austin: odd duck

Odd Duck's menu has complex items that are so eccentric and eclectic. The antelope tataki and smoked chicken nachos are amalganations of not just flavors and unique food items but also cultures. Antelope tataki combines antelope (a unique meat, in my opinion) and the Japanese cooking style of tataki - lightly searing meat. What this unlocks is a reservoir of flavors almost never seen beforehand.

recipe: turnip cakes

Turnip cakes are a classic at dim-sum restaurants, and have always been my favorite item (I save room for an entire serving for it each time...) While the more appropriate name is radish cake, they are an incredibly savory dish featuring veggies, sausages and rice flour. They're a bit of a time commitment, but nothing too extreme -- block out an hour and a half-ish, and you've got yourself some turnip cakes. And paired with some hoisin sauce and Lao Gan Ma chili crisp sauce...well, that's as good as life gets.

recipe: fluffy chiffon cakes

Chiffon cakes are extremely light and fluffy, combining the texture of angel food cake and the richness of butter cakes. Meringue is folded into the batter to give it that unique texture, and a dash of lemon for the right amount of zest. They make for fun cakes to eat during afternoon tea, so without further ado: