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May 15, 2010

Leftover love

I love leftovers.

Mine from dinner the night before, from dinner at mom and pops and also from restaurants that we have dined in. Brock *kind* of likes them which means I generally get the lions share and am able to take it to work with me to munch on....although occasionally I do get a phone call wondering where the rest of the spaghetti/enchiladas/taco salad toppings went to.

Oops. Was I supposed to share?

Leftovers as they are can be damn good if not better than they were the night before, but then there are leftovers that can be MADE better.

Last night we had dinner at the Mandarin House Chinese restaurant in Ventura which is my new favorite Chinese Restaurant. The food is good, the service is great, the wine list pretty much sucks (typical for Chinese food), they have a full bar and they are friendly as hell-the hostess will "thank you for coming back" even if it your first time. If you get the waiter that looks like and Asian Adam Lambert, you are lucky...he is one of the best. :)

Last time I tried the "Monkey in the Bush" which sounds like a bad Asian porn film, but is really just an awesome dish made up of pork, shrimp, shiitake mushrooms and green onions in a delicious sauce. This time I tried something a little different...the crispy duck with plum sauce.

Mmmmmm......Crispy duck skin. Seriously? This is like France and China's version of the chiacharrone....or a really decadent version of what my mom and I fight for on Thanksgiving Day.

So it was tasty. Served with the plum sauce and nothing else. Yeah, really good.

Tonight I made it even better.

Saute up some chopped red pepper, mushroom and carrots. Add chopped green onion and the leftover chopped duck meat. Add in the leftover fried rice. Throw in a few glurgs of soy sauce. (Glurg being a true measurement...just picture the sound in your head and you've got it). Saute on high, scraping the pan well to get the crispy bits.

Fried Rice. King of the Leftover World.

Serve in a bowl with a spoon because a fork or chopsticks just won't get it to your mouth fast enough.


Lynn Kenton said...

Love the new look!

Rhiannon said...

We've been going to Mandarin House for 20+ years. It is the "only" place for Chinese food in my opinion. BTW The Asian Adam Lambert really is the best server there : )