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Name a dish that you cannot find anywhere in town that you have to make yourself???

I think the thread name should be amended to say, "and dishes that are too far away from my house so I have to make them myself."

Jul 29, 2015
Peter Cuce in Manhattan
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Name a dish that you cannot find anywhere in town that you have to make yourself???

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I always think it smells like rotting garbage, even the ones I've had in Taiwan. Tastes pretty good though, at least the night market ones I had. I never like any I tried in NYC.

Jul 29, 2015
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

Name a dish that you cannot find anywhere in town that you have to make yourself???

I've had it in Manhattan, but I don't think the place is open anymore. It was a Shanghai restaurant either in or adjacent to the Chinatown Arcade on the Elizabeth Street side.

Jul 29, 2015
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

Name a dish that you cannot find anywhere in town that you have to make yourself???

Luckily some of us live in Brooklyn and/or have cars and/or don't mind traveling. Don't hold your breath for Central Asian opening in Manhattan. The only reason this stuff exists at all in NYC is to serve local neighborhoods of people who eat that stuff all the time. We are lucky to be the beneficiaries of that.

Jul 28, 2015
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

Best spots for reading/studying/working with good food

BK and Queens.

Jul 28, 2015
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

Name a dish that you cannot find anywhere in town that you have to make yourself???

Have you checked Bay Ridge, both for that and the kibbeh?

Jul 27, 2015
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

Name a dish that you cannot find anywhere in town that you have to make yourself???

I see. A little off topic but sugar free sweets aren't actually healthier it's been discovered. (For example: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/art...). I don't eat sweets much either, but when I do, I find something homemade and enjoy it fully.

But maybe you're talking about something else. Standard attar is usually made with sugar, I believe. What is the sugar free one made with?

Jul 27, 2015
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

Freshest whole garlic

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Jul 27, 2015
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

Name a dish that you cannot find anywhere in town that you have to make yourself???

Why sugar free? Is that a common thing in the Middle East?

Jul 27, 2015
Peter Cuce in Manhattan
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Best spots for reading/studying/working with good food

Actually there are tons of spots like this but just very few in Manhattan.

Jul 27, 2015
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

Best spots for reading/studying/working with good food

The wifi is barely usable though and there's no AC. I wanted to love it for work but I had to leave. I ended up at Gregory's - tolerable coffee & wifi that works. Did you try any of the food? It *looks* awful.

Jul 25, 2015
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

Kampyō (Sun-Dried Gourd Ribbons) - in Manhattan?

It can be either. It's sold packaged and flavored with soy sauce, mirin, salt & sugar or you can buy the dried one and flavor it similarly yourself. It's often used as filling in sushi rolls but can also be used to tie things up. Any real sushi place should have it.

Jul 25, 2015
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

Pleasing a foodie and a non-foodie in Manhattan

Good post. IMO is not necessary on Chowhound. Everything is our opinions.

Jul 23, 2015
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

Whole turmeric

That's how they are.

Jul 19, 2015
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

Need recommendations for Queens' current exciting, even spicy, restaurants

What's good at PLH? I haven't found that dish that makes me want to go back.

Jul 19, 2015
Peter Cuce in Outer Boroughs

Whole turmeric

The Whole Foods in Park Slope has it. Maybe you should call and find out which stores have it. Also, Patel Brothers in Jackson Heights has whole turmeric.

Jul 18, 2015
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

Where to eat/buy pig ears in NYC?

Chiang Mai in Red Hook has a dish or two with pig ears. I’m pretty sure Ba Xuyen uses pig ears in their classic banh mi.

Jul 18, 2015
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

Chiang Mai 293 Van Brunt St. Red Hook Just steps away

DNA Info wrote what seems to me to be a slanderous article about Kanlaya Supachana, one of the owners of Chiang Mai. Of course I don't know the true story, but I don't understand why they would write such a mean-spirited article. It almost seems like they're the mouthpiece for her former business partner. They call it a "he said, she said," but they write it like a "he said." http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20150...

Jul 17, 2015
Peter Cuce in Outer Boroughs

Chiang Mai 293 Van Brunt St. Red Hook Just steps away

Great report Kurtis. Glad you enjoyed. I agree with everything, although my take is that she's not trying to prove herself but instead is less constrained and is able to be a little more authentic.

