Archive for August, 2011

Aug 02

Tilapias with Lemon Zest

I recently bought some frozen Tilapias from Trader Joe’s, which comes in a red package at the frozen fish area. I love using whatever ingredients I find in my fridge, making something from nothing always makes me happy! So on the day I wanted to make the Tilapias, I had some lemons my mom picked from a friends tree which I believe to be Meyer lemons because they are much sweeter and juicier than most lemons, some leftover rosemary and thyme from my sister, leftover spicy Thai chili from another evening, some ginger and garlic which I always have lots of!  Again, simplicity is key, the fish turned out delicious and was perfect over rice!

I mixed the following into a bowl:

* Half a head of garlic, chopped

* Small piece of ginger, chopped

* 5 pieces of Thai Chili, chopped

* 3 stems of Rosemary, leaves stripped and chopped

* 2 stems of Thyme, leaves stripped and chopped

* 2 Meyer Lemons, peel the outside for small pieces of lemon rind and squeeze most of the juice into the bowl, then slice the lemons and put them on the side (yes, I even added lemon rind into the mix)

* Add about 1/4 cup olive oil, add more if needed

* Mix all of the above except the slices of lemon

* After you mix the zesty ingredients, place the Tilapias into a baking pan.

* Heat oven at 375 degrees

* Saturate one side with the ingredients and add sea salt and fresh pepper,  do the same with the other side

* Place the sliced lemons on top

* Bake at 375 degrees uncovered for about 30 minutes, then broil for about 4-5 minutes!

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Aug 01

Dinner at the Kings-Kingdom of Dumplings & King of Noodles

Over the weekend we went to the Kingdom of Dumpling for some warm comfort food. We went on a Friday night and to our surprise we found parking and there was no line. Once we were seated, there were about 10 people waiting outside, we got really lucky, it was a good food sign for us! If you come here, don’t expect the best decor or the best service, it’s a small warm space with about 18 seats.

We started with the crunchy fresh Cucumbers served with a soy sesame garlic sauce, who would have thought this simple savory sauce would taste so good. The little boiled Shrimp and Pork Dumplings with Chives were juicy and the skin of the dumplings were made with the perfect dough, not too thick, not too thin. If you like spice, dip it in their hot sauce, I even dipped it into the sauce for the cucumbers.  We also really enjoyed the lightly ginger marinated tender Beef Tendon Soup Noodles served with bok choy and flat wide rice noodles. The biggest disappointment were the dried Xiao Long Boas.

The next day, a friend of ours wanted to go to the King of Noodles, a small Chinese restaurant. As we got the menus, we realized that this was almost the same menu from Kingdom of Dumpling! And then we found out they were sister restaurants, the only difference was that King of Noodles served hand pulled noodles! So while we were here, we ordered more dumplings and the fresh hand pulled chewy Noodles with Black Bean Sauce…it needed a little more soy sauce but the noodles texture was good!

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