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Book Review: Katie Chin’s Everyday Chinese Cookbook – 101 Delicious Recipes from My Mother’s Kitchen

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By Amanda Andrei Katie Chin’s Everyday Chinese Cookbook: 101 Delicious Recipes from My Mother’s Kitchen hits the sweet spot for Chinese American cookbooks. Between the bright, gorgeous photography of succulent dishes and the easy-to-follow recipes and cooking tips, Chin’s cookbook delightfully shares the legacy of the Chin family with personal anecdotes of her friends, neighbors, children, and late mother, the …

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Hat Tip for Chef Seng’s Upcoming New Restaurant, Thip Khao

Chef Seng Luangrath excited to bring authentic Laotian food to DC Diners 
this winter (photo credit: Jon Trevino)

By Daphne Domingo Washington, DC – The rumors are true and the plaster is on the wall. Local chef, Seng Luangrath, will transport some of her famed authentic Laotian food from the hidden menus of Bangkok Golden in Seven Corners to Columbia Heights in the District. The new restaurant, Thip Khao (Lao for sticky rice basket) is still waiting finalizing …

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Chef Erik Bruner-Yang Presents an Asian Boutique Grocery Inside Union Market

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  Washington, DC – No longer do DC residents have to cross the river or other state lines to pick up authentic Asian items. Toki Underground’s Erik Bruner-Yang has opened up a local-oriented and specially-curated Asian market inside the culinary landmark, Union Market. The shop is a great resource for shoppers who may be unable or are just unwilling to …

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Bonchon Chicken Makes DC its Newest Hometown

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By Daphne Domingo DC residents no longer have to cross any borders to crunch on the some Korean fried chicken that has been sweeping through Asia and the East Coast. Bonchon Chicken franchise owners, Thomas An & Paul Choi, has announced it is will be opening a new location in Navy Yard next spring. They let Washingtonian know that the …

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Local Native David Chang Brings Bold New York Tastes Back Home to DC

Inside the central courtyard of CityCenterDC where celebrity

chef David Chang will open his latest Momofuku outpost.

By Daphne Domingo  Famed chef and son of Virginia David Chang is coming home! Well, at least one version of his culinary delights will be. DMV residents will no longer have to train, drive, fly or bus it up to New York City in order to enjoy some of the famed Momofuku yummy goodness as a new outpost opens in the …

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New Upscale Restaurant Blends Japanese with French Cuisines

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By Heidi Zheng Photo credit to Crane & Turtle Tucked in a quiet neighborhood of Columbia Heights, Crane & Turtle is star restaurateur Paul Ruppert’s new joint on Georgia Avenue. Unlike his other ventures, such as Petworth Citizen & Reading Room, both of which feature mainly American fares, Crane & Turtle brands itself as French-Japanese fusion, a rarity if not …

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Two Area Casinos Open Asian Themed Restaurants

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The aroma of xiao long bao (steamed buns stuffed with minced pork), Chinese roast duck wafts from the open kitchen. The lighting is muted and reflects off of the red and gold decor and you can hear the sounds of table games from across the way. Dining at Maryland Live!’s newest Asian themed restaurant, Luk Fu, is truly an upscale …

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Elevating the Chinese dumpling

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  By Whitney Pipkin Dan Zhu grew up eating dumplings, both at his childhood home in Montgomery County, Md., and on biannual trips to see his grandmother back in China. He said he didn’t appreciate them or the homemade labor they required as a kid. But, when he decided to start a food business with his two best friends a …

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Top 8 Ramen Restaurants in the DC Area

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By Derek Mong and Daphne Domingo Ramen is quite possibly one of the most popularized Asian dish in the Western world. Originally a Japanese noodle dish consisting of Chinese wheat noodles in broth, it has morphed into a whole cuisine. Below is a roundup of 8 top ramen restaurants in the DC area. NOOSHI (http://www.nooshidc.com) — While Nooshi might not …

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Strange Foods: Tales from Abroad

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By Lisa Xia After an exhilarating day rafting the Rio Cangrejal—arguably the best white-water rafting in Honduras—we find ourselves at a small lodge in Pico Bonito National Park recovering at the bar. “Do you want to try something local?” the bartender asks. “Of course, “ I say, and I quickly find myself face-to-face to this concoction: Garifuna Giffity, homemade blend …

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Top 5 Asian Restaurants for Entertaining

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November marks the beginning of a season of entertaining. But oftentimes it can be hard to find a place that suits your needs in terms of size, menus, and pricing. But don’t worry! Asian Fortune has compiled the top five restaurants to hold your next event at. Here are the five, in particular order… (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Asian Fortune is …

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Do You Know How to Eat?

