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  1. #1
    George Leppla Guest

    Default Road trip... Hong Kong market

    Today Becca and I are going to drive into Houston to the nearest big
    Asian market. We only go maybe once a year (it is over an hour drive)
    so we stock up on rice noodles of all kinds, spring roll wrappers, all
    kinds of sauces and maybe even some frozen dumplings.

    Lunch will be at our favorite Vietnamese restaurant where I will
    probably still order the Pho and Becca will get more adventurous and
    order some kind of noodle dish.

    I love road trips like this... nothing important to do and all day to do it.

    George L

  2. #2
    Brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: Road trip... Hong Kong market

    On Sun, 16 Jun 2013 07:29:26 -0500, George Leppla
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Today Becca and I are going to drive into Houston to the nearest big
    >Asian market. We only go maybe once a year (it is over an hour drive)
    >so we stock up on rice noodles of all kinds, spring roll wrappers, all
    >kinds of sauces and maybe even some frozen dumplings.
    >
    >Lunch will be at our favorite Vietnamese restaurant where I will
    >probably still order the Pho and Becca will get more adventurous and
    >order some kind of noodle dish.
    >
    >I love road trips like this... nothing important to do and all day to do it.


    I don't know that I'd call that an all day "road trip", Mapquest says:
    Via US-59 N 45.54 miles
    51 mins / 50 mins based on current traffic

    Hardly distant enough to hear an entire CD.

    Take lots of pictures!



  3. #3
    [email protected] Guest

    Default Re: Road trip... Hong Kong market

    On Sun, 16 Jun 2013 07:29:26 -0500, George Leppla
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Today Becca and I are going to drive into Houston to the nearest big
    >Asian market. We only go maybe once a year (it is over an hour drive)
    >so we stock up on rice noodles of all kinds, spring roll wrappers, all
    >kinds of sauces and maybe even some frozen dumplings.
    >
    >Lunch will be at our favorite Vietnamese restaurant where I will
    >probably still order the Pho and Becca will get more adventurous and
    >order some kind of noodle dish.
    >
    >I love road trips like this... nothing important to do and all day to do it.
    >
    >George L



    Sounds delish, I envy you. I go to Chinese restaurants here every few
    weeks with Chinese friends and we stuff ourselves but I acknowledge I
    would not probably get the same food if I went without my Chinese
    friends We went yesterday and there was a lovely dish, almost
    like fettucine noodles with greens, definitely some coriander and
    kale, masses of garlic all served cold. Don't know the name, menu
    was not in English.

  4. #4
    Brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: Road trip... Hong Kong market

    On Sun, 16 Jun 2013 07:29:26 -0500, George Leppla
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Today Becca and I are going to drive into Houston to the nearest big
    >Asian market. We only go maybe once a year (it is over an hour drive)
    >so we stock up on rice noodles of all kinds, spring roll wrappers, all
    >kinds of sauces and maybe even some frozen dumplings.
    >
    >Lunch will be at our favorite Vietnamese restaurant where I will
    >probably still order the Pho and Becca will get more adventurous and
    >order some kind of noodle dish.
    >
    >I love road trips like this... nothing important to do and all day to do it.


    Hmm, more than one:
    http://www.yelp.com/search?find_desc...=Houston%2C+TX


  5. #5
    George Leppla Guest

    Default Re: Road trip... Hong Kong market

    On 6/16/2013 8:22 AM, Brooklyn1 wrote:
    > On Sun, 16 Jun 2013 07:29:26 -0500, George Leppla
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> Today Becca and I are going to drive into Houston to the nearest big
    >> Asian market. We only go maybe once a year (it is over an hour drive)
    >> so we stock up on rice noodles of all kinds, spring roll wrappers, all
    >> kinds of sauces and maybe even some frozen dumplings.
    >>
    >> Lunch will be at our favorite Vietnamese restaurant where I will
    >> probably still order the Pho and Becca will get more adventurous and
    >> order some kind of noodle dish.
    >>
    >> I love road trips like this... nothing important to do and all day to do it.

    >
    > Hmm, more than one:
    > http://www.yelp.com/search?find_desc...=Houston%2C+TX
    >



    We are going to this one: http://tinyurl.com/k9hsl2v

    Besides the grocery store and lunch, we will stop at a Vietnamese Bakery
    and another store that has a good deli department on the way home. Our
    small town grocery stores do not have good deli stuff.

