Homemade vs. Restaurant

My recreation of Vegetable Tempura, and baby-back ribs. From restaurant “Texas BBQ”

Clearly, I’m still having comfort food cravings. However, this particular craving comes from a restaurant that I frequent here in New York with my family and friends. The restaurant’s name is “Texas BBQ’s.” The name is simple, right! But, the food is all about comfort. I’ve celebrated birthdays, retirements, first dates, girl’s night out, (did I mention they have the best Pina Coladas in town). And, a host of other fantastic treats.

Of course, in this day and age of a pandemic, take out is mostly the option for people to still experience eating their favorite foods, from their favorite restaurants. I’ve gotten into the habit (and, wanting to expand my culinary skills also), to challenge myself, and recreate some of my favorite restaurants. foods.

I don’t know why, I’m seriously not trying to brag, but it came out delicious. Especially the tempura. While in Italy last year, I tasted some cod fish that the batter made with sparkling seltzer water. I’ve often heard that it makes a huge difference in the taste of the food you fry in it. However, I didn’t try it until recently, and I it’s true, the natural flavors of the food burst in your mouth. I was amazed by the flavor of all the veggies. The sweet potato, zucchini, broccoli and bell peppers, were all just so mouth watering.

Ingredients for batter:

2 cups flour

2 Tbsp cornstarch

1 Tbsp baking powder

1 Tbsp salt

2 eggs

2 cups seltzer water

And, a host of cut up vegetables of your liking. I.e carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, zucchini, bell peppers, broccoli, cauliflower. It’s up to you.

I invited a couple of friends over, and I played it up, by serving my tempura dish in Chinese takeout food containers, with chopsticks. (Amazon has them) It’s fun, and my guest got a kick out of them.

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