The Curious Palate

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Whether you prefer traditional Cantonese cooking or the livelier Mandarin dishes, eating Chinese is a very American custom. Of course there’s dining on Chinese cuisine which is harder to find but so worth the search.

The most reliable little Chi-nese café in these parts of the Valley is Golden Chopsticks at 5206 Laurel Canyon Blvd. twixt Chandler and Magnolia in North Hollywood. A longtime nabe favorite, the intimate, bustling, and friendly café is cuddled into a store front location, but what emerges from the tiny kitchen at lunch or dinner for table service, takeout, or delivery is varied, abundant, affordable, and delicious.

Foo Yung is a popular choice whether with meat or veggies from $6.95 as are the varied Mu Shu dishes at $7.95. There are white meat chicken, beef, pork, and seafood specialties and more. If it’s your first visit to Gold-en Chopsticks, come casual and hungry — you will return for more authentic Cantonese cuisine. Street parking but well worth a stroll and call your order at (818) 980-6413.

Curious as the Palate is, there are disappointments. Some disastrous, others just a near miss, which pretty well describes my first meal at Lola’s Peruvian, 230 N. Brand Blvd. in Glendale. The place seemed promising but the lighting was so dark reading the menu or wine list was futile, the wine a bit too sharp for sipping, the food not quite right, and all more-than-a-tad too pricey. The service staff was a winning team but somebody should’ve offered a flashlight. Maybe next time — if there is one.

I’ll wager that, like me, you sa-vor corn on the cob but hate the tedious preparation of the sum-mer treat. Here’s the latest idea: Don’t strip and suffer and boil those golden kernels. Instead just nuke ’em. Take a pair of un-husked ears and nuke them up to eight minutes. Cut off the bottom inch and the husks will slip out, steaming hot and clean as a whistle. Add butter, salt, and pepper to taste. Don’t smirk — it works!

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