Tuesday, February 26, 2013
My culinary palate is similar to that of a 9-year-old's. I don't like several vegetables, a lot of Asian food doesn't appeal to me and pizza shouldn't have more than pepperoni and cheese.
So, yeah, melt some cheese on my broccoli, Mom; it's like I never moved out.
Yet, two Tuesday nights ago, I was eating things I can't pronounce – or spell – at Bambu, an Asian restaurant in Mount Pleasant. Then, I walked a couple blocks to Shelter where I ate something that had collard greens in it. After that, I tried a spinach dip at Wild Wing. And, finally, I finished by eating flan at Senor Tequila.
Here's the kicker: I liked 'em. I was part of the Dishcrawl crowd, walking along Coleman Boulevard to sample foods at four different restaurants.
Briefly, Dishcrawl brings a bunch of strangers together to try foods at different restaurants that are all in walking distance. I'd like to think my readers know a lot about me.
You've been involved in my adopting of a puppy. You've (hopefully) chuckled at some zings at my girlfriend. And, we've even shared injury stories.
Now, I invite you to laugh at my elementary-developed taste buds.
The crawl started at Bambu, where I quickly ditched my chopsticks for a fork. Our group of about 10 people sampled the following foods, which are listed with descriptions from our tour guide, Zheng Hwuang Chia.
– Tuna tataki: thinly sliced, seared tuna over daikon (white radish) salad with scallions and ponzu
– Chicken pad Thai: stir-fried Pho noodles with chicken, shrimp, egg, onions, sprouts, peanuts and tamarind sauce
– Spicy truffle edamame: tossed in white truffle oil and chef's special spice mix
– Japanese popcorn shrimp: crispy, tempura shrimp tossed in spicy aioli and spring greens
– Salmon-lemon roll: Sushi roll topped with kani/imitation crab, cucumber, salmon and thinly-sliced lemon
– Red & white roll: Sushi roll topped with spicy fresh tuna, cucumber; topped with fresh tuna, avocado and white tuna
– Scam roll: Sushi roll topped with kani, cream cheese, flakes; topped with shrimp, avocado, kani salad
The Shelter Kitchen + Bar
– Chicken bog: a restaurant specialty
– Charleston pimento cheese with water crackers
– Lowcountry rolls: Pulled pork, collard greens, homemade BBQ sauce
Wild Wing's Cafe
– Golden pretzel bites with bleu cheese/ranch dip
– Cold spinach dip
– Red dragon wings: hot teriyaki sauce
– Gold rush wings: honey BBQ sauce
– Flan: baked custard served with caramel sauce
– Churros: deep-fried dough rolled in cinnamon and sugar with whipped cream
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