WBEZ | sausage http://www.wbez.org/tags/sausage Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Sticky situation: Thai food and festival in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-06/sticky-situation-thai-food-and-festival-chicago-107546 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/stickyriceisan.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Isan eastern Thai sausage at Royal Thai Consulate dinner, Sticky Rice in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></p><p>Thai food generates heat unlike any other exotic cuisine in Chicago, literally and figuratively. In fact the current darling of local food fans is <u><a href="http://www.rainbowcuisine.us/" target="_blank">Rainbow Cuisine in Lincoln Square</a></u>. The hidden in plain sight, one-year-old, 12-seat restaurant was first discovered by&nbsp;<em>LTH Forum</em> member <a href="http://www.lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.php?f=14&amp;t=37623" target="_blank"><u>Matt Zatkoff (aka laikom)</u></a>, and since covered by the <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/recommended-lincoln-square-rainbow-thai-cuisine-restaurant/Content?oid=9705000" target="_blank"><u><em>Reader</em>&#39;s</u></a><u><a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/recommended-lincoln-square-rainbow-thai-cuisine-restaurant/Content?oid=9705000">&nbsp;Mike Sula</a></u>, <a href="http://www.tastingtable.com/entry_detail/chicago/13712/Lincoln_Squares_Rainbow_is_a_hidden_Thai_gem.htm" target="_blank"><u><em>Tasting Table</em>&#39;s Heather Sperling</u></a>, and soon by the&nbsp;<a href="http://stevedolinsky.com/blog" target="_blank"><u>Hungry Hound himself, Steve Dolinksy</u></a>.</p><p>Chicago&#39;s Thai Consul General, Songphol Sukchan, hosted an &quot;authentic&quot; Thai media dinner at trailblazing <a href="http://stickyricethai.com/" target="_blank"><u>Sticky Rice restaurant</u></a> in North Center last night to ostensibly promote the upcoming <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Thai-Festival-Chicago-2013/134637676562048" target="_blank"><u>11th annual Thai Festival</u></a>. Starting two weeks from today, the three day event (June 19 to 21) takes over Federal Center Plaza downtown with not only food and fresh coconut juice, but traditional dance and music,&nbsp;Muay Thai kickboxing, and even Thai massage.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/stickyriceapps.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="Drunken appetizers, Singha beer, fresh coconut water at Royal Thai Consulate dinner, Sticky Rice in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">Sticky Rice will open a second location, Sticky Rice Chiang Mai, on Western Avenue in Bucktown soon after the Fourth of July. Sadly they stopped serving their <a href="http://www.lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=4618" target="_blank"><u>infamous insect menu</u></a> about a year ago, because they could no longer source insects.</div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/stickyricemee.jpg" style="width: 620px;" title="Mee Krob at Royal Thai Consulate dinner, Sticky Rice in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">Not that we missed them, nor pad thai for that matter.&nbsp;As I learned from the Consul General&#39;s wife, the charming Piyachanid Suthinont Sukchan, seated across from me at dinner, a proper pad thai is a complex dish that should only be prepared two servings at a time due to the ideal immediacy of the ingredients, Mrs. Sukchan said their official residence chef once served pad thai to only a dozen guests, taking nearly three hours. Chicago&#39;s own Thai food expert and <em>SheSimmers</em> food blogger, Leela Punyaratabandhu, once posted an epic <a href="http://shesimmers.com/2011/11/pad-thai-recipe-part-five-making-pad.html" target="_blank"><u>five part pad thai recipe</u></a>.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/stickyricesausage.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Northern Thai sausage at Royal Thai Consulate dinner, Sticky Rice in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">A few lessons on Thai dining etiquette:</div><ul><li class="image-insert-image ">Eat with spoon and fork, no knife, or right hand fingers only, but never chopsticks.</li><li class="image-insert-image ">With rice dishes, use fork to push food on to spoon then eat, but spearing food like sausages is acceptable.</li><li class="image-insert-image ">With sticky rice, use it as your only utensil.</li><li class="image-insert-image ">Beware, the rice is hot, <em>very</em> hot. With fingertips only, quickly pull off a bite-sized piece, then rapidly roll into a ball, again fingertips only.</li><li class="image-insert-image ">Mrs. Sukchan&nbsp;said Thai mothers roll tiny sticky rice balls for their children, lining them up along the edge of their plates.</li></ul></div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image ">The Consul General once called after landing at the airport asking for the one Thai dish he&#39;d been craving most while away:&nbsp;Kai Jiaw, the classic Thai omelette comfort food. He and the Royal Thai ambassador in the UK had actually gone in to the kitchen at a pub in Scotland to show the chef how to make one, but they couldn&#39;t get it quite right.&nbsp;</div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/stickyriceomelette.