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Hunan House (flushing) - been recently?

OK, gotta go. I read Northern Blvd. and somehow think that car is necessary.

about 4 hours ago
swannee in Outer Boroughs

Hunan House (flushing) - been recently?

I definitely need to go. Is it farther from the Main St. 7 train than HK of GS?

about 9 hours ago
swannee in Outer Boroughs

Hunan House (flushing) - been recently?

If you are referring to Hunan Kitchen, I wasn't aware that they had ever closed. I last ate there just before the holidays, so it has been a couple of months. If anyone has news, please post!

1 day ago
swannee in Outer Boroughs

Hunan House (flushing) - been recently?

Do you like it better than Hunan Kitchen on Main St.? If so, which specific dishes? My favorite at H.K. is the (misnamed) 水煮豆干 and the 百椒牛肉 9which might be the same basic dish as the Beef with Crisp Pepper (but I doubt it).

1 day ago
swannee in Outer Boroughs

galangal powder EMERGENCY omg

PS Galangal is called "kha" in Thai, "lengkuas" in Malaysia, and xiang jiang 香薑 in Chinese.

1 day ago
swannee in Manhattan

galangal powder EMERGENCY omg

Bangkok Grocery in Ctown, also sometimes the big market on the corner of Elizabeth and Hester. Kalystan had dried pieces, which I found were tasteless. I usually by frozen or fresh in Flushing. Zabar's, believe it or not, always used to carry Cominex brand laos powder (also excellent Kecap Manis--sweet soysauce). I haven't looked lately.

1 day ago
swannee in Manhattan

Wishing for Midtown Diners for breakfast

There is a real NY Diner on 6th Ave. at 56th St.. Is the Parisienne still open on 7th Ave. and 58th? Viand is better than either, but a little farther afield.

Feb 27, 2015
swannee in Manhattan
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Most Sumptuous Crab dish in Flushing?

Peking duck Cantonese style is still very good at Lake Pavilion.

Feb 25, 2015
swannee in Outer Boroughs

Kuala Lumpur - BEST Hainanese Kaya Toast in KL!

My wife and I have an absolute passion for bittergourd. We are both 100% Western. When I had a really fancy banquet in Beijing in my honour after a concert (I am a concert pianist, hence my obsession with Asian food), I asked that it be built around 苦瓜.

Best late-night Manhattan Chinatown/Financial District, preferably vegetarian options

NY Noodletown is open until 4. While their best stuff is not vegetarian ( roast duck, fish congee, scallop with XO, wonton noodle soup) they have good veggie selections, too (Buddha Casserole, snow pea leaves with garlic, tofu with flowering chives)

Feb 11, 2015
swannee in Manhattan
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Feedback please - Oahu & Maui

We love the Saigon Restaurant in Wailuku ( Maui). Mama's is definitely better for lunch. I would definitely go to Ono's and some plate lunch places. It is quintessentially Hawaii.

Feb 11, 2015
swannee in Hawaii

Mr Taster is leaving Los Angeles!

Ocean City in Portland is actually a good Cantonese place. Avoid the dimsum and any dish that even smacks of "round-eye" fare. I have had good scallops and conch with XO, casseroles, salt fish with steamed pork. Chinatown in Portland is indeed dismal.

Feb 11, 2015
swannee in Los Angeles Area

[Kuala Lumpur] Pig's Organ Soup from Leong Kee, Jalan Tun HS Lee

It's funny to think that there is food that is super common in NYC--pig's blood, duck blood, that one cannot get in Singapore!

Dim sum in NYC

Croc is definitely illegal. I bet it is alligator. I wish I could see a Chinese menu, where it might be clear (although they often confuse them, too).
Re illegal items: Yuen Yuen AKA Ren Ren on Bayard, that late and much lamented hole in the wall with many health dishes, served quite a number of illegal dishes, announcing them proudly written in Chinese outside and on the wall (rattle snake, fox, owl). If one asked about them in English, they would always say they didn't have them--even though customers were eating them at that same moment!

Feb 06, 2015
swannee in Manhattan

Chicken Dumplings At Chi Dumpling On Chrystie

Is Yogee really closed? That would be a shame. Aside from the noodle soup, they have/had great beef stew and other homey Cantonese dishes.

Feb 06, 2015
swannee in Manhattan

Liang's Kitchen - Closed?

How were the Taiwanese things at OK Ryan? Stinky tofu, 3 cup chicken, etc.

