Sunday, January 10, 2010

Beef Chow Mein

I had some flank steak in the freezer and found a Beef Chow Mein on Epicurious that tickled me.

Here is a photo from the website:

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Here is what I ended up with:

The steak was tender and the sauce was a nice compliment. I couldn't find any egg noodles so I substituted some other Asian noodle made from flour. Not sure if this was the problem, but I struggled to get the noodles adequately crispy without burning.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

After a Long Hiatus: Pork Meatball Banh Mi

A few major changes since my last post: a new kitchen, a new school year, but most notably, the addition of a new mouth in the Supertaster household. In a few months (probably the next time I log in the way thing are going) the meal will most likely be pureed carrots. But enough excuses...bring on the meatball!

I noticed several interpretations of the Banh Mi, a Vietnamese-French sandwich, over the past few months and was anxious to try one. The three major components to this particular version--pork meatballs, carrot/radish slaw, and a spicy mayonnaise--are all good enough to stand alone. Put them together and you've got a meal worth making over and over again.

Since these meatballs don't contain the usual binding ingredients found in the traditional recipes, I was worried about them holding up during the frying process. This was a non-issue. In fact, the lack of egg and breadcrumbs made for a light and crispy ball of goodness.

Due to some serious grease splatter, you better look here for the recipe: