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Dining Out with Karen Talbot: O Mandarin Restaurant Features Celebrity Chef Chou Qiming this Week PDF Print Email

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By Karen Talbot


O Mandarin Restaurant
361 N. Central Avenue
Hartsdale, NY
914-437-9168


Oct. 4, 2017:  Celebrity Chef Chou, specializing in Central Chinese regional cooking, is one of the top culinary judges and one of the most influential celebrity chefs in many competitions on Chinese TV. 

O Mandarin is proud to have him celebrate the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival at its restaurant this week. On Sunday evening, I had the pleasure of sampling dim sum, cold appetizers, and entrées from his special tasting menu.

Dim Sum:  My husband and I shared the princess dumplings--little pillows filled with pork in a delicious clear broth.


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Appetizers:  Our cold appetizers were cucumber skin with smoked chili and wild mushroom and bean curd. The cucumber skin was a beautiful presentation of shaved cucumbers bathed in a brown sauce with spicy peppers, crispy soybeans, and special spices from China. The wild mushroom and bean curd was a unique taste treat in itself.

Entrées:  Emperor's hu-lu chicken, which dates back to 800 AD from the Tang Dynasty, was served to the emperor and famous officials and is still served today. This spectacular entrée of chicken marinated for twenty-four hours and rubbed with special spices is steamed in broth and then fried. The frog's legs in a stone clay pot were served with a mixture of vegetables and exotic spices. We sprinkled spicy salt on top for a wonderful taste sensation. The crispy eggplant with garlic sour sauce was beautifully presented in a fan shape on a raised platter, unlike anything I have ever tasted before. Chengdu fried rice with bean sprouts, scallions, and egg accompanied our entrées.


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Dessert
 consisted of bubble treasure cake, a lovely concoction of cake on the bottom surrounded with a bubble of flaky pastry.

The special tasting menu had fifteen items to choose from in the three categories and was priced very well. Each day, the food offerings change, with some items removed and others added to the menu. You can order from both the regular menu and the special tasting menu.

Reservations are encouraged; the phone number is 914-437-9168. 

Pictured here (from top down):  Karen Talbot; cucumber skin appetizer; crispy eggplant with garlic sour sauce. 

Photos of food by Karen Talbot



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Food & Parties Directory

Caterers

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Bxv Food Fine Catering

Bxv Food Fine Catering caters for sit-down dinners, luncheons, cocktail parties or buffets.  bxvFood can provide unique food, excellent service and inviting ambiance, attending to all of the details, leaving you free to enjoy your guests. bxvFood serves Southern Westchester, Southwestern Conn. and New York city with 80% of his catering done right here in Bronxville's square mile.  Two to three weeks advance notice is preferred for booking a date.  Their specialty and most rewarding meal is a seven-course, seasonal sit-down dinner served in your home for 6-12 guests.

98 Millard Avenue, Bronxville  
914-714-9543
hg@bxvfood.com

Corner Stone Caterers of Rye

544 Milton Road
Rye, New York
www.cornerstonecaterers.com
914-967-0035


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Eastchester Fish Gourmet Catering To Go

Eastchester Fish Gourmet caters expertly prepared food to take out for cocktail parties, dinner parties or special events.  From a quiet dinner for two to a large gathering, Eastchester Fish Gourmet can create a special menu for your event.  All of the seafood purchased here is fresh, never frozen. 
 
837 White Plains Road, Scarsdale  
914-725--3450 x2
eastchesterfish@gmail.com

Glorious Food of New York

504 East 74th Street
New York, New York
www.gloriousfood.com

212-628-2320


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Le Moulin Event Planning & Catering, Ltd.

Le Moulin caters the "Simplest To The Most Elegant Affair," and brings comprehensive event planning experience and attention to every detail which includes Events, Weddings, Corporate Events, Special Affairs and Event Venues. The food is always of high quality, colorful and artistically presented. Corporate clients include leaders in a variety of industries, political associations, the arts and a host of other business and private patrons

1 Pierpointe Street, Yonkers  
914-469-6762

Libby Coverly Cooke Catering And Event Planning

49 Brownhouse Road
Stamford, CT 06902
www.libbycookecatering.com
203-406-9664


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Two Carrot Catering

Two Carrot Catering is a full-service caterer providing creative cuisine combined with personalized service.  From an elaborate wedding to an intimate dinner party or casual buffet luncheon, we can attend to every detail of your affair.  For many years, Two Carrot Catering has formed trusting relationships with their clients, both corporate and private.

