Monthly Archives: May 2016

    What Makes For Great Sushi in Scottsdale

    Everyone loves a good sushi roll. It’s light, flavorful and there’s really nothing that compares to the texture of perfectly prepared fish in a well-wrapped roll. Today, sushi is more popular than ever and restaurants that serve it aren’t hard to find. So with so many options everywhere we look, how do we know when we’ve uncovered a true gem?

     

    The first and most important element that makes for good sushi, of course, is the fish. But good fish means a lot more than just choosing something tasty. Sushi and sashimi’s delicate balance hangs by several threads: freshness, cut and temperature. All of these factors have a little bit of a hand in the texture of fish in the final product. Texture is important because while most of our food experiences are centered on taste, texture can be a make or break for a lot of people. Slimy or chewy fish when it isn’t supposed to be is a big red flag no one wants to taste, that’s why knowing how to handle it during preparation is absolutely key.

     

    Fish is very delicate and over-handling it can alter a lot of things that could take great fish to mediocre in no time at all. Slip-ups like dull knives and touching the fish more than necessary are some common mistakes that don’t sound like a grave offense to the unseasoned chef, but can really affect temperature and taste. Great sushi chefs know to work delicately and precisely around the fish alone just as they would with the presentation.

     

    Aside from the fish itself, rice is a dire component in the sushi/sashimi preparing process. After all, “sushi” means “seasoned rice.” If you’ve ever had a mouthful of ill-prepared rice, you know how quickly it can ruin an otherwise delicious dish!

     

    How can you mess up rice, you ask? Easy; simply over or undercook it, add too much vinegar or too much water and bam: subpar rice. Obviously that’s not what we’re aiming for, but it’s definitely something to look out for when distinguishing the good and the bad from the ugly. Though rice mainly contributes to the texture of the sushi, its flavor is not to be underestimated. The acidity of rice can alter the taste of sushi and throw off the balance of the fish’s flavor if prepared incorrectly.

     

    Many agree that with foods as simple and straightforward as sushi, there’s no disguising bad preparation and lesser quality ingredients. It’s a big part of what makes sushi and sashimi such highly esteemed foods and favorites all over the world!

     

    All this talk of sushi making you hungry? Us too! Check out our menus at www.LingandLouies.com to check out our selection of rolls and sashimi in your area!

    6 Must-Have Bar Ingredients That Would Make Louie Proud

    Here at Ling & Louie’s, we love a good cocktail—obviously. Every drink we make is carefully concocted to harmonize flavors with one another and complement even the slightest hidden notes. We love experimenting with new and exciting combinations and we’re no stranger to a good food pairing either!

     

    Cocktails and other wines and spirits have long been understood to be the best friend of a well-crafted meal—all around the world and especially at Ling & Louie’s. But for the days when you just want to kick back and relax with a homemade cocktail, you ought to know just what you need to make some solid cocktails. So how do you decide what items are essential for your new in-home cocktail corner? We’re already ahead of you.

     

    The Bitters

    You’ve seen them, those funny bottles with the labels that are way too big to fit properly. Bitters are used for flavoring cocktails and in the olden days were used as “digestifs” before or after meals. They come packaged in small bottles but they pack a punch so be careful to use them in drops or dashes according to your cocktail recipe.

     

    As for the oversized label:  it’s a signature of Angostura Bitters, one of the original bitters used for cocktails. If you’re looking to master the Old Fashioned or Manhattan, this Louie favorite is your go-to bottle.

     

    Fresh Juice

    Many of the most flavorful cocktails out there will require some sort of fruit flavoring or another. While there are plenty of flavored substitutes you can buy to spare you the hassle of juicing, there’s just no real substitute for fresh fruit juice. Though you can store juice up to 72 hours ahead of time in the fridge if you’re entertaining, have some fruit that needs repurposing, etc., it’s best to juice it right around the time you’re preparing drinks for maximum freshness.

     

    Simple Syrup

    Simple syrup is a, well, simple mixture of sugar and water. With a little heat (a lot of heat), the 1:1 sugar/water ratio will dissolve and render a clear sugary syrup that is essential for lots of your favorite drinks from mojitos to margaritas. If you don’t think you can handle the melting process, you can also purchase simple syrup at your local liquor store.

     

    Liqueurs

    Liqueurs, like bitters can be drunk before or after meals to ease digestion but in cocktails, these sweetened and flavored liquors can make a good drink great. If you’re going out to buy some, keep in mind there are enough liqueurs to make your head spin. We recommend the versatile Velvet Falernum with its variety of flavors including lime, almond, vanilla, ginger, and clove.

     

    The Spirits

    Of course, there are no cocktails without spirits, but we had to save the best for last! As probably every trip to your local liquor store has taught you, there are a lot of spirits out there, in every color and size bottle.

     

    So what do you really need? There’s some discussion about which types of liquor are essential to a well-stocked in-home bar, but it really comes down to what you prefer and what you see yourself making. If you’d like to have a well versed bar (and one that looks way cool), some of the recommended basics include gin, tequila, whiskey, bourbon, light and dark rum, and of course vodka. We recommend a good citrus vodka like Square One Bergamot or St. George California Citrus if you plan to do a take on some of your favorite Ling & Louie’s drinks.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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