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North Texas Heat, and Chinese Buffet; a Great Start to the Month

I’m visiting a conference in Denton, TX, on campus at the University of North Texas. It’s a nice campus, but it’s hard to tell these days; it’s so hot up here you can’t really get out and tour the facilities for any length of time! It was 107 in the shade today, and the […]

How to Make Instant Noodles Taste Like a Feast

First, a quick reminder of what we’re up to here. We want tasty noodles, and we want them quick; we don’t want to make a lot of mess; we don’t want to break the bank. “Taste like a feast” is relative too. You can always splurge, but what if you’re on a tight budget? […]

Quick Noodles: Unif Brand Instant Bowls

As I mentioned yesterday, this is the start of Asian Noodles Month. First up is one of my favorite products: The Uni-President Enterprises line of instant noodle bowls.

I first met these tasty instant noodles during a very long stay in Taiwan in 2006. I grew tired of always eating out every night, so I […]

August is Asian Noodles Month!

August is officially Asian Noodles Month. Well, okay; it’s not official most everywhere else, but those who visit the Chile Underground know that we don’t let little things like that get in our way around here. Our Undergorund Department of Noodles (UDON) has done all the investigating it intends to, having pored over nearly […]

Friday Follies: Really Hot Pizza, and a Sinful Feast (For Your Eyes)

Like many Americans, I love pizza. I like to make my own, which is maybe not the norm these days. I also like to go to good pizzerias and get a fresh pie now and again.

However, I’m not a pizza snob. I don’t know the real difference between Chicago style pizza and New York […]

Chile Underground Turns Two Hundred

The Chile Underground, your favorite food blog (that talks about chiles and travel, I mean), turns 200 today. Posts, that is. And there’s no end in sight!

In a little over a year we’ve brought you recipes and news, Follies and frivolity, and travel (and eating!) reports from all over the world: Singapore, Taiwan, China, Malaysia, […]

Homesick Again

I woke up homesick this morning. For a place I visit infrequently, and not since January of 2007. Yang Ming Shan, the mountain park and resort only a city bus ride from downtown Taipei, Taiwan, is the area I mean. In particular, the village of Zhu Zi Hu, or Bamboo Lake in American-speak, was on […]

My Top Five Places to Eat Spicy Food in Asia

No. 5: Indian Kitchen, Gubei District, Shanghai

The Gubei District in Shanghai, the first area where Western expatriates settled in (reopened) Shanghai in 1994, is where a lot of us round-eyes hang out. A great variety of European eateries are located there, and there is good, safe walking areas as well. The Hongqiao Pearl Market is […]