By Tana Kosiyabong
The first time I heard about this amazing stewed beef brisket with daikon radish was when Xiao, a Chinese friend of mine, came back from her trip to T&T Supermarket. “Tana, I just ate the most awesome dish at T&T,” Xiao bragged with excitement. She is quite finicky when it comes to Chinese food, the same way I am with Thai food. So when she raved about this pre-made Chinese dish from a grocery store, regardless of my doubt, I declared it my new Cheap Appetite mission.
For those who are not familiar with T&T supermarket, it is an Asian grocery store chain in Vancouver, and a few other big cities across Canada. Although T&T specializes in Chinese groceries, they also carry food products from other Asian countries. I had tasted many of their pre-made dishes before, most of them were decent at best. But I had yet to try the stewed beef brisket with daikon radish.
A few days later I stopped by T&T supermarket across from Tinseltown to put my skepticism to rest. A first glance at the stewed beef brisket left me with even more doubts. “What choo talkin’ ’bout, Xiao?” I shook my head as I attempted to imitate Gary Coleman’s catchphrase. The stewed beef looked very greasy in the hot tray. The amount of oil was perhaps enough to grease up a 285-pound bodybuilder. Although I was concerned about my lovely blood vessels, I had to carry on this mission. So I stepped up like a man and ordered a double portion of the stewed brisket on steamed rice ($4.99 for two items on rice). Just in case it was as good as Xiao said, I would have enough to eat.
T&T downtown has a small dining area on premise. The first bite was tasty. The brisket was cooked until tender. But the brisket is a fatty cut which is why I had a hard time trying to separate the fat from the meat. The cook flavored the sauce just right. It was simple yet delicious. But I still wasn’t sure why Xiao spoke so highly about the dish until I sank my teeth into the stewed daikon. The sweet radish juice oozed out in my mouth like a broken dam. The daikon was so tender, it almost melted away. Finally, I realized what Xiao was talkin’ ’bout. And I was so glad I went for a double portion.
A couple of weeks ago, I came across a stewed beef brisket and daikon recipe from Lululu, a food blogger friend of mine. I was so impressed by the picture of her stewed brisket. It was so light and beautiful. Her ingenious technique was to leave the stew in the fridge overnight. Then skim off the solidified fat on top. Next time I bought this dish from T&T, I’ll try to use her technique. (If I can resist not to eat it right away.)
T&T also sells the stewed beef brisket with daikon radish for $4.99 in a small container, and $6.99 in a larger container.
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