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ISO Fen/Mi Zheng Pai Gu (Steamed Rice-Powder/Meal Breaded Pork Ribs)

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I'm not sure what region of China this dish is from, or if it's one of those dishes that many regions claim and have their own take on, but randomly it popped into my head that I haven't had Fen Zheng (or Mi Zheng) Pai Gu in probably a dozen years or longer. It's pork ribs breaded with a relatively coarse rice meal that's steamed with sweet potatoes.

I found one mention of it previously on CH (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/348794), but I don't think it's the same dish as it's wrapped in lotus leaf.

Anyone know where I could find it, or if it's somewhat common, where I could find a _good_ preparation of it? Also, what English names might it be listed under?

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  1. google: rice steamed ribs sgv yields a fantastic, cheap, rendition. (Though price has been raised slightly since).

    New Chong King had a proper spicy version years ago: http://sinosoul.com/wp-content/upload... but I no longer vouch for it. Many Sichuan/Hunanese restaurants in the 'hood have co-opted this dish into their menus: http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/hunan-...

    http://dearwen.com/?p=907

    http://cn.ccyp.com/subjects/34290/%E9...

    http://www.mitbbs.com/pc/pccon_7889_1...

    even tho this is a Wuhan, Hubei dish. Close enough. This dish is almost never called 米蒸排骨, perhaps 糯米蒸排骨, but not simply 米蒸排骨.

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    1. re: TonyC

      Thanks TonyC. I didn't actually know what it is called in Chinese (I've either had it homecooked by my mom when visiting or had my parents order it at a restaurant, so I've never ordered it myself before), but my Googling for various English descriptions of the dish came up with many results calling it fen zheng or mi zheng pai gu or rou:

      http://www.holyshitake.com/archives/2...

      http://eatingasia.typepad.com/eatinga...

      http://wisemonkeys.ca/2011/03/fen-zhe...

      1. re: TonyC

        My wife cooks it all the time - she's from Bejing. She has always called it Fen Zheng Pai Ghu

      2. I'm pretty sure Chang's Garden has this if memory serves me right.

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        1. re: ipsedixit

          Thanks ipse. I linked to a thread on Chang's Garden in my OP but it's not the dish I'm looking for. Theirs is wrapped in lotus leaf and does not appear to be steamed with sweet potato. The taste is probably similar but the pics of their version that I've seen shows the rice meal comes out a glutinous, sticky mess (not a bad thing) whereas the dish I'm looking for has a courser rice meal that keeps its consistency better through steaming (not wrapped in lotus leaf probably makes a big difference). See the links in my reply to TonyC for what the dish I'm seeking looks like.

          1. re: PeterCC

            My bad. Sorry.

        2. i had something recently at flavor garden that was rice powder, ribs & sweet potato, steamed & presented like a dim sum offering. is that the same thing? i think i posted a pic or two in the flavor garden thread. it was pretty good.

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          1. re: barryc

            Yes same thing. When did you go? I've heard that the item was crossed off the menu on recent visits from others.

            1. re: PeterCC

              july 26th; if they took it off the menu, it was only very recently, and i'm sorry to hear it. at least two other tables ordered it as well the time i was there.

              1. re: barryc

                here's the pic i took on the 26th

                 
                1. re: barryc

                  Nice! I'll have to call them up to see if they are really no longer selling it.

                  1. re: PeterCC

                    any update? I hope to try this dish over the weekend. Wouldn't mind hitting more than one place haha

                    1. re: PeterCC

                      IMO you should just go anyway. i'm surprised tonyc didn't mention it himself as it was his review of FG that provided the impetus for me to check it out.

                      1. re: barryc

                        I sorta did: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9083... =

                        )

                        "google: 'rice [powder] steamed ribs sgv'"

                        Glad y'all visited Flavor Garden though. It's a simple pleasure these days amongst the myriad of shitty Chinese house of carbs.

                      2. re: PeterCC

                        so, did you ever go?

                        1. re: barryc

                          Not yet, was gonna try yesterday, but ended up making a weird loop to Sapp Coffee Shop, Ricky's Fish Tacos, and Buu Dien.

                          1. re: PeterCC

                            sapp is a good place to go.

                            i was on your side of town yesterday, got the cold noodles (hiyashi chuka) at ramen-ya.

                            if you like beef tendon soup with big hunks of tendon , it's another reason to go try FG.

                            i'm torn between going to OCC or FG for one of my next meal runs.

                  2. re: PeterCC

                    hi peter, in case you were thinking of my post in the Chengdu Taste / pyromania thread, i was referring to Chengdu Taste removing it off of their menu; i've never been to flavor garden. good luck!

                    1. re: chowseeker1999

                      Thanks! I'll have to go back and read the thread. Did Chengdu Taste have that dish too?

                      1. re: PeterCC

                        yah, Chengdu had it on their menu but crossed it off. i never got to try it before it was crossed off.