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Apr 5, 2011 02:17 PM

How have I never heard of ________?

Have you discovered any new product/food lately and wonder how it escaped you? I'm making casatiello (Peter Reinhart Bread Baker's Apprentice) and wonder how I could have never heard of brioche type dough, salami, cheese bread?

What have you discovered recently and was it a good thing or bad?

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  1. I am a spicy food freak, and can not believe I had not discovered Korean pepper paste, gochujang, until this month! The hot, fermented tang is making its way into scrambled eggs, tossed with vegetables, stirred into vinaigrettes, mixed with rice, and combined into practically all my meat marinades for a nice zip.

    ETA: I almost forgot, I baked my own slider buns this weekend! I am not a good baker, yet these turned out perfectly cute and shiny. Will definitely do again! Recipe:

    Only tweak was to add half whole wheat flour, and slightly increasing water to compensate.

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    1. re: 4Snisl

      Those buns look great. I recently tried a new hamburger roll from KA and loved them. I'll have to give the onion ones a try. Thanks!

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      1. Though I've known about it for years and years, I went out for Korean BBQ the first time a few weeks ago. I've been dreaming about going back ever since. I think I could eat rice topped with kalbi and extra hot kimchee until I split open!.

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        1. re: gordeaux

          I tried a Korean barbecue buffet about 20 years ago in southern California and was amazed at the amount of meat. My husband and his friends were in seventh heaven and quickly became regulars.

        2. This is kind of an odd question to be asking here on Chowhound. The truth is that if you're NOT having new food experiences periodically, you're not much of a hound. Not every food experience is going to be a wondrous new discovery, but the outlook that we all share - that we're constantly looking for new tastes and food experiences - that we're all trying to learn and analyze so we can grow our food knowledge and enjoyment - that makes discovery inevitable.

          I have no problem with the thread - let's all post what we've discovered recently. But I hope that there is a whole world of stuff out there that I've yet to have heard of: cultures, ingredients, techniques - otherwise, why bother?!

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          1. re: applehome

            That's a good point. It's not that I don't have new food experiences often, new places, new cultures. It's more tongue in cheek, I guess, that the casatiello is something that would catch my eye immediately but has escaped my notice.

            Overall, there is a whole world of stuff out there that we've never heard of, culture, ingredient, techniques and what better way than to ask other CH what they've discovered recently? Just the two breads posted above give me two new things to try.

            BTW, the casatiello was great if anyone is looking for an easter bread. Most people in my Italian class, all of whom like to cook/eat, hadn't heard of it either and loved it. But, it seems pretty common, the more I read about it.

            1. re: chowser

              "" It's more tongue in cheek,"". Pun intended, chowser?

          2. Red Pork's exactly the same rub recipe for those BBQ pork spare ribs and the sliced pork pieces in Won Ton Soup. I purchase it from Import Foods online.