We have two fairly new restaurants here. It seems like I already wrote about this but I can’t find it . . anyway . . there’s a new Japanese steak house, which is kind of a Hibachi grill type place. We went there to eat earlier this week . . it was really good and definite a restaurant that I’m happy to have in town.
Even better than the food were the people who work there and the owner. We thoroughly enjoyed that place.
The other place is more of a Chinese fast food type place. For some reason, both of us thought it was a noodle place but it’s just run of the mill Chinese food. We ate there and probably won’t go back. Everything was very bland and tasted the same. The best part is that it was not a buffet but still, I don’t think we’ll eat there again.
I guess we’ve been in the mood for really good oriental/eastern type food because today I made Thai Chicken Cakes. About the only thing I did differently from the recipe was to use cilantro instead of coriander.
I guess I used a little more garlic than the recipe called for and I used chili peppers from a tube instead of fresh peppers.
Both of us agreed this was a whole lot better than what we get around here. The garlic, onion and cilantro came from the garden so by the time I bought the chicken (I used 2 breasts and have enough of the mixture left more cakes this weekend), ginger,chili sauce and lettuce for the salad, what we ate for lunch, for both of us, probably cost less than $5, and that’s a whole lot better than what we paid for either lunch out!
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What a disappointment when you visit a new restaurant only to find it less than you expected. Your home cooked meal sounds really good. We live in a town of about 15,000 and have 2 Chinese restaurants. One is a buffet and it is OK, but nothing exciting. The other one is fantastic and one of our favorite places to eat. The veggies always seem fresh and everything has lots of flavor. Plus most things on the lunch menu are under $10, so even better.
Judy H says
Thank you for the recipe! It looks like something we’d enjoy, too! I’m going to have to give it a try!
You made it closer to the actual recipe than you realized, because fresh coriander IS cilantro. In most of the US we call the leaves cilantro and the seeds coriander.
So your instinct was spot-on! 🙂
That is TOO FUNNY!! Japanese hibachi is one of my favorite eat out meals and my sister and I went for lunch today. It was YUMMY! Not wild about Chinese but OK in a pinch! 🙂
myrna sossner says
ERR…..If you had used a home grown chicken, your lunch would have cost a whole lot less than $5.00!!! But, as it is, I wish I had the strength (@ 82) to grown all the other ingredients you used from your garden!