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Food Etiquette in Social Settings by: Lily Qi I know many people, in spite of years of living in the U.S., are still uncomfortable when ordering food from a menu with unfamiliar dishes or having to eat with a fork and a knife. These days, most nice social occasions have some food connections, especially during the holiday season.  Whether sharing …

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BBQ AND BANH MI, TACOS AND CHORIZOS: CURBSIDE COOKOFF FESTIVAL

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By Amanda L. Andrei     260. That’s the number of food trucks in the D.C. metropolitan area. Enough to put two trucks in every neighborhood of the District. Or enough to start on New Year’s Day and make it through mid-September without ever visiting one twice. Better yet, why not attend one of the many food truck festivals around the …

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Inspiring Family Story behind New Seafood Cajun Restaurant

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By Jennie L. Ilustre Khanh Nguyen and his family lost their homes and livelihood when Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast in 2004, leaving destruction and desolation in its wake. “We were used to hurricanes come and go, and didn’t take the warnings seriously,” Khanh recalled. One of his sisters just built a new brick house, which was supposed …

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Fairfax Inn Restaurant: A Rare Filipino Gem Within the Beltway

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Hidden Menu Series Every month for our Hidden Menu series, our writer and resident foodie Daphne Domingo explores area Asian American restaurants and recommends dishes that may not be on the menu but are certainly worth the try. By Daphne Domingo Tucked into the ground floor of 7 Corners Medical Arts Building in Falls Church is an old-fashioned looking diner …

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The Experiment: Bringing the Asian street-food experience to DC

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By Whitney Pipkin My face was still ringed with sweat when Chef Erik Bruner-Yang stopped by to see how we liked the first course. It was a traditional Khmer papaya salad called Bok Lahong, paired with an equally adventurous Taiwanese pig’s blood cake. “Spicy,” I said of the salad, which I still couldn’t stop eating, “but the cake helps.” He …

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East Coast Food Tour: Philadelphia, PA

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By Amanda L. Andrei This is the penultimate installment in a series of food tours by our resident foodie, Amanda Andrei. Our next stop will be right here in Washington, DC! Back in high school, seniors used to do the Philly Cheesesteak Challenge. You checked into your first class in the morning. When the right time came to escape, you …

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East Coast Food Tour: New York City, NY

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By Amanda L. Andrei Fact: New York City is a gastronomic paradise. Whatever your palate or budget, you can find something to eat. Even when narrowing it to only Asian cuisines, the choices are staggering to the point of bewilderment. But if I’m going to spend a weekend in the city, I’m visiting my roots and checking out Filipino food. …

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Hidden Menu: Bangkok Golden

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By Daphne Domingo One wouldn’t think of eating Laotian food at a Thai restaurant, but that is exactly what diners in the know are ordering when they dine at Bangkok Golden in Falls Church, VA. Previously only known for its Thai buffet, Bangkok Golden served Laotian food upon request, and thanks to word of mouth and several favorable write-ups, the …

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Blessing the Food: India’s Sacred Foods and Practices Voyage to America

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By Devika Koppikar Bethesda, MD – Food writer Monica Bhide had cooking “cultural shock” when she saw a French chef in action earlier in her career.“While cooking, he took his finger, put it in the sauce and tasted it,” shared Bhide to a crowd of food connoisseurs at a recent presentation in Bethesda. “Growing up in a Hindu household, we …

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Hidden Menu Series: Annapolis’ Joss Café Serves More than Sublime Sushi

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By Daphne Domingo There’s more to Annapolis than the famous crab and oysters from the Chesapeake Bay. Joss Café & Sushi Bar on the historic Main St. has been a culinary destination as one of the top sushi restaurants in Maryland. An ideal culinary day trip to Annapolis would start with breakfast at Chick & Ruth’s for some of the …

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Indian Flavors Behind the Scenes at Bollywood Bistro

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By Devika Koppikar Hidden Menu is Asian Fortune’s series on where to find the authentic Asian meals not always found on restaurant menus. This month, Devika Koppikar explores Bollywood Bistro in Fairfax, Virginia. At first glance, many of Bollywood Bistro’s “off-the-menu” items don’t even look like traditional Indian cuisine. But take a bite, and you’re instantly on the rastas (streets) …

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Full Tummies at Full Kee

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By Daphne Domingo For regular diners at Full Kee longing for a taste of home, or for newcomers curious about the experience of authentic Chinese cuisine, owner Gary Zhu has a simple suggestion: ask your server, “What specials do you have for today?” That question usually leads to an array of options, many based on unusual ingredients they bring in …

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Secret Menus in Plain Sight: A Vietnamese Culinary Tour of Eden Center

Bun bo hue, along with some additional fresh herbs and veggies.

By Amanda L. Andrei Ask any D.C. area resident for a recommendation on Vietnamese cuisine, and nine times out of ten you will be directed to Eden Center. Nestled on the northern edge of that legendary traffic nightmare known as Seven Corners in Falls Church, Virginia, Eden Center is more than a Vietnamese shopping plaza. It’s the largest Vietnamese commercial …

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