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Empress Harbor or ??? for 17 people in SGV

Hi all, I'm new to LA (just moved from NY) and am trying to find a good place for 17 people to have dinner in the San Gabriel Valley. I would love to go to Sea Harbor and eat geoduck sashimi, etc., but most of the people in our group are not adventurous eaters and I got the sense that Sea Harbor really shines in their seafood dishes. Judging by past, sort of old posts, it seems like Empress Harbor might be a good bet for solid food where some of us could eat plenty of seafood and others could get some less unusual dishes. But if you have any other suggestions, I'd be very grateful!

Mar 27, 2014
AppleSister in Los Angeles Area

Flushing Review: RIFU - A Taste of Yanbian

Yes, I'm in! When are we going? Hopefully after I get back from Korea? Will be back after 10/6.

Sep 13, 2010
AppleSister in Outer Boroughs

Unforgettable cooking class in Oaxaca

Marie, can you email me separately at applesister330 [at] gmail [dot] com? I'd rather not post her personal contact info on the public board.

May 28, 2010
AppleSister in Mexico

Giant Kimchi Buns from the borders of China & korea

And I can help out as well. bigjeff, thanks again for organizing, I was so stuffed and so happy after that dinner. You know, until I read your write-up, I didn't even realize there was a Chinese word "leng mian." The Korean on the menu was definitely "naeng myun" though there was ONE place where it said "leng myun" in Korean. Which reminded me of this crazy North Korean cold noodle ad that had "leng myun" all over it. (http://www.zenkimchi.com/FoodJournal/...) Growing up in Seoul, I never heard anyone say "leng," and if it's a North Korean pronunciation/dialect, it would make sense that it's closer to the Chinese.

The menu we saw last night was different from the one Joe MacBu put up. The cover above was definitely different -- it says "sootbul galbi" (charcoal grilled short ribs) and Pyongyang naengmyun (a specific style of Korean cold noodles).

May 21, 2010
AppleSister in Outer Boroughs

Giant Kimchi Buns from the borders of China & korea

Yup, that's my blog and the same photos! I really need to go back there.

May 18, 2010
AppleSister in Outer Boroughs

Where will you watch World Cup?

I watched a lot of Euro 2008 at Soda Bar on Vanderbilt, mainly b/c it was close and I could bike over really easily. There weren't many people there on weekdays at noon, but by the final, it was so packed, I couldn't get in. The crowd is what you'd expect, young, yuppie/hipster, not particularly one ethnicity, but enthusiastic. I liked the camaraderie of the people who were sneaking out of work at noon to watch games :) Barbes in Park Slope was showing games, too, and I'd imagine the crowd there would be similar.

Floyd's NY is popular, a lot of England fans judging by an argument I got into during the last World Cup. They show EPL games during the year.

I heard La Nacional in Manhattan is the place to be for Spain fans.

32nd St. between 5th and 6th Avenues in Manhattan will be overrun, literally, with Korea fans. Usually, they air the games on a jumbotron and the street is just jammed with crazy Koreans. The restaurants do, too, though you really have to get there early. Will be interesting to see if they promote the North Korea games, too.

Mar 17, 2010
AppleSister in Outer Boroughs

Cannelle Patisserie in Queens

So glad to find this review! I recently noticed the Park Slope Food Coop had changed their croissant supplier. They looked and felt totally different, like they might actually flake and have flavor. I took one home, was completely amazed how good it was, and remembered the new label said "Cannelle." Now I know what that means. Must make a trip there soon.

Mar 15, 2010
AppleSister in Outer Boroughs

WINTER seafood seller at Bklyn greenmarket

Hi Pitu! It's been awhile, eh?
The Pura Vida stall last year seemed to take a big long winter break, but it was out there last weekend. Fewer stuff, but good. I made some egg-battered fritters with their porgy fillets recently, and I live off their squid and clams all year.

Feb 03, 2010
AppleSister in Outer Boroughs

Giant Kimchi Buns from the borders of China & korea

HLing, I do think there was a mistake somewhere in translation. Definitely there was no 짜짱면 written on the menu. Just found out from a friend who works in a lab with people from Hunan, Dongbei, and Huangzhou, and she says the jing jiang rou shi and the yu hsiang dish are both Sichuan. And voila! jing jiang rou shi and "yu hsiang" which means "fish-flavored" despite the lack of fish, are both in my copy of Fuchsia Dunlop's Land of Plenty.

Feb 02, 2010
AppleSister in Outer Boroughs

WINTER seafood seller at Bklyn greenmarket

The Pura Vida stall is still out at Fort Greene farmers' market.

