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What happened to Yummy House on 3rd and 12th?

Looks like the original owners ended their lease and sold the restaurant to some rundown dumpling house on 2nd ave. Same menu, but different chefs. The food is horrible (worse than your typical Chinese take-out) and tastes nothing like Yummy House. I wonder why the original owners decided to jump ship?

Oct 11, 2011
mrslloyddobler in Manhattan

How long is the wait at Blue Ribbon on Sullivan Street?

At the last minute we've decided to have a 30th birthday dinner on Saturday night. We're 1 shy of a being able to make a RSVP. How long will the wait be?

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Blue Ribbon Brasserie
97 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

Oct 07, 2011
mrslloyddobler in Manhattan

Indian Food in Center City

When I lived in CC, I got takeout from Minar Palace once a week. That was before they relocated to fancier digs. From what I gather, the restaurant is more of a sit-down place now.

Mar 08, 2010
mrslloyddobler in Philadelphia

shirataki noodles in Philly

The little Korean market in Blue Bell has them. I forget the name, but it's right off of 202.

Mar 04, 2010
mrslloyddobler in Philadelphia

Chinese food quest in the suburbs

agreed.

Mar 01, 2010
mrslloyddobler in Philadelphia

Dim Sum places in the suburbs

You can barely get good dim in CC, so it would be a huge stretch to locate a dim sum restaurant in the burbs. Philly is not known for its Cantonese cuisine. Like others have said, stick with Shanghai style XLB.

Mar 01, 2010
mrslloyddobler in Philadelphia

Philly Chinatown Dim Sum

What info would you like to glean from a web link???

Mar 01, 2010
mrslloyddobler in Philadelphia

It's so bad... and I love it!

On any given night, you'll see a wide range of customers at Chung Sing. From college jocks to large families, to native Chinese speakers. They have a large menu that is intended to appease a large audience.

If you want authentic options, you need to look for them. For instance, I don't know of any other non-Chinatown restaurant that serves shrimp stuffed eggplant as delicious as Chung Sing. Their Singapore Mai Fun is also comparable to the best Hong Kong Style restaurants of Boston and NYC.

You ordered chow mein and fried rice....drunk food at its best...did you really expect your meal to be gourmet or even chow-worthy???

And I don't prefer it to Sang Kee. If I want Sang Kee type food, I'd rather drive into Chinatown for the real deal (Shiao Lun Kung or perhaps the original Sang Kee). Sang Kee in Ardmore has become overpriced and the portion sizes are typical of the Mainline. Also, their stuffed eggplant is not as authentic as Chung Sing (i.e. dim sum style).

Mar 01, 2010
mrslloyddobler in Philadelphia

Amada during RW

I've never been to Amada, but I hope to get the Cliff's Notes version during RW. What dish shouldn't be missed? What would you order? We'll probably do the three course meal and share an order of paella.

http://www.centercityphila.org/life/r...

Jan 14, 2010
mrslloyddobler in Philadelphia

Chinatown Market Recommendations

I think that's Asia Supermarket on the corner of Race....and 11th? Just where the Convention Center activity ends and Chinatown starts.

Pork belly sounds great. Let us know how it turns out!

Jan 06, 2010
mrslloyddobler in Pennsylvania

Le Bus Bakery?

Le Bus in KOP? That's news to me. Do they offer the same items as the Rittenhouse Sq. location? I used to love their panini sandwiches.

Dec 30, 2009
mrslloyddobler in Pennsylvania

Where can I find fresh tamarind?

Unfortunately that area is completely out of the way for me. I think I've heard of that truck though. Does it sell all of its bagged produce for $1 a pop?

Dec 22, 2009
mrslloyddobler in Pennsylvania

Diversity Buffet in Exton?

I'm glad someone brought this post current. Based on the somewhat positive reviews, I went there for dinner on a Saturday night about 2 months ago. I thought the food was very very poor. My husband (who will eat just about anything with glee) concurred.

The sushi was inedible and the hibachi sauces were bland. There weren't any interesting, authentic dishes. Even the chicken and broccoli tasted funky. It's times like this when I question the veracity of these boards. Most posters denigrate Minado, yet Diversity gets positve reviews? Doesn't make sense to me. I realize these may not be the same posters, but I'm just flabbergasted. Diversity was quite possibly the worst Chinese buffet I've ever been to, whereas Minado actually serves good, satisfying food. If you're jonesing for a good Chinese buffet, try the King Buffet in Plymouth Meeting or the one on City Ave.

Dec 22, 2009
mrslloyddobler in Pennsylvania

Do you drink Wawa coffee?

I thought this was a nationwide promotion? Maybe not.

Dec 22, 2009
mrslloyddobler in Pennsylvania

Do you drink Wawa coffee?

