What would you do with one of these giant ostrich eggs? Maybe make a giant Scotch egg?
They are in stock at Whole Foods at Columbus Circle and go for $40.
The 2013 Balut Eating Contest will be held at the Hester Street Fair on August 3, 2013. The contest is run by the awesome people at Maharlika. I came in second place last year and I am so honored to have been invited back again this year!
Balut eggs are delicious fertilized duck eggs that are cooked and eaten with salt and vinegar. If you’re lucky sometimes you will find a bit of beak, bones, and feathers! This year I am going to bring a little garlic and chili, if they allow condiments again like they did last year.
I went cicada hunting in Staten Island on Sunday. The brood II cicadas emerge only once every 17 years and I needed to catch some to make a batch of cicada macarons.
This cute one crawled up my leg!
I am storing them in the freezer until I’m ready to cook them.
Please check back soon for photos of the cicada macarons and a recipe!
I had one of the top ten meals of my entire life last night at Mamak, a brand new Malaysian restaurant that serves authentic Penang style halal cuisine! It’s the only place in New York City that exclusively features this delectably complex culinary tradition on their menu.
Mamak is a colloquial term used in Malaysia to refer to Tamil Muslims who operate roadside food stalls, mamak stalls. Above is the udang nasi kandar, a generous portion of succulent shrimp with a spicy mamak style sauce.
Murtabak is a stuffed and folded savory crêpe. The name comes from the Arabic word “مطبق” (folded). At Mamak murtabak is stuffed with minced beef and egg, and served with pickled red onions. We were blown away by the subtly complex flavors of the beef inside. There was definitely a hint of cumin — and maybe aniseed, clove, coriander, and cinnamon?
You must try the lamb satay. The meat is so tender it melts in your mouth! Cubes of rice, cucumber, and red onion are served on the side, along with a bit of the most delicious peanut sauce I have ever tasted!
We got to meet the amazing owner and chef, Nani Yusof Hughie! Thank you, Nani, for such amazing meal! We will be back soon!
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The staff at Yuji recently returned from Japan and are now serving this brothless mazemen with chilled crab and a refreshing cucumber gelée.
Pierre Hermé’s famous Ispahan dessert is not available in the United States. I did get to try one last year in Tokyo. Since then I often find myself daydreaming about the magical combination of rose, lychee, and raspberry.
Below is a recipe for Ispahan ice cream. I made it last weekend and it turned out great!
Prepare your ice cream maker (mine has a detachable bowl that has to freeze overnight).
Over low heat, stir 8 egg yolks and 3/4 cup sugar until the yolks coat the back of the spoon. Pour into a bowl and chill this in the fridge.
Warm 1 cup of raspberries in a sauce pan with 2 tablespoons of sugar until sugar dissolves. Pour into a bowl and chill in the fridge.
Chop up one cup of lychees and set aside.
When yolks and raspberries are no longer warm, pour 2 cups of heavy cream, 1 cup of whole milk, the yolk mixture, a pinch of salt, and 2 tablespoons of rose water into the ice cream maker and let it mix for at least 10 minutes.
When the ice cream is starting to set, mix in lychees. Stir in raspberries and sauce, making a swirl. Transfer to a tightly sealed container and freeze overnight before serving!
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My best friend is in Honolulu right now and she sent me a picture of Gyotaku’s nattochos (a portmanteau of “natto” and “nachos”). I immediately went to Family Market in Astoria and bought wonton wraps, tuna, natto (fermented soy beans), yamaimo (wild yam), green onions, radish sprouts, and nori.
We found that our poke mix was a little bland so some yuzu kosho, yuzu chili paste, really helped make the nattochos a success! Please like Chinook Olive’s Facebook page!
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