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Chez Auntie Libe report

Johnb | Oct 20, 2003 09:39 AM

Won't be able to join the Chow group tomorrow, so did the next best thing and (since we live only 5 min. away from the place) Janet and I went there Saturday nite.

Janet had the chicken yassa, and I had the thiebou djiem. Washed down with the Sorrel drink, and the dessert.

The chicken was the best. Tho the meat itself was maybe a bit past its prime (perhaps you'll be luckier tomorrow), the onions were like butter. Janet asked for some to take home and we enjoyed them last night with the leftover rice. Served with plain but good white rice.

The thiebou djien is a sort of fish stew made with grouper. The veggies (sweet pot, cabbage, yuca) are good. The rice in this case is broken rice, and is cooked with the juice the fish is stewed in so it is red and a bit oily, which is not a criticism. It was served with a small cup of crushed fresh pepper on the side (at least for the "gringos"). This is actually crushed scotch bonnet pepper, so use with care. The sorrel drink is very refreshing--don't know what it's actually made from (what is bissup?), but the best I could describe it would be sorta like cranberry juice with a grassy quality.

The dessert is millet-based, is sweetened and creamed and has some oranje blossom oil in it. Not unlike rice pudding. Very nice. I never had millet before AFAIK.

The place was empty when we were there, just an occasional pick up of carry out while we ate. The people are exceptionally friendly. Decor is ...... On the whole, an interesting and worthwhile experience, but not food which is likely to displace Joe's in my chowhound heart anytime soon.

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