Punjab Palace is an Indian restaurant with two locations in the Riverside area. My friend dragged me along to grab food with him the other day, and now I’m indebted to him forever. I can’t say for the other location, but I went to the one on University Avenue, and they have a great lunch time special (11:30AM – 3PM) where you can get all you can eat Indian food for $9! I tasted a little bit of everything and it was all great, but what I enjoyed the most was the orange-looking curry with chicken in it. Sorry, I’m not an Indian food expert so I don’t know the names of everything, but I can say that for someone who enjoys good food on a budget, the food here was truly delicious!

Here is a photo taken by Mike S. of yelp.

Leave a comment and let us know what you think if you go!

Posted by: Daniel H., Analytic/SEO

Here’s something a little different. Personally, I love to cook at home – unlike our happy-hour queen, Amy Tsang – because I believe it’s fun and the food just tastes so much better! Now, everyone loves Mac n’ Cheese, but the Mac n’ Cheese from a box thing can get pretty old…UNLESS, you learn how to vamp things up a bit like I did through this video!

Alton Brown is a famous Food Network TV chef who explores the origins of ingredients, decodes culinary customs and presents food and equipement trends. You don’t need to worry about loving to cook but not having all the fancy ingredients, because his recipes all have very general ingredients! In this video, he includes simple preparation and unconventional discussions to bring you food in its finest and funniest form!

Alton’s quick and easy stove top Mac n’ Cheese makes about 6 to 8 servings, and is so easy to make that little kids can do it themselves! To make it easier for you, I listed the ingredients and instructions below just in case the video was going too fast. But hey, you can always rewind and rewind some more until you make the perfect yummy-tasting Mac n’ Cheese!

Ingredients:
– 1/2 pound elbow macaroni
– 4 tablespoon butter
– 2 eggs
– 6 ounces evaporated milk
– 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
– 1 teaspoon kosher salt
– fresh black pepper
– 3/4 teaspoon dry mustard
– 10 ounces sharp cheddar, shredded

Directions:
1. In a large pot of boiling water, add salt and cook the elbow macaroni then drain it.
2. Melt in the butter and toss to make it well coated
3. Whisk together the egg, milk, hot sauce, salt, pepper, and mustard.
4. Stir into the cooked macaroni and add the cheese.
5. Stir for about 3 more minutes on low heat, or until it looks creamy.
6. Serve and chow down!

Posted By: Virginia To, Blog Admin/Designer

Have you been eating out just a bit too much lately? I bet those fast food calories have been slowly adding up in your system. Give yourself a break today, and go green! Let me welcome you to a nice and simple grilled chicken salad. This salad that you see above looks delicious, doesn’t it? It’s actually quite easy to make. Plus, it’s healthy and most importantly, BUDGET FRIENDLY!!

First of all, of course, you would need some lettuce. I chose red leaf lettuce because it was healthier than pure green ones.

Second, you would need some chicken breast. You can get pure chicken breast literally at any nearby grocery store.

Third, is a salad dressing of your choice.

There are actually many different ways to make this chicken salad:

1. Boil, then grill.

  • Boil the chicken breast first in a pot of hot water along with some salt, pepper, chopped garlic cloves, and chicken bouillon for about 30 minutes. This will also leave you with a nice and tasty chicken soup! You can save the soup for later use, or just drink it right away if you need a hot pick-me-up.
  • The next step is to season the chicken breast with some salt and pepper, then grill it on a pan with some vegetable oil for about 5-7 minutes on each side. Remember not to grill it for too long, because your chicken breast is already cooked! You just wanted to add some color and grilled flavor.
  • When you are done, simply cut the chicken into strips and toss it over your washed and cut lettuce.
  • Last step is the easiest. Just drip on some of your favorite salad dressing, and enjoy.

In the picture above, I used Ken’s Steakhouse Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette.

2. Just grill.

  • Season your thawed chicken with salt and pepper, or whatever seasonings you prefer.
  • Grill it on a pan with vegetable oil for about 15 minutes on each side on low heat. Just make sure you don’t burn your chicken!

There are also many other ways to make grilled chicken, but these are our favorites. For all you Foreman Grillers out there, here’s a great opportunity to bust that baby out! Whichever way you choose, we know your wallet (and arteries) will be thanking you.

Happy weekend to all, enjoy!

Posted by: Virginia To, Blog Admin/Designer

Cheap and Tasty Curry!

February 25, 2012

Craving for some curry? Don’t want to spend too much on food?

Well I’ve got an answer: Curry House Coco Ichibanya at Diamond Plaza in Rowland Height’s.

I recommend it because you can actually choose the level of spiciness or amount of rice for you order, and the price will change according to your choice. Besides, the curry there is not pricey since it only costs around $7-8 comparing to Curry House’s curry which costs around $11-12.

So for example, I went last time with my roommate and ordered a Chicken Cutlet Curry which costs $7.49. I really love to eat spicy food, so I increase the spiciness of the curry which I believe added $.50; I usually can not finish the rice in the curry, so I changed my rice amount to small which subtracted ~$.50 to my bill.

I think this is a more customer-oriented store, and the food is really good too. The waiter there is Japanese, and he’s super friendly. Including tips, you can have a great customized curry meal with great customer service with only $10 bucks!!

Posted by: Crystal Xu, Editor

Simple and Fast Cooking!

February 3, 2012

Tired of Restaurant food and Fast food?  Yeah, I am.

So today I actually visited my friend, Dorcas, at her apartment and she treated me to free lunch at her home! (how nice of her :] ) The lunch was simply dumpling soup and curry, but you can’t imagine how full I got after eating these!

Below is a picture of the dumpling soup cooking process. Very few materials are needed, so it should be really simply to cook. Plus, she had already made curry by herself yesterday, and there was just enough left over for us to share today. Hooray for leftovers and free food!

Spend quality time with your friends, loved ones, or family by cooking and enjoying the food with them! Trust me, it is a totally different feeling when you prepare food in your own kitchen as opposed to buying it. No matter how fancy the meal is, you will have a great time with your friends.

Don’t know how to cook dumplings? Don’t worry, here’s the quick steps:

1. Pour water & chicken soup (can soup) in 1:1 portion in a pot, and boil it

2. Cut 2 green onions & 1-2 tomatoes into cubes (shown in the picture)

3. When the soup boiled, add the frozen dumplings in the pot

4. After around 2 minutes, add an egg & the onions & tomato cubes in the pot

5. Stir the dumplings once a while preventing them sticking together

6. When all the dumplings flow on the soup, then they’re done.

Posted by: Crystal, Editor 

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