When the most unthinkable disaster descends upon the Parker family in the classic Christmas movie, A Christmas Story, and the Bumpus Hounds from next door steal their Christmas turkey, they are forced to go out to eat!
“The heavenly aroma still hung in the house. But it was gone, all gone! No turkey! No turkey sandwiches! No turkey salad! No turkey gravy! Turkey Hash! Turkey a la King! Or gallons of turkey soup! Gone, ALL GONE” – Ralphie as an Adult
The Parker’s decide on the Chop Suey Palace, which was filmed on Gerrard Street East in Toronto, and are introduced to “Chinese turkey” AKA Peking Duck.
We like to think Mother Parker enjoyed her meal at Chop Suey Palace, and it inspired her cooking at home. Perhaps she tried something a little different, like this recipe from A Christmas Story Treasury by Retro Festive’s very own Tyler Schwartz:
Chinese Rice Stuffing
1 3/4 cups short-grain rice, cooked
2 stalks of celery, finely chopped
3 shallots, finely chopped
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 garlic cloves, minced
8 ounces shiitake mushrooms, thinly cut, stems removed
1 cup of water chestnuts, sliced
1 tablespoon ginger, freshly grated
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Cook rice according to package, set aside. In a large saucepan, sauté celery and shallots in the butter until soft. Add garlic, mushrooms, water chestnuts, ginger and soy sauce. Cook for 1 1/2 minutes over moderate heat, stirring as it cooks. Remove from heat, toss in the cooked rice and season to taste with black pepper. Please in a greased 3-quart casserole dish. Bake in the oven at 375°F (190°C) for 30 minutes.
Snuggle up in your pink bunny suit and enjoy!