Rice And Beans

The culinary adventures of a New Yorker and a New Mexican.
We saw a wonderful post on Umamimart about his recreation of the ramen burger in New York:
Motoism - Ramen Burger
He used noodles from Sun Noodles, which are a family company that makes noodles for Momofuku, Segataya, and many other top ramen joints in the US.
Bon Appetit profile of Sun Noodles
Well, no ramen burger this week (it will be done!), but we had to try Sun Noodles. It was quite easy to find in our local Japanese grocery stores, and it had the simplest packaging.
This here is their Tantanmen. We used chicken broth instead of water with their sauce packet, and added nori, a poached egg, scallions, spinach, and shiitake. It was mind-blowingly good for homemade ramen. We’re still going out for tonkotsu, but this makes many lesser ramen joints irrelevant.

We saw a wonderful post on Umamimart about his recreation of the ramen burger in New York:

Motoism - Ramen Burger

He used noodles from Sun Noodles, which are a family company that makes noodles for Momofuku, Segataya, and many other top ramen joints in the US.

Bon Appetit profile of Sun Noodles

Well, no ramen burger this week (it will be done!), but we had to try Sun Noodles. It was quite easy to find in our local Japanese grocery stores, and it had the simplest packaging.

This here is their Tantanmen. We used chicken broth instead of water with their sauce packet, and added nori, a poached egg, scallions, spinach, and shiitake. It was mind-blowingly good for homemade ramen. We’re still going out for tonkotsu, but this makes many lesser ramen joints irrelevant.

I came home to find my girlfriend had created this lovely meal for us. It opened with a salad of spinach, mizuna, pickled scallions, and marinated shirataki. For the main course, she served shiitake and shimeji mushrooms  sauteed with beef sausages in mirin and sake. It was divine.

Continuing to explore my Chinese roots, I made this stir fry with fried tofu, chinese celery, and a bit of pork. It was pretty awesome, or so my girlfriend tells me.

Continuing to explore my Chinese roots, I made this stir fry with fried tofu, chinese celery, and a bit of pork. It was pretty awesome, or so my girlfriend tells me.

We continued our meade explorations with this carbonated black raspberry meade from Redstone Brewery. It was very bubbly and dry, and had only a slight hint of raspberry.

We continued our meade explorations with this carbonated black raspberry meade from Redstone Brewery. It was very bubbly and dry, and had only a slight hint of raspberry.

A few weeks ago, we walked by Paris Baguette in Zion Marketplace and saw a flyer for their “Kronut”. I had just been to New York and decided I wasn’t getting up early for the original. Seeing only a handful of people in line, we had to get one.

Verdict? It was definitely tasty - crispy and delicious. But it was also a little creepy watching oil ooze through the pastry as if out of a sponge as I took a bite. Definitely a once a year treat.

Also depicted, a squid ink pastry. Not bad.

Stir-fried rice cakes with bok choy, chinese sausage, and some bacon for a smoky hit. 

Stir-fried rice cakes with bok choy, chinese sausage, and some bacon for a smoky hit. 

Having just learned to make dumplings from my mom, I had to make them for my girlfriend. These are pan-fried zucchini and pork dumplings, and steamed chinese chive and pork dumplings.

A quick and easy breakfast - fried Taiwanese sweet sausage, chives, and eggs.

A quick and easy breakfast - fried Taiwanese sweet sausage, chives, and eggs.

Our best attempt yet at wild rice and mushroom soup (recipe courtesy of Cooks Illustrated).

Our best attempt yet at wild rice and mushroom soup (recipe courtesy of Cooks Illustrated).