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Authentic Chinese, any region

Thanks. I'll report.

Apr 21, 2015
swannee in Greater Seattle

Authentic Chinese, any region

best authentic Chinese on Eastside?

Apr 19, 2015
swannee in Greater Seattle

36 Hours in Manhattan

Daniel---like most grande cuisine places---is closed on Sunday.

Apr 19, 2015
swannee in Manhattan

Shanghainese in Chinatown

Yes, one can have an excellent Shanghai meal in Ctown, although no one place does everything well.

Apr 17, 2015
swannee in Manhattan

My Manhattan Dream Begins Tomorrow!

I think the XLB are better at Shanghai Café, but better still are the sheng jian bao at 456.

Apr 14, 2015
swannee in Manhattan

Roast Pig at Yee Li challenges view of nyc ctown

I agree with Lau that roasted meats, congee and some kinds of noodle soup are among Ctown's strengths. I only wish we had a good rice casserole (bao zai fan) or dimsum or upscale seafood (or Viet or Malaysian) places.

Apr 13, 2015
swannee in Manhattan

Must try dishes at Xi'an Famous? And which Manhattan location is best for Saturday sit down lunch?

Amen

Apr 13, 2015
swannee in Manhattan

What's good at Kung Fu besides the XLB

How is the smoked fish?

Apr 08, 2015
swannee in Outer Boroughs

Must try dishes at Xi'an Famous? And which Manhattan location is best for Saturday sit down lunch?

I would never go to Xian without ordering a lamb burger. Plus Liang pi, hand pulled, and tiger salad.

Apr 08, 2015
swannee in Manhattan

Singapore and Malaysia – Part 4/5- Penang Report

Me neither, but my wife is never very happy about it.....Besides being delicious, both petai and bitter melon have major health benefits.

Cantonese Chinese?

I like Congee Village on Allen St. Garlic chicken, pork belly with pickled vegetable, spareribs with bitter melon, salt and pepper shrimp, scallops with XO sauce. Don't get the congee. Places in Flushing are better.

Apr 03, 2015
swannee in Manhattan

[Kajang, Malaysia] Kajang Satays at Nyok Lan

OOps! Just saw it was catfish.

[Kajang, Malaysia] Kajang Satays at Nyok Lan

Any idea whatkind of fish for the satay?

Singapore and Malaysia – Part 4/5- Penang Report

Was the bitter vegetable bitter melon (or bitter gourd), perhaps cut into unusual shapes? No one would describe petai as bitter--chalky and stinky, maybe! (I love them).

Wan Chai Seafood in Flushing - Excellent

These are common in any Sino- Malaysian restaurant even here in poor NY. Tiny bits of dried fish or 鹹魚 as a garnish for veggie dishes--I even had them at Lake Pavilion and, I think, Imperial Garden. And at Sanur, New Malaysian (in Manhattan), plus Curry Leaf, Malaysian Rest. etc. in Flushing.

Apr 02, 2015
swannee in Outer Boroughs

where to find pomfret?

isn't pomfret seasonal? I have bought it at Citarella, also in Ctown, but not recently.

Apr 02, 2015
swannee in Manhattan

Lin Dong Fang Niu Rou Mian 林東芳牛肉麵 – Amazing Beef Noodle Soup In Taipei

I want it NOW! This was my first meal in Taiwan 30 years ago, almost every single dish.

Consistently good food in Chinatown?

I couldn't believe you liked such a mediocre place. My high opinion of you is rescued!

Mar 25, 2015
swannee in Manhattan

NYC first visit (kind of) - where to eat to feel like you're in NY!

i agree totally on Grimaldi's.

Mar 24, 2015
swannee in Manhattan

Can you help me map out my eating plan?

Zabars is great! NY Noodletown is great at midnight, or much later.

Mar 24, 2015
swannee in Manhattan
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Singapore - Hainanese Curry Rice at Maxwell Road Food Centre

It looks delicious to me! I will have to try it when next in Singapore.

[Singapore] Holland V Fried Beehoon Breakfast

And that egg is hardly "over easy"--it looks pretty hard to me!

Any NY dim sum close to HK DTF ?

To be completely fair, I have seen the words 點心, pronounced roughly dimsum in bad Cantonese at Shanghai places to advertise appetizers. But of course, dimsum is always used to refer a specific, Hong Kong morning meal ritual, at which XLB certainly have no part.

Mar 23, 2015
swannee in Manhattan
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[Kuala Lumpur] Brunch at Yut Kee (Est. 1928)

My problem is that they make me so hungry!

Light crispy Salt and Pepper fish?

Absolutely, much better. Also try Lake Pavilion. All of these are better than what you get in Chinatown.

Mar 23, 2015
swannee in Outer Boroughs
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Light crispy Salt and Pepper fish?

What about NY Noodletown? Their salt and pepper squid and or shrimp are light and not greasy, and they would do it even if it is not on the menu. In Chinese it is 椒鹽魚片.

Mar 23, 2015
swannee in Manhattan
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Where to eat and drink to feel like you're in New York?

See my answer on Manhattan stream. Peter Luger and Rive Café.

Mar 23, 2015
swannee in Outer Boroughs

Consistently good food in Chinatown?

Sure, but how many Chinese customers have you seen order General Tso's Chicken or Sesame noodles at a Cantonese place?? And sweet and sour pork is/can be real Cantonese food (as is beef stew)---but you know that.

Mar 23, 2015
swannee in Manhattan

NYC first visit (kind of) - where to eat to feel like you're in NY!

Good list. You might add the Second Ave. Deli to Katz's for a more complete NY Deli experience (though I would choose Katz's if I had time for only one).
Both belong in Outer Boroughs, but you might consider Peter Luger for the quintessential New York Steakhouse and the River Café for an unbeatable view.

Mar 23, 2015
swannee in Manhattan
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yet another review of Per Se

Had you gotten a moderate bottle, it would have been $1000, about the average bill for two.

Mar 21, 2015
swannee in Manhattan