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Aldi food store now in Queens NY

Another really good item is Sea Queens Wild Caught Haddock at $5.00 a pound. About 5 decent sized boneless fillet that's perfect for fish tacos. Moser Roth chocolates are also divine.

May 22, 2011
tokimoki in Chains

five guys burger sucks

Super greasy. You have to eat it really fast while it's pipping hot. Unless you wolf it down, it's like biting into solidified oil.

May 22, 2011
tokimoki in Chains

Tim Horton's Doughnuts

I dunno about TH in Canada but in NYC, they taste pretty much like DD. Gummy, super sugary and equally horrible.

May 22, 2011
tokimoki in Chains

Lao Bei Fang Dumpling House, Elmhurst

At LKW, you are served directly from the kitchen. Dumplings are always served from those giant covered wok pans. They never sit around in open air or under heat lamps. At LBF, not so much. They were pre-made and sitting around, which makes them dry. If you nuke them at home, they pretty much have the same juicy texture as LKW.

May 22, 2011
tokimoki in Outer Boroughs

Soft Shell Crabs in Elmhurst

I guess they are in season? I got them from Top Line Supermarket, They were alive and filled with roe. 25$ for a dozen or 12.50$ for 6. 100% delicious.

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Top Line
81-37 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373

May 06, 2011
tokimoki in Outer Boroughs

Lao Bei Fang Dumpling House, Elmhurst

Lao Kou Wei Dumpling House

http://www.flickr.com/photos/eatingin...

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Lao Kou Wei
86-08 Whitney Ave, Queens, NY 11373

Apr 17, 2011
tokimoki in Outer Boroughs

Aldi food store now in Queens NY

Their Grandessa ChocoToffee cookies are spectacular. Gallon of milk is really cheap at 2.19. Salt is like 30cents and some of their cheapo chips are really tasty. Nice sized coleslaw at 2.50. Fresh and tasty. Their .99cent hot cocoa tastes better than any supermarket brand. It's a good discount store if you don't want to buy things in bulk.

Wouldn't travel out of my way just for this store. It's a neat little place for the ton people who live within walking distance. I personally love it. I always stop by after shopping at Costco.

This store is owned by the same ppl who own trader joes. It's just a cheapo version.

Apr 17, 2011
tokimoki in Chains

Lao Bei Fang Dumpling House, Elmhurst

They moved to a new place on Broadway. Bigger space with real seating. Their old place has new owners with a new sign/name. Both carry dumplings but I think I prefer the old place with the new owners. It's cheaper and dumplings are served hot.

4 dumplings at the Whitney address cost $1.25 & $1.50 at the Broadway place. Dumplings pretty much taste the same except that Lao's has that slight perfumy fragrance.

83-05 Broadway
Elmhurst, NY 11373

Apr 17, 2011
tokimoki in Outer Boroughs

Costco Kimchee

I love this Kimchee. It's by Cosmos brand. This is my fav Kimchee brand now. It has that tangy sour, sweet but not too sweet taste. Dump it in Jigae and omg, yum. Better than Assi or Hmart brand IMHO.

Apr 17, 2011
tokimoki in Chains

Best pasta sauce in a jar?

I tried a ton of different sauces and I really love Rao's the best. They will break your wallet though. Don Bruno Vodka sauce by Roland is also very good. They cost about 4.50 at my local supermarket.

Nov 12, 2010
tokimoki in General Topics

Chung Moo Rollrice and Dongas - Oh My! The Bibim Naeng Myun!

Bibim Nang Myun was extremely sweet and had no heat. I wanted to tell the sweet hal-muh-ni that she should cut the sugar in half and it would be sweet enough. Noodles lacked the chewy (jolgi jolgi) texture. Overcooked.

What's really good here for me was the O-Deng soup and dukkbokki together. O-Deng took me right back to my childhood in Korea. I miss my ice skates and mana chek.

Oct 20, 2009
tokimoki in Outer Boroughs

best pizza in elmhurst?

Everywhere I go, I always get the reg slice. Sicilians are too thick and bready for me. Ginos was definitely better when I was younger but it's still solid in my book.

Elmhurst Famous is a dud for me. Try the Singas pie with Jalapenos and onions. Sometimes, the peppers are so hot that it feels like your mouth is on fire.

Oct 19, 2009
tokimoki in Outer Boroughs

best pizza in elmhurst?

I tried this place twice since the opening and I didn't like their reg pizza at all. Their crust was a trifecta of dry, tough and overly chewy. Both times, my slice was served lukewarm. Ugh. I don't know whey they don't serve the pizza hot and crisp up the bottom.

I know it's really cheap at 1.50 but I rather pay more and walk twice as long to eat at Gino's. There, I always get a greasy, piping hot slice with melted cheese and crispy crust. Not to mention tasty.

My hubby was more optimistic and will give them a few more tries. My dad's verdict was like, nothing beats Singa's in the nabe.

Oct 18, 2009
tokimoki in Outer Boroughs

Trying to find Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce in Elmhurst / Jackson Heights area

I like the regular and honey bbq. I tend to mix in some mustard and a ton of habanero hot sauce and make it super spicy.

Sep 26, 2009
tokimoki in Outer Boroughs

Trying to find Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce in Elmhurst / Jackson Heights area

OMG, thank you Adam. My showtime rotisserie is back in commission. Baby back ribs, here I come.

Sep 26, 2009
tokimoki in Outer Boroughs

taqueria coatzingo

I'm also not a big fan of carnitas but my hubby loves them here. Carnitas and Al Pastor are his fav. I love the carne asada and tripe tacos. We're going to try lengua tacos and cemita sandwiches next.

