With mom visiting, I get to have a bunch of home-cooked meals for lunch and dinner!! (So sad she’s leaving next week :()
Chinese people always have some sort of soup at meals, and our family favorites always involve some sort of protein (chicken, pork bone, or tofu) and a mix of veggies.
A typical lunch will have: Some kind of yummy soup (Chinese chicken soup, with bak choy & shitake), Veggies (Stir-fried garlic kale), Egg & Tomato stir-fry, Some kind of meat for my brother (minced pork), Some kind of meat for me (unpictured chicken), Carbs (usually rice or rice noodles – my favorite!), and since I’ve been a good girl…kabocha.
Looks ghetto huh? Eatig on newspaper and tin foil?? Mom and I are camping out at my brother’s place and we’re sharing a bedroom between the 3 of us. There’s a kitchen, but no place to eat, so we have to eat on the bedroom floor with the yummies. It’s kinda fun! Like camping! And having 2 room mates! 😉
This soup deserves a special mention because Chinese people often use lean pork bone to flavor their broth-based soups! This is my family favorite – tomato, bean sprouts, sliced tofu, pork bone, and rice noodles on the bottom!
And then there’s the TO DIE FOR stir-fried Taiwanese rice noodles!
I dream about this at night when I haven’t eaten it in a long time. This is a really traditional Taiwanese dish that has all your nutrients in one big stir-fry. Mom goes light on the oil, and in the wok she tosses: sliced ham, egg, sliced carrots, sliced cabbage, and rice noodles…all with some good old soy sauce!
So I’ve been eating well. 🙂 The only thing I worry about is mom leaving – noooooooooo back to cooking strange food for myself!!!! *sob*
But Obviously, I can’t let my poor mom cook all day, all week right? So we experience some restaurants over the weekend, including M. Henry! My mom was craving French toast, because the toast in Hong Kong aren’t the thick-cut kind she loves…and that’s only IF you can even find a place that serves French toast.
The family and my boyfriend went to M. Henry just to see what the hype was all about. (Look up best brunch places in Chicago and you’ll know why this restaurant deserves a special mention)
Unfortunately, we didn’t realize they don’t serve the yummy looking brunch menu on Saturday’s so we ordered off the regular menu. Though the food was solid, but we encountered a server who had literally NO patience and had a P.O.’d look on her face. My mom was not happy….until she had her 5 cups of coffee.
On with the food!!! Click here for the full menu:
Fannie’s killer fried egg sandwich 8.95
toasted sour boule layered w/ two over-medium eggs, applewood bacon, sliced plum tomatoes, gorgonzola, & fresh thyme and served with house potatoes.
The boyfriend ordered this sandwich, and he said the eggs were runny, the bread was crusty, and the potatoes were awesome!! Two thumbs up for flavor, but not astounding!
Tango tilapia wrap 9.50
cajun spiced tilapia, grilled & wrapped in a tortilla w/leaf lettuce, plum tomato, sweet pea sprouts, chinese mustard & mango salsa, w/your choice of side.
My entrée was delicious, but not filling enough for me! I didn’t expect the tilapia to be so moist and flaky inside the perfectly pressed wrap. The combination was literally perfected with the mango salsa and had a spicy kick to it. Of course I had to mix some ketchup with hot sauce on the table to help enhance the fish flavors. 😛
Juciful jerk chicken 8.95
a fire grilled jerk spiced chicken breast, with grilled red onion, tomato, & leaf lettuce, served on a crusty baguette with a side of fresh mango salsa.
My brother substituted the baguette with M. Henry’s cranberry walnut bread, which was really delicious as sandwich bread. The chicken was grilled perfectly and super flavorful. Both Jeff and I agreed that the side of salad was awesome – fresh and seasoned with a tart vinegar dressing.
Omelet Special 8.95
made with asparagus, sun-dried tomato, onion and feta cheese, served with house potatoes.
My mom is big on omelet’s, so I ordered her a vegetarian one that was on the specials menu (not online). It is one of the most flavorful omelet’s I have ever tasted because the cook didn’t skim on the ingredients! Yay!! On top of that, the potatoes were amazing!!! I ate all of mom’s potatoes, which tasted sort of Asian/Thai, spicy, herby, and well-flavored with rosemary. I’m re-drooling just thinking about how tasty they were. The only complaint is that the feta cheese in it was super stinky. (recall I’m not a fan of cheese, but mom liked it)
Simply french toast 2.50
brioche french toast, with maple syrup
I stole a bite of mom’s single slice of French toast. It was good, but not great. I think my baked French toast is definitely better. Mom thinks that the bread wasn’t thick enough and not as tasty as she had hoped it would be.
Taste: 4/5 (Very solid in flavor, fresh and tasty, but not a clear winner compared to say Bongo Room)
Originality: 4/5 (I love the variety of the menu. They are also really great about letting you make substitutions)
Value: 3.5/5 (I may have a big appetite, but I wasn’t full from my $10 wrap. I guess the other dishes were pretty fair for a sit-down brunch place)
Service: 2.5/5 (Definitely didn’t need a cranky, impatient server who was over-worked and way too busy/invisible)
Yes, life has been hectic lately…but I LOVE having family around. Especially my mama! 🙂
Whose your favorite cook in the world?!?!