbs additional moisture during the cooking process and concentrates the sugars.  More sugar = more sweeter.
  • Cook, peel, and chop your beets. Place the beets in colander while they cool, and douse them w/ a heavy splash of red wine vinegar (sherry works too). The beets will continue to absorb some of the flavor and color of the vinegar while they cool.

Will these tricks make your beets taste better?  Possibly.
Are these extra steps necessary?  Maybe.
Will people believe you if you post these gems on a food blog?  Absolutely. 

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