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What's better in Singapore vs Penang?

How surprising. Of course assam laksa doesn't beed any more belachan, but my original "source" for Nonya food--Terry Tan--says to serve laksa lemak with it and did so in his long defunct London restaurant.
I personally love sambal belachan on burgers.

about 12 hours ago
swannee in China & Southeast Asia

What's better in Singapore vs Penang?

What a great summary! thanks!
Is there a version of Laksa lemak in Penang? is there a difference in the Sambal belacan of the two?

Michelin New York 2015 results

IMO it should never have been there. I am happy for Zaab Elee but think Sripaphai also deserves. Daniel has definitely slipped.

1 day ago
swannee in Manhattan

Revelatory new Sichuan restaurant--Legend on 7th Avenue at 15th

The Legend on W. 72nd St. has also gone way downhill, at least judging from my last meal there.

Sep 29, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

Does Anybody Really Like Fennel?!

yes, raw and cooked, especially alla parmigiana

Sep 28, 2014
swannee in Home Cooking

Modern - White Truffle Season

Please, what was the total cost?

Sep 26, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao (Flushing)....Any Better Successors?

Strangely enough, the best shengjian bao's in NY IMHO are at 456. Not the XLB's, however!

Sep 25, 2014
swannee in Outer Boroughs

Kuala Lumpur - Southern-style BBQ at Acme South, Bangsar

BBQ is one of the only foods in America that has true regional variety----and ferocious partisanship to rival the most passionate Asians. Texas BBQ (all about smoke, slow cooking and little or no sauce) is utterly different from Southern BBQ (cooked and basted with sweet spicy sauce), Kansas City BBQ (vinager and pepper based, no smoke), Carolina, Memphis, Kentucky. In fact, I somethimes think it is the only truly American food type worth getting excited about!
Speaking of sauce and Texas BBQ----there is a very serious place called Lockhardt's where there is a sign over the entry: "If you ask for sauce, you will be asked to leave"!! The slow cooking, abundant smoke, and spice rub (usually really mostly salt and pepper), are what it is about.

Kuala Lumpur - Southern-style BBQ at Acme South, Bangsar

You'll have to try the brisket at Angelo's in Ft. Worth, Texas. They are offended if one puts sauce on it! On the other hand, other than BBQ, there isn't much......

The Nine Emperor Gods' Festival (九皇爺) aka Vegetarian Food Season!

Sounds good! which of the photos is the "fish" asam pedas?

Kuala Lumpur - Southern-style BBQ at Acme South, Bangsar

The Brisket looks dry. Was it?

Squid, totani or octopus....La Paradeta in the USA ?

I am unaware of any color difference between totami (accent on the first syllable BTW) and calamari.

Sep 22, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

has anyone been to au zataar on ave a?

It was reasonably good, but the couscous was something of a gyp.

Sep 22, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

Squid, totani or octopus....La Paradeta in the USA ?

Totani is basically the same as small squid. I work in Toscana, where calamari and totani are used pretty much interchangeably, but totani are always small.

Sep 22, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

Chengdu, Xi'an in Flushing

Thanks. II saw it yesterday as House Special Pork with Dried Vegetables.

Sep 22, 2014
swannee in Outer Boroughs

Resource for Chinatown/ East Village food tour?

Spice Village aka Henan on Forsythe. Any number of dumpling places on Eldridge and nearby. Congee Village on Allen for a more formal meal.

Sep 21, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

Chengdu, Xi'an in Flushing

PS How is mei cai kou rou (梅菜扣肉) translated in English in most places?

Sep 20, 2014
swannee in Outer Boroughs

Chengdu, Xi'an in Flushing

That sentiment I completely agraee with, Lau, although I do like most of the dishes at Spicy Village, and a fairly high percentage at NY Noodletown. But typical would be Congee Village--they do 4 or 5 dishes well, even very well (mei cai kou rou, the spareribs with bitter melon), a few reasonably well (the garlic chicken, the eggplant with tofu), and many are mediocre. Certainly there are far more places in Flushing with a higher percentage of quality dishes.

Sep 20, 2014
swannee in Outer Boroughs

Lin's Gardens

Hwa Yuan was on East Broadway.

Sep 20, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

Chengdu, Xi'an in Flushing

With all respect, Lau, in spite of the general sad decline of MAnhattan's Chinatown, there are surely a few decent dishes other than congee! I can name quite a few--the big plate of chicken and brisket noodles at Henan, the roast duck and a couple of the casseroles at NY Noodletown, the xue cai bai ye mao dou at 456, etc.

Sep 19, 2014
swannee in Outer Boroughs

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.

Sep 16, 2014
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