Dish we miss

A picture list of dishes we likes. In no particular order, and with no regard to geography. Updated continually.

‘Fried shrimp with hot pepper’ from Chung King

Tender but slightly crispy shrimp, stir-fried with ginger, garlic, green onions, red chillies and Sichuan peppercorns

‘Beef roll’ from 101 Noodle Express

Crispy, chewy flatbread, almost like a super-thin Kerala paratha. Tender, long-cooked beef. A sweet, sour, salt relish made from green coriander, chillies, pickled vegetables, spring onions and sesame oil

Korean-Mexican by Roy Choi

The three taco combo of chicken, pork and short ribs. You won’t believe how well kimchi and bulgogi work in tacos and quesadillas. From the Kogi truck and Alibi Room

Pandhi curry

Coorg curried pork. Pictured is my version, which isn’t a patch on the dark, dangerous one you get at Kodava weddings

English pork pie

The last two bites before I remembered to take out the camera. Traditional pork pie with its rich, crumbly crust and chopped pork filling.

‘Grilled shrimp with habanero-and-coriander-leaf vinaigrette’ from home

With enough habanero to make you weep, you wuss.

The ‘umami burger’ from Umami Burger

A burger made of six ingredients that exhibit the “fifth taste”: medium-rare beef patty, roasted tomato, house-made ketchup, Parmesan crisp, grilled mushrooms, and I’m damned if I know what the sixth is. Umami Burger

‘Flavoured fish slice’ from Chung King

Chinese restaurants in the San Gabriel Valley have strange names for dishes. ‘Flavoured fish slice’ is lightly cooked fresh fish and soy sprouts in a fiery gravy of chilli oil, red dried chillies and Sichuan peppercorns. Delicious with white rice. Chung King

Cueritos tacos from Grand Central Market

Pig skin tacos. Surprisingly delicious and tender. The missus passed. Grand Central Market