I used to pick up a 20 oz of Wawa's coffee every morning. I went back and forth between their strongest blend (forget the name) and French Vanilla. For the price, I didn't complain, though I would prefer DDs on any given day.

Dec 22, 2009
mrslloyddobler in Pennsylvania

Where can I find fresh tamarind?

You're right, I should be able to get away with those bricks. I basically need to squeeze the water out of the tamarind mush and add the other ingredients to the mush. Guess I'll have to make a special trip into Chinatown or Wash. Ave. Or maybe I'll cheat and buy a pint of chutney from Taste of India =)

Dec 22, 2009
mrslloyddobler in Pennsylvania

Where can I find fresh tamarind?

I need to find fresh tamarind for a tamarind chutney recipe. I've tried Wegmans - Collegeville and Assi, to no avail. Any other ideas?

Dec 22, 2009
mrslloyddobler in Pennsylvania

Need a Cookie or Cupcake of the Month Club

I ended up ordering from David's. Thanks!

Dec 14, 2009
mrslloyddobler in General Topics

Need a Cookie or Cupcake of the Month Club

I'm trying to come up with gift ideas for a sweet tooth. The only cookie of the month club I can find is David's. Does anyone have any other ideas?

Dec 11, 2009
mrslloyddobler in General Topics

What brand of coconut milk for Thai curry dishes?

I ended up using Thai Kitchen brand. There was very little runny liquid, less than 1/4 cup. If that's a sign of "good quality" then I'll stick with it.

Dec 06, 2009
mrslloyddobler in General Topics

Dim Sum

I like Ocean Harbor on Race St. It has a real Hong Kong feel to it. I have no idea if dim sum is served on weekdays, but it is most certainly served on Saturday and Sunday. Try to get there before 1pm. Also, try to round up a bunch of friends so you can order a couple of everything. It's the best way to delve into it.

Dec 06, 2009
mrslloyddobler in Pennsylvania

Indian Food [Suburban Philadelphia]

Yes, I do mean buffet. I have had buffet selections and dinnertime ala carte at TOI and Chinnar, and detect no discernable difference in taste, freshness or quality. My only complaint with some Indian buffet spreads is that the spice level is often reduced to appease the masses. This problem doesn't exist with TOI.

Dec 06, 2009
mrslloyddobler in Pennsylvania

Need Dipping Sauces for Samosas

We're going to make a valiant attempt at a full Indian feast for Christmas Eve. I'm trying to make mint coriander chutney, tamarind sauce and the onion chutney that usually accompany samosas. I've had no luck finding good recipes for the latter 2. Can anyone please help me out?

Dec 06, 2009
mrslloyddobler in Home Cooking

Indian Food [Suburban Philadelphia]

A Pakistani co-worker told me he loves Desi b/c they cook in a largely Pakistani style. I on the otherhand did not like the spread at all.

Dec 04, 2009
mrslloyddobler in Pennsylvania

Indian Food [Suburban Philadelphia]

Taste of India and Chinnar, both in the Wayne/Devon area.

Dec 03, 2009
mrslloyddobler in Pennsylvania

What brand of coconut milk for Thai curry dishes?

A recipe calls for "good quality coconut milk", but there seems to be zero distinction between the 3 brands sold in my local store. Can anyone recommend a good brand?

Dec 02, 2009
mrslloyddobler in General Topics

Difference between black and green cardamon?

Thanks for the clarification. I was able to find inexpensive green cardamom at my local Asian grocery store.

Dec 02, 2009
mrslloyddobler in Home Cooking

Updates (2009) on Indian restaurants in Philly area

Thanks for the detailed review. If I remember correctly, TOI serves a super flavorful garlic naan and equally good puffy bread on the weekends - YUM. I'm surprised you didn't opt for the rasmalai (sp) for dessert. It's hit or miss - depending on whether they are leftover from the week prior, but I definitely leave room for a couple of them. I agree that the oily sauces at TOI will be better suited in the winter months. I just hope the prices remain the same.

Nov 24, 2009
mrslloyddobler in Pennsylvania

Difference between black and green cardamon?

I'm making some Indian dishes and only have black cardamon. One recipe calls for green ones. Is there a huge difference?

Nov 23, 2009
mrslloyddobler in Home Cooking

Pub @ Wegman's in Collegeville

When we go to Wegman's, we buy about $30 worth of prepared foods and take it home for dinner. If I worked in the area, I would probably grab lunch there 2x a week. The sandwiches are great, and so are the stands. During a solo shopping trip, I'd probably grab some hummus and olives and take a midafternoon break in the cafe. I woudn't do these things in any other "grocery store", but I Wegman's is kinda different.

Nov 12, 2009
mrslloyddobler in Pennsylvania