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Why My Fridge Is Never Without Shirataki Noodles (and Yours Shouldn't be Either)

I find that Shirataki noodles straight from the package have a bit of a funky smell/flavor. I've read that it helps to blanch them first. But then what would you do for the cold noodle preparations, put them back in the fridge to chill? Or does the recipe above have strong enough flavors to mask the funk?

Open Thread: What's the Best Frozen Pizza?

Totino's, or....Lean Cuisine supreme french bread pizza. Yes, I'm serious!

From the Blender: Neer More, the South Indian Food Coma Cure-All

Love this! My mom used to make this in the summer, but I never knew what it was called!

Small ethnic hole in the wall near Michigan Ave?

Arami Go is good, fast, casual Japanese. Star of Siam is pretty good Thai.

South Indian Lime Rice

Interesting, looks a lot like my mom's recipe, but we don't add sugar.

Steamed Indian Lentil and Rice Cakes (Idlis)

The lentils are labelled "Urad Dal" and can be found in any Indian grocery store. You can also find recipes for coconut chutney, sambar, and peanut chutney online. All of these are traditional accompaniments. Sambar (a lentil stew) can be complicated, so I'd go with a packaged mix if you like the kind you get at Indian restaurants.

Don't Mind the Ghosts of 1960s Chicago at Ginza

OK, I'm sorry but I have to disagree--Ginza is disgustingly filthy. I ordered curry rice, which is pretty standard Japanese comfort food, and it was gross and watery. Maybe I should have ordered sushi, but I hesitate to eat raw fish from a place that can't seem to maintain basic hygiene standards. Ugh, everything about the place was truly revolting.

TGI Fri-Day: Crispy Onchoy Salad at Andy's Thai Kitchen

I've enjoyed this dish at Sriphapai in Queens,NY. So excited to see there's a place to get it here!

Chicago in early July

I second the Portillo's recommendation for dogs and beef. While you're at it try their chocolate cake shake!

I'm also a lifelong Uno's and Due's fan. Malnati's is great too, but I would avoid Geno's.

Frontera is good but I honestly think there are better places for great Mexican (Mixteco Grill being one of them). If you really want the Bayless experience, go for Xoco, their Chilaquiles are great, and I like the breakfast Torta too!

Favorite Veggie Burger in Chicago?

Mana food bar has a good veggie slider!

Shake Shack is Coming to Chicago

Hallelujah!!! There's a lot I don't miss about my years living in NYC, but I haven't had a burger in Chicago yet that can top Shake Shack!

The Nile's Red Lentil soup

Wow, I'm going to try these recipes! Interesting with the chicken broth and the cream, though...I know a lot of folks are under the impression that their soup is vegetarian if not straight-up vegan.

A Sandwich a Day: Steak Sandwich at Irazu

It's all about their delicious, cinnamony oatmeal milkshake! If you haven't tried it yet run, don't walk.

Chicago: Standout Char Burgers at Phil's Last Stand

Had lunch there for the first time, and totally agree with the review. Plus everyone working there was genuinely nice and so friendly! I think I've found a new favorite!

Inexpensive walking distance eats near State and Grand downtown

I agree that Uno's and Due are absolutely a must-try for IMHO the most authentic Chicago deep-dish pizza. If you go at lunchtime on a weekday they have a special--personal-sized pie for less than $8, including soup or salad.

I also agree with the burger at Rosebud ($5, for real!), and I love Epic Burger. Star of Siam is your better option for Thai in the area. M Burger is the bomb too (closest one to you will be on Ontario). Don't miss the fries and shakes at M Burger!

I also strongly recommend getting a CTA pass and checking out other neighborhoods. The most exciting stuff tends to be outside of the River North neighborhood.

Cook the Book: 'The Chinese Takeout Cookbook'

Not Chinese, but Vietnamese. I desperately miss the La Sa Ga from Saigon Kitchen in NYC. It was my go-to comfort food for years. Wish I could find it in Chicago!

Amazing Video: A Day in India, in 3 Minutes

I did a two-week tour of Rajasthan with Intrepid about 5 years ago, great experience! Our guide was really great about taking us to street vendors and hole-in-the-wall places for snacks and meals from vendors she trusted. None of us got sick (when eating at places she took us) and it was a lot of fun!!!

Chicken Taquitos with Guacamole

Whole tomatoes? Diced? Stewed? Does it matter since the end up in the blender?

Chicago Farmer's Markets

Green City Market in Lincoln Park is very good, and the one at State and Division on Saturday morning is big, but doesn't seem to have as many organic options as Green City.