It Isn't What You Think It Is: Egg Cream
It is a chocolate-milk soda, and it is one of the most addicting drinks in the world.
You take a couple of ounces of chocolate syrup--Fox's U-Bet is the canonical choice--and you stir it up with whole milk to fill half a tall glass. You don't have to use a twisted, wrought bar spoon, but it would be nice. Once you've got everything uniform, add seltzer water, stirring to create froth, until you've filled the glass.
That's it. Chocolate syrup, milk and seltzer water; a magical amalgamation that even as recently as 20-something years ago (*cough*) was beguiling me and my classmates at city fountains and suburban luncheonettes alike.
I found OC's best egg cream at a place I wasn't expecting to like. Benjie's Delicatessen on Tustin Avenue in a strangely medical district of eastern Santa Ana was covered by our colleagues on Food Frenzy a month or so ago.
|Benjie's pastrami and macaroni salad...|
It's a real taste of home for an ex-East Coaster. All I need to find now is a pork roll without having to drive to LA's permanent farmers' market.