Eastern promise: Ring in the Chinese new year with Donal Skehan's recipes
My first taste of Asian food, like most Irish people, was from our local take-away, in our case, the Dragon Boat in Howth. Prawn crackers that melt in your mouth, fried rice and sweet and sour chicken from little metal boxes was a real treat when I was growing up. https://www.independent.ie/life/food-drink/recipes/eastern-promise-ring-in-the-chinese-new-year-with-donal-skehans-recipes-38885155.html Email nd sour chicken from little metal boxes was a real treat when I was growing up. If I was lucky, birthday dinners were celebrated at the local Chinese restaurant, The Pagoda in Sutton Cross. Crispy duck pancakes, hot and sour soup, and beef in black bean sauce served on sizzling plates dramatically rushed to the table complete with a lazy Susan before devouring bowls of deep-fried ice cream. And so began a love of Asian food that has endured to this day. Where we live now, in East Los Angeles, we are about 15 minutes from the San Gabriel Valley, home to the largest and best Chinatown in the world. You can explore almost every regional Chinese cuisine in one 20-mile radius and there is no shortage of great dishes to explore. I spend most Saturdays here hunting down a top tip on where to get the best hot pot, dim sum, numbing biang biang mian noodles, fried scallion pancakes or peking duck - It's led to a bit of an obsession! Although I do think you can only eat the best of Asian cuisines from the masters, homemade Asian dishes most definitely have their place and can leave you with really doable mid-week suppers. Please log in or register with Independent.ie for free access to this article. Read more: Independent.ie
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