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Chopstix Dim Sum Restaurant
If ever there was a secret Dim Sum Restaurant, this would be the place. Hidden in an industrial section of Rosedale off of Pulaski Highway at 1201 67th St, Rosedale, MD 21237.
Your next question is what is Dim Sum? The best was to describe it is an Asian breakfast like Tapas. (Spanish Tapas served in small dishes with a variety of bite size treats). The Dim Sum (tapas) comes in a variety of styles, steamed, fried, braised and baked.
The best time to try Dim Sum is Monday-Thursday from 11 AM-3 PM and Friday Saturday & Sunday all day.
What happens during this process. Well, first they ask you what you'd like to drink. With Dim Sum, I suggest hot tea. (bo lay cha; mild light tea or Chrysanthanem Tea, using the flower of the chrysantanem, rock sugar is added for a dash of sweetness.
The purpose of the hot tea is to wash away any of the slightly fried food. versus cold water or soda.
The most populaar Dim Sum is:
Shrimp Dumpling: called Har Gow; its minced shrimp and bamboo shoots mixed together and wrapped with a rice flour/tapioca dough when steamed becomes transluscent. You get 3 in a dish that has been steamed. Add a dash of soy sauce and its simply delicious.
Pork Steamed Dumpling called Siu My; is marinated ground pork with shitake mushroom wrapped with wonton skin around the sides and topped with either ground carrots of flying fish eggs. You get 3 in a plate and steamed to perfection.
Taro Fried Dumpling called Woo Gork; Taro root (potato) with ground pork, water chest and shitaake mushroom covered in taro dipped in egg and a Panko type crust that when deep fried creates a fluffy and crisp dumpling. Just delicious.
Egg Custard Cup called Don Tot: a dessert that has a flaky crust with a flan type egg custard on top and baked gently. The kids will love it
Then we can introduce a noodle dish:
Pan Fried Noodles with Chicken; Very thin egg noodles fried and placed on a dish like a nest. Then sliced chicken, bean sprouts, shitaake mushroom, carrots and some Chinese vegetables with a nice chicken sauce poured over the crispy noodles. Ask for red vinegar as it goes great with the dish.
Beef Chow Fun *Wide rice noodles) with tender beef, bean sprouts, scallion and sliced onions sauteed in a dark soy sauce.
If you want authentic Chinese and willing to try Dim Sum, this is the place.
RECCOMENDATION: Highly recommended
January 29th, 2017
Mama Rosa's Filipino Rotisserie & Grill
This place has been highly recommended from all my Filipino friends. It was my pleasure ro finally visit this one of a kind joint. I was looking forward to tasting the fried pork belly with garlic fried rice. I am a pork belly fan and I'm always on the lookout trying different dishes with pork belly.
The place is considered authentic Filipino food, grilled barbeque and sizzling platters.
The place is located at 836 Middle River Rd, Middle River, MD 21220 at 443 559 5900. The easy was is to take 43 South and follow it to Middle River Rd. Hours opened: Sunday 7:30 AM-9 PM, Monday: 4PM- 9 PM and Tuesday- Saturday 7:30 AM- 9 PM
It's a small deli type operation with freshly made food sitting in steam pots behind a glass enclosure. Against the wall there is a buffet of tropical drinks. I love the tall can of Coconut juice with bits of white coconut in the drink. On another wall there are all type of Asian snacks and fresh vegetables.
On the cutting board in front of the counter was fresh fried pork belly. I ordered the special which comes with fried pork belly (about 1/2 plate) and the other half is garlic fried rice. You also get a small cup of a pickled vegetable and a bone marrow soup. I have to say from a value standpoint it was simply delicious and all this for $ 8.99m a great bargain. Along with the pork belly is a special all purpose dipping sauce.
Tried a side order of pork belly with a red shrimp paste sauce. What makes all their pork belly delicious is the fat. Just lean pork makes it tougher.
Although I did not have the opportunity to try the other dishes shown, you can be assured that the food turnover is pretty fast so the freshness is best.
If you are used to lean meats, it may be a big adjustment but take it from Chef Woo Can. pork fat makes the meat more tender and savory. A great value luncheon.
Saturday & Sunday they have a buffet type luncheon and I've been told its very busy. So if you have the time and patience, then give it a try! You'll be glad you did.
The Goodness from Our earth
One of the beautiful things of having a blog is the fact that I can use it as a forum on anything I'd like to blog about.
One of my concerns is how we are destroying our earth and everything it offer to us. Let's face it, there were civilizations befoe we became the USA that took advantage of wht our earth had to offer. The Native American Indians used certain herbs to combat the common cold like Echinacea and Golden Seal both to build up the immune system and help reduce the cold to a few days. Today this herb is in capsule form as a natural remedy to fight the common cold and build up the immune system but the biggest obstacle is the FDA hasn't approved it.
