Monday, October 17, 2011

HuHot Mongolian Grill - Create Your Own Personalized Meal

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This array of colorful dishes comes from HuHot's various selections of food.  You get a menu for appetizers, soups and salads, and dessert.  "A Taste of the Bounty" is a great way to start off especially if you don't know which appetizer to start out with; why not try it all and have crispy eggrolls, potstickers, and rangoons served with sweet and sour sauce?  But wait, it gets even more exciting once you get to their food bar.  The food bar has it all; meat, seafood, noodles, veggies, and plenty of amazing sauces to design your perfect, made-to-satisfaction, personalized Mongolian dish.  Although it seems too good to be true, a few rules of thumb you should follow to make this dream come true.

1. Make room.  Have a small lunch before going to dinner or go when you can literally eat a horse.

2. Small portions.  This leads to more trips to the food bar, which leads to more experience with their varieties and perfecting your dish.

3. Don't be shy.  Go up as much as you'd like, also don't be shy on the ingredients.  The more ingredients you play with, the more you'll find your dishes to be very tasty.

Be sure to follow my rules of thumb and enjoy.
610 Junction Road Madison, WI 53717
(608) 827-7110

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Ever Had Yak? Taste of Tibet Can Help

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Yak Meatballs
So where can you get yak in the Midwest?  Well, it's actually closer than you think.  Taste of Tibet doesn't import the lean meat from the Himalayas, they simply get their yak meat from a local farm in the Green Bay area.  Yak is similar to beef though is leaner and actually considered a healthy red meat.  Stay with me here.  Similar but different from beef meatballs, the yak is balled up with ingredients but placed over an amazing sweet and spicy sauce.  You can see and taste the true ingredients of this dish.  Another cool aspect is the steam bun I opted for instead of rice or noodles.  I've had steam buns where they were filled but this was the first where it's purpose is like rice, noodles, or bread.  It's definitely a fun way to eat, I truly recommend the steam buns.
Sha Baleb
Homemade bread stuffed with seasoned ground beef mixed with onion, garlic deep fried served with hot sauce.  This appetizer does have the homemade feel and flavor.  It has a very familiar warm and savory taste.  My only critic is that I would like a bit more stuffing.  The bread-to-stuffing ratio here can take away that homey taste from the stuffing.

Chicken Sizzler
The chicken sizzler, a simple dish with chicken, veggies and noodles served on a hot platter yet it packs an awesome flavor.  The dish comes out carrying the sounds from the kitchen as it continues to sizzle like fire over to the table.  The sauce is very mouthwatering with the perfect savory and salty marriage perfect for the noodles, veggies, and chicken.  The only slight down side was the chicken being a bit over cooked.  Taste of Tibet do serve a Yak Sizzler which I would have to try the next time I go.
430 State Street Madison, WI 53703-2023
(608) 250-2363

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