What’s Your Favorite Ginger? Mine is Blue

by sara on November 17, 2010

I want to share with you something magical.  Something Malaysian.  Give me a map right now and I could not point out Malaysia.  Nor could I point out Kentucky but we’re not talking about fried chicken.  After dining at Blue Ginger Garden, I have concluded that Malaysian Cuisine is off the hizzy.  It seems to be a mix of Thai, Indian and Chinese.  Maybe throw a heaping tablespoon of Vietnamese in there for good measure.  THE FOOD WAS RIDONK GOOD!

When we walked in, we were immediately greeted by one of the owners.  While we perused the menu, the other owner (chef) came out and introduced herself and gave us an overview of the menu.  It is clear that this is a family run restaurant and they are trying their hardest to get it off to a good start.  I’ll tell you what, I’m sold.

We started off with a glass of Teh Tarik (literally “pulled tea”).  Esther the owner recommended this.  She also gave an explanation of what it meant but there was a minor language barrier so at one point I thought she was trying to play a harp.  Teh Tarik is made from black tea and condensed milk and tasted very similar to chai.

The interior of Blue Ginger Garden is very intimate.  There is even a private room inside where you can throw a wild party.  You could even give away wild rice as a party favor.  I know, I should have been a party planner.

For appetizer number one, we started with Spring Rolls served with chili dipping sauce.  They were not your average spring rolls.  I’m a bad food blogger and forgot to take a mental note of what was inside but rest assured it was not simply cabbage and shredded carrot.  Don’t quote me on this but I’m pretty sure there was crab in there.  Whatever it was, they were only $2.50!!

PAY ATTENTION!  Appetizer number two was CWAZY GOOD!  The roti canai (Indian pancake) also came highly recommended and for good reason.  The Indian style flatbread was served with a curry dipping sauce on the side that included a piece of chicken on the bone.  I wish this was served as an entree with a slightly bigger portion.  This was only $2.75!!

My future husbandgarbl ordered the Flat Rice Noodle in Creamy Egg Sauce (Wat Tan Hor).  Haha, he ordered Hor.  The noodles were stir-fried with shrimp, squid, pork and vegetables.  On the bottom were surprise crispy noodles to give it a crunch.  This dish was phenomenal.  We can’t wait to go back and get it again.  And again.  And then maybe again.

Red bowl.  Rice.  Black spoon.  Alicia Keys.  Unicorns.  Thumbprint.

I needed my veggies so I opted for the Mixed Curry Vegetables with Tofu Puff.  I love magic dragons and I love tofu.  Combine the two and you get this monstrosity.  PEOPLES: the tofu and veggies in this dish were cooked perfectly!  I was treated to eggplant, red bell pepper, okra, red hot chili pepper, cabbage and tofu puff in a coconut milk red curry.  The chili peppers gave it the perfect amount of heat.  If I hadn’t stuffed my face with egg roll and roti canai, I wouldn’t have been a big pansy and had half of this wrapped up to go.  Actually, the entrees here are huge so it is a good idea to share.

Here is a close up of the huge chunks of eggplant and tofu.  At one point the owner had to run down to the grocery store (he literally ran – there is a Tom Thumb at the corner of the shopping center) to go get more vegetables.  Now that’s what I’m talkin about.

I am definitely going back here.  I might even go back this week.  They are closed Mondays which is a bummer because I really wanted to start Malaysian Monday Madness.  Oh well.  There’s always Moroccan.  One minor complaint: I ordered two Diet Cokes and they charged me $1.50 per can.  No fountain service here.  But I’m gonna give up soda soon so that won’t be a problem.  I said that last year.

I’m only slightly embarrassed to say that we went to get dessert afterward.  Look, I’m a professional food blogger.  Sometimes I must stretch my stomach out for your benefit.  You’re welcome.  We heard about a place called Crepes for U on Yelp.  It is located in the Asia World Market grocery store in Plano.  Please go to the website.  I’ll give you a minute to take it in.  Now, go to www.zombo.com.  Right?  Are you with me?!  You can do anything at zombocom.  Monkey monkey crepes for who?  Am I in the twilight zone?

After walking in to Crepes for U, we were greeted by Paul, the owner.  Paul asks me about my fancy camera and I tell him I am Chief Garbling Officer of Foodgarbl.com.  I asked him if I could take a few photos and he got nervous thinking I was a crepe concept stealer (CCS).  I assured him all I wanted to do was Garbl so he gave in.  Besides, who could resist my adorable mug?  I ordered the Cocoro Crepe with banana, fresh cream and hazelnut chocolate sauce.

Paul is a master in crepe making.  He can multi-task too.  While making my Cocoro Crepe we talked about food blogging and Tei An Restaurant in One Arts Plaza.  He said I should try it.  He loves to talk about food.  He even said at one point, “you have no idea who you just met.”  I wasn’t sure if that meant he’s with the Crepe Mafia or if he wants to be my food BFF.  Either way I was kinda nervous.  Should I make our friendship Facebook official yet?

Notice the squiggle pattern.  Paul has an uncanny artistic talent.  OH.  Forgot.  He asked how I wanted my crepe cooked.  Here is my confusion.  I like soft crepes.  That’s the only way I’ve ever had them.  I also like powdered sugar on them.  Paul recommended medium cooked crepe because it was my first time.  He also told me to hold the crepe like a taco when I eat it out of the snowcone.  I never knew crepes could be so complicated.

Jason just got back from Tokyo where he said every restaurant had their menu items in plastic outside so you can see what you’ll be ordering.  Crepes For U also had them!  Nostalgic.

I expected a soft crepe with a Nutella spread and sprinkled with powdered sugar for garnish.  Instead I got a well done crepe taco in a snowcone.  I r confuse?

Paul showed us pictures from Halloween where costumed hooligans came in for Crepe tacos.  Bunny Baby, Crepes for U.  Auk.

Loyal foodgarbl reader Janice told me today there is a crepe joint at Northpark.  I’m going to have to make a trip and do a comparison.  My reader(s) are amazing.

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Janice November 17, 2010 at 11:20 am

AHHH so much content! First of all, definitely gotta try Blue Gingie. Tofu puffs are you freakin outta yo mind!?!? Looks really tasty. Also, can you invite me to the crepe wedding when you cheat on Jason with Paul?!?! GEEZ what a hussy. I love there’s the waving cat on the menu board/cubby hole thingamabobber. By the way I’ve got 20 of those. Yay foodgarbl FTMFW!

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mom April 13, 2013 at 8:06 am

ok, child of mine, you know I’m just a white bread and mayonnaise kind of gal, but
I gotta admit, I LOVE a place that shows me a pic of what I’m ordering when I’m
not even sure how to pronounce what I’m ordering. you’d think after being married to your dad for 34 years that I would have eaten all this kind of stuff…..sorreeee, no.
sometimes I get really skeert at the prospect of tree bark in my soup.
I digress……I want some of those crepes (for U).
another A+ Foodgarbl.
luv U
mom

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