I went 3 times last week. For the most recent meal I tried the khao soy, which knocked my socks off, and the sai ua, which was as good as ever, or better, and had better accompaniments than at KS, including crunchy okra and yellow zucchini.

Jul 13, 2015
Peter Cuce in Outer Boroughs

Chiang Mai 293 Van Brunt St. Red Hook Just steps away

Great report.

The current menu is on the Facebook Page, btw.

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ChiangMaiRed...

Menu: https://attachment.fbsbx.com/file_dow...

Jul 09, 2015
Peter Cuce in Outer Boroughs

Kao Soy--new Thai in Red Hook

I went yesterday and today for lunch and talked to Kanlaya, the owner of Chiang Mai Restaurant, and former partner in Kao Soy. Apparently she hasn't been part of Kao Soy since sometime in May. The new restaurant, as Deb says, is operating as a pop-up in the Home/Made space, but it may become permanent.

Kanlaya has brought a good part of the staff with her to the new place, which appears to be firing on all cylinders. The new menu has a lot of interesting small plates (many of which are part of a Summer Menu) and only a few large dishes.

So far I've been able to try Krabong (papaya, taro & banana blossom fritters served w/ spicy chili vinaigrette & sweet peanut sauce), Tum Mamuang (green mango pounded w/ palm sugar, garlic, dry chili & pickled fish and served with betel leaves for wrapping), and Jin Som Mok (grilled fermented ground pork with pork skin, pig's ear, garlic & chili in banana leaves, served w/ lettuce, ginger, shallot & peanuts).

Except for the fritters, the rest are quite spicy, with the Jin Som Mok also having a wonderful sour fermented tinge. I recommend sticky rice with it.

As at Kao Soy, I can't recommend the Thai Iced Coffee - overly sweet with old tasting coffee.

Here's their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ChiangMaiRed...

Sing Kee Seafood Restaurant copied Amazing 66 menu

Took the text right out of my fingers.

Jul 06, 2015
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

upscale Asian

I think it's too strong to say that your nationality has little to do with appreciation of your native cuisine. I think it's possible that they will be decoupled but it's more likely that a native will understand and appreciate the finer points of their cuisine than otherwise.

Jul 06, 2015
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

Kao Soy--new Thai in Red Hook

Thanks for the intel! Great to know.

Jul 06, 2015
Peter Cuce in Outer Boroughs

Unpleasant experience at CAGEN Sushi in East Village (former Kaijitsu space)

Ootoya is not remotely kaiseki style.

Jun 29, 2015
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

Moving to 388 Greenwich - any lunch recos?

Although it's a bit far away, almost 10 blocks, Takahachi Bakery is not only a great lunchtime resource, with a wide variety of sandwiches and salads, it's also probably the best overall Japanese bakery in NYC.

Arcade Bakery is close (Worth & Church), but not much on lunch-y stuff except for flatbread pizzas (which I haven't tried). Their baked goods and bread are pretty great though.

Jun 26, 2015
Peter Cuce in Manhattan
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Best fried rice

I’m partial to the kimchi fried rice that I make at home using the awesome Niigata Koshihikari I buy at Sunrise Mart (leftover of course).

Someone told me that Fujian people specialize in fried rice - I don’t know if that’s true, but my friend Eric directed me to the fried rice at Happy Garden Palace, and I’ve been enjoying it there ever since. http://ericeatsout.blogspot.com/2009/...

Jun 24, 2015
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

Manhattan Asian style bang bang

I don't get why you call it a novelty. Places that serve different types of food should and do exist and aren't designated as "novelties." It's wonderful that we have the opportunity to eat horumon if we so feel like it, and Takashi's renditions are good.

That sort of food isn't readily available, at least in Manhattan, although you can get somewhat similar food at various Korean spots such as Gu Gong Tan in Flushing.

May 29, 2015
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

Gui Lin Mi Fen - Flushing

I don’t think it’s that amazing when you consider that it’s in Flushing. I’m sure if it were in Manhattan it would be consistently jammed.

May 26, 2015
Peter Cuce in Outer Boroughs

Yet another NYC report (if you care)....

Nice report. Re: Arcade Bakery though, their pastries look like good versions of said items, with taste to match.

May 25, 2015
Peter Cuce in Manhattan