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Hop Lee or Hop Kee?

The place for weird stuff like fox, owl, and deer penis, used to be Ren Ren on Bayard. But you had to order them in Chinese.

1 day ago
swannee in Manhattan

Kuala Lumpur - KL Cantonese at Uncle Botak Dai Chow (光头叔煮炒), United Garden

Got it, thanks!

Kuala Lumpur - KL Cantonese at Uncle Botak Dai Chow (光头叔煮炒), United Garden

What is yau mak in Mandarin? Yau is presumably 油. Is it really romaine, or just like romaine? The pork leg looks like what I get in Bavaria----but I bet it is seasoned a lot better!

Signs of a NOT Authentic Chinese Restaurant

Probably the best way is if:
1) The clientele is at largely Chinese
2) The staff eat the same food (basically) as what they serve. This is really the clincher. When the staff are serving food that they would not themselves touch with a ten foot pole...

Sep 12, 2014
swannee in General Topics
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Any place decent in Plaka? Best choice in Santorini?

I am going next week to Athens and then Santorini. We will be in the Plaka district and in Fira. Any recommendations? I prefer local food and scene.

Sep 11, 2014
swannee in Europe

北方美食 - New northern Chinese in Chinatown

Now it will really be crowded! I had to wait before...

Sep 11, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

Hakkasan

This is a little off-stream, but I always wonder why the consensus is so strong, even among people I trust like Lau, that NY has weaker Chinese food than Toronto, LA, Vancouver, even San Francisco (where I for one, have never had a good Chinese meal). Even with the huge influx to SGV area in LA, NY continues to have (by far) the largest Chinese ethnic population in the Americas, at least in actual numbers (not, obviously, in percentage). Why should the Chinese food be so weak? When the population was almost entirely dirt-poor immigrants and their children I can understand--a situation similar to Italian food in the US before the 60's and 70's. But there is a large influx of new, much more affluent immigrants here (as in LA and the other communities). Why then hasn't it translated into better cuisine--at least as you see it?

Sep 11, 2014
swannee in Manhattan
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Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan in Bensonhurst: you are dead to me

I can only speak for the original on Main St. Flushing. And even that one has reported as inconsistent by others (although my last meals have been good).

Sep 08, 2014
swannee in Outer Boroughs

Homer's Taste In Flushing Serves Wenzhou Style Food?

some months ago according to a Chinese takeout menu I grabbed.

Aug 25, 2014
swannee in Outer Boroughs

UWS - Missing Saigon Grill's Ribs and Can Chua Soup!

me, too, though I miss the goi du du, the mama's chicken, the pressed tofu curry. Where to go??????

Aug 24, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

Best Dishes 2014

Water cooked pressed tofu (shui zhu dou gan) at Hunan Kitchen on Main St. Flushing. I know this is the wrong stream, sorry......

Aug 16, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

Reuben at 2nd Avenue Deli?

Reubens are mid-Western in origin. Katz's was originally kosher, too (decades ago) but the addition of items like Reubens was a concession to tourists and a changing culture.

Aug 14, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

Seafood in Manhattan?

What about Oriental Garden in Chinatown? The fresh seafood there is always excellent.

Jul 26, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

Sky Cafe - Indonesian in Elmhurst.

Exciting news, can't wait to try it.

Jul 21, 2014
swannee in Outer Boroughs

Looking for best Dim Sum for a Sunday Brunch in NYCity

Yes, do look at the threads. There is considerable controversy on this subject (!!), and the right answer depends a lot on what kind of experience you are looking for (and how much you are willing to spend).

Jul 21, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

Singapore - Street Food at Changi Airport Terminal 3

Any of these places have good rojak?

Dining recommendations in The Alta Badia (in The Alto Adige) 2013

At Passo Giao, try Da Aurelio. It's great.

Jul 20, 2014
swannee in Italy

California hound starting honeymoon in NYC...Need reqs please!

Why go to West Coast like places on a honeymoon in NY?

Jul 20, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

Open XLB Kitchen at Shanghai Heping on Mott St.

456 still has the yellowfish with tofu sheet on the menu.

Jul 14, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

Coming from San Fran ... look for great Asian cuisine

These upscale places are just what SF has. I would aim for Spicy Village (Henan), Xian Famous Foods, Fu Run, Biang, Little Pepper, Hunan Kitchen, Main St. Imperial (the last 5 all in Flushing) or any number of Fujian places in Eastern Ctown. Or Spicy Lanka in Jamaica Queens or the even better Sri Lankan places in Staten Island.

Jul 13, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

I really miss Saigon Grill, especially in this hot weather.

Jul 11, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

Best South Indian Restaurant in KL - Green Banana Leaf @ Cyberjaya

I don't think I've ever seen it in NY or London, nor did I have it in Singapore. But I didn't know about it either.....now I do.

Best South Indian Restaurant in KL - Green Banana Leaf @ Cyberjaya

What is pongal rice?

Hakkasan

I should hope not.

Jul 07, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

Hakkasan

Perhaps Spice Market should post your review on its walls.

Jul 07, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

Hakkasan

Good report. What was the bill and how many people were you?

Jul 06, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

Best Chocolate Souffle

La Grenouille

Jul 01, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

Who Makes The Best XLB (Soup Dumplings) in NYC?

I think that their juicy buns and their 毛豆雪菜百葉 are also well worth getting (the latter is edamame with bean curd sheet and snow vegetable).

Jul 01, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

Singapore - Best Bolo Char-siu Bao in town at Taste Paradise

I don't I ever see bolo bao's with char siu filling in NY. They look marvelous.

Update on Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan

wow, I'm really sorry. Your dish was totally different. But in case it was the wrong dish. The "water cooked" tofu is vegetarian, no meat at all, and vey spicy. But if the chef was new, all bets are off......

Jun 21, 2014
swannee in Outer Boroughs