I can't find this thread anymore or I would post it there but whoever recommended Dragon Gate in Chinatown on Elizabeth Street between Grand and Hester, thank you very much.
I went on Saturday for lunch by myself (as my significant other suddenly decided to go to the office and finish a project). And the recommendations from the thread sounded so good that I had to order everything I wanted!
I had the
Salt & Pepper battered Octopus, very tasty. Love the salty savory batter and tenderness of the octopus. Was a little on the greasy side but delicious nonetheless.
Pork and Preserved Vegetable Rice Crepes. This was outstanding. The "crepes" are like little rolls of chow fun, but so much more tender than any chow fun I've ever had. I love pickled vegetables so the saltiness of the veggies were a perfect combo with the relatively bland tasting noodles and the pork was so velvety and tender. The sauce was great too, I actually spooned it onto my rice from the...
Eel and rice "casserole". I actually wouldn't order the eel again (want to try another version). I might have had the wrong idea in my head. The only eel I've ever had was prepared the japanese way, unagi-don, with the great teriyaki sauce caramelized on top. It was that sauce, I was looking forward too and this version has very tender eel but very little, only thin watery sauce on it. But the rice was everything the original poster said it would be. Fluffy,tender,individual grains. And if you wait to peel the bottom layer off the clay pot, you will be rewarded with crispy crunchy chewy just browned rice.
I'm almost embarrassed to tell you that I ate all of that myself. All five feet of me.
I am inspired to make rice like this at home. Can someone instruct me in buying and making rice in a clay hot pot like that myself? Should I look for a certain "make" or are all the clay pots the same? I saw some in chinatown with a wire "frame" around the pot part and some without. What function does the frame serve? Is it better to buy a glazed one or non?
Do I just put equal amounts of long grain white rice and water in and put it on med heat? How long does it take about?