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Oh man. There's nothing like hoping for some textured, delicious carbs in the form of fried, textured stringy noodles in chow mein and being disappointed. This sounds silly...tried it for the first time not too long ago at Panda Express when I was at Short Pump getting the first haircut I've had in over a year. (My hair is much happier, thanks.)

There's something about getting noodles at a restaurant. For example, it's hard to make good Pad Thai at home without the right stuff, so I bring business to my friendly neighborhood Thai restaurant. I've tried making garlic, oil, ricotta and broccoli rabe pasta, which was a dismal failure. So I'd probably go to Edo's Squid or Bacchus instead. After I tried chow mein, I became obsessed with the texture of the noodles and the pieces of cooked yet crisp cabbage. Told myself I'd get some tonight if I finished cleaning the kitchen and bathroom. Scrubbed like a hyperactive squirrel.

Imagine my disappointment when I got a carton full of onions and bamboo shoots. I also got a packet of the crispy noodles included with hot and sour soup and a small carton of rice. (I guess in case I actually meant to order chop suey.) In moderation, it was all delicious with the shrimp, beef, and chicken. But there are only so many onions one can eat without getting sick of them. So sad.

What really sucks is that this is arguably one of the most authentic Chinese restaurants in the area. I've heard that one can ask for the real noodles, but I think I'm afraid they'd either misunderstand me or laugh in my face.

Hey, at least I have a clean bathroom. (The kitchen I tend to take for granted - it's the first thing I start cleaning, since I have a routine down pat.)

As much as I love food, I never have and never will be a skinny person. Physically fit, sure. But never skinny.

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lesstraveled From: lesstraveled Date: March 22nd, 2012 02:46 am (UTC) (Link)
garlic, oil, ricotta and broccoli rabe pasta,
!!!!! I'm sad that this turned out to be a failure, because the component parts sound so good.

I had Chinese takeout last weekend too. Local place. I... could have lived without it, but oh man, the rice. I don't eat much rice (or any grain) right now, so allowing myself to inhale the entire fucking carton without guilt was glorious enough to ignore the mediocre pork with vegetables.
bbsy From: bbsy Date: March 23rd, 2012 10:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Carbs are delicious serotongeric love.

I was floored by how delicious garlic, oil, broccoli rabe and penne pasta were at Edo's Squid. It was very sad when I went home, and it turned out to be a disaster. I actually suspect that they used butter, too.
lesstraveled From: lesstraveled Date: March 25th, 2012 04:31 am (UTC) (Link)
I think I need to try this, only swapping the chard for the rabe (since it's what I bought this week). And I will totally use butter. But maybe not penne pasta, I don't like the texture... What about yours didn't work?
bbsy From: bbsy Date: March 25th, 2012 09:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
The garlic and ricotta cheese didn't play well together at all. I think using half butter will make a big difference, though. You might want to look at some recipes online and see how they implement it.
bbsy From: bbsy Date: March 25th, 2012 09:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Er...I mean the oil and ricotta cheese.
lesstraveled From: lesstraveled Date: March 26th, 2012 04:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Recipes, schmecipes. I cooked the garlic in some oil for a bit, melted butter into the mix and let it rest for awhile, then sauteed chicken and wilted chard greens/stems in it. A few grinds of pepper and parmesan (... from a can, I ain't fancy) and it was pretty good. :) Had it with couscous, which might not have been the best choice, but the only other thing in the pantry was whole-wheat pastas and I can't stand that stuff.
bbsy From: bbsy Date: March 27th, 2012 10:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow. That does sound pretty amazing...I've never cooked with chard before. I'd love to try it.

I guess whole wheat pasta is an acquired taste. I've learned to like it, but I guess whether it's actually delicious, I couldn't say. :)
bbsy From: bbsy Date: March 27th, 2012 10:52 am (UTC) (Link)
...Oh. For whatever it's worth, the Barilla whole wheat pastas are pretty decent, and sometimes I can't really tell the difference. The Ronzoni whole wheat pasta, however....blech.
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