    George L

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    Brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: Road trip... Hong Kong market

    On Sun, 16 Jun 2013 08:53:04 -0500, George Leppla
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On 6/16/2013 8:22 AM, Brooklyn1 wrote:
    >> On Sun, 16 Jun 2013 07:29:26 -0500, George Leppla
    >> <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>
    >>> Today Becca and I are going to drive into Houston to the nearest big
    >>> Asian market. We only go maybe once a year (it is over an hour drive)
    >>> so we stock up on rice noodles of all kinds, spring roll wrappers, all
    >>> kinds of sauces and maybe even some frozen dumplings.
    >>>
    >>> Lunch will be at our favorite Vietnamese restaurant where I will
    >>> probably still order the Pho and Becca will get more adventurous and
    >>> order some kind of noodle dish.
    >>>
    >>> I love road trips like this... nothing important to do and all day to do it.

    >>
    >> Hmm, more than one:
    >> http://www.yelp.com/search?find_desc...=Houston%2C+TX
    >>

    >
    >
    >We are going to this one: http://tinyurl.com/k9hsl2v
    >
    >Besides the grocery store and lunch, we will stop at a Vietnamese Bakery
    >and another store that has a good deli department on the way home. Our
    >small town grocery stores do not have good deli stuff.
    >
    >George L


    Occasionally I shop here, they carry a good selection of oriental
    ingredients: http://www.ginsbergs.com/about-us/

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    jmcquown Guest

    Default Re: Road trip... Hong Kong market

    On 6/16/2013 9:07 AM, Brooklyn1 wrote:
    > On Sun, 16 Jun 2013 07:29:26 -0500, George Leppla
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> Today Becca and I are going to drive into Houston to the nearest big
    >> Asian market. We only go maybe once a year (it is over an hour drive)
    >> so we stock up on rice noodles of all kinds, spring roll wrappers, all
    >> kinds of sauces and maybe even some frozen dumplings.
    >>
    >> Lunch will be at our favorite Vietnamese restaurant where I will
    >> probably still order the Pho and Becca will get more adventurous and
    >> order some kind of noodle dish.
    >>
    >> I love road trips like this... nothing important to do and all day to do it.

    >
    > I don't know that I'd call that an all day "road trip", Mapquest says:
    > Via US-59 N 45.54 miles
    > 51 mins / 50 mins based on current traffic
    >

    Yabbut... Mapquest also says I can get to the airport/Savannah in an
    hour. Sure, it's only 60 miles. I *could* get there in an hour. IF I
    drove 60 miles per hour all the way. Too bad there are stretches of
    road where the speed limit is 40 MPH, sometimes even as slow as 35 MPH,
    en route. It takes, at the very least, 1-1/2 hours to get there and
    that's with light traffic and not running into any road construction.
    There are lots of two lane roads until you hit I-95.

    At any rate, I suspect George and Becca would like this to be a nice
    leisurely drive. Take in the scenery and such.

    > Take lots of pictures!
    >

    That would be nice.

    Jill

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    ImStillMags Guest

    Default Re: Road trip... Hong Kong market

    On Jun 16, 7:27*am, jmcquown <j_mcqu...@comcast.net> wrote:
    > On 6/16/2013 9:07 AM, Brooklyn1 wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > > On Sun, 16 Jun 2013 07:29:26 -0500, George Leppla
    > > <geo...@cruisemaster.com> wrote:

    >
    > >> Today Becca and I are going to drive into Houston to the nearest big
    > >> Asian market. *We only go maybe once a year (it is over an hour drive)
    > >> so we stock up on rice noodles of all kinds, spring roll wrappers, all
    > >> kinds of sauces and maybe even some frozen dumplings.

    >
    > >> Lunch will be at our favorite Vietnamese restaurant where I will
    > >> probably still order the Pho and Becca will get more adventurous and
    > >> order some kind of noodle dish.

    >
    > >> I love road trips like this... nothing important to do and all day to do it.

    >
    > > I don't know that I'd call that an all day "road trip", Mapquest says:
    > > Via US-59 N 45.54 miles
    > > 51 mins */ *50 mins based on current traffic

    >
    > Yabbut... Mapquest also says I can get to the airport/Savannah in an
    > hour. *Sure, it's only 60 miles. *I *could* get there in an hour. *IF I
    > drove 60 miles per hour all the way. *Too bad there are stretches of
    > road where the speed limit is 40 MPH, sometimes even as slow as 35 MPH,
    > en route. *It takes, at the very least, 1-1/2 hours to get there and
    > that's with light traffic and not running into any road construction.
    > There are lots of two lane roads until you hit I-95.
    >
    > At any rate, I suspect George and Becca would like this to be a nice
    > leisurely drive. Take in the scenery and such.
    >
    > > Take lots of pictures!

