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The Insider’s Guide to Chicago’s Chinatown Hot Pot Restaurants The Insider’s Guide to Chicago’s Chinatown Hot Pot Restaurants(0)

Chinatown, Chicago, 60616

By: fshirley

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.
在芝加哥的中国城,用餐者可以品尝传统中国美食,火锅。这次我们采访到了两家中国特色火锅店,一家名为小尾羊,是蒙古风味火锅。另一家叫巴国沸腾,是重庆特色火锅。

At these restaurants, diners boil their food in a bowl of broth.
享用火锅的方式是用餐者把菜品放入煮沸的汤料中涮煮一定时间,待食物煮熟捞出即可食用。

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.
小尾羊是今年新开业的火锅店,餐厅位于2201 S Wentworth Ave,位于中国城大门旁。Breaking Voices 采访到了小尾羊的老板,老板给大家推荐了他们家的特色菜品。

“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.”
“蒙古火锅注重对汤料味道的把握。底料温和,不辣,适合于不喜辣的外国食客。对于素食的食客,我们提供菌菇汤底和番茄汤底。我们还有泰国风味的特制汤底。”

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.
用餐者对于食材有多种选择,包括肉类,海鲜,蔬菜以及豆腐类,其中涮羊肉,鸡肉片,虾,芥蓝,生蚝,白菜,豆腐以及饺子都是不错的选择。根据食物种类不同,放入火锅煮的时间也有差别。快的1分钟之内可以捞出,难煮的可能要15分钟左右。
“My recommendation is definitely the meat because we are Little Lamb. The lamb has different parts. We have the lamb rear legs, lamb forelegs and the lamb shoulder. The lamb shoulder is the best part of the lamb.”
“从我们的店名小尾羊能看出我们的特色,就是肉类,我推荐我们的肉制品。”老板向我们介绍。肉类是小尾羊老板推荐菜品。小尾羊主要经营点是高品质的肉类,包括羊的前肩肉(极品羊羔肉)和前腿肉,其中羊肉卷使用羊后腿肉。

After the food finishes cooking, diners have the option to dip their foods in dipping sauces to add more flavor to the meal.
食物煮熟后食客们可以选择适合自己口味的蘸料与食物相配合品尝。蘸料可以增加涮过食物的风味。把食物放入蘸料后品尝别有一番风味。

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.
除了采访蒙古风味火锅小尾羊外,breakingvoices采访了巴国沸腾的老板。巴国沸腾是一家重庆风味火锅,地址是2342 S Wentworth Ave,位于中国城主路右侧。顾客可以通过他们醒目川剧脸谱标志找到这家店。


Chongqing hot pot is known for its spicy flavor, which comes from flower pepper ( huā jiāo), chili, anise. The Flaming Pot, chef said they use more than 30 ingredients in their broth. All ingredients are fried before being put into broth.
重庆火锅以其麻辣著名。巴国沸腾厨师告诉我们他们火锅底料中加入了30多种调味品。并且火锅底料经过热油的煎炒。
The Flaming Pot chef recommends these popular ingredients to add to the broth: sliced mutton, sliced beef, paprika spiced lamb, beef tripe, and shrimp.
巴国沸腾主厨也向我们推荐顾客喜欢菜品,其中肥牛羊肉,麻辣牛羊肉,牛百叶以及大虾是顾客点到最多的菜品。
Both restaurants are frequented by Chinese customers who are familiar with hot pot cuisine. As more visitors come to Chinatown, The Little Lamb Hot Pot aims to reach these customers by providing more vegetarian options and offering promotions every day.
两家特色火锅店客人大多还是对中国美食熟悉的中国人。但随着芝加哥中国城客人日渐多元化,美国当地以及外国客人人数日渐增加。同时小尾羊为素食者提供更多选择,同时每天提供不同优惠。
For more information, visit the Little Lamb’s website www.littlelambchicago.com and search for The Flaming Pot on Yelp.
感兴趣这两家火锅店可以上小尾羊官网找寻进一步搜寻美味,同时可以在yelp上搜索The Flamping Pot了解重庆火锅巴国沸腾。

Taste of Randolph Street – Best Chicago Street Festival 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. 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 .

Food Festival & Conference In Chicago Food Festival & Conference In Chicago(0)

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.

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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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