Food on a stick is extraordinarily versatile—you have skewers, kababs, satay, Japanese grilled food, and lots more. And the best part about food on a stick? It's just plain fun!
'Slurping Turtle' on Serious Eats
The team at Slurping Turtle spent a long time perfecting a new ramen recipe, one that captured the right balance of lightness, gluten-driven elasticity, and bite. To make it in-house, the restaurant uses a Yamato LM10062IUS, a sophisticated, Japanese-made ramen noodle-making machine.
Now, we love Southern-style fried chicken, with its crispy and well seasoned crust, but we also know that numerous other cuisines have their own equally delicious way with the bird.
River North, the neighborhood just north of the Chicago River, has no shortage of exceptional restaurants. But eating cheaply here is a totally different prospect, one that requires planning and some serious detective skills.
Have you ever noticed that the best spicy dishes are never labeled as such? They warn you of what's to come, but they never mention fire, suicide, or anything related to volcanology. That's just how they are supposed to taste. Here are the dishes that get our noses running in the best possible way.
As soon as I felt the first snap of a cold wind I immediately started to crave a huge bowl of soup. You know, the kind that warms you up and fortifies you for the rest of the day. Here are 13 flavorful and dynamic bowls to help you greet fall.
Slurping Turtle's hiyashi-chuka is sort of like a light summertime pasta salad, by way of Japan. The dish is anchored by a bed of chilled, wavy ramen noodles—slippery, springy, and full of bite.
Most peoples' favorite bakery items are just well-made versions of treats they could likely make at home: brownies, cookies, even cupcakes. Then there is the macaron. This petite delicacy is so fickle, so perfectly French, as to be even a great baker's white whale. We decided to try and find the places that actually do things right.
A splendid plate of octopus takes some doing. Cook it too long, and it dries out; don't cook it long enough, and octopus can be as forgiving as the sole of a dress shoe. But restaurants are taking an array of thoughtful approaches right now to serving up the cephalopod. Some opt to cook it sous vide, then finish it on the grill to order, leaving the texture pleasantly pliant and the flavor slightly flamed-kissed; others grill it and chill it, allowing octopus's natural chewiness to come through on the plate. Check out the slideshow of eight octopus dishes we love in Chicago.
Gone are the days when tofu is dismissed merely as a bland meat substitute, something you probably should be eating even if you'd really rather not. The transition required some coaching from the cuisines that have been happily using tofu for ages, not because they had to, but because it tasted good. Here are ten of our favorite tofu dishes from around Chicago.
We may have only been around for a short time, but we've already managed to take a lot of pictures of food around Chicago. It's kind of intimidating sorting through so many shots, but here are our favorite from our short stint.
As I've mentioned a few times this week, Serious Eats Chicago has only been going for a month and a half. So, it's best not to look too hard at the numbers and try to come up with some grand thesis. Regardless, here's our best shot: Chicagoans love fried chicken. And ramen. And any story that mentioned Hot Doug's. I know, earth-shattering stuff, right?
It was hard to keep track of every single restaurant opening of 2011. In fact, some of these places feel like such institutions, it's kind of amazing that they only opened this year. While there are undoubtedly restaurants that I unfairly left off the list, here are the ones that I couldn't wait to get back to.
Check out what other bloggers have been eating around Chicago in this week's Smörgåsboard. Basically, this week is all about seafood.
For years, the ramen in Chicago has felt unloved. That has slowly been changing, but this year seemed to be the tipping point, as a whole new group of restaurants popped up with a desire to do things right. It seemed like the perfect time to reevaluate the scene.
While Takashi leans toward fine dining and Noodles By Takashi follows the fast-food format, Slurping Turtle seems to split the difference, offering reasonable prices, sit-down service and, best of all, the same ramen served at the outstanding Sunday noodle brunches at Takashi.