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Grand Sichuan owner interview

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Lau May 13, 2008 07:50 AM

http://nymag.com/restaurants/features...

its kind of a weird interview or rather his responses are interesting

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    fourunder May 13, 2008 08:15 AM

    The biggest complaint I hear or read about usually when someone tries a new Chinese restaurant is, "Not the Chinese Food I remember".

    I applaud Xiaotu (John) Zhang's vision and concept......but to me it is self serving to his business interests. There is still a place for the old Chinese Food many remember and yearn for even if the the critics deem it as uninspired.....gloopy/glopy sauces not withstanding. Simply prepared Cantonese style rustic dishes will always be the preferred choice for me.

    1. Miss Needle May 13, 2008 02:32 PM

      Interesting interview, Lau. I'm still a bit confused by his "beating water" into meats comment. I'm guessing he may be referring to velveting meats.

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      1. re: Miss Needle
        alkapal May 15, 2008 05:21 AM

        miss needle, how do you velvet?

        1. re: alkapal
          Miss Needle May 15, 2008 07:47 AM

          I've done different things -- coat with cornstarch, wine, etc. and blanch in oil or water and the baking soda thing. I find that I don't do the oil blanching thing very often because it's messy, not as healthy and I usually don't have tons of oil lying around. But I think the best flavor and texture is from cornstarch and blanching in oil.

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        Minger May 14, 2008 12:23 PM

        I found the story fascinating on many levels. Anyway, after I read it, I stopped by Grand Sichuan on St Marks and 66 on Mott, eating at neither. Couldn't figure out what to order and it was the middle of the day, so I ate at Shanghai Garden. :-)

        I would love to learn more about techniques of classic Sichuan cooking.

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