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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

Best Chinese Restaurant in NY

ouch!

Mar 21, 2015
swannee in Manhattan

Annoyed about $6 bottled tap water charge at CraftBar

It is shameless. They can charge $6 for bottled filtered water if they want. But they MUST offer free tap water.

Mar 21, 2015
swannee in Manhattan

Carnegie Deli or Katz's?

+1

Mar 21, 2015
swannee in Manhattan

Carnegie Deli or Katz's?

That article is over 25 years old. I love Mimi Sheraton, but judging on today's quality, it is laughable to put Katz's at the bottom of NY delis. I liked the Carnegie much more in those long ago days, and I didn't know Katz's, so maybe it was going through a bad period (the neighborhood was truly awful in those days). But I ate at Katz's last night, and to even compare Carnegie with the absolute perfection of the pastrami and brisket yesterday seems unthinkable.

Mar 20, 2015
swannee in Manhattan

Cantonese with no MSG

We will gop to Noodle Village. I haven't been in a long time.

Mar 19, 2015
swannee in Manhattan

Anyone like "Vatan" or other Indian recs?

I went back to Vatan last night after a long absence. It is still a great place to spend a leisurely evening chatting with friends in a pretty and unusual environment (if a tad kitschy, too). The food is taste and very plentiful, and I don't find $32 at all excessive. Some general comments:
Other than the slightly pickled chilis on the condiment tray and the fried ones on the first thali, nothing was hot, even though I asked (begged) for hot. I am no maven of Gujarati food, so maybe this typical. Spicy, yes--but not mouth tingling hot.
The first (appetizer) thali is more interesting and in my view better than the "main" thali. Don't skimp on it to save room. It's not that the main thali was lousy---but all three of the best dishes were on the first (only the spinach with corn on the "main" was among the best) and I wish I had asked for more. When there is so much to eat, one must strategize.
Wear comfortable clothes and no short skirts! It is really hard climbing in and out (!) of the seating areas, although they are very comfortable once in.

All in all, I like Thali, and hope it continues to flourish (it was full yesterday).

Mar 19, 2015
swannee in Manhattan

Flushing Review: Yi Lan Halal Restaurant

Thanks. A student from Xian also confirmed this to me. It is because of the curved shape.

Mar 19, 2015
swannee in Outer Boroughs

Koa Restaurant - Chinese Restaurant (Wakiya)

Good point ipsedixit! Of course Pookipichu is correct. Grated cheese goes on almost all non-fish Italian soups, and Gruyere on French onion soup. But the former amalgamate to create richness, and the latter exists as a separate and melted layer. A slice of mozzarella would just sit there. But I should try it before I criticize it.

Mar 18, 2015
swannee in Manhattan

Cantonese with no MSG

I feel that the one in my group asking for msg is under the illusion that there is no difference between none added and none used. Of course, since a great number of Chinese condiments contain msg, it is quite unrealistic to think a restaurant would not use any of them. So no added msg strikes me as the only realistic request. As I said before, I am even skeptical about that.

Mar 18, 2015
swannee in Manhattan

Koa Restaurant - Chinese Restaurant (Wakiya)

Excuse me: did you say mozzarella in the broth?? What a perfectly ghastly idea. Not because it's not Chinese; but because cold chesse (perforce) in hot broth.

Mar 18, 2015
swannee in Manhattan

Fu Run - dish recs?

I also love that dish. In the past, I always got the "blotch" soup (疙瘩). If eaten immediately, it is delicious; but the "pimple" noodles become swollen and heavy within minutes, so I have moved to the tofu fish soup.

Mar 18, 2015
swannee in Outer Boroughs

[Ipoh, Malaysia] Hainanese Chicken Rice & Beansprouts at Lou Leong (老梁芽菜鸡)

I was surprised not to see a photo of the rice. Isn't it the main reason for 海南雞飯?

Cantonese with no MSG

I heartily agree with the no trust. I have very little faith that a customer, especially a non Chinese one, who asks for no msg will get any significant response. The party is actually Korean. I think avoiding soup, congee, etc is probably a good idea. Anyone have thoughts about China Cafe in this regard?

Mar 17, 2015
swannee in Manhattan

Cantonese with no MSG

I have to take some people to a Cantonese place, and one is very sensitive to MSG (I am only moderately so). Any suggestions? Usually to avoid MSG I would go a spicy cuisine, but that is out in this case.

Mar 17, 2015
swannee in Manhattan

Vietnam with a cilantro aversion?

Out of curiosity I looked up 10 recipes for Pho an various Vietnamese sites. All had cilantro (and/or culantro which is a variant hybrid and quite similar IMO) as a garnish, none had the leaves in the broth, although 2 suggested putting the roots in the broth during the long cooking.
I think it all depends on how much you loathe cilantro/coriander (I wonder why we use the Spanish name??). If you really hate it, I would avoid all Southeast Asian food.

Flushing for Medicinal Herbs and Ginseng

Any one know of place in Flushing (or elsewhere) that like the late and lamented Yuen Yuen (Ren Ren) on Bayard St. where a restaurant is attached to various Chinese doctors. Patients would bring in "prescriptions" from the Doctor and the restaurant would prepare an appropriate meal?

Mar 14, 2015
swannee in Outer Boroughs