A couple weeks ago was my birthday (as you may have noticed from my birthday posts) and we went to Manna Pan Asian Fusion with my family. Being fairly new in the area I decided to take to the internet and found that Manna has great reviews. It was a slow Friday afternoon so I was a little concerned that service might be off, but as soon we got there the waitress showed up to take our drink orders. I decided to try out the Tai Sweet Tea.
I really liked it, it was sweet, nutty and full of flavor. It was a little strong for my parents, they weren’t crazy about it. I do realize that they don’t love those bold flavors.
The first thing that was brought out was this Miso soup that comes with most of the Entrees. It was very flavorful with small pieces of tofu. The broth was warm and comforting.
We also got some Sushi rolls with avocado and eel sauce. There very well made, the rice had a great consistency, the right amount of sauce and a very solid dish.
My brother order the steak dish, beautifully seared and juicy. One thing I loved about my experience there was the attention to detail. Everything was prepared and plated with a lot of care and it really shows.
Susan went with the twin lobster tail. A lobster tail cut in half, the meat is diced and sautéed While it was moist and had good flavor it was a little tough. In general I find that lobster is very tricky to get just right but the flavor was very good.
A lot of the entrees came with some kind of seafood. This shrimp came with Susan’s dish and was great! Besides being extremely photogenic, it was tender and just bursting with flavor.
My dad ordered the Salmon which also came with shrimp and braised asparagus. I wish I had a a commentary on the food but it was gone so fast that I didn’t get a shot. They were raving about the food so I think it’s safe to say it was good.
My mom ordered the dumpling soup that had a piece of imitation crab. The dumpling was tender and had just the right thickness. Soup is not easy to pull off this well, especially when it’s after the lunch rush.
I ordered the chicken, a little worried about ordering something that can be quite boring. This chicken did not disappoint. It was juicy and tender and just bursting with flavor. Hidden under the chicken were some sautéed vegetables.
Now you may have seen some interesting things popping up and this is why. My wife was wonderful enough to have saved up for several months to buy me this beginners molecular gastronomy kit. I have been having a ball with this!
This was my first experiment, a honey sheet that I used to wrap around banana slices. It took a couple tries to get it right, mostly figuring out the best temperatures to get it working, but the final product was something I was pretty happy with.
On Monday I made a lemon air that I spooned on top of a fish filet with blanched asparagus. The hardest part of making an air was determining consistency and deciding if I wanted the light fluffy air or the slightly more compressed air that occurred after letting it rest for a few minutes.
One of the things I made sure to learn before we moved was to make beans. My wife grew up with them and it’s not the kind of thing that you can easily run out and buy. So after much practice, I learned how to make them myself. Here is a base of slow cooked black beans with two eggs and a couple tortillas for supper last night. Well, I hope you enjoyed the post and if you have any tips for molecular cooking, feel free to share with me!