Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Ma Po Tofu at Chao Zhou



One of my favorite dishes at my favorite little noodle shop. Ma Po Tofu is ground pork and tofu in a spicy bean sauce with a fair amount of Szcheuan peppercorns for seasoning. One of these days I may yet find a recipe that tastes as good as what they make here.

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Boukie's, Royal Oak, Michigan

Boukie's sadly closed suddenly in 2012, but reopened last October at the corner of Main and 11 mile. The food is just as good as it was in their old location, according to all reports, so we finally paid a visit to try some of their dishes, including the cauliflower with tahini:


Arayas:


and Hoummas with raw vegetables. It was all beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. Certainly the best Lebanese food anywhere near Royal Oak, and right up there with the best of Pita Cafe.

Mi Compadre, Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor has another new Mexican Restaurant- Mi Compadre- located in a strip mall at 2111 Packard. It's a very unprepossessing place, with minimal decor- just a kitchen not quite hidden behind a drinks cooler and a few booths. The menu is very untypical, with what the owners describe as authentic Oaxacan dishes like Tortas (sandwiches) and Tlayudas.

While snacking on heart shaped tortilla chips (it was Valentine's day) with two tasty salsas we ordered a chicken Fajitas:


And a beef Tlayudas:



The vegetables were all fresh (although the tomatoes were about what you can expect in February), as were the tortillas, which are sourced from the Ann Arbor Tortilla Factory. The beans were very good, the rice was exceptional ,and the beef and chicken were, well, dry, tough and tasteless. Between the two, I'd go with the fajitas, and I'd recommend you get the vegetarian version.

We'd still like to go back and try some other dishes on the expanding menu, and when we do I'll write about it here, of course.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Fixing Winter Tomatoes



You just can't get decent tomatoes in the winter, unless you live in the tropics, but you can turn hothouse tomatoes into something reasonably flavorful.

Slice your tomatoes in half, and place them on a lightly oiled baking sheet.

Sprinkle with:
Garlic powder
Onion powder
Salt 
Sugar

Bake at 325 for an hour, and you'll have a flavorful side dish to serve with meat or fish.