Shamleless Plug

I'm embarking on a new part of my life that is happier and going in a direction! It's really refreshing.

I was married May 19th, 2012 to a great guy I met at the C.I.A and we're go excited to embark on a life together. He has as culinary degree to match my baking and pastry degree. It's going to be a Good life.

I hope you enjoy my thoughts on food and cooking. I am but a humble baker, who happens to love cooking and embraces the joy of food.


Friday, June 10, 2011

Edo's

I haven't done a restaurant review in awhile, but tonight's dinner totally merits one.

I first went to Edo's almost three years ago. It was right next store to my job at that time, and my co-worker and I went to try it out. I was totally hooked by the good food and the reasonable lunch prices and took Matt the first chance I got.
We both completely fell in love with the place and have been going ever since. It's become our special date place. We never come here enough, but it's such a great place with such special food it might become overkill if we visited too often.

I'm really protective of Edo's and hesitant to suggest it to people. The owners are nice and keep the place spotless and the quality of everything is always above expectations. I'm protective because this isn't a quick bite. The servers are attentive, but un-intrusive. If you want to sit for two hours through their inclusive small bites of pickled items, dinner and dessert, they wont bother you or rush you. It's a little slow, but only because you want to have a real experience with your meal.

Anyway, back to tonight. I hadn't seen the owner since before I quit my job, so when we saw him, we cheerfully said hello to each other before we were seated.  After we ordered dinner (Matt got something with sweet potato noodles, beef and vegetables...with a name I cannot remember at the moment and I got the Gob Dol with beef) we nibbled at the complimentary small bites they brought out, and drinking the miso soup.
Mr. Hung was came to our table and set down a plate of mysterious handrolls.
"Mr. Hung! What's this?" I exclaimed, surprised at the sudden arrival of food. He wouldn't tell us, but smiled and told us try it "Doesn't need soy sauce!" He promised, and left.

Clumsily, I picked up a roll with my chop sticks and looked at it. It smelled wonderful. Matt thought the middle had salmon, and figuring I tolerated salmon, it was worth a leap of faith. Besides, Mr. Hung has never steered us wrong, nor has sent over anything we didn't like. I popped the whole thing in my mouth and what I experienced could only be described as a food explosion. The top of the hand roll was laced with avocado and lightly sauced with a gingery/sesame glaze. The sushi rice was glutany and sticky (my favorite qualities in rice). The avocado was creamy. The middle was...crunchy...Surprisingly . It was crunchy and not at all salmony. It was shrimpy!  It was shrimp tempura!

"Holy Goodness." I said, through a mouthful of endorphin inducing food deliciousness. "This is incredible." I had to laugh, it was so good.  I set my chopsticks down and sat back. I needed a minute to let what I ate sink in.  And I don't even like avocado.
I picked my chopsticks up again and began to use them to point at the hand rolls "We need to have these at the wedding. You want to have sushi, we got to have this, too!" I said, still quite in a daze of experiencing such a combination of sweet, creamy, sticky and crunch.
"We can't not finish this, it'd be rude not to." I said, ungracefully attempting to pick up another piece. I knew I wouldn't be able to finish my dinner of a sizzling hot stone bowl filled with meat, veggies, rice and egg. But this was such an explosion of flavors and mouth feels I couldn't stop.

Plus, it'd be rude to not finish. Had I known such a delicious world of things existed outside my favorite menu items, I'd gotten them years ago, A whole new world of options...I'm not a picky eater, but when you go somewhere infrequently and know that you can rely on something being perfect every time, you tend not to stray too often.

When dinner came, I was bubbling with excitement to tell the server to tell Mr. Hung how amazing the hand rolls were. She probably thought I was insane (or possibly tipsy; though I hadn't drunk anything); the Whitest Girl in Connecticut tripping over herself with excitement over their food.
My Gob Dol was sizzling hot, the raw egg cracked in the center cooking in about 25 seconds as the sever mixes it all together. You need to wait almost ten minutes to begin eating lest you burn your mouth. But the beef, cut so thin, is moist, tender and flavorful. The rice on the bottom of the bowl turning into crunchy bits of tasty brown. The veggies fresh and lightly cooked. The egg mixed thoroughly through your bowl. The steam emanates from the bowl and the sizzling lasts almost ten minutes. It's by far my favorite meal at Edo's. You can get Katzu anywhere, but Gob Dol is a special experience. 

This place is terribly under rated. I've always had a relaxing and delicious experience and Matt and I linger long past any other restaurant would usually allow.

Anyway, you need to visit Edo's. Come for the Gob Dol, stay for the deep fried Red Bean ice cream.