Friday, December 31, 2010

My Milk Chocolate - Toffee Crunch Rice Krispie Treats

Milk Chocolate - Toffee Crunch Rice Krispie Treats

Milk Chocolate – Toffee Crunch Rice Krispie Treats
Recipe courtesy of Doreen Fang


4        Tbsp   Unsalted Butter
10      oz      Marshmallows
1        cup    Milk chocolate chips
1 ½    cups   Toffee bits (this one had milk chocolate it in, but they also carry plain toffee bits)
6        cups   Rice krispies cereal

Melt butter in a large saute pan over medium heat, add the marshmallows, allowing it to melt.  Add the chocolate chips and stir into and combine with the marshmallows.  Add rice krispies and toffee bits and combine thoroughly.  Pour into a 9x13 pan and press into the pan. 

Cut into squares.  This is great served up warm. 

Note:  Keep the cut up squares in a ziplock bag to keep it moist and chewy. 

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Grimaldi's Coal Brick Oven Pizzeria in Vegas

Grimaldi's Coal Brick Oven Pizzeria
750 South Rampart
Las Vegas, NV 89117
(702) 479-1351

You may or may not know this, but I am a huge sucker for pizza...not any old 
pizza...great pizza!  One year, I went to NYC with Anna and another friend and 
we searched high and low all over NYC and into New Jersey to find the best pies 
possible.  I can't tell you how much pizza we ate...for almost every single meal!
We also did that in Chicago, but today, I am focusing on a New York thin crust 

I've been to Grimaldi's in New York, you know...the one with the famous view of
the Brooklyn Bridge, so my thoughts on this pie will really be kind of a 
comparison to what I had in New York.

Am I super picky when it comes to my pies?  Well...who isn't?!  Aren't each and 
every single one of us who has a sick desire for the perfect pie a little picky when 
it comes to the dough?  The taste, thickness, doughy-ness, etc? 

I didn't get a chance to take a picture when it first came out because the guy who came out with the pizza was so quick and started to serve it for us.  First of all, I will say, the service was very good, Marcus our waiter was great.  Polite and attentive.  

We had a small group eating so we just ordered one large pie.  Pepperoni on the whole and half with mushrooms and onions.  Normally, when I check out a pizzeria, I always get a plain cheese so that I can really taste the sauce and dough...and get a true sense of the texture of the dough/crust.  

Marcus had come over after we had gotten our pizza and told us that he had told them to hold our pizza since we were still working on our salad.  Our pizza wasn't super hot.  The flavor of the pizza and sauce were nice, the little stubby rounds of pepperoni were tasty.  I think all of us love seeing the string of cheese trail from our mouth to the slice as we take that first bite.  But the cheese was a little tough, like it had melted and cooled down too much and then became chewy. That was a bit of a let down.  Ok...so maybe it doesn't have to leave a trail...but to be chewy...that's a big no no for me.

The crust was a bit too doughy for me, as if it wasn't cooked long enough and sadly, a bit soggy and was wet on the bottom too.  I wish that the pizza was cooked a tad longer.  

I know, it sounds like the pizza wasn't the best...and truly, it wasn't.  And to be super honest...even though it had these issues, BUT...I will give them the benefit of the doubt in this one instance and say that they did hold the pizza and did not serve it straight out of the oven.  I would like to go back again and get just a plain cheese pizza and ask them to stretch it out a tad thinner or else cook it a bit longer to get that crust fully cooked.  I know that the potential is there so.  I was watching all the other pizzas come out and they all had just a bit more color to them and looked like they had a bit of crunch to it. Can you tell that I am really trying to be positive and hopeful about this place?  I've heard other friends say that they had the pizza at the Eastern location and that it was great.  Maybe I need to take a drive across town to compare.  Whatever the case...I hope that my next experience, and yes, there will be one...is much better. 

I wish this review could've revealed the best pizza in Vegas, but in comparison to what we had in New York, it fell short.  But I do believe it has the potential!  Hey...I didn't even ask our waiter if they ship the dough or the water our from NY.  You know how important that is!

Anyhow...I will return...I can't help it...I gotta see if they can live up to the standards and reputation they created in NY...or as my friend Heather told me...Hoboken, NJ.   I'm rooting for them!!  Because I want some awesome pies damn it!  

And if they don't...I am still searching and hoping that someone will bring the perfect pie to Vegas.  Is it possible? 

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Chocolate - Chambord Fondue with Cream Puffs - The last decadent dessert of the year!

Yeah!  It was another fun day on set with Dao Vu and Shawn Tempesta from the Vegas Morning Blend yesterday.  They totally rock and always make me feel right at home.

Here's my ultra yummy, ultra simple recipe for anyone to make at home.  I try to keep the recipes simple, cost conscious and delicious to eat.  

Above picture.  Just a fun way to present your cream puffs to your guests.  After all the skewers and puffs are gone...they can eat a handful of whatever tasty candies you put inside.  I just happen to LOVE peanut M&M's, AND they are big and take up more space, so I don't have to buy as much candy.

