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A’s List: Great Late-Night Fare Beyond Burgers & Pizza

There was a time when dining out after hours meant your only choices were burgers, greasy slices of pizza or burritos as big as your head. But as Chicago’s culinary landscape continues to evolve, it’s extended to the late-night crowd. These offerings from trendy and classic establishments are made from scratch, creative and certain to […]

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Oct 16, 2018 11:54 PM
Get into These New Fall Favorites

This season promises something exciting for all, whether you’re in the mood for a laid-back evening of cozy dining or flashy night on the town. Beef Wellington is served tableside at Mason. (Photo: Matthew Lowell) Found Hotel. The trendy River North hotel catering to younger travelers boasts two concepts: Mason steakhouse and Blind Dragon. The former pays homage […]

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Sep 25, 2018 05:20 AM
Where to Feast on Fried Chicken in Chicago

The sun is shining, the temperature is heating up and cravings for summery classics like fried chicken are at an all-time high, making it an apt time to round up some of Chicago’s finest variations of this all-American specialty. From new dishes to timeworn favorites, here’s where to get your fix right now. Feed: While […]

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Sep 08, 2018 10:26 PM

Sweet of the Week: Green Tea Cream Puff at Slurping Turtle

Cream puffs always seemed a throwaway dessert to me. Maybe it was the frozen foods company my mom always used to order cream puffs from en masse when I was a kid. Those bland, stale little golf balls were never very satisfying, piped with barely a dollop of cream filling. Heck, I have never been very big on eclairs either. I guess pate a choux pastries just aren't my thing. Usually. If you're gonna bake a pate a choux dessert, you'd better go big and bring it, which is something Slurping Turtle does with their miscellaneous cream puffs, most especially their incomparable green tea iteration. 

 

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Slurping Turtle cream puff



After a meal of noodles, dumplings, and sake at Slurping Turtle, an apt finale is one of the restaurant's cream puffs, which dovetails nicely with the cute, vibrant Hello Kitty vibes here. The stars of the surprising dessert menu, the cream puffs are quite a bit larger than the cream puff norm, roughly the size of a baseball. Rather than dry out quickly in the shape of tiny ping pong balls, the larger form keeps the texture in check, as well as provide ample room for pastry cream filling. In this case, said filling is green tea, an aromatic abundance of green-tinged custard that fills every nook and cranny of the pastry. It's silky, smooth, and heady with toasty, nutty notes of green tea, a nice juxtaposition against the crackly, buttery pastry shell. A dusting of green tea powder overtop rounds out the whole dish quite nicely. 

And that's how you do a cream puff. 

- Matt Kirouac

Neighborhoods: River North

Michelin-starred chef Takashi Yagihashi (Takashi) opens his Japanese noodles shop in River North, offering a moderately priced menu. In addition to a number of noodle dishes, you'll also find dumplings,...

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