Feb 02, 2010
AppleSister in Outer Boroughs

Giant Kimchi Buns from the borders of China & korea

Just went to Ming Chan Dong (pronounced in Korean as "Myung Chan Dong") this past weekend and I have a couple of questions I'm hoping one of you can answer. So I was dying to try the Korean and Chinese versions of jjajiangmyeon/zha jian mian. The "Korean" version I got was nothing like what's served at Korean-Chinese restaurants--no pork, no onions--with a lot less sauce. The "Chinese" version, which I asked for in Korean, turned out to be this noodle soup with pork and greens! (See attached photos.) My Korean isn't perfect, so it may have been a mistake in communication. My friends who were there who prefer the Chinese version said they're used to something dry with meat and a bit of sauce. (Both versions had so-so noodles, FYI.) Any thoughts?

Regardless, the rest of our meal was fantastic. We got pork in a black bean sauce, to be wrapped in paper-thin slices of warm tofu, which judging by what the waitress told us and Lau's translation, I think is jing jiang rou shi. We also got the eggplant in garlic, which turns out is coated in egg and fried so the outside is crispy, the inside creamy, and the whole thing absolutely wonderful. We got both on recommendation by the waitress, and when we told her we liked them both so much, she said there are yummier dishes but she thought we should start there because they're cheap, but that the lamb is the bomb! We almost ordered the lamb right then and there but we had to move on to Golden Mall.

Anyway, it turns out the waitress is ethnically Chinese and speaks Korean because it was taught in school. Everyone else eating at the restaurant was Korean, and the menu on the wall only had Korean on it, advertising things like Korean blood sausage and spicy soft tofu stew. I distinctly heard someone ordering cheongukjang stew, which is made from a particularly smelly, natto-like doenjang or soybean paste. The "Korean-Chinese" food on the menu is not the obvious kind, like you find at Chinese House. Totally intrigued. Must go back.

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Ming Chan Dong
36-24 Union St, Queens, NY 11354

Jan 31, 2010
AppleSister in Outer Boroughs

Unforgettable cooking class in Oaxaca

Hi everyone, I wrote the original post and just wanted to let you know that unfortunately, I'm not able to share her contact information any more, as it's been a long time and it's not very reliable. I would still definitely recommend Seasons of My Heart.

Buen provecho!

Dec 09, 2009
AppleSister in Mexico

Shanghai Asian Cuisine on Elizabeth Street

I forgot to mention that my friend said only the Shanghainese dim sum items were good. Dinner food was not recommended.

Nov 28, 2009
AppleSister in Manhattan

Giant Kimchi Buns from the borders of China & korea

Yes, it's awesome that Korean-Chinese and Chinese-Korean and curious chowhounds can get food they're homesick for :) I don't know if there is a Chinese version of potato pancakes, but there's definitely a Korean one--gamja-jeon. Whenever I make it, my friends say it tastes like a latke with scallions. Some people grate the potatoes more, which makes them chewier and less like a hash brown.

I'm amazed they're serving pine mushrooms at that price--are they truly pine mushrooms?

Thanks to everyone for the tips! When I get to Guh Song, I'll post a menu translation in return.

Oct 13, 2009
AppleSister in Outer Boroughs

Giant Kimchi Buns from the borders of China & korea

Thanks, this is such a fascinating subject to me. I know many of the Chinese restaurants in Seoul are run by ethnic Chinese. There's apparently even a Chinatown in the city of Incheon. I'm sure the influences run both ways--ethnic Chinese in Korea, ethnic Koreans in China. I recently read an article about Dongbei food that describes a version of kimchi that's less spicy than in Korea, which makes sense given North Korean kimchi is generally less spicy as well.

Anyway, any recommendations for a good Korean-Chinese ja jang myun in Flushing? And for a good zha jiang to compare?

Oct 13, 2009
AppleSister in Outer Boroughs

Giant Kimchi Buns from the borders of China & korea

Yum! I can only read the Korean, but I see a bunch of stir-fries, more Chinese-sounding than Korean (stir-fried frog!) as well as some intriguing more Korean-sounding dishes. Corn naengmyeon, which are the North Korean cold noodles--I've never had it with corn. The Zha Jian Mian, I wonder if that's like 짜장면, the black-bean Korean-Chinese noodle dish that's a delivery staple in Korea.

Can't wait to try this place!

Oct 13, 2009
AppleSister in Outer Boroughs

Asian markets in Flushing - your favorites?

Hmm, must try it! Love the name--it means "party party," though you probably already knew that!

Sep 14, 2009
AppleSister in Outer Boroughs

Great places to eat in Seoul, Korea (long)

I probably won't be there in April 2010, but keep me posted on your trip and I may have better tips, as I'm leaving for Seoul in a week, with a long Jeolla-do-focused road trip as well. Hmm, stir fry chicken in spicy sauce--are you thinking of la-jo-gee, the Korean-Chinese dish?

Sep 14, 2009
AppleSister in China & Southeast Asia

Shanghai Asian Cuisine on Elizabeth Street

I just ate here this past Saturday for "Shanghainese dim sum," as described by my Cantonese-speaking friend. It was delicious! I especially loved the cold pork hock, which you dip in a funny, syrupy sauce that you would never think would go so well with gelatinous cold pork. The xiao long bao had lovely, delicate skins, the pan-fried wontons kept their crisp long after they arrived, and the sweet bean filled pancake we had for dessert was simple and satisfying. She says that it's been around forever but that it recently got a lot better. A Shanghainese friend of hers says, "The food is better than my grandmother's but I can't tell her!"