    >
    > That would be nice.
    >
    > Jill


    No kidding. It's about the same distance as George and Becca have
    from my house to Seattle and, trust me,
    Seattle is an all day trip if you are going to do as much as they are
    doing. It's always a pleasure trip too !


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    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Road trip... Hong Kong market

    On Sun, 16 Jun 2013 07:29:26 -0500, George Leppla wrote:

    > Today Becca and I are going to drive into Houston to the nearest big
    > Asian market. We only go maybe once a year (it is over an hour drive)
    > so we stock up on rice noodles of all kinds, spring roll wrappers, all
    > kinds of sauces and maybe even some frozen dumplings.


    There are Hong Kong Supermarkets all over the country but it's not
    clear how they're all related/unrelated. The one here in Austin
    seemed at one time to be affiliated with the ones in Houston, but I
    can't find any connection since ours burned down and remained closed
    for over 2 years. It's now reopened with a newly registered domain
    name and minimal website that doesn't mention the other Texas
    locations. It used to be my main Asian grocer but others have moved
    in and dominated.

    http://www.hongkongsupermarket-austin.com/

    And then there is the sparse but nationwide chain:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kong_Supermarket
    (New York, Southern CA, Phildelphia)

    -sw

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    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Road trip... Hong Kong market

    On Sun, 16 Jun 2013 10:20:51 -0400, Brooklyn1 wrote:

    > Occasionally I shop here, they carry a good selection of oriental
    > ingredients: http://www.ginsbergs.com/about-us/


    I bet you don't set foot into real Asian grocers. They are way
    outside of your comfort zone.

    -sw

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    Tara Guest

    Default Re: Road trip... Hong Kong market

    Sounds like fun! Please report back.

    Tara

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    merryb Guest

    Default Re: Road trip... Hong Kong market

    On Jun 16, 5:29*am, George Leppla <geo...@cruisemaster.com> wrote:
    > Today Becca and I are going to drive into Houston to the nearest big
    > Asian market. *We only go maybe once a year (it is over an hour drive)
    > so we stock up on rice noodles of all kinds, spring roll wrappers, all
    > kinds of sauces and maybe even some frozen dumplings.
    >
    > Lunch will be at our favorite Vietnamese restaurant where I will
    > probably still order the Pho and Becca will get more adventurous and
    > order some kind of noodle dish.
    >
    > I love road trips like this... nothing important to do and all day to do it.
    >
    > George L


    Sounds like fun- I discovered Hmart a few years ago, and I could spend
    hours in there!

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    George Leppla Guest

    Default Re: Road trip... Hong Kong market

    On 6/16/2013 6:14 PM, merryb wrote:
    > On Jun 16, 5:29 am, George Leppla <geo...@cruisemaster.com> wrote:
    >> Today Becca and I are going to drive into Houston to the nearest big
    >> Asian market. We only go maybe once a year (it is over an hour drive)
    >> so we stock up on rice noodles of all kinds, spring roll wrappers, all
    >> kinds of sauces and maybe even some frozen dumplings.
    >>
    >> Lunch will be at our favorite Vietnamese restaurant where I will
    >> probably still order the Pho and Becca will get more adventurous and
    >> order some kind of noodle dish.
    >>
    >> I love road trips like this... nothing important to do and all day to do it.
    >>
    >> George L

    >
    > Sounds like fun- I discovered Hmart a few years ago, and I could spend
    > hours in there!
    >


    We had a lot of fun. Nope... didn't take any pictures, but we bought
    bottles and bottles of various sauces including tamarind paste which is
    almost impossible to find anywhere else. Hoisen sauce, fish sauce,
    oyster sauce, low-sodium soy sauce, sirracha sauce, chili/garlic paste,
    sweet soy sauce, some kind of sweet chili sauce and I'm sure I forgot
    something.... oh, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar... there were a lot of
    bottles.

    Scallions were 5 bunches for $1... and we got some fresh bean sprouts.

