11 dim sum restaurants that use push carts in New York City

October 26, 2015 / 0 comments

I’ve heard that some dim sum restaurants have moved away from pushcarts so that their small plates come out hotter and fresher.

Does dim sum have MSG? Yes, but how much MSG varies by dish

October 19, 2015 / 0 comments

Let’s just start out by saying that it’s not easy to get dim sum without MSG… and some might argue that you aren’t truly eating dim sum if it doesn’t have some monosodium glutamate in it.

Joong: Chinese sticky “rice dumplings” wrapped in bamboo leaves

June 29, 2015 / 0 comments

Every year around this time of the year, my grandma makes a batch of joong in celebration of the Duanwu Festival.

Garlic Pea Shoots are the bomb

That expensive vegetable dish you had at dim sum is called dao mew (garlic pea shoots)

December 20, 2014 / 0 comments

Garlic pea sprouts or “dao mew” is one of my family’s favorite Chinese dishes and can be found on many Chinese restaurant menus but more often on a dim sum cart.

Does Panda Express have MSG in their food despite their claims?

December 16, 2014 / 23 comments

I normally avoid Panda Express, the largest Chinese fast-food joint in the United States. Actually, as far as my regular diet is concerned, I stay away from all fast food chains.

What is Chinese Pie? The history of the “Pâté Chinois”

November 27, 2014 / 0 comments

I was invited to a pie party recently where guests were to create a pie and bring them to the gathering where it would be judged.

Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles (What’s in a name?)

September 4, 2014 / 0 comments

What’s in the name?  When in Chinatown, the names of stores and restaurants can be nonsensical, include random numbers, and state ridiculous claims

Noodle Village: Clay pot of gold, crispy rice in Chinatown

June 24, 2014 / 0 comments

I rarely write up a review after just one visit, but I’m confident that I’m going back to Noodle Village again (and again and again).

Fake Facebook Post about Chinese restaurant serving cats, dogs, and rats

Fake Facebook Post: Chinese restaurant shut down for serving rats, cats, pups, and stereotypes

May 20, 2014 / 7 comments

Scrolling through my Facebook feed, I came across a shocking image of what looked like a frozen bag of rats/mice.

Give me Ngau Lam, then give me death

February 20, 2014 / 0 comments

There’s nothing like soft, chewy connective tissue and stomach lining. Really, there isn’t. Chinese beef tendon stew is a unique taste experience. A very strong, fatty contender for my last meal before my execution would be a big, honking mixer bowl of Chinese beef tendon stew (Ngua Lam).

Lap Cheong: Dried, preserved Chinese sausage

February 4, 2014 / 4 comments

I trekked to Confucius Plaza today to see my visiting dad. My pops likes to visit New York quarterly to see the relatives and to stock up on Chinese ingredients. One of those ingredients he picks up on his New York Chinatown trips is called Lap Cheong (or Lop Chong)

Fried Taro Puffs / Taro Dumplings

August 18, 2013 / 0 comments

My current dim sum obsession is the fried taro puff dumplings, or wu gok (Cantonese). These little delicious suckers look like baby puffer fish that were stuffed with seasoned minced pork and deep fried for my gorging pleasure.

Baseball or Har Kow? No contest.

Mom Chronicles #28: No contest

July 10, 2013 / 0 comments

Mom Chronicles #28: Why try something new when you can have tried-and-true? When it comes down to America’s game and chicken feet, we won’t need extra innings.

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