In China, the lifestyle and diet contributed vastly to the overall health of the people. No lounge lizards, always active, all types of fruits and veggies to combat diabetes, reduce high blood pressure and lower sugar.
There is a vegetable called bitter melon that reduces blood sugar and inflammation and Guava fruit, greek yogurt, tumeric (like in indian food), Avocado (fresh) to name few, special teas (Pure Green Tea) or OoHlong Tea promote healthy living.
Arthritis, yes, as we age, our bones change due to inflammation. Yep we have motrin, Advil, Tylenol to calm the swelling. But did you know there are foods that cause inflammation? Yep, its true/ Avoid certain foods that cause inflammation and you'll notice the difference, less pain. Tumeric, yogurt and avocado help to reduce inflamation!
Let's face it, our government is controlled by the lobbyist who represent multinationl corporations who are in busines to make money. The only way to do this in the food industry is to cater to the American taste buds, sweet salty, crunchy and savory are the key factors used by them to create delicious meals and treats. Is it healthy? him the jury is still out on that. Has the Millenial Generation contributed to the food industry changing their thinking? Yep they have. No more artificial this and that, no more additives, all natural meats, free range animls, cane sugar versus detrose or frutose.
Non hormone fed beef chikens nd pigs, no grain fed beef now grass fed, like nature intended.
But we are seeing an evolution of learning from other cultures, adopting their foods as healthy without preservatives or artificial chemicals.
It's taken long time but we're seeing changes going to to simpler time for food.
BUT there are still multinational that are pushing certain ingredients and products like the dairy industry, ADM (Arthur Daniels Midland), Sugar Industry, etc.....that have a huge stack in wht direction the industry is going, Snack Association.
Yet we are destroying the rainforest which to me is a microcosm of various vegetation and plants that are natural remedies to better our health versus planting palm plants fo the mfg of palm oil used in candy, cakes and sweets. Not exactly good for us.
We are depleting our oceans by harvesting millions of tons of fish. When have you see Chilean Sea Bass on the menu. We'vee raped our oceans to the point extinction. Where's are the country's management of our oceans. It seems we are only concerned with other countries fishing in our waters.
Sharks are now endangered. Since the rise of the middle class in China, Shark Fin is a delicacy in soups, but the reality is shark fin has no flavor, its the broth that gives the flavor and shark fin represents a certain status. Just keep in mind this Millions are killed every year. Aren't we upsetting the ecosystem in our oceans?
Hot & Spicy for 2017
Thanksgiving is over, Again the turkey was dry, yes heard about the fried turkey but the risk is way to risky. Ok the stuffing, mash potatoes and fravy, the sweet potatoe whatever, the pecan or apple pie. The same thing year to year. Then on Christmas a nice tender sweet ham with a pineapple glaze, mash potatoes and maybe a cheese cake. New Years celebrated with maybe nice lobsters or a juicy rib eye steak or prime rib dinner.
Nothing against traditional cooking during the holidays, but NOW I want to introduce my theme for 2017 "
So, whats on the food agenda for 2017? Did you ever think that other than Hot Sauce from Louisiana, Asia may have some of the hottest sauces and pastes of course other than the famous Sriracha Hot Chili sauce
Hot Sauces are the newest rave. They add a new dimension of flavors to your ordinary meal. Hot sauces mixed with herbs like Chinese basil adds a zest to any existing dish while not burning your tongue to shreds. Just a little with any ordinary sauce give just the right bit and brings out the sweetness of your foods.
Here's a simple method. Take some ketchup and add a dash of chili paste with basil to ordinary shrimp size 16-20 (16-20 shrimp will weigh approx 1 lb). Leve the shell on the shrimp but cut thru the shell to devein them and saute with fresh garlic and a little oyster sauce and stir fry the shrimp and pour it over aromatic jasmine rice.
Simply delicious, its that easy! The base is ketchup, yep Heinz Ketchup.
We offer both oyster sauce and chili paste with garlic and basil.
Give it a try. I'm here all day for any questions.
Has anyone tried Chicken Satay? It yummy and delicious with the flavor of peanut, coconut milk and a dash of chili sauce.
Have you purchased chicken brest and finding out whenever its cooked, its tougher than nails and wonder how the Chinese restaurants make the chicken sooo tender? Secret, they're not using dark meat.
Ever wonder why when you try to cook Chinese at home making your favorite dish and it doesn't quite taste the same?
Did you know the mere mention of CURRY drives people away. They think of Indian Curry, but the reality is that curry is made all over the world and has a multitude of different flavors.