Umami Moto Truck

Prowling the curbs of greater Cleveland serving Asian inspired food

Apr

29

The 10 easiest one-dish meals

Hearty stews, steamy soups, comforting casseroles. BEEF STEW WITH WINTER VEGETABLES, PRUNES, AND APRICOTS PREP TIME: 25 MINUTES COOKING TIME: 1 1/2 HOURS 1 1/2 lbs. beef or lamb stew meat, cut into 1-in. pieces 2 Tbs. olive oil 1 14.5-oz. can beef broth 3 carrots, peeled and cut into 2-in. chunks 1/2 rutabaga, peeled and cut into 2-in. chunks 1 large turnip, peeled and cut into 2-in. chunks 1 large onion, sliced 1 tsp. ground cumin 1 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp. ground ginger 3/4 cup pitted prunes 3/4 cup dried apricots, halved 1. Brown beef or lamb in oil in a large […]

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May

02

RESTAURANT ARCHITECTS ACHIEVE STAR STATUS

When Stephen Hanson opened Ruby Foo’s Sushi & Dim Sum Palace in March, patrons and critics alike seemed as struck by the restaurant’s decor as they were by its approach to pan-Asian cuisine. Architect David Rockwell’s design-an ornate collage of mah-jongg tiles, Japanese bento boxes and gilded Buddhas, with red-lacquered walls, a dramatic curved staircase and a sushi bar lit like a stage-was deemed at least as memorable as the dumplings and crab cakes coming out of chef Junnajet Hurapan’s kitchen. “The consumer wants a space that is fun,” says Mr. Hanson, who spent a hefty $3.5 million transforming a vacant 14,000-square-foot space on Broadway and 77th Street into Ruby […]

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May

01

On a quest for haute Chinese cuisine

Chinese cuisine is on the march, everywhere you look, everywhere you go. Did you see that article the other day in the Hindustan Times of Delhi, the one about high-class Chinese restaurants in India? It seems that a frantic competition has broken out there among the major luxury-hotel chains to elevate the quality and prestige of their Chinese restaurants. Wouldn’t you totally love it if that happened here? The Hyatt Regency in Delhi is about to open a 150-seat “upmarket Chinese restaurant with a team of chefs flown in from China at a reported investment of U.S. $2.5 million.” And the Maurya in Delhi “will finally unveil its stab at the […]

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Apr

30

The secret to great pasta

Abstract: Pasta recipes are presented, including recipes for linguine and romaine salad, ginger chicken and angel hair, arugula and roasted tomatoes with penne, Mediterranean-style orzo and jalapeno shrimp vermicelli. Full Text: These cool, light dishes–made with unexpected ingredients like ginger and mascarpone cheese–are the perfect ending to a hot day in the sun. THE SIMPLEST PASTA RECIPE EVER Linguine and Romaine Salad While 1/2 lb. linguine is cooking, combine 1/4 cup prepared sun-dried-tomato pesto, 2 Tbs. olive oil, 2 Tbs. lemon juice, 1 minced garlic clove, and 1/4 tsp. salt. Drain linguine and rinse under warm water; drain well. Toss pasta with dressing, 1/2 cup grated Parmesan, 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil. and […]

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Apr

29

Asian food importer tries an appetizing expansion

Brooklyn company stands to make tidy (dim) sum, selling in mainstream markets If it’s Tuesday, it must be chicken potstickers. Deep in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, thousands of half-moon-shaped Chinese dumplings are rolling down a conveyor belt into a freezer. Meanwhile, another machine whirls out dozens of minibuns filled with roast pork. But where most people would see just appetizers, Albert Chan sees the next stage of growth for his Chinese food importing, distribution and, now, manufacturing business. Mr. Chan is making a transition that more and more of New York’s new Asian business owners may try to make in years to come. He founded his first company, Eastern Oceanic Enterprises Inc., […]

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