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The Duo’s Ethnic Exploration: Korean

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Mandu (Korean Dumplings)

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The Duo's Ethnic Exploration:  Korean

Happy Friday, Happy April, and Happy Springtime to you! This past Saturday, we celebrated a friend’s birthday by riding our bikes through the streets of Long Beach. It was all fun times until the rain decided to come out and play along with us. Some unfortunate nicks, scrapes, sprains, and wipe-outs did result, so frankly, the weekend just got away from us. (No one was badly injured, thankfully, just our bruised egos as we realized the limitations in our riding skills.) So, as a result, our March Ethnic Exploration is just now making its way to your computer screens. Hey, on the bright side, April will have two editions of our monthly ethnic food expedition! And here’s the first…

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We’re on a Roll

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Lumpia (Filipino Spring Rolls)

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We're on a Roll

Is there a dish that hearing its name alone brings out a childlike glee in you? Maybe that’s a dumb question—of course we all have a food that even the thought of eating gets our hearts racing. Well, lumpia is that special dish. We can’t really articulate why lumpia creates this kind of reaction. Maybe it’s the crunch of each bite. Maybe it’s the savory aspect of the filling. Or maybe it’s the soothing  rolling action that can produce dozens of lumpia in one sitting. But why waste time thinking about such things when we could be eating? Not too long ago, a trip to one of our local Thai markets revealed a couple of ingredients that would make this entire meal come together in a snap.

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The Duo’s Ethnic Exploration: Thai

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Pork Laab, Coconut Thai Tea, Khanom Bueng (Sweet Thai 'Tacos')

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The Duo’s Ethnic Exploration: Thai

It seems safe to say most people have had Thai food at some point in their lives Even if nothing more than quick takeout from your neighborhood Thai restaurant, this type of cuisine is becoming more and more popular all around the country. There are numerous Thai eateries in Los Angeles that we both have experienced, but we’ve never cooked authentic Thai food at home. Luckily, there is a small neighborhood east of Hollywood lined with many Thai markets for us to explore, which come in handy for this month’s Ethnic Exploration. This month’s experiment was definitely one that lead us down two separate paths, but in the end, the journey was a good one. We definitely learned several things along the way.

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A Little Sweet and Savory

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Maple Cardamom Pork Chops and Orange Pepper and Porcini Mushroom Pilaf

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A Little Sweet and Savory

There are two flavors in combination that really get us going, and that’s sweet and savory.  Remember that goat cheese tart from a while back?  Oh yes, the smooth, creamy, rich, sweet and savory goat cheese tart that is at the top of our list for favorite desserts.  It is one of our best examples of the way these two culinary qualities know how to play well together.  We are making an earnest attempt to balance our sweet tooth (and a penchant to bake) with complete meals that include a taste of everything we love along with nutritious characteristics.  We’re featuring a white meat for this dish–the other white meat.  Pork.  These two little piggies went to market and enjoyed the ride.

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