Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Peruvian Cooking at Its Finest

The other day, my auntie and I went to lunch together. It was her Mother's Day gift. She suggested a Peruvian restaurant and who was I to argue.

We went to an established Peruvian Restaurant in the heart of downtown Paterson called La Tia Delia or Aunt Delia.

It was a Friday so I knew that narrowed down my choices as I don't eat meat on Friday. I was torn between cebiche de pescado (fresh raw fish marinated in lemon juice) or pescado frito con arroz y yuca (fried fish with rice and fried yuca (cassava). I chose the later and I was not disappointed. It was great! It was served with a little onion and parsley salad.

For a drink, I chose Inca Cola. Yum yum.

My aunt chose mondongito a la Italiana (tripe Italian style) and a Peruvian corn drink.

They served a huge portion so there was no room for dessert. That doesn't necessarily mean we passed up dessert though. We both took home 5 alfajores (a kind of cookie/biscuit filled with cooked condensed milk when it turns a lovely golden brown and dusted with confectionery sugar.)

Next time, I will choose the cebiche. The fish dish I chose was excellent but I want to try everything one the menu.

Tonight's Dinner - Wonton Soup and Dessert

Wonton SoupPicture source, HERE I picked this photo because it looks close to what our soup looks like.

Tonight we are having wonton soup. This is based on my late grandfather's recipe. If you recall, he is from Canton. Most recipes call for a chicken broth. My grandfather made a hearty broth from beef soup bones, cabbage, onions, carrots and celery. He cooked the soup until the meat fell of the bones.

The recipe can be found HERE

Since we had leftover wonton skins, I cut them up about a half an inch think and deep fried them in a Fry Daddy. My mom sifted confectionery sugar on them and they are quite tasty.

Friday, June 1, 2007

NJ Yummies

There are certain favorites that we just can't get in Hawaii. The following are some of what I will make the most of while in New Jersey.

First and foremost, Dunkin' Donuts. In my humble opinion, they beat Krispy Kremes hands down. My favorite, the glazed donut. Second to that is the Boston Creme.

TEM Another taste treat that I don't buy in Hawaii because of the markup price, is Thomas' English know...the one with the nooks and crannies.

EYou have to love the Entenmann's Chocolate Glazed donuts. These are the ones you store in the refrigerator and eat them cold.

Tastykake chocolate cupcakes sure bring back memories when I was a kid. They were such a treat. My dad would take us to the Market Street Spot to pick up new comic book for the week and we would be allowed to pick up our snacks there as well. This one was top on the list. Some of the comic books were Superman (I loved the Bizarro World issues), Archie Comics, Richie Rich, Uncle Creepy and Cousin Eerie, etc. Ah memories...

Also, I think that Northern New Jersey has the best hot bagels and pizzerias.
JHAs for hot dogs, you can't beat the Johnny and Hanges Texas Style Weiners. Well, I like the ones at the original location on River Street. I don't know how they taste in the new location. I really liked the Falls View Texas Style Weiners best. But unfortunately, they went out of business when I was still living here.

BTW. the picture of Johnny and Hanges is from The Hotdog Boys If you are interested in reading just how much some people love this hotdog, visit their site.

Well, that is all I can think of at the moment. I may add more as I think of them.