Doujiang and youtiao?
Anyone know where I can get a decent bowl of Doujiang with some youtiao and hopefully some scallion cakes for breakfast?
Haven't had this breakfast since I was a kid in NY. My dad used to take me to a place which has long gone out of business.
Chinese only is OK. I'll let 'em poke fun at my poor chinese if they bring the food!
Thanks in advance!
re: Produce Addict
you i don't actually know, i just remember the place b/c i used to get the dou hua there all the time and I remember them having a big vat of doujiang. My guy feeling is that its just the plain hot kind and probably the sweet kind, but if you can get the plain hot kind then the rest of it is fairly easy to make it yourself
its not restaurant its like a weird place that has all this take out stuff (not even a bakery given most of their items are savory)
this stuff is pretty simple to make and the premade youtiao at the chinese supermarkets arent bad
just get unsweeten soy milk at your local asian market, scallions, dried shrimp (i like the super thin ones, maybe shrimp shells?), dried shredded pork (comes in a plastic tubs), preserved pickles ( comes in like foiled pouches usually)
apple cider vinegar (any vinegar but i like acv), soy sauce, sesame oil, chili oil...
heat the soy milk, then pour it over the dry ingredients, then add the wet ingredients wait for the soy milk to curdle from the vinegar
toast the youtiao
if i had soy milk at home, it takes less than 5 minutes to make...
just keep the yaotao in the freezer and get fresh soy milk and scallions... all the other ingredients last forever
and its so gooooooood
Not shrimp shells, but whole dried brine shrimp, beady little eyes and all. I was just contemplating making my own today, as I was ogling the big cartons of plain organic soy milk at Costco. It's simple in principle, but it's surprising how few restaurant versions have it right. At least at home you can tweak and tweak and tweak until you get it the way you like it.
A good choice for a doujian and youtiao breakfast is Kong Kee on the northeast corner of Grand and Bowery.
Also, on Grand St walking west to east towards Bowery, there is a stretch of several places that are open in the morning for breakfast, including one or two that have take out windows.
Kong Kee is nice for breakfast because there is a counter with stools in front of big windows where you can sit and eat and watch the morning crowds go by.
They love it if you try to speak some Chinese, but you will be fine without, everything they sell is right in front of you and you can point.
If you are searching for an authentically prepared style of youtiao other than Fujian or Cantonese, you may have to venture to the outer boros, in particular, Flushing. However, even there it is tricky to find places and items that are authentic to the region they purport to be.
I checked out Moon House a couple of years ago when I was in New York and recall liking its down-home Shanghai ambience (including the cashier/server cursing the chef in some extremely colorful Shanghainese for being slow with an order). That's probably why I specifically recall my disappointment that they didn't have savory doujiang. But then again, it may have been a weekday, and some of the little Shanghainese places here in the SF area only serve doujiang on weekends.