In this edition of Where #YEGChefs Eat we will be chatting with Matthew Garret & Simon Underwood from Moonshine Donuts and Brad Lazarenko of Culina Restaurants and Catering.
At YEGPeople, we understand many of our fellow Edmontonians are weathering the storm during the current economic downturn. As the cost of produce and food in general increases, the YEGFood team wanted to share a simple cost-saving solution to help our readers eat like kings, but spend like peasants.
It was a busy evening at a local gastropub; in the midst of the chefs yelling out each order as they were ready for service, glasses clinking together as people laughed and conversed over their meals, came a single yet profound thought: “I wonder what and where that Chef eats on their day off?”, Sam asked Steph as she pointed over to the bar where a chef effortlessly displayed his impressive knife skills. This is the inspiration behind the #YEGFood team’s next series of posts “Where #YEGChefs Eat”. Keep tuning in, as we interview local talent in the #YEG hospitality industry for some of their favourite dishes and go-to places in this city.
Underneath a crispy shell of golden perfection, awaits a moist, juicy bite of meat. Possibly one of the best fried foods known to mankind: The Fried Chicken.
So what makes up the perfect Fried Chicken? The way the batter adheres to the chicken and the temperature of the oil are essential in achieving a glistening, crunchy skin. An already marinated piece of chicken is tossed and coated in flour prior to being dipped in a liquid, usually eggs. Before it hits the hot oil, it is tossed in flour once more. This process is known to make fried chicken that is crowd-pleasing, crispy, lip-smacking and, above all, delicious.
Happy New Year, fellow YEG People!
As we welcome 2016, most of us can agree that our stomachs are a little fuller and our wallets a lot emptier. Before 2015 came to an end, the #YEGFood team went on a mission to find Edmonton’s best ‘bang-for-your-buck’ meal options. If you’re planning a night out, or need something on-the-go, our list of 15 meals for under $15 will help your money-saving resolutions for 2016.
Now that Edmonton has set into it’s usual chilly, snowy season, our #YEGFood team couldn’t help but find ways to keep our bodies (but most importantly, our bellies) warm. What better way to bring back fond memories of the golden-blazing sun than with something tasty, crispy and golden from a local kitchen? We wanted it. We needed it. Thus, #FRYdays were born! This week, we are bringing a little taste of the ocean into the prairies with our ‘Fried Oyster’ edition.
Not only are they tasty, oysters can be healthy for you and the environment! Containing zinc, protein, and many essential minerals and vitamins, this delicate shellfish can offer more nutrients than land food sources. Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C, and D are found in oysters. Four or five medium sized oysters will give the recommended dose of iron, copper, iodine, magnesium, calcium, zinc, manganese, and phosphorus. In regards to sustainability, farmed oysters don’t add waste to their environment. In fact, they help clean the water by removing sediments and bacteria, resulting in a pearl! So, even though it is deep fried you can feel a little less guilty about enjoying these delectable bites.
There is something so uplifting about sinking your teeth through a beautiful, crisp, outer crust and meeting the tender oyster waiting at the centre of that bite. With a whirlwind of crunchy batter and briny flavor in your mouth, the smell of the ocean lingers in your nose and resonates into your mind, bringing a sense of nostalgia back from burning Summer days. We hope you enjoy reading about Fried Oysters as much as we enjoyed eating them. Happy #FRYday Edmonton!