Feb 04, 2015
swannee in Outer Boroughs

Dim sum in NYC

Thanks. Next time I go to one of my favorites--Fu Run, Hunan Kitchen, Imperial Palace, etc., I'll invite you. I agree--Chinese food is meant to be shared.
And I confess: I like to eat Chinese 2 or 3 times a week; Hakkasan is no more expensive than many French restuarants I like, but where I might go 2 or 3 times a year (I don't go to Italian places, because I spend a few months a year in Italy, and I am always disappointed). So I am conditioned by the image of Chinese as cheap, family food, rather than haute cuisine. I love it so much, that I learned to read and write Chinese so that I could feel comfortable and communicate in "real" places and eat like a "local". So I am all too serious about it, as my waistline can attest....
My e-mail is jeffreyswann@aol.com

Feb 04, 2015
swannee in Manhattan

Dim sum in NYC

You didn't say IMO about the best food in NYC, only about the reviews. I have only been once and had dimsum. It was good, but to me had nothing to do with the experience of yam cha. I am not overly fond of dimsum, so I am not the best judge.
I think there are very different kinds of experiences with a cuisine as vast and varied as Chinese, and it is impossible to say the "best". I do wish I had the money to try Hakkasan more thoroughly!

Feb 04, 2015
swannee in Manhattan

Dim sum in NYC

Not all of us agree with that statement, Pookipichu!

Feb 04, 2015
swannee in Manhattan
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Liang's Kitchen - Closed?

Keep wanting to try it but end up going to Gu Shine or the one on Main St. when I want Taiwanese. But it has a good menu.

Feb 03, 2015
swannee in Outer Boroughs

Liang's Kitchen - Closed?

How is OK Ryan?

Feb 03, 2015
swannee in Outer Boroughs

Chinese casserole distinctions

Pork intestines are large intestines and have a disctinctly funky taste (腸 in Chinese). They do NOT taste like chicken, or even like tripe. They do well with the sour vegetable.
By the way, two friends from Sichuan tell me that 香鍋 is not served under a fire, whereas 干鍋 invariably is. Grand Sichuan 74 has 火鍋 (hot pot--soup with lots of raw ingredients to be cooked in it by the diners) and 香鍋 ( basically a casserole with meat, tofu skin, lots of veggies, very spicy, but quite dry)

Feb 03, 2015
swannee in Manhattan

Chinese casserole distinctions

Let me know!

Feb 02, 2015
swannee in Manhattan

Chinese casserole distinctions

But both are basically dry, whereas hotpots and other Chinese casseroles in general are quite soupy.

Feb 02, 2015
swannee in Manhattan

Chinese casserole distinctions

What is the difference between 干鍋 and 香鍋? Dry wok and fragrant wok in English. Both are coming up at a lot of Sichuan places. Neither have anything to do with "Hotpot".
Grand Sichuan on 74th and Amst. has 香鍋 as a special on the wall, and it is terrific. I've had it with brisket, lamb, and sour vegetables with intestine.

Feb 02, 2015
swannee in Manhattan

[Singapore] Chettinad food from Anjappar

I really like Anjappar in NYC, although I have no illusions that it is as good as in India (or Singapore). I had a terrific goat curry and a veggie thali, and it was quite hot (I asked). The Dosas are not as good as some other places, but what I have had in 2 visits has otherwise been very good--and quite spicy.

Excellent lunch today at Haldi in Curry Hill -- Hemant Mathur's new Kolkata-themed restaurant

looks great!

Feb 01, 2015
swannee in Manhattan

Which chinese restaurant serves crispy noodles that look like this?

do try the mei cai kou rou, braised pork belly with pickled vegetables and the tofu and eggplant casserole. And the spareribs with bitter melon

Jan 29, 2015
swannee in Manhattan

Malaysian in Flushing?

I was more impressed at that time by the place on Doyer named
美食屋. BTW, I have good meals at both Curry Leaves and Malaysian Restaurant on 40th, but you have to choose well. But at this sad time, they are IMO NYC's best. Best in Ctown is the new incarnation of the place in the Bowery Arcade. Not great, but perfectly serviceable.

Jan 29, 2015
swannee in Outer Boroughs

Which chinese restaurant serves crispy noodles that look like this?

I go to Congee Village a lot and am often the only non-Chinese party. If you go late, there are more non-Chinese. They do not have the crunchy noodles described, at least not on any Congee I have seen there.
BTW, in spite of the name, congee is not one of the things they do best. Many places in CTown do it better. They do have excellent garlic chicken, casseroles, mei cai kou rou, etc. and good if not stellar seafood. Little respect from Chowhounders, however.

Jan 29, 2015
swannee in Manhattan