King and I Las Vegas
This past Valentine’s Day, my husband and I decided to visit the King and I Las Vegas Thai restaurant in the suburb of Summerlin. The King and I came highly recommended by some good friends of ours who live close to it. It is located in an area called The Lakes in Summerlin which is exactly as described; a community surrounding an artificial lake with a shoreline and docks. The restaurant is located in a small strip mall which is tucked just south of Sahara Avenue in the circular drive surrounding Lake Sahara. It is a small and cozy restaurant; very much a family owned business in atmosphere and philosophy. In short the very best kind of restaurants in my opinion. There are plenty of parking spots and I highly recommend that you make reservations for a large party. Location: Main Entrees Almond Chicken This is strictly not a Thai dish. More Chinese in origin but it is one of my hubby’s favorite so we decided to try it and it was just fabulous. Cooked with fried minced garlic and shallots and topped with crunchy toasted almonds, I must admit I was most pleasantly surprised by how the King and I elevated this most basic of dishes. The King and I offers Chinese and Thai dishes on it’s menu. I am always skeptical of restaurants that try to do too many varieties. Can you do every dish on your menu well? I didn’t try all the dishes but I can tell you that the Almond Chicken most definitely showcased the adept range of the King and I’s resident chef. Pork Pad See Ewe This is a comfort dish for me and a must try at all Thai restaurants that I visit. I can honestly say that I never get tired of this dish and am constantly surprised at all the variations I have tried from the local food hawkers in Bangkok to upscale Thai restaurants around the nation. The King and I’s version was really, really nice. The noodles were cooked to a perfect al dente consistency and as my hubby described had a buttery taste. Smooth, not too oily and I suspect they used lard which gives an amazing flavor to stir fried Asian dishes that simply cannot be replicated by vegetable oil. A good pad see ewe should have the subtle caramelized flavor that comes from sweet soy sauce and this one did not disappoint. The ladies that run the hawker stalls in Bangkok would be proud at how well this dish is represented here. Chicken Panang Curry A curry that is sauteed with kaffir lime leaves, bell peppers, coconut milk and peanut butter sauce. We requested this in a medium spiciness level. It was just a really smooth curry. Smooth in the sense that the flavors were just so well balanced. Smooth in consistency which meant they used good quality coconut milk which had a rich cream content and this gave the curry a winning sweet and spicy taste. Dessert Frozen Chocolate Cherry Truffle The King and I offered free dessert to all the diners because it was Valentine’s Day! The chocolate truffle was rich and decadent and provided a very nice ending to a most enjoyable experience. Overall Review I was so impressed with this little gem of a Thai restaurant. It has a casual cafe appearance but the food and service is anything but casual. The waiters were very knowledgeable, accommodating and helpful. The quality of the food was simply outstanding and this comes as no surprise when you find out that the family has been in the restaurant industry for over thirty years in Denver and Las Vegas. Make no mistake though. This is clearly the neighborhood Asian restaurant. It is popular with locals and you can see how much they appreciate not just the fantastic food but especially the extraordinary service. The patrons and owners are on a first name basis and clearly enjoy each other’s company. On the evening that we were there; a customer needed help to read the smaller print on the menu and lo and behold, the owners produced a magnifying glass! Now that IS customer service and all provided with a smile. Almost all entrees are under $15 and they have a nice variety on their menu. They also offer free delivery within the neighborhood and some surrounding areas. This was the 28th Valentine’s Day celebration for my husband and I and we were so happy to have spent it at this delightful restaurant. The King and I is not fancy and chocked full of bells and whistles but rather like a good long term relationship; it is consistent, attentive and produces the best surprises when you least expect it. This past Valentine's Day, my husband and I decided to visit the King and I Las Vegas Thai restaurant in the suburb of Summerlin. The King and I came highly recommended by some good friends of ours who live close to it. It is located in an area called The Lakes… King and I Las Vegas King and I Las Vegas 2015-02-26 Lila Asnani Lila's Review Service Flavor Price Cleanliness 88 Wonderful gem in the Lakes community of Summerlin. A neighborhood favorite and a must try. User Rating: No Ratings Yet ! 88
Easy Guide To Tofu