Chappaqua, NY
914.238.1431
 

Restaurant Guide

American

An American Bistro

American Menu: www.anamericanbistro.com/dinner_menu.htm
296 Columbus Avenue
Tuckahoe, New York
914-793-0807
www.anamericanbistro.com


Blue Hill at Stone Barns

American

Menu: http://www.bluehillfarm.com/food/blue-hill-stone-barns/menu

630 Bedford Road
Pocantico Hills, New York
914-366-9600
www.bluehillstonebarns.com


Eastchester Fish Gourmet

American

Menu: http://eastchesterfish.com/menus.htm
837 White Plains Road
Scarsdale, New York 10583
914-725-3450
http://eastchesterfish.com/


Pete's Park Place Tavern

This comfy veteran tavern has been serving beers, burgers & other pub fare since 1937.

18-20 Park Pl, Bronxville, NY 10708

(914) 337-9887


Rebeccas

American
265 Glenville Road
Greenwich, CT
203-532-9270


The Melting Pot

American

Menu: http://www.meltingpot.com/download.aspx?q=161&r=77
30 Mamaroneck Avenue (Next to CVS)
White Plains, NY 10601
http://www.meltingpot.com/location.aspx?q=146


Underhill’s Crossing

American

Menus: www.underhillscrossing.com/menu/
74 ½ Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-337-1200
www.underhillscrossing.com

Asian

Asiana Café

Pan Asian
140 East Putnam Avenue
Greenwich, Connecticut
203-622-6833


Haiku

Pan Asian
56 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-337-5601


Wild Ginger

Pan Asian
10 Park Place
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-337-2198

French

La Pantiere

French
530 Milton Road
Rye, New York
914-967-8140


Pascal’s

French
141 Chatsworth Avenue
Larchmont, New York
914-834-6685


 

Italian

Ristorante Buona Sera

Italian
Buona Sera brings Tuscan Style atmosphere and mouth-watering specials to the residents of Westchester and the surrounding areas.  This comfortable neighborhood establishment offers fine Italian cusine to satisfy a variety of appetites!546 Gramatan Avenue, Fleetwood, NY
Voted Best of Westchester Italian for 2011.  Rated 28 by Zagat.

914-665-9800

http://www.ristorantebuonasera.com/

Menu: http://www.ristorantebuonasera.com/menus.php


Ciao

Italian
5-7 Albanese Place
Eastchester, NY
914-779-4646


Il Bacio Trattoria  

Pizzas, pastas & homemade gelato draw crowds to this no-frills, family-friendly Italian eatery.

1 Park Pl, Bronxville, NY 10708

(914) 337-4100


Lusardis

Italian Menu : www.lusardis.com
1885 Palmer Avenue
Larchmont, New York
914-834-5555
www.lusardis.com


Pinocchios

Italian
309 White Plains Road
Eastchester, New York
914-337-0044


Rosie’s Bistro Italiano

Italian
10 Palmer Avenue
Bronxville, New York
914-793-2000


Scalini Osteria

Italian Menu: http://www.scaliniosteria.com/scalini_dinner_menu.html
65 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York
914-337-4935
www.scaliniosteria.com


Terra Ristorante Italiano

Italian Menu: www.terraofgreenwich.com/menu.htm
156 Greenwich Avenue
203-628-5222
www.terraofgreenwich.com

Mediterranean

Harvest on Hudson

Menu: http://www.harvest2000.com/contacts.html
1 River Street
Hastings, New York 10706
914-478-2800
www.harvest2000.com

Mexican

Blue Moon Mexican Cafe

Menu: www.blueoonmexicancafe.com/menu.php
7-27 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York
914-337-4000
www.bluemoonmexicancafe.com

 

Pizza

Il Bacio Trattoria

1 Park Place
Bronxville, New York
914-337-4100


Coals

131 Parkway Rd, Bronxville, NY 10708

(914) 337-1901

 


Gino's Pizzeria & Restaurant 

You can sit down and eat at Gino's but they also deliver.

50 Pondfield Rd W, Bronxville, NY 10708

(914) 961-7460

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