Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s ginger fried rice as interpreted by Mark Bittman has been floating around the internet for a while, but it took me a while to finally work up the courage to give it a try. You see, Jean-George is a well respected world renowned chef and I didn’t want to make his his fried rice and not like it. Fried rice, much like how you cook your instant noodles, is a very personal thing.
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Is there anything more delicious than crispy pork, eggs, pasta and cheese? Carbonara just may be my favourite way to eat breakfast foods at dinner. The very first time I heard about carbonara, I was in my late teens. I was working at a deli/bakery, and my manager was a super-sweet Italian woman who would chat with me about all the delicious Italian dishes she would cook for her husband, two sons and daughter.
When I was young and first heard about carbonara, I was enthralled. Bacon, eggs and pasta? I was sold. Carbonara is one of my favourite pastas to both make and eat, though it took me a while before I figured out how to make it without my eggs curdling. Carbonara is all about timing.
After making the mashed potato spring rolls, I had a bit of leftover mashed potatoes so I decided to improvise and create a Vietnamese-flavoured croquette. I’m in love with what I like to think of as Vietnamese meat loaf: ground pork studded with wood ear mushrooms and shallots, flavoured with fish sauce, sugar, soy, white pepper and five spice.
When I’m out for dinner I like checking out what other people are eating. I tend to do it unobtrusively – although Mike begs to differ – but when something really catches my eye, I’ll ask the staff what the dish was. Mochi-iso was one of those dishes for me. I only saw it for a second, but seeing those pale-golden puffs drizzled with sauce sitting on top of seaweed strips made me want it instantly.