Here's the chocolate looking smooth, shiny and creamy.  Don't over heat it or it'll break.  Keep it on a double boiler and don't let the water boil underneath.


On set...all ready for my segment.

If you don't want to use candy, you can also you pebbles to hold the skewers in place.

 Love these peeps!  Mama Silver, Annie, Dao, Shawn and Steph!  Thanks everyone for a great show!

Here's the recipe!

Chocolate - Chambord Fondue
With Cream Puffs

Recipe courtesy of Doreen Fang

Chocolate – Chambord Fondue
Serves 4-6

1/3 cup            heavy whipping cream
8 ounces         bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped.  (Or you can buy chips)
3 Tbsp             Chambord or other raspberry liqueur, divided

30                    mini cream puffs (you can purchase these pre-made)

Bring a small pot of water to a boil and reduce to a simmer.  Pour chocolate chunks/chips into a metal bowl that can sit over the pot of boiling water.  Bring cream to a simmer in a heavy small saucepan.  Put the bowl of chocolate over the simmering water and pour the heavy cream over the chocolate chunks/chips, whisk until all the chocolate is melted.  Once the chocolate is melted, add 1 tablespoon of the Chambord and continue to whisk till fully incorporated. Whisk in the remaining 2 tablespoons of Chambord on tablespoon at a time, while whisking.    

Transfer the Chocolate – Chambord fondue to a fondue pot.  Place over a candle or a canned heat burner on low.  Serve with cream puffs for dipping.

Note:  Do not allow the fondue to simmer once all the liqueur has been added. 

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

New Golden City Dumpling House - Rowland Heights

New Golden City Dumpling House
1015 S. Nogales St, Ste 128
Rowland Heights, CA 91748

I hope you all had a fantastic and merry Christmas or holiday with your family and friends.  I was lucky enough to spend it with my family, even for a few short days in between driving back and forth to Vegas.  
Recently, I've been eating dumplings non-stop...you guys know how I get on these kicks and eat the same thing...over and over again.  A lot of times it's because friends/family are in my area and all want to eat at places like Supreme Dragon...so I get the same thing.  This Christmas, since I had just gone to Supreme Dragon like two days before, I told my family I wanted something else, and luckily my sister remembered this little dumpling restaurant in 99 Ranch!  I've always seen it and wondered if it was good, and lucky for us there was plenty of us to eat a plethora of food.  (I love going nuts and ordering a ton of food to try!)

Just a side note...I have to say how much I love being Chinese!  I can always count on restaurants being open on Christmas day!  Woohoo!!  And what better way then to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ then going to a dumpling house eating a variety of delicious dumplings?!  Steamed, boiled or fried?  And of course...green onion pancakes and other tasty Chinese comfort foods?
It's been quite some time since I've had a chance to sit and write about some of the places I've been to.  But another reason besides being busy would be that I haven't been to a lot of places that I felt were a must share.   Let's just begin...
Thousand year old duck egg and tofu...

Always good to eat!  Loved it!  I've talked about it before, so I don't want to bore you with the same thoughts...just get it.  And eat it with the pickled jalapenos...you'll see the picture at the bottom of the blog.
Liang fun (mung bean sheets with vegetables)...

I'm not sure what the English name they gave this, but it's sheets of mung bean that have been reconstituted and cut into strips and served with a variety of vegetables and seafood and tossed in some type of soy vinaigrette.  My mom used to make this all the time when we were kids.  This isn't something that I normally crave, but my sisters love it.  


Look at how beautifully they fried these potstickers?  A lovely golden brown and nicely crispy, but still super juicy and tender inside.  The flavor of the meat was simple and well balanced.  I actually didn't even feel like I needed to dip it in my soy dipping sauce.  I'd get this again. 
Steamed Round Dumplings aka Xiao long bao...

Good skin, liked the texture, the filling was tender, but not a lot of flavor.  This needed a bit of a swim in the spicy soy...but not bad.  I still like Supreme Dragon's better.
Fried bread roll...

I'm just a sucker for anything made from bread or deep fried.  You just can't go wrong.  My nephew had ordered some braised tofu, and the brown sauce is the perfect thing to dip this bread in.  Yum!
Fish dumplings...

I've talked about the fish dumplings from Mandarin Deli before, actually I was just there like two or three weeks ago and didn't get a chance to post about it, but I've posted on FB a long time ago.  I loved their fish dumplings, so delicate and tender...but incredibly flavorful because of the garlic chives inside.  Well, I think I might have found a fish dumpling that has surpassed even the ones at Mandarin Deli.  These were awesome!  OMG!  This definitely did not need to be dipped in anything.  You can just pop them in your mouth...of course, be careful if they just came out, because you'll burn the f out of your mouth.  These are a must order.  

House vegetable dumpling aka Chive box...

