This weekend was our Lunar New Year and we celebrated by making dumplings. Dumplings at my house are always a huge deal because we make everything from scratch. It’s a lot of work, but it is traditional for our family to use the best ingredients and we never take any shortcuts. So when my brother asked me if I was up for this challenge, I said “YES”. His response was: “Great! Now we just have to figure out how to make them!”
This was going to be quite the task because my grandmother is in Shanghai and my parents are currently in Taiwan. So, after an extensive phone and video call to figure out ingredients and a lengthy email on steps to make the dough and the filling… we successfully made our first batch of dumplings. (They almost tasted like Grandma’s… we were super proud.)
This reminded me of the 大餃子 (big dumplings) at Remy’s Noodle Palace. Known for their 牛肉麵 (Beef Noodle Soup), this Taiwanese owned noodle restaurant serves some pretty great Taiwanese comfort food. They are located in the City of Industry and are open 7 days a week. They take a short 2 hour lunch break on weekdays, but are open all day on the weekends.
My favorite is their 大餃子 (big dumplings). They don’t look like your typical dumplings, the filling is typically what you would find in a 生煎包 (pan fried pork bun), only it’s wrapped in what feels like wonton skins and it is pan fried so the bottom is crispy. I love eating these with soy sauce, vinegar and a little bit of hot sauce.
My two other favorites are their 炸酱面 (Fried Sauce Noodles) and 卤肉饭 (Minced Pork Rice). The noodles are made with a soy bean paste (My grandmother insisted I carry these back with me in my suitcase the last time I went to see her in China…) where as the minced pork rice is just marinated with soy sauce and other traditional Taiwanese spices. Both are served with either pickled or raw vegetables to offset the saltiness of the sauces.
Other things I gravitate to are their Taiwanese side dishes, typically marinated in soy sauce. They also have a pretty good pork chop rice.
Remy’s has a great spicy chili oil that goes on just about everything. It’s not often set out on the tables, but you can ask the wait staff for a jar and they will bring it over to you.
Wishing everyone a happy Rooster year! I hope everyone had an opportunity this weekend to eat some starch to celebrate… If not, you can make up for it and give Remy’s a visit.