    Rice noodles in all shapes... thin round one for Pho... flat ones for
    Pad Thai and other variations. Wrappers for spring rolls. 4 bags of
    frozen dumplings... and a bunch of other stuff.

    The pantry is now fully stocked again. Fried rice for supper tonight.

    George L

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    merryb Guest

    Default Re: Road trip... Hong Kong market

    On Jun 17, 5:00*am, George Leppla <geo...@cruisemaster.com> wrote:
    > On 6/16/2013 6:14 PM, merryb wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > > On Jun 16, 5:29 am, George Leppla <geo...@cruisemaster.com> wrote:
    > >> Today Becca and I are going to drive into Houston to the nearest big
    > >> Asian market. *We only go maybe once a year (it is over an hour drive)
    > >> so we stock up on rice noodles of all kinds, spring roll wrappers, all
    > >> kinds of sauces and maybe even some frozen dumplings.

    >
    > >> Lunch will be at our favorite Vietnamese restaurant where I will
    > >> probably still order the Pho and Becca will get more adventurous and
    > >> order some kind of noodle dish.

    >
    > >> I love road trips like this... nothing important to do and all day to do it.

    >
    > >> George L

    >
    > > Sounds like fun- I discovered Hmart a few years ago, and I could spend
    > > hours in there!

    >
    > We had a lot of fun. *Nope... didn't take any pictures, but we bought
    > bottles and bottles of various sauces including tamarind paste which is
    > almost impossible to find anywhere else. *Hoisen sauce, fish sauce,
    > oyster sauce, low-sodium soy sauce, sirracha sauce, chili/garlic paste,
    > sweet soy sauce, some kind of sweet chili sauce and I'm sure I forgot
    > something.... oh, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar... there were a lot of
    > bottles.
    >
    > Scallions were 5 bunches for $1... and we got some fresh bean sprouts.
    >
    > Rice noodles in all shapes... thin round one for Pho... flat ones for
    > Pad Thai and other variations. *Wrappers for spring rolls. 4 bags of
    > frozen dumplings... and a bunch of other stuff.
    >
    > The pantry is now fully stocked again. *Fried rice for supper tonight.
    >
    > George L


    Quite the score- sounds like it was a worthwhile trip!

  15. #15
    Helpful person Guest

    Default Re: Road trip... Hong Kong market

    On Monday, June 17, 2013 8:00:24 AM UTC-4, George L wrote:
    >
    > bottles and bottles of various sauces including tamarind paste which is
    >
    > George L


    Try making your own tamarind sauce. It's very easy (although a little time consuming) and the result is amazing. It's very difficult to go back and buy the prepared tamarind again.

    http://www.richardfisher.com

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    dsi1 Guest

    Default Re: Road trip... Hong Kong market

    On 6/17/2013 8:44 AM, Helpful person wrote:
    > On Monday, June 17, 2013 8:00:24 AM UTC-4, George L wrote:
    >>
    >> bottles and bottles of various sauces including tamarind paste which is
    >>
    >> George L

    >
    > Try making your own tamarind sauce. It's very easy (although a little time consuming) and the result is amazing. It's very difficult to go back and buy the prepared tamarind again.
    >
    > http://www.richardfisher.com
    >


    When I was a kid, I used to have to walk through a parking lot that had
    a giant tamarind tree. The pavement would be covered with that sticky,
    gooshy, stuff. It was awful! What a surprise to find out that people
    actually ate that stuff.

  17. #17
    sf Guest

    Default Re: Road trip... Hong Kong market

    On Mon, 17 Jun 2013 11:44:24 -0700 (PDT), Helpful person
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On Monday, June 17, 2013 8:00:24 AM UTC-4, George L wrote:
    > >
    > > bottles and bottles of various sauces including tamarind paste which is
    > >
    > > George L

    >
    > Try making your own tamarind sauce. It's very easy (although a little time consuming) and the result is amazing. It's very difficult to go back and buy the prepared tamarind again.
    >


    The recipes I see call for paste, but what I find is blocks of
    tamarind - which is pulp that needs to be reconstituted.
    http://shesimmers.com/2010/05/how-to...-for-thai.html
    Read the comments. One person just breaks off a chunk and heats it
    with an equal amount of water in the microwave, another reconstitutes
    the entire block and freezes smaller portions in an ice cube tray.

    --
    Food is an important part of a balanced diet.

