Please post your satisfying meals. Mine –
Giang Nan is a Shanghai restaurant in Los Angeles. I have enjoyed immensely a lunch with sautéed shrimp – some with bits of shell remaining on the tail, fried bean curd (made fresh at the restaurant) braised in a black bean sauce, and a stir-fry with bamboo shoot, celery, and shredded pork.
The diverse shapes of shrimp, small bean curd cubes, and strips of the stir-fry ingredients offer visual and textural pleasure. Alternating bites into the soft bean curd and crispier bamboo shoot and tender celery strip provide nice textural contrasts. The dishes are wonderfully complementary in taste. And this allows for rice-eating at its best.
evoo, a hunk of semolina bread, sharp provolone, pasta puttanesca with some luscious pinot. simple and satisfying.
when it's cold, i'll look for veggie split pea soup with homemade croutons and a fruity zin.
when i need to feel like a kid again, my mom makes me her salmon croquettes with burnt onions and lumpy mashed potatoes.
my mil makes a very tasty eggplant parm, which she always follows up with her incredible homemade carrot cake.
Hello... Mine (in Los Angeles) is nothing fancy, but it makes me giddy from the initial anticipation to the final belt-loosening: the vietnamese multi-course beef extravaganza called (I believe) 'Bo Mon 7' or seven courses of beef. Naturally, there's abundant fresh vegetables and herbs and rice wrappers and condiments and soup involved as well, making for a swell labor-intensive yet rewardingly interactive dinner. You get to play with fire (well, sterno), roll things, slather, dip, and slurp. None of the 7 courses is overwhelmingly beefy, but you get to play with textures and temperatures and combinations, and there's always plenty to share. And all for under $15. Dinner as playtime!