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Hoe Kow Sweet Sauce

From: Mike 
Sent: Monday, March 27, 2017 11:54 PM
Subject: Hoe Kow, Chicago Loop District, Sweet sauce recipe


When I was a boy and visited Chicago with my uncle when he visited his cousin Doris we would usually 
go eat at Hoe Kow once or twice.  His cousin Doris was a resident of Chicago many decades and was a 
good friend of the Moy family, Richard and Ruth I believe, and their son Richard Jr. I think. 
The restaurant closed 20 to 30 years or so ago I think after their son took over the restaurant 
eventually but it was quite a job to balance his other full time job. I really have fond memories of 
that place and their menu. Especially, I loved their pork centers and egg rolls that we would dip in 
their homemade Sweet Sauce.  I have not been able to find a sweet sauce or duck sauce that tastes the 
same and I would love to make my own because it seems none of the commercially available sauces compares 
to theirs. It was sweet but also tangy and not sure what all the fruits, vegetables and spices were in it. 
We used to bring gallon jugs back with us to Kansas because it was good on other things besides Chinese 
food as well.

Hope to hear back from someone.



Hello Mike,

I had no success finding this. I found a lot of mentions of Hoe Kow, but no recipes. I searched for their egg roll recipe in 2014 with similar lack of success.

I found a few generic sweet sauce, plum sauce, and duck sauce recipes, but none with any mention of Hoe Kow or even of Chicago. Iíll post this for reader input. Perhaps one of my readers knows of a recipe or can recommend a ďtastes-like.Ē


Middle Eastern Restaurant Hummus

-----Original Message----- 
From: Bob
Sent: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 3:59 AM
Subject: Hummus

Uncle Phaedrus,

For decades Jimmy Tayoun owned a restaurant in Philadelphia called The 
Middle East.  They had the best hummus I've ever eaten. I've eaten hummus 
all over the world. His had a unique flavor. I've tried for 25 years to 
duplicate it and cannot. Can you find out that recipe?  It haunts me!


Hello Bob,

Sorry, I had no success finding this recipe. I found scans of the "Middle East Restaurant" menu that describe it like this: "homus tahini: chick peas and crushed sesame." Middle East Menu

I will post this on my site for reader input. Perhaps someone knows what made the hummus at Middle Eastern different.


Marsh Bakery Cake Frosting

From: Deborah 
Sent: Saturday, March 25, 2017 4:27 PM
Subject: Re: icing

My name is Deborah.  I am looking for the recipe for icing frm marsh bake shop in Birmingham, AL.

Hi Deborah,

Sorry, no success. Iíve already got requests posted on my site for a couple of Marsh Bakery recipes, and Iíve never gotten a response of any kind from a reader.

Iíll post this for reader input.


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