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Help me find Cang Ying Tou 蒼蠅頭 : "Fly's Head"

Kurtis Jan 31, 2014 09:05 AM

This is one of my all time favorite Taiwanese dish. My best guess why this is called "fly's head" is the resemblance to remaining buds on the tips of garlic chives as it is the main ingredient. A great version I had was from the Main Street Imperial Gourmet in Flushing, NY (great option if you are stuck in La Guardia airport)

It's made with diced garlic chive and tips, minced pork, thai chilli, and fermented black beans all mixed together. Its subtle chive and pork flavors dominate, but the accents of chilli and black bean takes this dish to a whole another level and makes it addictive. It's one of those dishes you order again and again everytime you go, even during the beginnings of discovering a restaurant.

Any experience with this dish locally?

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  1. KWagle RE: Kurtis Feb 1, 2014 10:13 PM

    Let me know if you find this. I love garlic chives.

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      Worldwide Diner RE: Kurtis Feb 2, 2014 05:41 AM

      I've had that dish before but not sure if it was local. Check Bob's Noodle or Taipei Cafe. You can always ask for it even if it's not on the menu.

      1. Kurtis RE: Kurtis Feb 7, 2014 11:33 AM

        Taipei Cafe in Rockville looks like a good place to request this after getting to know the staff a bit.

        1. beetlebug RE: Kurtis Feb 7, 2014 02:17 PM

          I know I've had it in the Rockville area. But, it may be a seasonal thing. For some reason, I think I've had it at Mama Wok.

          1. Kurtis RE: Kurtis Feb 17, 2014 10:43 AM

            Made this over the weekend - saw a nice bunch of chive with blossoms at a market- with replacing fermented beans with small amt of paste. Pretty good, but not the real deal...

             
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              miltronix RE: Kurtis Feb 25, 2014 11:47 AM

              Bob's Noodle has this and it's pretty good. Not sure how it is recently since my mom told me the chef left for Taipei Cafe.

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                michelley RE: Kurtis Apr 18, 2014 01:08 PM

                Joe's Noodle House has something very similar A56 - Chopped Leek Stem w/Pork, Garlic, and Black Bean. It's made with flowering chive.

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                  KWagle RE: michelley Apr 18, 2014 02:26 PM

                  They also make that with garlic scapes when they're in season. I recommend trying that one out.

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