Elizabeth Street Cafe: The Recap
Book #2 is back on the shelf! I had SO much fun making the recipes in Elizabeth Street Cafe’s cookbook. Aside from my love of southeast Asian flavors, the beautiful photography and delicious recipes drew me to this book from the very beginning. If you’re thinking about cooking through a cookbook anytime soon, I highly recommend taking a look at cookbooks written by restaurants or cookbooks that generally feature one type of cuisine. They can be a bit easier, because often times, the list of ingredients are relatively similar from recipe to recipe. If you buy a big tub of gochugaru, changes are you’ll need it for more than just one recipe. For ESCs's book, this was very much the case! One massive shopping trip = eating from the cookbook all week long.
As much as I loved everything I cooked, I had a ROUGH time getting through this one. In fact- I didn’t even make it all the way through. :( Sometimes life gets in the way! It’s okay to let it. As long as you take some moments to re-align and keep hustling.
Before I tell you which recipes were my absolute FAVORITE, I want to take a second to shoutout to all the amazing people cranking out baguettes, croissants and other amazing treats all day long. I (miserably) attempted the bánh mì rolls and brioche, but decided to skip the baguette and croissant. To be honest, I’d pray at the house of those that make these much better than me. (This includes my dear friend Hannah, ILY!) The amount of respect and love that goes into teaching yourself how to make croissants or perfect loaves of bread is astounding and I commend those that dedicate their lives to it. Rather than wasting some flour and butter through my own (probably failed) attempts, I willingly and happily throw my money at folks churning out these beautiful creations for a living.
Now, as I eat this baguette from the bakery down the street, covered in butter, sea salt, and crushed red pepper flakes, here are the recipes that I most loved making from Elizabeth Street Cafe.
pg. 48 - Brioche French Toast with Blueberry Compote and Brown Butter Sauce
pg. 38 - Bún Bo Hue
pg. 190 - Salted Lemonade
pg. 82 - Spicy Vegetarian Pho
pg. 65 - Kaffir Lime Fried Chicken Steamed Buns*
pg. 112 - Spicy Lamb Dan Dan Noodles with Thai Chile and Mint
pg. 212 - Fish Sauce Caramel
*Use the Momofuku bun recipe, but with this fried chicken. Oh lorddddd…