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Recipe: Bánh Mì Chicken Sandwich

Asian, Recipe, Sandwiches By March 24, 2019 Tags: , , 1 Comment

The Vitals:
recipe: Chicken Báhn Mì (Vietnamese style sandwich)
difficulty: easy
health rating: healthy – but watch the calorie count on the bread you use. 
time: 30 minutes + 4 hour marinade time(can marinate up to 24 hours)

I literally made this last night two nights ago and it was so good(and easy) I just had to sit right down and share the recipe. All you really need to do is get the chicken in the marinade and make sure you have the right ingredients and the right condiments.

And on that note . . . .

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Tsubaki Szechuan ~ Oklahoma City

Asian, Midwest By January 18, 2019 Tags: , , , , , , 1 Comment

The Vitals:
the spot: Tsubaki Szechuan 1117 NW 25th St. Oklahoma City, OK 73106
the eats: Xiao Long Bao(soup dumplings), fried beef with cumin, pork wonton in chili oil 
the bucks: $8.95, $13.95, $5.95 respectively
the full nelson: dumplings as good as I’ve had in NYC, San Francisco or LA

Growing up in the Midwest and being a 1st generation Bengali American, I know that even the “fly over states” have more diversity than what some might give them credit for. And it being 2019, one should not be too surprised to hear the words “Xiao Long Bao” in a place like Oklahoma City. But even I have to admit I was surprised to find these iconic dumplings and a dim sum staple in the land of the OKC Thunder . . .

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Bang for your Pho Buck: Lee’s Bakery ~ Atlanta

Asian, The South By December 18, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

The Vitals:
the spot: Lee’s Bakery 4005 Buford Highway NE Ste C Atlanta GA 30345
the eats: Large Combination Pho, Grilled Pork Sandwich
the bucks: $10.25, $3.75 respectively
the full nelson: the definition of why Vietnamese joints are Cheap Eats havens

Upon my initial research into Atlanta for Cheap Eats, I knew I was going to have to make a stop at Buford Highway. The legendary drag is home to tacos, sushi, dumplings. curries, Korean food beyond BBQ and so much more. It got me a little nostalgic for my LA days where an immense diversity of food cultures can be unlocked with the power of the automobile. It was a challenge to single out one cuisine for my inaugural Buford Highway feast, but it had been a minute since I had some good pho and all it takes is a google search to know that Lee’s Bakery Atlanta tops many lists.

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ACL Eats: Austin City Limits Music Festival 2018 Day 2

Asian, Austin, Sandwiches By October 8, 2018 Tags: , , , , No Comments

And then there was Day 2 of the Austin City Limits Music Festival, which meant a fresh round of ACL Eats. I gotta say going hitting up all three days of an ACL weekend is a strong move, where pace and eyeing the right mix of food vendors is key. Chilantro and Noble Sandwich Co(aka Noble Pig) are both popular Austin staples that have gotten national attention in print media and food television. You really can’t go wrong visiting either of these spots but which spot and which dish became my ACL Eat of the day? Let’s find out!!

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Gan Shan Station ~ Asheville N.C.

Asian, The South, Vegetarian/ Vegan By September 7, 2018 No Comments

The Vitals:
the spot: Gan Shan Station 143 Charlotte St Asheville NC 28801
the eats: Black Bean Chicken, Brisket Fried Rice, Chinese Broccoli, Salt and Pepper Tofu, House Made Dumplings, Korean Cabbage Wraps
the bucks: $10 a dish and meant for sharing. factor about $10-$15 a person. 
the full nelson: when you’re craving food from the entire continent of Asia

For a moment, I got caught up in the idea that Gan Shan Station would be the future of Asian restaurant dining in America. Then I paused and realized there was no way the tide of regional specific Chinese, ramen only and Korean fried chicken joints would shift anytime soon. Still Gan Shan Station does tell me a lot about the conscience of American diners in the 21st Century: all Asian cuisines are on the table.

At Gan Shan Station you will find dishes from Korea, Japan, China and Thailand. Its kind of like an all Asian food court one might find in Los Angeles’ famed San Gabriel Valley, a Mecca for many Asian foods, regional Chinese in particular. But we are not in LA, we are in Asheville North Carolina, which might raise an eyebrow or two. Well prepare for some bulging eyeballs as well, because seeing is believing and you have got to gander at the deliciousness going on at Gan Shan Station.

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