Not so long ago, we watched the episode about chopsticks. Giada De Laurentiis talked about drunken noodles in Las Vegas, Adam Gertler talked about slippery shrimp in Los Angeles, and Duff Goldman talked about crispy beef in Baltimore. But then Alton Brown came on the screen and talked about a dish called "Mock Eel" at A Single Pebble in Burlington, Vermont.
While he admitted that "mock eel" (or mock anything) doesn't exactly sound appealing, this dish was crispy, salty, sticky, and delicious. He said you'd never know it was mock anything and would certainly never guess that it was actually made of mushrooms. As the show implies, he said it was the best thing he had ever eaten...with chopsticks.
Since this restaurant was in Burlington, Vermont, we filed the information away for future use...and this weekend was when we decided to use it. Friday night, we went to A Single Pebble for dinner and one of the dishes we ordered (of course) was the Mock Eel.
|mock eel and rice|
|mushi with scallion brush for sauce|
Jordan figured that for him it would be a noodle dish. He loves udon and noodle dishes.
All in all, a good meal at A Single Pebble, I'm glad we ordered the mock eel, and the Bejing Street noodles were delightful. But not the best thing I ever ate with chopsticks.
So that brings me to my question for you: What is the best thing YOU ever ate with chopsticks? Is there a style of food that is traditionally eaten with chopsticks that you love most?