Monday, April 24, 2006

Hui! pss-pss...and den?

If you're filipino - you should've gotten the title...I miss how my Grandma would call me that way. :) Love ya grams!

Anyway - just had to tell you about this yummy bread-snack-dessert known as ensaymada. It is the one of my faaaavorite filipino things. I used to crave the version I knew growing up with in Hawaii which was just a round flat pastry smothered with a sugar and butter spread. yummy! But THEN...oh, then I got introduced to this version made by Goldilocks Bakery and Restaurant in Cerritos and I was forever changed. Though I'll still buy the other ensaymada at Zippy's when I'm at home, out here - Goldilocks' ensaymada reigns. I like it straight outta the bag - but a tip from my friend is to heat it up for 10 secs and then enjoy!

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And the winner is...

Congratulations to Rokes! Winner of the first ever contest I've ever had. Have fun with the certificate Rokes :). Thanks to all those who bascially thanks to you too Ona!

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

50% off certificates

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Monday, April 17, 2006


Alright - since no one believes me how awesome these certificates are...I'm going to give one away. Enter a comment to this post and enter to win a $25 gift certificate to Ofcourse - these certificates are only good if you find a restaurant in your area that participates in this program. But who cares, IT'S FREE! Not like I have a lot of readers anyway since I am very very VERY delinquent on posts...but I've been inspired by new co-workers to write more about food...more specifically about the food that they're telling me about.

Anyways - back to the contest...still not convinced to enter? Well, me and my girlfriend just had teppanyaki at Chomp in Fullerton for about $10 each (y'know, the Bennihana style entertainment where the cook throws knives in the air and makes an onion volcano?). If that don't convince you, I give up.

Deadline for entering is midnight Friday (04/21/06), Pacific Time. (The certificate will be emailed to the winner.)

good luck!


Ahhh, gyoza. This is my Japanese comfort food. I can never go to a Japanese noodle place and not order a side of gyoza to go with it. I helped make these this past weekend. Oh - how I just love gyoza. My fiance's mom taught us how...well, all I really did was "roll" them up. I never really took the time to know how they made the gyoza look so good. The secret is in the pleats. Yes - you have to pleat those tiny little gyoza wrappers! It was crazy - but when you saw the finished product, it was beeeautiful. Below is a random recipe I pulled off the internet. Though the recipe says to "pinch" the wrappers instead of pleat...the rest of it is still good. Don't forget to pleat!

Gyoza - Japanese Potstickers
From Rhonda Parkinson

Serves 8 to 10 (as an appetizer)

1/2 pound ground pork (1 cup)
3/4 cup shredded Napa cabbage
1 green onion, diced
2 teaspoons minced ginger
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon hot chili oil, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons vegetable oil for frying, or as needed
30 gyoza wrappers, or as needed

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Blanch the shredded cabbage until it is tender but still crisp. Plunge into ice cold water, remove, and drain thoroughly.

In a medium bowl, combine the ground pork, cooked cabbage, green onion, minced ginger, egg, soy sauce, chili oil and sesame oil.

Lay a gyoza wrapper in front of you. Wet all the edges with water. Place a teaspoon of filling in the middle of the wrapper. Fold the sides up to form a semicircle, and then pinch the edges (and pleat!) to seal. Continue with the rest of the gyoza wrappers until the filling is gone.

To cook, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a heavy frying pan over medium-high to high heat. Add 12 - 15 of the gyoza and cook for 2 minutes, or until golden brown on the bottom.

Add 1/2 cup of water to the pan. Cover the dumplings and cook until the water is absorbed (5 to 7 minutes). Repeat with the remainder of the gyoza dumplings.