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Must…Find…Food!!!

18 Apr

080922135227[1]So…you read one of my posts and your mouth started watering. “How can I get some of this food for myself?!?” you wondered.

Perhaps you have a hot date tonight and want to impress your sweetie with your cultural savvy and taste for fine cuisine.

Or maybe you’re at a loss as to what to cook for dinner tonight but don’t know where to get the ingredients for one of my recipes.

Or maybe you’re like me and love to throw a dinner party for friends.

Whatever the case, I don’t want you to end up looking like these ladies as you seek out some delicious international cuisine.

Thanks to technology, Google maps is here! For your convenience, I have mapped out all the local restaurants and markets that I have written about. It can’t get any easier than this…you don’t even have to Google the location yourself!

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Beyond the Potsticker – Jiaozi!

17 Apr

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When I was 20 (long, long ago), I taught English in Beijing for a summer. While I was there, one of my students invited me over one weekend and her family taught me how to make jiaozi.

My life has never been the same. 😉

Last week, I went to cook this dish for my friends Tim and Amy and their family. They lived in China for several years and these dumplings are still a family favorite.

A few years ago on Chinese New Year, we threw a giant jiaozi party at their house. There were at least 30 people there. Everyone helped wrap the jiaozi, and then we had a feast.

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Since then, every time I make jiaozi, I have to share some with their family. It just doesn’t feel right to keep all the jiaozi deliciousness to myself!

“Ooohhh, I’m so full,” Tim groaned. A few minutes later, he was snacking on another dumpling.

I was in the same boat. The little morsels are irresistible.

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Kanpai and Chuck Norris

9 Apr

Kanpai Sushi and Asian Bistro has long been my favorite restaurant here in Evansville to get my sushi fix.

048I was delighted when Kathryn Russell, assistant manager at Kanpai, agreed to let me interview her. I knew it was going to be great!

I have loved Kanpai’s sushi for years, especially the S.O.B. roll.

The happy marriage of tuna, cilantro, onions, jalapeno, spicy mayo and lime makes my tastebuds dance!

After making the slideshow, Kathryn generously let me sample all the dishes we had photographed.

While all the food was delicious, the Seared Ahi Tuna simply blew me away!

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Aihua International Market, Part 2

26 Mar

443What’s that? You were so intrigued after reading my last post, that you want to know more about Aihua International Market?

Well, it’s your lucky day! I’m totally smitten with this treasure, too, so I went back for another round of food hunting! If you haven’t stopped in to check the market out yet, maybe this post will give you that final little push.

Ever tried guayaba, also known as guava? These little gems are native to Mexico and Central and South America, but are now cultivated in the tropics throughout the world.

My uncle loves them for their overwhelming scent as they ripen on the tree. I love them for their sharp, sweet-and-sour bite that leaves you wanting more.

The are also low in calories and full of nutrients. A single guava has four times more Vitamin C than an orange,  so feel free to indulge guilt-free!

(See above photo of the guavas taunting the oranges with their much smaller size AND higher Vitamin C content. I never said they were nice…just tasty.)

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Aihua International Market

20 Mar

471If you haven’t been in to explore Evansville’s largest international grocery, it’s time for a little trip to Aihua International Market on North Green River Road.

The owner, Aihua Sun, opened her first small store in 2003.

After bursting at the seams for several years, the business moved across the street into a much larger facility in 2010.

The store carries food from all over the world including Russia, Latin America, and the Middle East, as well as from a variety of Asian cuisines. The aisles are even labeled for your convenience.

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Chinatown Philly, Part 2

28 Feb

After our crazy journey to get to Philly over the weekend, there was no way I was leaving the city without raiding Chinatown. Plus I had a white friend with me who had missed dim sum the day before. She needed to be initiated.

Must-find Chinese delights: Wu Gok, the taro root dumplings that I raved about in my last post.

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Next on the list: Bubble Tea, also known as Pearl or Tapioca Tea, boba tea, “the drink with the fat straw,” and a variety of other names.

These delicious drinks come in a ton of different flavors including papaya, coconut, honeydew, taro, coffee, thai tea, lychee, or mango.

Some are the same consistency as any iced drink. Some are blended into a thick smoothie.

But the element that makes Bubble Tea what it is are the dark Tapioca balls waiting for you at the bottom of the cup.

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Chinatown Philly

25 Feb

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So a couple of friends and I took a road trip to Philadelphia over the weekend to go to The Justice Conference. It was exhausting, since we spent 30 of the 70 hours we were gone on the road and encountered snow, ice, and car trouble.

One redeeming part of the trip, however, was that Chinatown was only 3 blocks away! We ate Dim Sum one afternoon where I was so excited I completely forgot to take pictures. Oops.

The servers pushed their carts of steaming little delicacies around and we picked whichever plates we wanted. My friend chose exotics such as jellyfish and shark fin dumplings, the latter of which are controversial because the sharks are killed just for their fins.

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