Every place has a different way of making this...these were huge!  We were not expecting one order to have four gigantic pieces.  Now, normally I enjoy the garlic chive boxes, but there was something very funky about this one that I just couldn't stomach.  Ok...many of you have had Thai food and they use that tiny dried shrimp in some of the dishes like green papaya salad etc...  Well, I can NOT stand that super dry, super stinky shrimp.  It just overwhelms my nostrils and palette and I just want to gag.  Sadly, I believe they used those little shrimps or else the freaking essence of those damn little shrimps in here.  I took a few bites and tried to enjoy it...but that smell just makes me ill.  SO!  If you don't enjoy the overpowering taste of those dried shrimps like me...don't bother ordering this. 

But it does look so pretty inside eh?

Pickled jalapenoes...

Whoa!  These were awesome!!  If they sold this by the jar, I'd buy it!  This was so damn spicy and good!!  Like I mentioned above, this was especially tasty with the thousand year old duck egg and tofu!  If you love spice...guaranteed you'll finish that jar of awesomeness!  

Let me just say how happy I am to have another dumpling house to go to!! And so close to my house too!!  Thank you big sistah!  If you are are looking for some great Chinese comfort food...check this place out.  And if it's too crowded, you can go next door to Golden China...great handmade/shaved noodles too!  That place gets packed too!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Vegas Morning Blend - Whipping up some delicious apple recipes just for you!

Hello and wishing you all a wonderful and safe holiday season!

Things have been non-stop...making tamales, beans and salsa and feeling like Santa Clause as I'm making all these deliveries! Listening to Christmas music and driving in the rain.

But I'm back home for a few days from a quick trip to Vegas for my demo on The Vegas Morning Blend.

I made a Caramel Apple Dutch Baby and also got a terrific cocktail recipe from mixologist Brian Stewart called the Golden Delicious! Check it out! Both go really well together too!

Check out the video and the recipe is also on their website.

Wishing you all the very best!



Friday, December 3, 2010

Has anyone ever cracked your crab @ The Boiling Crab?

People have been telling me about The Boiling Crab, some people have been raving about it, so my friends Zach, Richard and Alexia met up with me to try this very popular joint. 

 I just love how the video always pauses me with some weird look on my face.  haha
 EEEKKK!  I still don't like those eyeballs staring at me!  It always creeps me out.  Did you know that I never touched a piece of shrimp until I went to culinary school?  That's right!  Because of our religion, I never ate shrimp, crab, lobster or any other shellfish because it was considered "unclean".  Just a little fact I thought I'd share with you.  Like you really wanted to know that!  haha 

Alright, so this is just a serious garlic fest in your mouth.  Even though we tried all the individual flavors along with the Whole Shabang (the combo of all three) it all pretty much blended together.  As I was eating, I did wish it had more flavors from the seasonings versus just tasting garlic. Yes, even a touch more salt would've just brought the flavors out a bit more for me.
As much fun as this place is with the relaxed atmosphere, writing on the walls and tables covered in plastic bags and shells from crawfish, shrimp, crab, etc, I want to talk about the food.  Alexia and I had gotten some shrimp that was a little on the mushy side...but lucky Richard didn't.  As you already saw on the clip, we got the medium spice level, but I could have gone up a notch and just went with the XXX spicy seasoning.  It just wasn't very spicy to me...at all, but I know that I was spicy for the boys.  And no, that XXX seasoning on our fries didn't even scorch my tongue...perhaps I was getting less seasoned ones?!  I don't know...but I tried to grab the ones that looked like they were well seasoned. 
The calamari was ok...even though it looks like it's going to be super crispy, the cornmeal coating was a little "soft"...and the G sauce that comes with it was ok...I wasn't crazy about it (sorry, no picture of the sauce...my add was kicking in with all the bags of food on the table).  I would've preferred a plain cocktail sauce over that.  It was a red sauce with a ton of black pepper, kind of tangy, but I'm not even quite sure what was in it.  Sorry guys...but I just wasn't a big fan of it.
Just so you know, all the shrimp pictures I'm posting are all different flavors.    But they all look the same and they are all red...perhaps it's because of the heat level, thus making it all red.  I wonder if the color would be different if we got the lemon pepper in a non-spicy form.

There is a ton of butter in each bag...at least that's what they said it was when I asked...butter and seasonings.  So, eater beware...especially if you have high cholesterol!  It's a freakin' butter fest!  I don't know what it was...but my tummy was a little, well...I can't lie, a lot upset later on.  Hmmm...I wonder what it was that made it upset?!  I eat so much butter I can't imagine it being the butter!!

Overall, if you're looking for a fun place to eat with a group of friends, get down and dirty with your food and walk around with a plastic bib around your neck...check out The Boiling Crab.  

There are multiple locations...you can go to the website to find one closest to you. 


By the way...I'm not going to post Zach's info...but if you're serious about getting a date with him...contact me!