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.

Best of East Village: C-Town Supermarket

November 14, 2014 / 0 comments

Having recently moved closer to Avenue C, only a block east and a couple streets south of my old apartment, the stores, markets and cafes I now frequent have almost completely changed.

How to navigate the insane long lines at Trader Joe’s in Union Square (New York)

November 13, 2014 / 0 comments

The lines at the Trader Joe’s Union Square are unlike any other Trader Joe’s in the country. The queue for the cashier is more akin to the release of the new iPhone. Really. 

Replace Sanyo’s ECJ-E35S inner pot with a Zojirushi NS-LAC05 pan

November 11, 2014 / 15 comments

I got the Sanyo ECJ-E35S Rice Cooker/Steamer as a gift 8 years ago and it’s still going strong as of this post. 

How long is chicken good for after sell by date? Is it expired?

October 7, 2014 / 14 comments

Like my post about how long is Spam good for opened and refrigerated, I came across another very specific food situation that I needed the internet’s help with.

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

Pagoda Inn, Plymouth MI

The Chinese restaurant as the gateway to the “American Dream”

August 29, 2014 / 0 comments

My family owned a Chinese restaurant in Plymouth, Michigan for more than 35 years. It was their livelihood and played a large part in our lives.  

Best of East Village: Señor Pollo

August 28, 2014 / 0 comments

It’s been a year since I moved into the East Village and in those 12 or so months, I’ve come across some really great restaurants.  

Vegetable Pakora Nepali version

The Best Vegetable Pakora in San Francisco is at Red Chili in the Tenderloin

August 15, 2014 / 0 comments

Vegetable pakora is a battered vegetable appetizer found on Indian/Pakistani menus.

Best of East Village: Punjabi Grocery & Deli

August 1, 2014 / 0 comments

Outside of pizza, chicken+rice, hot dogs, and dumplings, there’s not a lot of diverse meal options in Manhattan where you can plop down a fiver, maybe get some change back, and be satisfied afterwards. Enter Punjabi Grocery & Deli 

I had a ramen burger and didn’t have to wait in line for 45 minutes!

July 23, 2014 / 0 comments

In the last couple weeks, I had the chance to eat a ramen burger…  without waiting in a long ass line, in Brooklyn, without fanfare or pretension, indoors, for $7.95… twice. Just had to add those extra details in there.

How long will Spam last after opening the can?

April 20, 2014 / 3 comments

How long will Spam last after opening the can? I’m not talking about interpreting the expiration dates on the can, or finding 10-year old spam in the trunk of your car, I’m talking how long is Spam good for after you’ve opened it, taken it out and have properly stored it

Bhel Puri Chaat

In search of the best Bhel Puri in New York City

February 25, 2014 / 1 comment

For as many Indian restaurants as there are in New York, we need more that serve Indian street food. Specifically, I am in search of the best Bhel Puri

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 / 5 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)

beet fried rice with crispy onions

I’m the ‘Beet Fried Rice’ king

January 27, 2014 / 1 comment

Lots of “firsts” since my move to the East Coast. After not having a car for the first time in 20 years, not having a microwave for the first time in 30 years is the next most jarring adjustment.

Mozzarella dish at Barbone East Village

Deep fried hot dogs, pierogies, belgian fries, pizza napoletana and more in the East Village

January 23, 2014 / 1 comment

I’m posting the following video as more of a reminder to try some of Josh Ozersky’s recommendations for “Eating the East Village”

Habitual Holiday Hazelnut Hoarding

January 10, 2014 / 12 comments

> I’m so obsessed with Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s hazelnut lattes, that I purchase their hazelnut powder to try and recreate them at home.

Halal Thanksgiving

Halal Thanksgiving

November 28, 2013 / 0 comments

After spending a long, rough day traveling… I’m thankful that the Halal Guys were open at 11pm (2nd/14th) on Thanksgiving.

Say it with me: “Chibiscus Omurice”

November 25, 2013 / 0 comments

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.