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Dim Sum Gets Deep Fried And Bacon-Wrapped At This Unconventional Spot

There’s a beauty that comes from sitting down to dim sum with your friends and family. Going into a restaurant with a roaring hunger and eagerly watching those dim sum carts like hawks as servers roll by with steamers full of delicious Chinese cuisine is all part of the rewarding process that leads to a stomach full of mouthwatering bites. To some, it’s a morning tradition.

Tradition can be a beautiful thing, but sometimes it doesn’t hurt to change things up a bit.

Dim sum restaurant 18 Folds in Anaheim, CA, is doing just that by offering an unconventional twist on some classic dim sum items.

Photo: Peter Pham

While the restaurant offers time-honored dim sum items like shumai, har gow, braised pork belly, and sticky rice served in a lotus leaf, they also offer some more modernized alternatives.

Patrons can find out of the norm dim sum iterations like deep fried spare ribs and bacon-wrapped shumai on the restaurant’s ’18 Folds Originals’ menu.

Photo: Peter Pham

The shumai is made by mixing together ground pork and shrimp with herbs and spices and hand-folding the meat together inside a wonton wrapper. The tedious, six-hour process is typically done before service even begins. Once the restaurant is open, the shumai is steamed and wrapped in bacon before dropping into the deep fryer.

Photo: Peter Pham

Rather than braise these ribs like the pork belly, chefs marinate them for an hour before dunking them into the deep fryer. Succulent with a crunch that could wake the dead, this was definitely the first time I saw someone attempting to deep fry ribs. As a BBQ smoker, my concerns with the way these ribs were tackled were essentially flash-fried away. Paired with a spicy chili oil, these ribs were hand-to-heart game changing.

If your heart is set on the traditional, however, the restaurant also does dim sum proper. It also helps that it’s one of the few spots that offer dim sum in the later hours of the day. While my heart will always belong to traditional dim sum, there’s just something so enticing about these deep fried items. Why can’t a guy just enjoy both takes?

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This California Style Burrito Is Stuffed With Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers

Every Californian is familiar with the California Burrito. Still, that’s not going to stop Tabañero Hot Sauce and Miami-based influencer, Fatgirl Hedonist from trying to make a better version. And they just might have, thanks to The Tabasutra Series.

The standard assets of a California Burrito are still evident here, with a bed of warm, salty french fries tucked into the delicious combination of meat, sour cream, guacamole, rice and beans. But, still where’s the spice, where’s the creativity?  

That’s where bacon-wrapped jalapeño poppers come in. By incorporating freshly grilled chicken breast, a roasted black bean salsa, corn, tomatoes, fries, sliced avocado, and shredded cheddar cheese, this is a true California burrito — Tabasutra Style.

In order to remain true to the Tabasutra concept and match this burrito’s spicy aesthetic, The Rattlesnake was the Tabasutra position used to match the fiery bite of this California-style jalapeño popper-stuffed burrito.

Think you can handle the fuego? Try the recipe for yourself.

Ingredients

2 extra large flour tortillas 

1/2 c shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1 c your favorite frozen French fries, cooked

1/2 avocado, sliced  

For the grilled chicken

1 boneless skinless chicken breast

1/2 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

1 tbsp olive oil

For the corn & black bean salsa

1/4 c frozen roasted corn, cooked

1/4 c canned black beans, well drained

1/2 small onion, chopped

1 small tomato, chopped

Pinch of salt

Juice from half a lime

1 tbsp of minced cilantro

1 tsp of Tabañero hot sauce (or 2 tsp if you want it extra spicy)

For the bacon-wrapped jalapeños

4 slices thick cut bacon

4 large jalapeños halved lengthwise, with seeds removed

1/3 c cream cheese, thawed to room temperature

1/4 c shredded mozzarella cheese

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp of Tabañero hot sauce

Step 1

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Sprinkle the chili powder, garlic salt and black pepper over both sides of the chicken breast. In a non-stick pan over medium-high heat, add olive oil. Once the oil is hot, put the chicken breast in the pan. Cook for about 4 minutes on each side until it has cooked all the way through.

Step 2

While your chicken is cooking, make your corn and black bean salsa. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients and mix gently until everything is well blended. Once done, set it aside.

Step 3

Once your chicken breast is fully cooked, pull it out of the pan and let it breathe before slicing. While your chicken is “breathing,” start working on those jalapeño poppers. In a small bowl, mix cream cheese, mozzarella, garlic powder and hot sauce. Using a spoon, scoop the cheese mixture into each jalapeño half and then put the jalapeño back together. Wrap each jalapeño in a slice of bacon.

Step 4

Once you’ve filled and wrapped all four jalapeños, place them in a medium-sized non-stick pan at medium heat. Turn the jalapeños gently to make sure they don’t fall apart. Once the bacon has been fully cooked all around the jalapeños, take them out of the pan.

Step 5

Now it’s time to assemble the burrito! Place one tortilla over one piece of aluminum foil. Place half of sliced chicken breast down and then place 1/4 cup of cheddar cheese. On top of the cheese, place 1/2 cup of cooked French fries and then half of your sliced avocado. On top of the avocado slices, pile on your corn and black bean salsa. Last (but not least) place two bacon wrapped jalapeños.

Think this burrito doesn’t have enough heat? Throw in some extra Tabañero hot sauce over the top before wrapping it up.

Step 6

Repeat the same exact process for the second burrito. Carefully roll up your burritos and then wrap them in the aluminum foil; place the burrito in the oven for 8 minutes to make sure the cheese melts.

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2016’s Best Breakfast Burrito Is Wrapped In Bacon And Topped With Strawberry Salsa

Cafe Calacas sits on a quaint corner across the street from The Ronald Reagan Federal Building in the Historic Arts District of Downtown Santa Ana, surrounded by the city’s historic Art Deco-era style architecture. However, just by looking at the traditional, Dia de Los Muertos-themed storefront, you wouldn’t be able to tell how far the quaint eatery is pushing the limits of traditional Mexican cuisine.

Even though there’s still a few weeks left in the year, Cafe Calacas’ strawberry guilallo salsa topped, bacon-wrapped breakfast burrito takes the prize for the best breakfast burrito of 2016.

The creators of the queso fundido chorizo brioche donut have debuted another breakfast delicacy, that could very well shame any other breakfast burritos out of existence.

Starting with their El Famoso Breakfast Burrito, which is served with your choice of ham, bacon or sausage, Calacas neatly wraps the El Famoso in a brown sugar and syrup glazed-bacon and grills the it to perfection.

To top it off, a nice thick layer of Cafe Calacas’ strawberry guilallo salsa and guacamole are added. If your mouth isn’t watering yet, it should be.

Currently, the strawberry guilallo salsa topped, bacon-wrapped breakfast burrito is only available at the cafe during brunch time once a week, on Sundays. Should be plenty of time for you to mark your calendars to take on this champ of a burrito.

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While the internet hasn’t unofficially named the 2-in-1 meal just yet, we have a few ideas. What do you call an alligator stuffed with an entire chicken? Hungry. Har har, we got dad jokes for days.

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