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GREAT AUTHENTIC TEA IN MANHATTAN

I made it to Tea Drunk on 7th street the other day, thanks to diprey11's tip. The good: I did get some decent Zhi Lan Xiang, though it was the expensive version of what I had in China. The not-so-good: someone needs to inform the server the proper pronunciation of Tie Guan Yin - "Tie" is not the "tie" that men wear around their neck.
My impression is that they have more Pu Erh than other types of tea. No Taiwanese oolong.

Apr 16, 2014
HLing in Manhattan

GREAT AUTHENTIC TEA IN MANHATTAN

Oh boy, more tea info! Thanks MacGuffin and diprey11. I hope to check out Tea Drunk since it's local.

Mar 16, 2014
HLing in Manhattan

Northern Chinese breakfast, really.

Dave, I don't know the number but Squid kun has the right picture. When you come into the mall, it's straight to the back. Squid kun, I don't think there are many items on their menu. You can order Hu2La4 Tang1, (think "Hula" hoop). The buns are named "lightly fried Chinese buns", or something of the sort, with 9 in a order for $3.
Now, I'm a bit confused though, I thought you guys (who have continued to Chowhound while I took a break) had all been to the Lamb Noodle soup place in the Golden Mall, I think this is their other location, and if so, wouldn't you all have had the food?
Anyhow, I like it for nostalgic reasons..your mileage may vary :)

Oct 22, 2013
HLing in Outer Boroughs

Northern Chinese breakfast, really.

Jen Kalb, wrayb, Brian S,Lau and ..all who love to eat, Chow on :)

Oct 16, 2013
HLing in Outer Boroughs

Northern Chinese breakfast, really.

Lau, I can only say that the Taiwanese place 小圆環's 肠旺 was pretty bad with the ubiquitous weirdly sweet tasting brown sauce that many places seem to use these days. It was made worse served in a styrofoam plate. Their stinky tofu had good texture, but seemed so squeaky clean that it's almost tasted bitter. Unfortunately, I only saw the Lamb Noodle place after I'd already eaten at the Taiwanese place, otherwise I would have followed my Hu La soup "breakfast" with the lamb noodle soup. That said, I have to say, my perspective (from not eating out much) is not too ambitious these days. I'm just amazed at how time flew, and how much more accessible things are these days.

Oct 15, 2013
HLing in Outer Boroughs

Northern Chinese breakfast, really.

I can't believe it's so long ago that I first craved the Zhang Zhou city Hu2 La4 Soup 胡辣汤, and today , 8 years , a few food courts and restaurants later, I got to taste it.
This is at the sister location of the Lamb Noodle Soup (in the Golden Mall) in the New World Mall across the street from Macy's. Today I got to taste the humble Hu la soup, with an order of 9 pieces of 水煎包 "lightly fried Chinese bun", perfectly crisped bun with a savory, dark sauced meat filling. It was the breakfast I had in Zheng Zhou city of Henan Province 郑州 河南, except that when there, the version i had was the poor man's version. My soup didn't have any of the bits and pieces of lamb, peanuts, mung bean thread.., but was only a hot, peppery glob of soup that warmed you from the bottom of your belly all the way up to your face. I didn't have room in my stomach for the lamb noodle soup, but it looked very good, even better than a few years ago.
Having been out of the loop for so long, it was also strange to see Anthony Bourdain's video playing in the background. Food can really be the universal language, it seems.
*tried to post a picture of the buns but no go.

Oct 15, 2013
HLing in Outer Boroughs

Northwestern Famous 西北 at Columbia U - food truck

It was on the east side of Broadway, not far from the main entrance, south of it.

May 03, 2013
HLing in Manhattan

Northwestern Famous 西北 at Columbia U - food truck

Right near 116 st a Chinese food truck that made the little corner seem like China. Offering 肉夹饃 (pork burger, chinese Northwestern style), which was very tender and fatty when I got it yesterday, for $3, and 鹵麵 noodle (stew noodles, for a lack of better word) prepared the way I like, somewhere between pan fried and lo mein style., for $5. good with hot oil.
Want to try: boiled dumplings the northern style and soft soy tofu.