  18. #18
    sf Guest

    Default Re: Road trip... Hong Kong market

    On Mon, 17 Jun 2013 09:31:33 -1000, dsi1
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On 6/17/2013 8:44 AM, Helpful person wrote:
    > > On Monday, June 17, 2013 8:00:24 AM UTC-4, George L wrote:
    > >>
    > >> bottles and bottles of various sauces including tamarind paste which is
    > >>
    > >> George L

    > >
    > > Try making your own tamarind sauce. It's very easy (although a little time consuming) and the result is amazing. It's very difficult to go back and buy the prepared tamarind again.
    > >
    > > http://www.richardfisher.com
    > >

    >
    > When I was a kid, I used to have to walk through a parking lot that had
    > a giant tamarind tree. The pavement would be covered with that sticky,
    > gooshy, stuff. It was awful! What a surprise to find out that people
    > actually ate that stuff.


    I know I saw those pods on the ground when I was a kid too, and it
    never occurred to me that anyone would eat them either. I just
    wondered why anyone would want such a messy tree around.

    --
    Food is an important part of a balanced diet.

  19. #19
    [email protected] Guest

    Default Re: Road trip... Hong Kong market

    On Monday, June 17, 2013 8:00:24 AM UTC-4, George L wrote:
    > On 6/16/2013 6:14 PM, merryb wrote:
    >
    > > On Jun 16, 5:29 am, George Leppla <geo...@cruisemaster.com> wrote:

    >
    > >> Today Becca and I are going to drive into Houston to the nearest big

    >
    > >> Asian market. We only go maybe once a year (it is over an hour drive)

    >
    > >> so we stock up on rice noodles of all kinds, spring roll wrappers, all

    >
    > >> kinds of sauces and maybe even some frozen dumplings.

    >
    > >>

    >
    > >> Lunch will be at our favorite Vietnamese restaurant where I will

    >
    > >> probably still order the Pho and Becca will get more adventurous and

    >
    > >> order some kind of noodle dish.

    >
    > >>

    >
    > >> I love road trips like this... nothing important to do and all day to do it.

    >
    > >>

    >
    > >> George L

    >
    > >

    >
    > > Sounds like fun- I discovered Hmart a few years ago, and I could spend

    >
    > > hours in there!

    >
    > >

    >
    >
    >
    > We had a lot of fun. Nope... didn't take any pictures, but we bought
    >
    > bottles and bottles of various sauces including tamarind paste which is
    >
    > almost impossible to find anywhere else. Hoisen sauce, fish sauce,
    >
    > oyster sauce, low-sodium soy sauce, sirracha sauce, chili/garlic paste,
    >
    > sweet soy sauce, some kind of sweet chili sauce and I'm sure I forgot
    >
    > something.... oh, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar... there were a lot of
    >
    > bottles.
    >
    >
    >
    > Scallions were 5 bunches for $1... and we got some fresh bean sprouts.
    >
    >
    >
    > Rice noodles in all shapes... thin round one for Pho... flat ones for
    >
    > Pad Thai and other variations. Wrappers for spring rolls. 4 bags of
    >
    > frozen dumplings... and a bunch of other stuff.
    >
    >
    >
    > The pantry is now fully stocked again. Fried rice for supper tonight.
    >
    >
    >
    > George L


    Sounds great, but be careful of the bean sprouts. Bad JuJu.

  20. #20
    Brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: Road trip... Hong Kong market

    George Leppla wrote:
    >
    >Nope... didn't take any pictures,


    I was hoping you'd share your road trip.

    >but we bought
    >bottles and bottles of various sauces including tamarind paste which is
    >almost impossible to find anywhere else. Hoisen sauce, fish sauce,
    >oyster sauce, low-sodium soy sauce, sirracha sauce, chili/garlic paste,
    >sweet soy sauce, some kind of sweet chili sauce and I'm sure I forgot
    >something.... oh, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar... there were a lot of
    >bottles.


    All those condiments can be bought on line and likely at lower
    prices... Amazon.com... and free shipping right to your door.

    >Rice noodles in all shapes... thin round one for Pho... flat ones for
    >Pad Thai and other variations.
    >The pantry is now fully stocked again.


    Amazon.com sells all those noodles too.

    >Fried rice for supper tonight.


    Fly lice with? My favorite is with shrimp with lobster sauce.
    http://www.nytimes.com/recipes/5705/...ter-Sauce.html

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