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My day had started in Newark NJ at 3 o’clock in the afternoon on December 10th, it was now 8 pm on November 11th in Beijing China.  After a 17 hour trip, i arrived at a hotel near the airport, in some industrial complex,  I would be catching a flight to Qingdao China, just 8 hours from then.  No time to unpack, no time to really take the 2 hour taxi ride the center of the city,  the best I could do was grab a shower,  grab some food and hopefully catch a few hours sleep before my early flight.

With a little effort, i learned there were two restaurants a few hundred yards away from the hotel.  We walked up and noticed one restaurant had two people sitting in it, the other had 20 people sitting in it.   In this instance, we decided to follow the crowd.

While traveling through China and in terms of eating, there a few things that are a saving grace.

1)Restaurant Menu’s with Photos:  While, English and Photos would obviously ideal, sometimes English could mean a tourist trap. Though, it is not always the case.. I have encounter English menus with photos in the most unlikely of places.  Places that have never seen an American.  But, if you have a menu book with photos or there are photos on the wall, a bit of pointing, a bit of charades, can get you a really nice meal.

2)Fish Tanks:  Fish tanks are just like a picture menu.  In restaurants in Shanghai, or Guangzhou or Qingdao, or many coastal cities, restaurants often have large fish tanks.  Here this allows you to walk around and point at the various fish you would like to eat. There are normally live scallops, clams, oysters, shrimp, fish, frogs, snails, starfish and lots of other things.. You walk around and just point at things.. A little more charades and just see what they bring you.. Most of the time, it works out.

3)BBQ Places: Chinese BBQ Places are restaurants that have lots of sticks with skewered food on. Chicken wings, lamb parts, fish, vegetables and depending on the place, there could be all sorts of seafood as well.   Here you can just point and more charades and again, hope it all works out,  it usually always does.

4)Look around at other people’s tables:  This can be applied at every scenario listed above.  Some of the better things i have tried came from just wanting to eat something at someone’s table.  As a rule of thumb, if it looks like you want to eat it, chances are, you will want to eat it.  Many a time, i have taken a waiter on a quick walk to someone’s table where I would subtly or not so subtly point at a dish and ask for it.  The table of eaters, usually get a big kick of it.

Anyway, i digress.   Here we are, first night in Beijing, tired, hungry, things worked out.

Here is a chicken dish.. it was served on a dish with a burning fire underneath.. the dish was sizzling.  it was chicken, on the bone in a brown sauce with green peppers, hot peppers and a bottom layer of onion. the sauce was had a rich onion flavor, the bottom layer of onion cooked and kept the chicken from burning.  it was a really lovely dish.

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Cold dark noodles in a spicy and garlicky vinegar sauce

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We ordered some sticks.  There was lamb, lamb kidneys and chicken wings.

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A plate of dumplings

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they were interesting as they were filled with egg, mushroom and scallions. really nice.

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We also had a plate of greens and a few beers. a smashing start.. Dinner was 172 rmb. Or, like 20 bucks with a few beers.

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So, I have been making fried chicken lately.   There are all sorts of ways to do it.   When making fried chicken for a large group,  I like to first sous vide the chicken until the internal temp is around 125 or 130 degrees.  then all one has to do is bread the chicken and fry it for a very small amount of time.  Where as a normal fried chicken may take 18 minutes, one can fry chicken in batches for about 5 minutes.  But, I digress.

This post is about normal fried chicken.

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Prepared a simple dinner last night. Just a one pot meal. Very few ingredients. Chicken, garlic, wine, potatoes, water, lemon, shallot, thyme, and rosemary.

I started with one chicken and cut it into about 12 pieces. I separated the chicken breast into 4ths, 2 drumsticks, cut the thighs in half, and had the wings sitting there. Yesterday morning,  I covered the chicken with salt and some left over garlic mojo I had from cooking yucca this weekend. I then covered the chicken with white wine and went about my day.  The chicken sat for about 10 hours.

Last night, I browned off the chicken in a few batches.

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Good Morning,

We had a wonderful weekend hosting an event for BBC America and their new television show No Kitchen Required.  The show looks fantastic, the evening went so well. We cooked a traditional Mexican meal.  We had 25 bloggers attend the event. Such wonderful talented photographers and writers.

I will keep updating as the reviews and blogs come in.

Thanks,

Daniel

The first write up came from Alica Gao at Lingered Upon

http://lingeredupon.blogspot.com/2012/04/no-kitchen-required.html

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