No need to go just for this, but if you are a columbia U student home sick for food, you'll be happy you don't have to go all the way down to Chinatown for simple food.

May 03, 2013
HLing in Manhattan

Taiyaki tea house - chinatown

bummer. I'm guessing they're not using the pre grand-opening period to try things out, get feedback, so that they can achieve a good product, instead they are being frugal, unaware of the negative consequences - which is losing customers before they even start.

Apr 23, 2013
HLing in Manhattan

Taiyaki tea house - chinatown

I didn't sit and wait for them to be made, if that's what you mean. But, if you walk in, and there were none ready, then they'd make it on the spot.

Keep in mind, they've not officially opened yet.

Apr 12, 2013
HLing in Manhattan

Taiyaki tea house - chinatown

the ones i got were still warm.

Apr 12, 2013
HLing in Manhattan

Taiyaki tea house - chinatown

Here's a picture from the other day.

The obanyaki in Mitsuwa sometimes get too doughy, though I do love the abundance of the red beans.

Here it's just Taiyaki, which appeals to the kid in me who wants to eat a whole fish from head to tail.

Apr 11, 2013
HLing in Manhattan

Taiyaki tea house - chinatown

I didn't quite get the address, but it's on Catherine street just off of bowery (going toward the river it's on your left, 2nd store front, yellow awning with chinese writing: 一口茶)

They have just opened, offering Taiyaki - the Japanese fish-shaped pancake filled with red bean paste. So far only red beans, and a savory ham and cheese, both were nice. The owner said more to come after they officially open. Fillings like chestnuts, custard, and green tea (in the batter).

I often crave obanyaki and taiyaki but seldom have time to go to Mitsuwa these days. This was a nice place to have here.

The tea house part so far is bubble tea.

Apr 06, 2013
HLing in Manhattan

GREAT AUTHENTIC TEA IN MANHATTAN

Diprey11, thanks for the link. That picture of the leaves for Zhi Lan Xiang looks pretty much right on.

(I'm curious about your having a "toothache" in regard to the Tea Habitat.)

Mar 15, 2013
HLing in Manhattan

GREAT AUTHENTIC TEA IN MANHATTAN

When I was in Cali briefly in several years back I had some nice conversations regarding with Liu on chowhound, talking about tea, as a matter of fact.

I'm still not a big fan of ordering online for tea, so, no, I have not ordered from Iman, or anyone else.

*When the time comes it would be fun to have a chowhound tea meet up.

Mar 15, 2013
HLing in Manhattan

GREAT AUTHENTIC TEA IN MANHATTAN

MacGuffin, I'm glad I'm able to return the favor!

Mar 13, 2013
HLing in Manhattan

GREAT AUTHENTIC TEA IN MANHATTAN

Diprey11, I have put in an inquiry to the Mandarin Tea Room for to pick up some tea, though I'm pretty sure theirs will be the more popular kind. Hope I'm wrong.

while in Guangdong I bought some Wudong mountain Dan Cong. The seller said it's from his family farm in the mountain. I liked their 烏崠芝蘭香 and 烏崠黄枝香, (one a simple natural beauty and the other rich and complex like good wine). I'm not looking for aged tea. In fact, what "aged tea" I've had didn't taste good to me. 2004 was when I first tasted those particular dan cong quite by chance, and later (too late I found out) they turned out to be hard to come by both in china and in the U.S.

Mar 13, 2013
HLing in Manhattan

GREAT AUTHENTIC TEA IN MANHATTAN

After being absent for a while I've found Fan Gourmet Tea and liked their $3 per person per tea tasting option. I've not been to the Mandarin's Tea room, (assuming it's by appointment only?) but it appears that they have the Pheonix tea I've been looking for since 2004. (Fan Gourmet doesn't have it last time I asked) Thanks all, for reminding me to look.

