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Flagstaff Dining

+1 for Martanne's for brunch

Oct 22, 2014
swannee in Southwest

Singapore - Peranakan Flavours at The Ardennes Hotel

It looks SO good, even if the Sayur Lodeh does look so rich that I would a lot of rice!

Wok fried broad noodles

There are two completely different types on beef chow fun. The most common--and my favorite--is 干炒牛河粉. But if you like the saucy kind order it with black bean sauce, 豆豉牛河粉.

Oct 20, 2014
swannee in Outer Boroughs

Wok fried broad noodles

Try it with he fun at NY noodletown! Even better.

Oct 19, 2014
swannee in Outer Boroughs

Wok fried broad noodles

Always has curry powder. Strangely enough, it is NOT a dish one finds in Singapore, it originates in Hong Kong.

Oct 18, 2014
swannee in Outer Boroughs

Wok fried broad noodles

+1 for Big Wong. Beef chow fun is also good at NY noodletown and Congee Village (although both use less wide ho fun). Best overall is Singapore chow ho fun at NY noodletown, a must try!

Oct 17, 2014
swannee in Outer Boroughs

Best recs near 70th and CPW

Boite en Bois?

Oct 17, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

Rojak?

Had it at Malaysian Curry Leaf in Flushing and Taste Good in Elmhurst. Former was better, but neither really good.

Oct 15, 2014
swannee in Outer Boroughs

Belachan in Brooklyn?

will do

Oct 15, 2014
swannee in Outer Boroughs

In Search Of: "Other" Solid Cantonese in Manhattan Chinatown

PS Just looked at my notes. The casseroles were good. Didn't like the congee and the fish looked suspicious. Good 梅菜扣肉 whatever they call it in Cantonese? The rice casserole was a special.

Oct 15, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

Belachan in Brooklyn?

No, it's the one, now on 8th Ave. You posted 7-8 years ago, with restaurants like this, a lot can change!!!

Oct 15, 2014
swannee in Outer Boroughs

In Search Of: "Other" Solid Cantonese in Manhattan Chinatown

Simple stuff--rice casserole with steamed pork and salt fish, ong choy with fuyu, the beef stew or tendon, etc. A nice homey meal, close to the Subway.

Oct 15, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

In Search Of: "Other" Solid Cantonese in Manhattan Chinatown

I am very sorry to say that I have had the same impression. Also, it really seems to depend at OG if one orders in Cantonese.

Oct 15, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

Belachan in Brooklyn?

Anyone try this place? Its name is very promising ;)

Oct 15, 2014
swannee in Outer Boroughs

In Search Of: "Other" Solid Cantonese in Manhattan Chinatown

+1 for 85 (the ex Yogee). Not everything is good, but if one sticks to real Hong Kong style, it is reliable.

Oct 15, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

Rojak?

I did.

Oct 14, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

Sicily report - south east (Catania, Ragusa, Noto, Marzamemi)

Great report. I love Randazzo and that whole area on the back side of Etna.

Oct 14, 2014
swannee in Italy

E-Pie in Flushing: Sweet, Savory Xianbing and More from Eastern China

Looks great.

Oct 14, 2014
swannee in Outer Boroughs

In Search Of: "Other" Solid Cantonese in Manhattan Chinatown

And they should be!

Oct 14, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

In Search Of: "Other" Solid Cantonese in Manhattan Chinatown

I like Congee Village, especially the garlic chicken, eggplant and tofu, pork belly with pickled mustard green, Scallop with XO. Not the congee.

Oct 13, 2014
swannee in Manhattan
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Rojak?

Anyone found decent rojak in Flushing?

Oct 13, 2014
swannee in Outer Boroughs

Rojak?

Any place with decent rojak? It used to be excellent years ago at that little place No. 1 Delicious (美食屋) on Doyers. But even though I like the latest incarnation of the place in the Arcade and Sanur, rojak is pretty weak at both. Maybe in Flushing?

Oct 13, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

Calling Chandavkl ... "House of Mandarin Noodle" opens in Temple City

What is the Chinese for the melon leaves? I am having trouble imagining what this is.

Oct 12, 2014
swannee in Los Angeles Area

What's the catch for buying cheap raw shrimp at Chinatown?

They are all frozen---it is nearly impossible to buy fresh shrimp in "normal" places in NY. The difference is likely to be in how they had been treated--and how long--after defrosting.

Oct 12, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

Day 5 (last day) in HK, Tsim Chai Kee, Mak An Kee, Man Wah, Motorino

Nobu did just that to sushi already 10 years or more ago. I agree that it is a sad state of affairs.

What's better in Singapore vs Penang?

Take consolation, Klyeoh, that list is pretty arbitrary--when not downright idiotic. He suggests a Reuben at a Jewish Deli: Reubens were invented in Ohio to suit mid-Western tastes, and the mixture of cheese and meat is anathema to Jews (and in this case, at least IMO, to the taste of the corned beef). It is as if he recommended chop suey or General Tso's chicken in Hong Kong.

La grenouille recap

The fish is brochet---pike. The sauce is made with lobster stock, made from the shells.

Oct 09, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

La grenouille recap

Good to hear that they are still going strong. Your point is extremely apt: since no one else is doing the classic Grande Cuisine and Belle Epoque setting, it seems fresh and "new" to most of us.

Oct 09, 2014
swannee in Manhattan
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Day 4 in HK, Mak's, Yung Kee, Lung Keen Heen

One would like to think that Michelin make enough repeat visits precisely for that chance. It seems a very un-appealing restaurant for $300 a head for food!
In general I am very suspicious of Michelin in the realm of non-French cuisines. I live half the year in Italy, and absolutely no Italian I know considers any of the top Michelin starred places there to be even among the best places. They are, however, invariably the most expensive (a combination of cause and effect).

Calling ScoopG, Lau, et al. 飯團 in Flushing?

Mr. Taster, please report on your breakfast. I was going to recommend King 5 (although I never new its name), and am very sad that it has closed. They had wonderful family meals, Taiwan style, cheap and the chance to order lots of dishes, I like Gu Shine and OK Ryan for the same basic thing, but they were definitely better. And were open from 7 to midnight. Sigh!

Oct 08, 2014
swannee in Outer Boroughs