recipe: deep-fried stuffed eggplants

In Chinese, 盒子 (hézi) literally translates into box -- an edible box, of course. A typical “box” that you’ll see sold as a quick street food item consists of chopped chives and eggs (or some other variation of that) stuffed into a dough “box,” although that box is shaped more like a crescent moon. I like to think of them as the older cousin of dumplings. Both are like savory pocket pies, but hézi usually are larger, have more filling, and a crisper skin.

austin: lin’s asian bar + dim sum

Dim sum is a huge part of Chinese (especially Southwest Chinese) culture -- there's early morning dim sum, afternoon dim sum, late night dim sum, so growing up, we were always on the lookout for good dim sum in the area. Here in Austin, there aren't that many places that have good, authentic dim sum, but fortunately, Lin's is one of those few.

college station: razzoo’s cajun cafe

Razzoo's Cajun Cafe was started in the Dallas/Fort Worth area in 1991, and has since expanded all over Texas, including to College Station! I don't recall it seeing it before leaving for Austin last fall (or maybe it was already there...), so this summer was the first time that my parents and I went together (they'd gone a few times earlier this year).

recipe: inari sushi

Inarizushi (inari sushi) is a kind of sushi ball where the sushi rice is stuffed into Aburaage tofu pockets (which you can get for pretty cheap right here). They're super easy to make, and even easier to eat, so I'd definitely say they're the perfect finger food!