To tofu or not tofu? Surprisingly, this is still a common question and debate for a lot of Americans. I am from Malaysia and grew up eating tofu. I was astonished and really taken aback when I first discovered the strong feelings that most Americans seem to have towards this most mild of foods. Tofu or bean curd originated from China about 2000 years. Tofu was introduced to the US in the 1700’s and was popularized by the Chinese immigrants who came to California to work on the railroads in the 1800’s. Tofu really only became mainstream in the US in the 1970’s with the growing popularity of ethnic foods. The price of meat also increased significantly during this time and this spurred the use of tofu as a popular meat substitute. Tofu is high in protein and low in saturated fat. 100 g or 3.5 oz of tofu typically contains 8 g of protein and 0.5 g of saturated fat. Tofu comes from the soybean plant which is packed with vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Soy is considered a complete protein, i.e. it contains all the 9 amino acids that the human body cannot produce on it’s own so tofu rightfully deserves it’s standing as the de facto meat substitute. I don’t quite understand the bad reputation that still seems to linger for tofu. I’ve heard them all; tofu is tasteless, it’s food for health nuts, it looks funny, it wiggles, and on and on…. Well, I am here to tell you that while some of these are true (it does wiggle and look different), there are also lots of things that are not true. It is not just for health nuts, it is not tasteless and interestingly it’s bland nature makes tofu one of the most versatile foods around. It readily absorbs strong flavors so as a cook, you can give it whatever tastes you favor. You can add interesting flavors to tofu by marinating it. Tofu is produced the same way cheese is. The liquid protein is coagulated using enzymes which produces the custard like product or tofu. You can read more about tofu production here. There is a wide variety of tofu in the market which can unfortunately lead to confusion. I created the easy guide to tofu below to help you understand and hopefully start cooking with tofu. Types of Tofu and their uses There are 2 categories of tofu. Fresh tofu which is produced directly from soymilk. Processed tofu which are products made from fresh tofu. Fresh Tofu: There are 3 main varieties of fresh tofu which can be differentiated by the amount of water that is pressed from the soy curds. Fresh tofu is usually sold in water to maintain the moisture. Types of fresh tofu 1. Soft or silken tofu: Undrained or unpressed tofu which has the highest moisture content among all the fresh tofus. Soft tofu is more delicate than firm tofu and is an ideal substitute for eggs and dairy products. You can add soft tofu to smoothies or baked desserts. Here are 2 easy recipes which uses soft tofu 2 ways; as a main dish and a dessert. Ma-Po Tofu Ma Po Tofu. Courtesy of CNN travel Vegan Chocolate Mousse Vegan Chocolate mousse. Courtesy of food52.com 2. Firm Tofu: Drained and pressed tofu which is between soft and extra firm tofu. It still has a high quantity of moisture and the firmer texture makes it easier to handle. I like using firm tofu for Thai curries. Here is an easy recipe for Panang Tofu Curry Panang Tofu Curry. Courtesy of epicurious.com 3. Extra Firm Tofu Fresh tofu which has the least amount of moisture. Easiest of the tofu to work with and I like using extra firm tofu for stir frys. Here is an easy recipe for Honey Ginger Tofu Veggie Stir Fry. Honey Ginger Veggie Stir Fry. Courtesy of pinchofyum.com Processed Tofu There are many types of processed tofu and some of these products probably originated from the need to preserve fresh tofu before we had refrigeration. Some types of processed tofus include fermented, dried, fried and frozen tofu. Types of processed tofu Conclusion In Asia tofu is usually cooked with meat and it is just a regular food item. Nothing special or extraordinary and perhaps this is the best way to approach eating tofu. Sure, it is a wonderful source of protein and a fantastic meat alternative but it is so much more than just a meat alternative for vegetarians. To view tofu simply as a meat substitute, diminishes the multifacetedness of tofu. I can tell you as an Asian that the appropriating of tofu almost exclusively by vegetarians in the West is perplexing to a lot of us. I am glad tofu is appreciated by so many but I want even more people to enjoy and try tofu. Omnivores should feel as equally vested in tofu. It’s fine if you tried tofu and didn’t like it but don’t simply exclude it from your diet because you have been wrongly led to believe that tofu is the sole domain of herbivores. Here are some wonderful examples of tofu cooked with meat. Braised pork with tofu. Courtesy of steamykitchen.com Steamed tofu with shrimp. Courtesy of cookingwithalison.com To tofu or not tofu? I hope your answer after reading this article is to tofu!