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Kai Jiaw Moo Sub: Thai omelette with crab, ground pork, onions, cilantro, and Sriracha at Royal Thai Consulate dinner, Sticky Rice in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">But sticky rice is also featured sweet, in the nearly mythical mango sticky rice, and lesser known but far more seductive durian sticky rice. The durian dessert is Dolinsky&#39;s favorite too. A&nbsp;<u><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/top-5-thai-restaurants-chicago" target="_blank">Thai food&nbsp;</a></u><u><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/top-5-thai-restaurants-chicago" target="_blank">aficionado</a></u>,&nbsp;the Consul General consulted the Hound on last night&#39;s guest list.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><em>Follow Louisa Chu <a href="https://twitter.com/louisachu" target="_blank"><u>@louisachu</u></a>.</em></div></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-06/sticky-situation-thai-food-and-festival-chicago-107546 Handpicked: Radler sausage party, Mole de Mayo and more http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-05/handpicked-radler-sausage-party-mole-de-mayo-and-more-107349 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/bangbangchocolate.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Chocolate pie on side yard picnic table at Bang Bang Pie Shop in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></p><p><strong>Friday, May 24</strong><br /><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/air-events-wbezs-day-service-102174">Inaugural WBEZ Day of Service registration deadline</a></em>. Presented by WBEZ and <a href="http://www.chicagocares.org/"><u>Chicago Cares</u></a>, volunteer for service projects with a range of non-profits across Chicagoland. Food-wise, on Wednesday (May 29), sort and pack donations for food pantries and soup kitchens at the <a href="http://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/site/PageServer"><u>Greater Chicago Food Depository</u></a>; and Thursday (May 30) throw a Bingo and Birthday Party for 40 seniors with food, balloons, and lots of fun at the <a href="http://www.thecha.org/pages/Flannery_Apartments/50.php?devID=221"><u>CHA&rsquo;s Flannery Apartments</u></a>. On Saturday (June 1) celebrate service with your first Goose Island Green Line Pale Ale on the house at Schubas. Admission FREE, but <a href="https://www.kintera.org/AutoGen/Register/ECReg.asp?ievent=1071750&amp;en=efJEKMMrFcJHJPOxE7IDJQMyGnIXJ4NCKiLTKYMwFaIKITMyGtG"><u>reservations required here</u></a>.</p><p><strong>Saturday, May 25</strong><br /><a href="http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/378235"><u><em>Inaugural West Loop Craft Beer Fest</em></u></a> on Clinton between Lake and Washington.&nbsp;Last call for Chicago Craft Beer Week 2013 with the city&#39;s largest craft beer outdoor block party. There will be local craft beer of course plus food for purchase by participating Chicago French Market vendors Lillie&#39;s Q, Saigon Sisters, Beavers Coffee &amp; Donuts, Fumare Meats, and Ovie Bar &amp; Grill. Admission $40 general, $65 VIP including one hour of free food.</p><p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/MoleDeMayo"><u><em>Fifth anniversary Mole de Mayo</em></u></a> at Halsted and 16th. The mole cook-off and outdoor festival will feature mole judging, food vendors, a beer garden, open-air market, lucha libre, and more. Admission FREE, food and drink additional.</p><p><strong>Sunday, May 26</strong><br /><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/153776991463938/"><u><em>The Radler Kickstarter Kickoff Party</em></u></a> at Heineman Bar Company. Former Vie chef de cuisine and sausage meister Nathan Sears hosts this highly anticipated first taste of his upcoming modern Bavarian beer hall. There will be handmade sausages, German potato salad, and Flesk Brewing beer. Your donation will be used to protect the existing 120 year old mural discovered in the space, commissioning local artists for new work, and much more. Admission FREE, but please donate at the event or <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1171962748/the-radler"><u>The Radler Kickstarter</u></a>.</p><p><strong>Monday, May 27</strong><br /><em>Happy Memorial Day!</em></p><p><strong>Tuesday, May 28</strong><br /><a href="http://www.wbez.org/chemistry-chocolate-107081"><em><u>Chemistry of Chocolate</u></em></a> at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Presented in partnership with Illinois Science Council, this chocolate chemistry workshop will be led by Northwestern University chemistry lecturer Dr. Shelby Hatch and Blommer Chocolate R&amp;D Specialist Melissa Tisoncik. The adults-only night will feature a local craft beer cash bar, plus access to the new exhibit Food: The Nature of Eating, live animal interactions, live music, and more. This event will be recorded for WBEZ&rsquo;s Chicago Amplified. Admission $35, $25 for Nature Museum members.</p><p><strong>Wednesday, May 29</strong><br /><a href="http://www.greencitymarket.org/calendar/event.asp?id=692"><u><em>Rick Bayless chef demonstration </em></u></a>at the Green City Market. Watch the Top Chef Master demo ingredients from the market. In case you were wondering, yes, his Taste of Chicago turn as Celebrity Chef du Jour sold out. But you can always listen to his turn on WBEZ&#39;s own Lauren Chooljian&rsquo;s <em>Year 25</em> series: &quot;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/year-25/where-was-rick-bayless-25-106967"><u>Where was Rick Bayless at 25</u></a>?&quot; Admission FREE.</p><p><em>Follow Louisa Chu on <a href="https://twitter.com/louisachu"><u>Twitter at @louisachu</u></a>.</em></p></p> Fri, 24 May 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-05/handpicked-radler-sausage-party-mole-de-mayo-and-more-107349