Fu restaurant, Hard Rock Hotel, 4455 Paradise Road
Despite the slightly racy undertone, the name of this pan-Asian spot is fairly prosaic: "Fu" means "luck" in English. From the Woo family of longtime local restaurateurs - primarily remembered for Mayflower Cuisinier - Fu serves Chinese fusion with influences from Korean, Vietnamese and Thai cuisines. A sample of the menu:
Asian tapas: curry lobster puff ($9), steamed edamame (salty or spicy, $6), chilled shrimp with jellyfish ($20)
Soups: egg flower soup ($6), pickled green shredded pork noodle soup ($15), dry scallop porridge ($14)
Wok-fried noodles and rice: Hong Kong-style chow mein ($17), salted fish and chicken fried rice ($16)
Entrees: Peking duck with steamed buns and hoisin sauce ($29), Taiwanese-style three cups sea bass ($28), salty egg and pork patty ($20), chicken in clay pot ($18)
The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Call 693-5000 or visit www.HardRockHotel.com.
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Here's a recipe from "Tiny Food Party!" by Teri Lyn Fisher and Jenny Park (Quirk Books, $18.95)
2/3 cup balsamic vinegar
¼ cup light brown sugar, packed
24 heirloom cherry tomatoes
24 small mozzarella balls
3 sprigs basil
24 cocktail picks
For the glaze, place vinegar and sugar in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir and simmer for about 45 minutes, until the mixture reduces by half and thickens slightly. Let cook. (Glaze will thicken as it cools.)
Using a sharp knife, cut the tomatoes in half and mozzarella balls in thirds. Sandwich a slice of mozzarella and a basil leaf between each tomato ball. Skewer with a cocktail pick, drizzle with glaze and serve.
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Heidi Knapp Rinella