Sharing my favorite eats of the month from new restaurants, reviewed restaurants, and places I've popped into just because. It's not a countdown, it's a collection. And I hope it inspires. Enjoy.
Pork Stomach and Black Pepper Clay Pot at New Hong Kong
"I can't believe I'm on my second bowl," remarked one of my dining companions at this family-owned Chinese restaurant in Central Phoenix that's alive with authentic, flavorful Cantonese fare. She was speaking of the clay pot dish packed with chewy spirals of pork stomach, scallions, and peppercorns ($9.95). Made courtesy of Jian Yu, who was a chef in his hometown of Kaiping, a city in the Guangdong province in southern China, for over 32 years, this version of Chinese comfort food with an offal twist arrives at the table steaming, shaking, and full of highly satisfying flavors. Even the most timid toward bits 'n' bobbles will ask for seconds.