The Perfect Gift
For my birthday this year my friend gave me the coolest cookbook that combines two things I love: recipes and Chicago restaurants. Chicago Chef’s Table highlights many of the city’s greatest eateries followed by a recipe for a signature dish served at each place. Since I’ve often wished I could get my hands on recipes from some of my favorite restaurants, this book is the answer to my prayers!
The minute I received the gift, I flipped through each page, one by one, admiring the delicious food pictures and breathtaking Chicago photography. Even if I had no intention of cooking anything from the book, it would still be a fun thing to have. But that wasn’t the case. I was eccstatic to find a recipe for Mana Food Bar’s Sesame Noodles with Peanut Dressing. Not only is Mana one of my favorite casual joints, but I’ve also eaten this dish in the restaurant several times.
Last night I finally had the chance to make the noodle recipe in my own kitchen, and oh man, it did not disappoint. Not to ring my own dinner bell, but my recreation was every bit as spicy, tasty and enjoyable as when I’ve eaten it in house. Clearly I’m obsessed and craving it again right now as I’m writing this. I served the noodles alongside Asian Glazed Chicken from Cooking Light, and let’s just say the entire meal was 5 star.