Thai Sapa Zion
My daughter and I visited Zion National Park in Utah a few weeks ago. Zion is an easy 2.5 hr drive from Las Vegas. We had a great time at Zion and tried the local Thai restaurant during our trip. Thai Sapa Zion is owned by Tung and Dennis who thought of the concept while living in the hill tribe or Sapa region of Vietnam. The restaurant is very zen; with an aesthetically soothing decor and atmosphere. It is located just outside the entrance to Zion National Park and sits calmly and quietly amidst the majestic mountains. I especially appreciate that the owners did not succumb to kitschy decor that sometimes plague tourist establishments. It is a small and intimate place. Reservations are highly recommended for larger parties. We dined early around 6 pm and the restaurant was very busy by the time we left at 7:30 pm. There is plenty of parking but it is located at such a convenient location that many of the diners we met opted to walk the very pleasant and beautiful route to the restaurant. Location: Appetizers Chicken Satay The satay had a strong curry flavor. The accompanying cucumber and onion pickle was nicely seasoned in a rice vinegar sauce . I only wish that they had provided a larger serving of the peanut sauce. Entrees Chicken Pad Thai The noodles were cooked to the proper consistency. The dish was sweet and spicy and had a distinct peanut and fish sauce flavor . Chicken Panang Curry This is the regular red Thai curry with cream. It was a smooth, sweet curry which was mildly spicy. It was refreshing to eat a curry with the vegetables (broccoli, red pepper and zucchini) cooked correctly i.e. not mushy. Dessert Fried Bananas with a chocolate sauce Sweet ripe bananas deep fried in a coconut-flour batter and topped with vanilla ice cream and a fantastically gooey chocolate sauce. Overall Review The service at the restaurant was excellent. Our server was very friendly and knowledgeable. The quality of the food was good and the atmosphere was simply lovely. Most entrees average about $20. Our dinner was very enjoyable and a most pleasant and restful way to end our terrific day at Zion national park. Thai Sapa Zion prides itself in using local, organic and GMO free produce whenever possible. The restaurant promotes an environmentally friendly and conservation focused policy which is very apropos when you consider their location and proximity to one of the nation’s prettiest national parks. It is so easy to be distracted by the glitz and glamour of the Las Vegas strip when you visit. Tourists tend to forget that there is so much to do outside the city. Many visitors don’t take advantage of the extraordinary natural sights that are all within a relatively short distance from the strip. I can wax poetic about Zion national park and still not adequately describe how stunning it is. I hope you will enjoy the following pictures which can only provide a glance of how magnificent this glorious space is. I know this is a restaurant review but the story would have been incomplete without pictures of the fantastic scenery. My daughter and I visited Zion National Park in Utah a few weeks ago. Zion is an easy 2.5 hr drive from Las Vegas. We had a great time at Zion and tried the local Thai restaurant during our trip. Thai Sapa Zion is owned by Tung and Dennis who… Thai Sapa Zion Thai Sapa Zion 2015-04-02 Lila Asnani Lila's Review Service Flavor Price Cleanliness 73 Most definitely worth a stop when you're visiting Zion National Park. User Rating: No Ratings Yet ! 73