The thing with the pig nose on it is an "otoshibuta" (buta meaning both "pig" and "lid"). Its used to keep things submerged when simmering.
@croooom: Practice peeling and slicing...with 16 cloves of garlic
Its kinda sad to hear that the heads can ruin the texture of the shrimp - those are the best part. I wonder what happens to all the shrimp heads they remove before freezing...
Kenji spending a little too much time on reddit these days?
One way to brown ground meat is to make little "meatballs" and then add them to the hot pan. After they're browned on the outside, you can break them up into smaller chunks. It also means that you can pretty much eliminate the "pebbly" browned bits of beef since it all sticks together.
As a college student: Instant ramen with an egg.
Just kidding...sort of...
Thanks for all of the suggestions. Gonna look at some of these restaurants now...
Kinda leaning towards either n/naka or KBBQ...
When my parents made miso soup they would add the miso at the very end and serve it immediately after the miso was dissolved...Would letting the miso sit in the soup for a little bit longer have any effect on how it tastes? It always seemed kinda weird to me how the key ingredient was just sort of tossed in at the very end.
I've only had tripe in pho before but texturally, I'd describe it as more firm and "crunchy" instead of "soft and mushy". Is that just a difference in how its prepared?
Also, @sarar, @alexisriley, @wednesdayvail, @Happy_Baker,
I hate hearing people describe sushi as either "fresh" or "clean" tasting...
If it wasn't fresh or clean, you'd get food poisoning.
I've seen it at Korean restaurants grilled and served with sesame oil and salt, or in Japanese hot pot.
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...but the fries are pretty disappointing/greasy/soggy
They have one down in Northern VA too. I think the burgers are decent...definitely a step above fast food burgers, but
as a college student with limited transportation options, I mostly use yelp just to get a sense of what kinds of restaurants are around the area. Yelp has a lot of reviewers who say things like "I went to this Korean BBQ restaurant and ordered california rolls. The crab was so fresh and clean tasting" so it's really important to read the reviews instead of just looking at rating.
Basically, it helps a lot to do research by looking at Yelp, the restaurant's website/menu, and then looking around on google
Whenever I go to eat with my dad, he's really insistent on "sharing" food. The only problem is that his idea of "sharing" involves picking out whatever he wants from my plate and asking if he can "try some" when the food is already halfway to his mouth.
I got the Clever Coffee Dripper about a week ago after my keurig broke. (http://www.sweetmarias.com/sweetmarias/coffee-brewers/filtercones/clever-dripper-with-lid.html).
It's basically a pourover with a stopper at the bottom so you can steep longer (like a french press...but a lot easier to clean since it uses a filter)
I wish I had found out about it before I bought the keurig...
$70 keurig coffee
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