Mar 13, 2013
HLing in Manhattan

Brighton Beach and Sheepshead Bay Notes

I wonder if fellow hounds have more info on the original baker of the Georgian Bread place on Neptune (blue awning, on neptune between 4th and 5th or 5th and 6th)? Yes, they've reopened since Sandy, but things have changed, (the oven painted red for one), and the older tall baker has not been around. The long flat bread tastes different.

Will have to check out the other place (109 Brighton 11) Jen posted about. Thanks!

Feb 19, 2013
HLing in Outer Boroughs

Yuen Yuen 人人 冰室 in Chinatown is gone。

Thanks for the pictures! Which clay pot dish was that? Rattlesnake, per chance?!

Jan 24, 2013
HLing in Manhattan

Yuen Yuen 人人 冰室 in Chinatown is gone。

On the rare day I thought to look for it last week I paced up and down Bayard wondering if I'd remembered its location incorrectly. (61 Bayard btw Mott and Elizabeth)
This was the place that in chinese hand-written sign offered rattlesnake soup and other Herbal tonics, besides the old style Cantonese dishes. The place had old world charm.

Now I will always wonder if the rattlesnake soup was any good...

Jan 23, 2013
HLing in Manhattan

Does Anybody Really Like Fennel?!

Yes. I actually like fennel. For salad: It's a great occasion to use the truffle shaver (which otherwise doesn't get used) to shave it and some sort of firm apple thin as can be.

Braised in the oven with the many winter root vegetables it is part of a one-pan meal.

Jan 14, 2013
HLing in Home Cooking

Delicious Dinkies

here's the short rib sandwich

Jan 12, 2013
HLing in Manhattan

Delicious Dinkies

I've been back a few times and enjoyed the Cuban sliders while they were out of the short rib. The pork is juicy and fresh. Their choice of bread has always been good so that it complimented. Finally though I was able to get the short rib sandwich today. it's tender with just enough fat. simple and flavorful. I didn't want any sauce to hide the original taste. Their fries are also well made.getting 6 piping hot apple pie dinkies for 1.5 less with my sandwich was nice.

Jan 12, 2013
HLing in Manhattan

Fall into the garlic trap much?

KaimukiMan, do you attribute "smelling like a native" to any particular Korean dish?

I remember Taiwanese street food fondly. While in the US eventually some Taiwanese food ecome available, and had come pretty close to my memory of it, it took just one trip back to Taiwan (after 15+ years of absence) for me to realize right away the difference between the FRAGRANCE of garlic and the STINK of garlic.

Jan 10, 2013
HLing in General Topics

Fall into the garlic trap much?

Definitely, I can stay away from the bad ones when I shop. The thing is, when restaurants start using the cheap garlic to save time, we have no choice, except maybe to know not to return next time.

Jan 10, 2013
HLing in General Topics

Fall into the garlic trap much?

just curious, do you use pre-peeled garlic?

Jan 09, 2013
HLing in General Topics

Fall into the garlic trap much?

It's likely true that each person process garlic differently, though at the same time, it takes a neutral person other than ourselves to determine whether the garlic breath had really left us or we've just gotten used to ourselves.

Jan 09, 2013
HLing in General Topics

Fall into the garlic trap much?

On the few times I eat out these days, I've stumbled into the garlic/garlic greens trap, where just a few bites of a dish (in this case some Korean Mandu) and I'm branded for days with the offensive garlic "breath", actually more like a massive garlic cloud that can light up a whole subway car. no amount of tooth brushing or gum chewing, or parsley chewing help.

It didn't used to be like this. Fresh garlic didn't used to smell like something internally processed by a drunk. (and no, I didn't have any alcohol). I'm quite sure it's when restaurants use the pre-peeled, and even the pre-minced garlic for convenience sake.

Has anyone else been noticing this? For New Yorkers who ride on the subway, you know what I mean.

Jan 09, 2013
HLing in General Topics

Hermit Cookies?

Thursdays at Columbia U's farmers market Millport Dairy from PA is there with eggs and chesses, but I've taken a liking to their shoo fly pie, and have been glancing at their ginger molasses cookies. Maybe they might do?

Jan 09, 2013
HLing in Outer Boroughs