Sep 14, 2009
AppleSister in Manhattan

Asian markets in Flushing - your favorites?

My favorite Korean market is now Han Yang, mentioned by Joe MacBu above. I've shopped at HMart and Assi Plaza, and I've now decided to go out of my way (from Brooklyn, no car) to shop at Han Yang. The seafood section was sparkling compared to the one at Assi Plaza. I haven't shopped frequently enough to know for myself, but I've been told that HMart isn't very careful with expiration dates, and that the meat at Han Yang is better. I also generally just find it easier to navigate a smaller, well-stocked store than the cavernous Assi Plaza, but that's just personal taste. I also love that they stock banchan and tteok from Hansol Party House, which is located so far down on Northern Blvd., it would be really hard for me to walk there from the 7 train.

Sep 03, 2009
AppleSister in Outer Boroughs

Looking for a good ice shaver

Just wanted to report that the Hamilton Beach Snowman Ice Shaver is MUCH closer to Hawaiian shaved ice texture than the Hamilton Beach Icy Treats machine. It's still not able to do what a commercial machine would do, but the shaved ice is quite soft and flaky. Can't wait to make patbingsoo!

Aug 11, 2009
AppleSister in Cookware

Looking for a good ice shaver

That is very good to know!

I just ordered the Hamilton Beach Snowman Ice Shaver from Amazon, based on cyberoo's comment about shaving blocks versus crushing cubes. Will let you know how it goes.

Aug 04, 2009
AppleSister in Cookware

Looking for a good ice shaver

That is an excellent point. The machine we had growing up in Korea worked with frozen blocks that were shaved. Thank you for the link!

Jul 28, 2009
AppleSister in Cookware

Looking for a good ice shaver

That's what I was afraid of. But some have got to be better than others!

Jul 24, 2009
AppleSister in Cookware

Looking for a good ice shaver

I tried out the Hamilton Beach Icy Treats ice shaver, but the texture of the ice is more like a granita/slurpee than the Hawaiian shaved ice/Korean patbingsu I'm going for. Is it impossible to get ice that flaky from something that's not industrial-sized? Any recommendations?

Jul 17, 2009
AppleSister in Cookware

MSP-Restaurants open Fourth of July?

You all are incredible! I love Midwestern hospitality! Thank you so much.

Jul 01, 2009
AppleSister in General Midwest Archive

MSP-Restaurants open Fourth of July?

Much thanks for your suggestions! I think we are going to buy some stuff for a picnic instead. We're staying in St. Paul in an apartment swap near the College of St. Catherine. Are there any groceries you'd recommend in that area for picnic supplies?

Jul 01, 2009
AppleSister in General Midwest Archive

MSP-Restaurants open Fourth of July?

Six college girlfriends and I are convening in Minneapolis-St. Paul this weekend for our annual reunion from various points all over the country. We're really excited to try MSP's specialties (and much thanks to this board for the great suggestions--can't wait to try a Jucy Lucy) but I'm having a little trouble figuring out where to eat Saturday night. We'd like to see the fireworks from the Riverfront District or possibly at TASTE on Harriet Island, and if we're downtown, we thought we'd grab dinner somewhere around there. My first choice was 112 Eatery--they're closed. Will a lot of restaurants be closed on the Fourth? Any suggestions for 7 women in the thirties to gather? None of us have ever been in the Twin Cities before, and we'd like a place where we can sit and talk, nice but not too expensive ($50 per person is "special" to me, and I'm from NY).

Much thanks!

Jun 30, 2009
AppleSister in General Midwest Archive

smoke joint: what the ?!?!?

The catfish sandwich, if I remember correctly, isn't exactly the same but I think they use the same tangy sauce. I'll have to try General Greene again. I haven't gone back since I had brunch there and paid $12 for two little eggs in a skillet. I don't know why it pissed me off so much--I don't mind paying for good food--but something about it really rubbed me the wrong way.

Jun 30, 2009
AppleSister in Outer Boroughs

smoke joint: what the ?!?!?

I live in the neighborhood also, and I've been a couple of times over the years. Living here, I think of it is as a neighborhood place, a nice place to eat out without spending a lot of money, but not as must-go BBQ place. Recently, I've enjoyed the catfish sandwich and the collard greens and LOVED the corn on the cob slathered with spicy mayo and scallions. Seriously, I am considering eating that corn once a week this summer. But given that my favorites are not BBQ, I'm not voicing a strong dissent.

What I REALLY miss is Lil' Pig, the place they used to run next to Smoke Joint. The menu there was top-notch--high-quality ingredients, fresh flavors, great soups, salads, sandwiches at great prices. There was nothing else like it in the neighborhood. That space now also only serves the Smoke Joint menu :(

Jun 25, 2009
AppleSister in Outer Boroughs