Not long ago, I introduce you to the Asian foodstuff widely known as Fish Maw. In both the commercially available forms, plain-dried, or deep-fried, it occurs most frequently as a component of soups and braised dishes. It is also used, however, in stir-fried preparations, and, today, I am doing such a dish using shrimp and button mushrooms. The permutations, of course, are endless, but this particular pairing is very nice … Continue reading “Fish Maw Stir-Fried with Shrimp”
697 Somerset Street West Ottawa, ON – (613) 238-5022 – Webpage
Reviewed: August 17, 2011
The restaurant is quite unprepossessing from the outside. Inside it is very small and plainly decorated with a lot of formica, cheap plastic and chrome. I arrived at 11am just after the place opened and was shown to a table by a very pleasant and friendly young Asian girl who spoke perfect English.
I was the first patron in the place until another man arrived about 15 minutes after I did. Ben Ben advertises itself as serving Cantonese and Sichuan cuisine and I had decided to go there in order to sample their version of Kung Pao chicken ( favourite of mine as will become apparent in future posts). Unfortunately, after I had ordered a beer, I discovered to my surprise that this (almost ubiquitous) dish is not on the menu. I probably would not even have gone in had I known this beforehand but having already received my beer I decided to have something light before moving on elsewhere. Continue reading “Review – Ben Ben Restaurant, Ottawa”