Monday, March 16, 2009

Siam Terrace

A few weeks back, we stopped in to Siam Terrace in Urbana for some dinner. I wish I would have taken a few interior photos - it is pretty cute inside. Instead, here's a shot of our Thai Iced Tea:

YUM. We had the Dragon Shrimp as an appetizer: "Four marinated tiger shrimp wrapped in egg noodles and deep fried served with our special orange sauce."

These are delicious. The sauce was sort of like orange juice - quite watery, so we dipped them in the sweet chili sauce that came with our other appetizer, eggplant tempura:

We shared 2 entrees - the first: scallops in a clay pot with glass noodles (below). The scallops were perfect and gingery. Highly recommend this dish!

The second was the Pad See You - big ole flat noodles! This dish is super yummy and i love eating those wide noodles.

The whole reason for this post? To show the best dessert in Champaign-Urbana: the fried bananas with coconut ice cream and honey. OMG - you have to save room for these. I'm actually thinking right now of going up there tonight just for these dang bananas. Ken calls this his "Ratatouille" moment - the scene where the critic eats the ratatouille and flashes back to his childhoood. He says these bananas do that to him! Just look at them:

They are hot little blobs of goodness.

Siam Terrace
212 W. Main Street
Urbana, IL

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


YES - we made okonomiyaki the other night and it was awesome as usual. Okonomiyaki is like Japanese pancakes. They are savory, though. Wikipedia just taught me this: "The name is derived from the word okonomi, meaning "what you like" or "what you want", and yaki meaning grilled or cooked." I think it is one of the best things we make at home. And we get to do it together - awww. <3 Did you know there is another contributor to this blog? It seems like it's just me - right? Oh well, let's move on....

You are going to need a few things from the store, including what you see above - the okonomiyaki sauce and japanese mayonnaise and (optional) benito flakes. You can include any kind of meat you'd like in the mix. We used bacon and little shrimp, but use whatever you'd like. Here's a list of ingredients:
whatever meat items (we used about 8 strips of crumbled bacon and about a cup of mini shrimp)
1 cup flour
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 cups shredded cabbage (I use cole slaw mix in a bag)
1/4 cup green onions, chopped
2 tablespoons pickled ginger, chopped (I throw it into the food processor for a second, as you see below)
2 eggs
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 sheet of torn up nori
bonito flakes (optional)
okonomiyaki sauce
japanese mayo ( both available at most asian grocery stores)

I put the flour, water and salt in a bowl first and mix them up. Then add everything but the sauce, mayo and benito flakes. It turns into a really chunky batter.

Heat up a pan on medium heat with some vegetable oil and pour a little pancake shaped portion on.

Let it sit like you would a pancake, until the underside gets brown. Then flip it over! Smoosh it down so that it all gets cooked. Use a brush to brush on the okonomiyaki sauce on the done side while the other side cooks.

After both sides are cooked, plate it up and squeeze on your Japanese mayonnaise. Then, if you'd like, scatter some benito flakes on top of that. If I had video you would see that they are fluttering around on top looking rather lively.

As you can see, you then both tear away at it with chopsticks (while the next one cooks) like little okonomiyaki vultures.