The Insider’s Guide to Chicago’s Chinatown Hot Pot Restaurants(0)
Chinatown, Chicago, 60616
In Chicago’s Chinatown, diners can enjoy a traditional famous dish from China called the hot pot. Two restaurants serving hot pot dishes are The Little Lamb, which serves traditional Mongolian hot pot, and The Flaming Pot, a restaurant that specializes in hot pot from the Chongqing region.
At these restaurants, diners boil their food in a bowl of broth.
The Little Lamb Hot Pot restaurant opened in 2015 at 2201 S Wentworth Ave next to the Chinatown arch. Breaking Voices spoke to the manager of the Little Lamb Hot Pot about their specialty.
“For the Mongolian broth it is more about the smell and the flavor of the broth. It is not too spicy and is more friendly to foreign customers. For vegetarians we have the mushroom broth and the tomato broth. We have a special Thai broth for Thai customers.”
Hot Pot Broth
Each hot pot contains a combination of meats, seafoods, vegetables, dumplings and tofu. Foods diners often choose include lamb slices, chicken breasts slices, shrimp, chinese broccoli, oysters, and bok choy. Each ingredient cooks for 1-15 minutes, depending on the type of food.
After the food finishes cooking, diners have the option to dip their foods in dipping sauces to add more flavor to the meal.
Dipping Sauce Station
In addition to the Little Lamb Mongolian hot pot, Breaking Voices interviewed the owner of The Flaming Pot, a Chongqing hot pot restaurant in Chinatown. The Flaming Pot is located at 2342 S Wentworth Ave along the main street in Chinatown and is recognizable by its logo, which depicts the face from a Chinese opera.
Taste of Randolph Street – Best Chicago Street Festival(0)
by: Erin Bassett
Growing up in the Milwaukee area, I got used to weekly festivals on the lakefront. Summerfest was the big one, but we also had Irish Fest, German Fest and Festa Italiana among others. Local restaurants and breweries would have carts or storefronts and several hundred bands made their way through.
When I moved to Chicago, I had no idea how similar street festivals were to my fests at home. Each neighborhood’s has a different flavor without drawing the massive crowds that Taste of Chicago and Lolla seem to.
The one not to miss? Taste of Randolph Street.
Each year, the restaurants of Restaurant Row come out in full force to serve up their dishes. It is a great way to try some of the top notch restaurants in the city without committing to a whole meal! I’m looking forward to splitting small items with people and visiting as many different vendors as possible.
If the food doesn’t get you, the music will. Two stages, one at each end of the six block festival, are booked with acts ranging from new punk rock bands to dance performances and DJs spin hits in the middle of the festival to keep the party rockin.
Visit the Taste of Randolph Friday, June 15 (5 to 11 PM) through Sunday, June 17 (noon to 11 PM) on Randolph Street between Peoria and Racine. The Halsted bus drops visitors off 3 blocks from the East end of the festival. The new Morgan Street Green/Pink line stop is one block from the East end.
The Taste of Randolph costs $10 admission and you should have cash with you for beers, food and wares.
Full musical act line-ups and restaurant lists are available online, www.tasterandolph.com
I’ll be attending the Taste of Randolph Street on Sunday. Follow me on twitter (@ebdaily) for updates!
Wal-Mart Express Expands Footprint With Third Store In The River North Neighborhood of Chicago.(0)
By : BV Staff
The new WalMart Express located in River North neighborhood is a 16, 000 square feet location which features groceries, a pharmacy and “ ready-to-eat” meals kiosk placed perfectly in the path of incoming walking traffic from the Chicago Avenue side of the building. Less than 35 feet from the Brown line Chicago Avenue platform on Franklin & Chicago you will find the only entrance. More than 50 employees will work at this location year-round. Unlike the traditional 186,000 square feet superstores you typically find in the suburbs, you will only find items such as produce, meat products, frozen food, personal care, home and convenience items that you would find at bargain chains like Family Dollar or Dollar General.
For more affluent neighbors from River North,this gives a chance to be more competitive with there purchasing power , but for those that are the last remaining residence from the once famous Cabrini-Green neighborhood located within 3 city blocks, this can equal a sign of hope for those that live on fixed incomes like the elderly. Like so many Chicagoans, this is as much a opportunity (less expenses prices) as well as curse (impacting local mom & pops) for those that live in the River North area to get better priced goods even if only a few cents cheaper than a comparable purchase at a seven-eleven mini-mart when the citywide sales tax rate currently stands at 9.75 percent.
After visiting the River North Walmart Express over the last 5 days since its grand opening to the public, I have purchased many products that are comparable to those at retail locations (Seven Eleven, CVS, Wal Greens, Family Dollar, etc) that have profited on convenience ( location, after-hours, limited selection) of a few products instead of customer selection. This third Walmart Express is apart of WalMart Corporation testing its new “Express Mini-Marts” concept stores specifically for urban markets that are between 14,000 to 21, 000 square feet.
The official address is 225 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Ilinois 60654 .
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The Good Food Festival and Conference celebrates leaders, businesses, and individuals that sustain the burgeoning, locally-driven Good Food Movement. With a Festival celebrating the joys of food, to an industry-driven conference focused on local sourcing, the Good Food Festival and Conference has something for everyone.
Good food fans and families can spend a full day at the Good Food Festival! Our exciting in-depth Gold Workshops start the day, followed by an Exhibit Hall with artisan and farmer exhibitors, workshops on growing and making food, chef demos, family-friendly activities, and nationally significant speakers.
The local food industry is presented with solutions to the challenges of local food sourcing at the Trade Show and Conference. It’s a fantastic opportunity for buyers to discover food businesses and distributors. The Policy Summit brings together food advocates and policy makers to discuss local food systems and food access.
Food producers and farmers interested in growing their business should attend the Good Food Financing Conference to learn about funding opportunities and connect with banks and investors interested in financing growth.
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