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Chaozhou Noodles, at a Vietnam Chaozhou Venue called Bo Ke ( Po Ji )

I agree with Lau that it is the best hot sauce in Ctown.

1 day ago
swannee in Manhattan
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Kuala Lumpur: Disappointment at Tiffin's by Chef Korn

wow, sounds like a truly poor performance.

Best Chopped Liver, Gefiltre Fish and Matzoh Balls

The best chopped liver (with grated radish and gribenes) is actually Sammy's. 2nd Ave. Deli also has good liver and matzah ball soup. No one has good gefilte fish except for me:)

Dec 12, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

JThur01 On Wuhan Style Food in the SGV

Can someone confirm that the braised pork dish is 梅菜扣肉? it looks wonderful.

Dec 12, 2014
swannee in Los Angeles Area

Kuala Lumpur - Ultra-spicy Manado cuisine from Roa by Jovian Mandagie

It might be because I am currently stuck in a meter of snow in Upstate New York, where the only spice is stale tabasco sauce---- but I am obsessing over the picture of the beef dish!

Pete Wells's Top Ten NYC Ramen

overcooked noodles is a very common in NY chinese places. NYNoodletown is an exception.

Dec 11, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

Mu Ramen LIC

Yes, agreed, I immediately thought of Hakkasan.

Dec 09, 2014
swannee in Outer Boroughs

Mu Ramen LIC

Well, for one thing, it's in Queens. And by its nature, $60 or $70 is an awful lot to spend on a meal whose main event is noodle soup. But it all depends on how much $$$ one has and is willing to spend.

Dec 09, 2014
swannee in Outer Boroughs

Long lost Curry Hill

Anjappar is good.

Dec 09, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

A dim sum blast fron the past

HSF is long gone. Jing Fong on Elizabeth, Golden Unicorn on E. Broadway are both enormous and very crowded and noisy dim sum palaces (better on weekdays or very early), and Oriental Garden (Elizabeth), and many other places still serve it every day. CH'ers have discussed at great if any are any good--none in Chinatown has the cutting edge, original type of dim sum now found in Hong Kong (and to some extent in LA), which some of us find to be basically fusion cuisine, others to be celestial. For that, try Hakkasan, Buddakan, etc., none in Chinatown, and all considerably pricier than the traditional places.
I don't think that there are any really good or consistent dim sum places in Manhattan or Flushing, but it can still be fun and social, if not especially culinary as an experience.

Nov 30, 2014
swannee in Manhattan
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Why is it impossible to find bread flour in Manhattan?

There was white bread flour at Fairway on 74th St. 10 minutes ago.

Nov 28, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

What is causing my seafood gumbo to spoil before anyone can even eat a bowl

The galvanized metal is not a good idea, but frankly, I doubt if it has effected the taste of your gumbo so quickly. Have you never cooked anything else in this pot? (You should discard it in any case, in my opinion).
In my experience, soups go sour becuase of the broth. Are you using home-made broth? What kind? They go sour very quickly.

Nov 27, 2014
swannee in Home Cooking

Chinese with a private room

I am probably an old fogie, but it would never occur to me to consider Radiance a Cantonese or even a Chinese restaurant. It is a fusion modern Hong Kong hybrid. It is good, but too bland, too creamy. Lake Pavillon is an excellent Cantonese restaurant.
And can one really do a banquet for $50 a head there?

Nov 26, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

Chinese with a private room

Congee Village on Allen St. has several rooms. I have had parties for as many as 25 and it worked very well indeed. One can order off menu as well (eg Peking Duck) if desired.

Nov 25, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

What do New Yorker's think about Dean & DeLuca and other expensive gourmet shops?

Tourists and misguided rich people

Nov 23, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

Kuala Lumpur - Top Malay-style Nasi Lemak vendors

I want them ALL!

Best roast duck and pork in Chinatown

It is absolutely essential to order CLEARLY that one wants the pork and duck at room temperature. They are pretty much ruined by being re-heated. If you don't speak Chinese, make it crystal clear that you will not pay for it if it has been heated. They never do it for Chinese costumers (they would never get away with it). I think Big Wong's crispy skin pig is still very good, and NY Noodletown's duck is still my favorite. But only at room temperature!
The sad thing is that they started heating the roast meats, because non-knowledgable people asked for it. So they think these idiotic people understand nothing and willingly ruin their own product.

Nov 23, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

Fairway Cheese Departments, c. 2014

Zabar's is much better, although the staff isn't always knowledgable. Actually some of the people at Fairway's are more knowledgable, but the cheese is often not in prime condition.

Nov 23, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

Brooklyn Source for Russ & Daughters-Esque Chopped Liver?

Sammy's chopped liver with gribenes and grated radish is one of the wonders of the world.

Nov 19, 2014
swannee in Outer Boroughs

Chinatown good w/large group

I think that Congee Village on Allen is better for large groups. I have gone with as many as 25 and had a private room, and they have a menu with many "safe" as well as adventurous ones.

Nov 19, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

Moving to 105 and Broadway - Whats good up there?

Noche Mexicana on Amsterdam at 101st.

Nov 18, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

We're in Piedmont!! (reporting in...)

Cotechino with lentils is perhaps the most tradtional dish for New Years Eve in a large part of Northern Italy. Often coupled with Zampone, a stuffed pig's foot sausage, somewhat denser than cotechino and seasoned differently.

Nov 11, 2014
swannee in Italy

New Golden Szechuan in Flushing

Thanks so much. I can't wait to go and report, maybe tomorrow. I assume the fried hot peppers are the "tiger skin" peppers?

Nov 10, 2014
swannee in Outer Boroughs

Which Flushing supermarket has the freshest seafood?

Did you go on Sunday? The market from which they get their fish closes early Saturday morning and reopens Monday--so Sunday is a very poor day to buy fish anywhere in NYC that I know of.

Nov 10, 2014
swannee in Outer Boroughs

New Golden Szechuan in Flushing

Any idea if their complete menu is available anywhere on line, including the family meal choices?

Nov 09, 2014
swannee in Outer Boroughs

New Golden Szechuan in Flushing

Thanks.

Nov 08, 2014
swannee in Outer Boroughs

New Golden Szechuan in Flushing

Can't wait to try it! I love the places with "Family meals", because they allow small groups to order a large number of dishes. Usually these are Taiwanese places (like Gu Shine, OK Ryan, etc.) and I see that this place has 三杯雞 (3 cup chicken) and some other dishes I associate with Taiwan. Are the owners by any chance from Taiwan?
Was the dried tofu and leek dish spicy? What is it called in Chinese?

Nov 07, 2014
swannee in Outer Boroughs

Casual Italian recommendation in NYC

Gennaro on the Upper West Side.

Nov 05, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

Traditional North India / Punjabi

Chola is in mid-town just above the zone you mention, is a pretty and quiet restaurant with a wide and interesting menu and consistently good food.

Nov 04, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

Best Hainanese Chicken and Momo Cha cha

It is usually called kangkung or Kangkong on Malaysian menus. The Chinese is 空菜, Mandarine kangcai. The Canotnese usually eat it with haam ha, 鹹蝦, a salty wet shrimp paste, very much like baggong in the Phillipines. Belachan (trassie in Indonesian, kapi in Thai, ngapi in Burmese) is the dried shrimp paste of Southeast Asia, much less salty, stinkier, and I find, a much more subtle and useful ingredient.
Ong choy is name I hear most hereabouts. I like it, but my wife finds it slimy. But she doesn't like petai, 臭豆, stinking beans, either, and I love them.

Nov 03, 2014
swannee in Manhattan