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Recipe: Chinese Cilantro Pork

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I, like many other 24 year olds with a few (or three) jobs, rely on Chinese food at least a few times a week. It’s delicious. Don’t deny it. Sometimes, though, I feel a little sluggish after takeout. So what’s a girl to do? You probably already know the answer.

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If you like cilantro, this is for you. If not, just leave it out of the last step. I also had a lot of the ingredients on hand, using leftover unused pork chops and slicing them for the stir fry.

Ingredients
Pork chops or tenderloin, sliced thin (slice when the meat is still cold for an easier time) [$4]
Cornstarch and ap flour (in most pantries, but runs about $2 each for a box that will last you forever)
Soy sauce [$3]
Garlic cloves, sliced thin [.50 cents]
Ginger, grated [.50 cents]
1 can chicken stock [$1.50]
1 bunch cilantro [$2]
Jasmine rice and veggies, for serving

Directions

Whisk together a cup of the broth, 1/2 cup soy sauce, a few tablespoons of rice vinegar, some grated ginger, a tablespoon of cornstarch and sugar, and some hoisin sauce if you have it. If not, it’s cool. Set aside.

In another bowl, mix 4 tablespoons each cornstarch and flour, 1/2 cup veg oil, and a tablespoon soy sauce together til it forms a batter. Heat some vegetable oil in a skillet and dip the pork slices in the batter. When it gets hot, put the pork in the pan and fry it until golden. Set pork aside on a separate plate.

With the skillet still hot, put the sauce in and let thicken. Add cilantro and let it wilt, then take the sauce off heat.

Serve the sauce hot over the pork and rice and veggies, if desired.

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-L

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Recipe: Shrimp and Beef Lo Mein

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IMG_2346As I have mentioned before, I love Chinese take out, so of course I wanted to learn to make my own. I’ve already made dumplings, which are my favorite, so I decided to make The Russian’s favorite: shrimp and beef Lo Mein.  As usual, this is easy for my lazy butt to make and cheap as well.  Give it a try!

Ingredients:

1 package stir fry beef [$4]

1 small package shrimp [$5]

1 head cabbage [$1]

1 small box mushrooms, sliced [$2]

1 package spaghetti, which I already had on hand, or a package usually runs less than a buck.

scallions [$1.50]

garlic (same as spaghetti)

soy sauce, oyster sauce, and Siracha, plus a touch of Hoisin.  If buying all the sauces new, they can run about $3 a bottle, but most Asian food enthusiasts such as myself have most of this stuff on hand.

Chicken broth [$1]

Directions:

Make the pasta according to the package directions.  Meantime, heat veg oil in a pan over medium heat and add steak and cook til done, about 3 min per side. Put steak on a plate on the side and add shrimp to the pan, cooking until done as well, about 2 min per side. Place on the plate with the beef.

Add a little more oil to the pan and add the mushrooms for about 3 minutes and then add the cabbage, thinly sliced.  Let cook with some grated ginger if you have it and garlic.

In the meantime, whisk together soy sauce, chicken broth, hoisin, and siracha to taste.  I don’t like to say how much to do because everybody’s tastes are different, but I put about half a can of broth in, and healthy amount of soy, oyster, and hoisin, and a touch of siracha for a little heat. It’s you call. I also like to add a little corn starch to bring the sauce together.

The sauce should stick to the noodles to give it a rich flavor.

The sauce should stick to the noodles to give it a rich flavor.

After the mushrooms and cabbage start to wilt, add the shrimp, beef, and any juices back to the pan with the sauce. Let the flavors meld while you drain the pasta.  Add the meat and veggies to the pasta and mix well to combine the flavors.  Serve with chopped cilantro, if you have any.

Perfect for curling up and watching movies on the couch.

Perfect for curling up and watching movies on the couch.

-L

Cheap Eats: Windsor Dim Sum Cafe

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dimsum10Like many couples, The Russian and I relish the evenings when we’re both free so we can have date night.  We were both feeling something different, and decided on Windsor Dim Sum Cafe in Chinatown. While The Russian has actually spent time in China, I’ve never had Dim Sum before, and I figured it was about time.

Dim Sum what I call “Chinese tapas,” basically small plates of food on the cheap, and Windsor is thought to be one of the best in town. I definitely agree. The Russian and I were greeted with a complimentary pot of tea:

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of course The Russian was not satisfied with just tea, so he got a peach slushy.  After tasting it, I have to say, I was jealous I didn’t get one.  If this establishment served rum and had a porch, I would probably stay there all summer. So refreshing and sweet, but somehow not cloyingly sweet.

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Well done.

 

and menus with cards where you fill out your selections.  Windsor is small, so it doesn’t have traditional carts of food constantly pushed throughout like larger Dim Sum places.  Next time. One thing I really enjoyed was that although the carts were not available, they still provided a chance to choose your dish by visual stimuli with pictures of all the dishes offered.

making life so much easier

making life so much easier

I haven’t even mentioned the best part: Most of the Dim Sum is $3.15 a piece.  That’s right.  We got about eight items and spent $30.  For both of us. It was so much food, I’m not sure we even finished half.

This is the same photo as above.  Just thought it needed repeating.

This is the same photo as above. Just thought it needed repeating.

While I thought everything was very very (read: VERY) tasty, I did have a few favorites, though I cannot for the life of me remember the actual names. In all honesty, I believe you can try anything on the menu and be satisfied. We started with these fried rolls filled with shrimp, celery, and cilantro:

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Then the food started rolling out faster than I could even register.  Shrimp and pork dumplings were rich and meaty:

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The steamed pork dumplings has a sweet, chinese bbq filling wrapped in bread that was incredibly light and fluffy.

so fluffy.

so fluffy.

We also had some of the best fried calamari I’ve had.  Light and crispy batter and a perfect amount of salt and spice.

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Finally, I had to try something new, so I ordered short ribs and chicken feet over rice, a more expensive purchase at the mind boggling price of $5.  Well worth the extra $1.85, as I not only got to try something new, but both meats were stewed in a black bean sauce and fell apart as soon as I tried to pick them up with my chopsticks (forks don’t seem like an option here).

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Doesn’t matter, I adapted pretty easily.

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kinda.

Now I’m not saying this place has a perticularly beautiful decor or helpful staff. It doesn’t really.  It also doesn’t matter.  We had an amazing meal for next to nothing, and that’s what it’s all about anyways.

-L