Aug 29, 2009
tokimoki in Outer Boroughs

Chung Moo Rollrice and Dongas - Oh My! The Bibim Naeng Myun!

Bibim Naeng Myun sounds yum but I've been craving Soondae and gonna give this place a try tomorrow. Thanks Joe.

Aug 27, 2009
tokimoki in Outer Boroughs

Does a burger need a topping?

I agree with this. Even if the meat is not seasoned or well prepared, cheese can make it better or at least manageable. My favorite toppings are caramelized onions and thai chilis/jalapenos, melted cheddar, ketchup and mustard. Yum.

Aug 16, 2009
tokimoki in General Topics

Best Italian Canned Tomatoes?

My husband and I tried a side by side test with Cento's DOP San Marzano tomatoes vs Cento's Italian Style tomatoes. We gave both sauces the same treatment but strange enough, from the moment we opened the cans, the non-DOP version had the fresher brighter smell and eventually the taste.

Until now, I thought, maybe the DOP brand was on the shelf a little too long because it was twice as more expensive but after reading this post, maybe the puree had been cooked and sorta ruined the taste? I really don't know. Anyway, with Cento brand, we definitely prefer the non-DOP version.

Aug 16, 2009
tokimoki in General Topics

What to do with Chinese cucumbers?

Do they look like this? http://www.tpseed.com.cn/english/vari...

If so, you shouldn't cook them. Just slice and add to your fav salad. I use a mandoline.

You can also do a quick brine and make a side dish. This is an easy & tasty Korean recipe that David Chang uses in one of his restaurants.

http://www.chow.com/recipes/18659

You can drain the water that pools and add a bit of garlic and/or hot pepper flakes for additional flavor.

Aug 16, 2009
tokimoki in Home Cooking

Trying to find Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce in Elmhurst / Jackson Heights area

Two for Bob Gibson. I'm going to keep and eye out for this. Thank you for your suggestions.

Aug 16, 2009
tokimoki in Outer Boroughs

Trying to find Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce in Elmhurst / Jackson Heights area

Flaco,

Keep making assumptions. When I lived in Brooklyn and later in the city, I did use Stubbs. It was available to me locally but no longer. Now, I prefer Sweet Baby Rays. If you read my original post, I wrote that the sauce was available locally at one point but no longer.

Before you make any more assumptions, I asked this question hoping to find the sauce LOCALLY in my neighborhood. I've always bought things locally. I don't know why it bothers you so much that some of us prefer this brand of sauce and hope to find it within walking distance.

Aug 16, 2009
tokimoki in Outer Boroughs

Trying to find Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce in Elmhurst / Jackson Heights area

Ah, yeah. There's a Walbaums next to Cannelle Patisserie. I'll check it out next time I head out there for some pastries. Hopefully they'll carry it. Thank you all for your replies.

Aug 11, 2009
tokimoki in Outer Boroughs

Trying to find Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce in Elmhurst / Jackson Heights area

I've hit all the supermarkets/chinese markets in Elmhurst, Patel Bros, Bravo on Roosevelt, Met Foods and Ctown on37th with no avail. Has anyone see this bbq sauce locally somewhere?
Pioneer supermarket on 43 ave used to carry it but no longer.

Aug 11, 2009
tokimoki in Outer Boroughs

DiFara Price Hike

So true.

Aug 09, 2009
tokimoki in Outer Boroughs

The "Chew" in French Bread

You need to use bread flour as it contains more gluten than all purpose. Most supermarkets should carry King Arthurs unbleached bread flour or something like it.

I've been baking the most delicious crusty chewy frenchy style bread using a slightly modified version of Jim Lahey's no knead bread recipe. I bake in a toaster oven which has a 15min max setting, gasp.

This bread has a crusty (not hard) golden outer shell texture and a chewy, moist, very holy, fluffy, inner texture. It tastes incredible right out of the toaster oven with just a tiny bit of butter or peanut butter.

The Recipe
http://steamykitchen.com/168-no-knead...
or
http://ktstevens.wordpress.com/2009/0...

My Mod: Instead of using a 1/4 teaspoon of yeast, I use 1 full packet of Fleischmanns yeast and let the dough rise for only 3 to 4 hours. It will look very wet and bubbly. Quarter the dough and bake one section in a small clear pyrex loaf pan with no cover. Set the toaster oven to 450 and bake for 30 mintues. This small loaf is good enough for just 2 people. Save the rest of the dough in the fridge and bake when needed.

I don't dust the bottom with flour or cornmeal or transfer the dough on to a dry towel before baking. Just transfer the dough right out of the rising bowl and into a glass loaf pan, shape if possible and bake.The bread will slide out after baking.

I like to add toppings before baking. Sprinkle freshly ground peppers and shave some parmesan cheese on top, few pieces of basil. So delish.

Aug 09, 2009
tokimoki in Home Cooking

DiFara Price Hike

Virginia Beach?

Aug 07, 2009
tokimoki in Outer Boroughs

DiFara Price Hike

Are the lines shorter now? Thinking of heading down there.

Aug 04, 2009
tokimoki in Outer Boroughs

Sul Lung Tang in Flushing

Can someone recommend good sul lung tang with equally good kimchee in Flushing?
Comparable to Gahm Mi Oak in the city. Close to mass transit. Thanks.

Jul 29, 2009
tokimoki in Outer Boroughs

Veal Marrow Bones in Elmhurst / Jackson Heights / Woodside area?

HK supermarket also has them. Super cheap. I didn't get a chance to roast the bones but I did use just a little bit to flavor our burgers and they were the best cheese burgers we've ever had. So tasty. Incredible flavors.

Jul 26, 2009
tokimoki in Outer Boroughs