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Best home-made hot sauce in C-town is at Bo Ky on Bayard St.

1 day ago
swannee in Manhattan

Wan Chai Seafood in Flushing - Excellent

Sounds like Jewish parents, too!

Where is the best kosher food in Manhattan?

Right, 2nd Ave. is not Glatt Kosher, but the kitchen serves only kosher food and no dairy is on the premises. And the Matza ball soup is terrific.

Jan 23, 2015
swannee in Manhattan

Where is the best kosher food in Manhattan?

Note that neither Katz or Carnegie are kosher. 2nd Ave. Deli is, however.

Jan 23, 2015
swannee in Manhattan

Hey Ipsedixit! ClarissaW Covers Our Back on the Superiority of Los Angeles Chinese Food Over New York

Glad to hear they are so close. I have eaten maybe 6 or 7 meals in the SGV, all in strip malls, and you had to know what you were looking for to know they were there. But I have limited experience.
Also I have to confess that there is a new concentration of restaurants in Flushing, including one of our better Cantonese, perhaps the best Taiwanese, and a good Qingdao place, that are a couple of miles from Downtown Flushing, and therefore pretty ahrd to get to without a car. Parking is, however, very easy.

Jan 22, 2015
swannee in Los Angeles Area

Malaccan-Portuguese cuisine at Simply Mel's, Kuala Lumpur

I wonder if Portuguese/ Nyonya is in any way analogous to the Portuguese/Cantonese cuisine in Macau? I remember eating Devil meats and something wonderful and weird called Feng in Malacca about 30 years ago. It was a little like a mixed offal vindaloo--understandable since vindaloo, itself is Portuguese/South Indian.
Of all the European cultures, perhaps the Portuguese amalgamated most and best with various Asian cuisines.

Hey Ipsedixit! ClarissaW Covers Our Back on the Superiority of Los Angeles Chinese Food Over New York

Yes, but when you have to drive, you have to know where you are going before you start: when we go, we walk around, compare 4 or 5 (or 10 or 15) nearby places and decide based on waiting time, appetite, etc. Many restaurants, especially upscale ones, may be better in LA, but the experience of eating out, IMO, is most definitely not. And I am not a native New Yorker (although I have lived here for most of my life).

Jan 22, 2015
swannee in Los Angeles Area

Flushing: Flushing Mall to Lose Best Food Stall

Please report on the rest of the crawl.

Jan 22, 2015
swannee in Outer Boroughs

Anyone been to Sugarcane on UWS?

Neither the dumplings nor, alas, the pho are among their strong points.

Jan 21, 2015
swannee in Manhattan

Subtitute for Ren Ren

Lau or anyone: ever find a place to place of Ren Ren on Bayard--simple, basic Cantonese plus health dishes with ties to nearby Chinese medicine physicians? I really miss it!

Jan 21, 2015
swannee in Manhattan

Hey Ipsedixit! ClarissaW Covers Our Back on the Superiority of Los Angeles Chinese Food Over New York

As a New Yorker who pretty much agrees with the article, it is nonetheless a weakness that no serious current NY restaurant is mentioned in the article, unless one considers Mission (fusion at best) or Xian Famous (basically a snack bar).
Also, arguably the two strongest types of Chinese in NY nowadays are Fukien and Dongbei, neither of which are that strongly represented in LA (as far as I know--correct my ignorance).
At least I NEVER have to think about parking problems when I go to Flushing or CTown or wherever--Hell, I don't even have a car.

Jan 21, 2015
swannee in Los Angeles Area

Chiu Hong Bakery – A Hidden Gem In Chinatown

You mentioned that you just returned from Asia. I trust this means that we will have the pleasure of reading some reports in the China/SE Asia site.

Jan 21, 2015
swannee in Manhattan

steamed sea bass chinese banquet what size help!

+1 to very small fish and very light appetites. I would order twice as much. If money is an issue, then get Yangchow fried rice or some other filling dish.

Jan 19, 2015
swannee in Manhattan

Recs for Flushing next Wednesday?

Don't forget the little Shanghai restaurant near the corner of Prince and 39th. Lau has written it up, and althought the XLB are not the best, much of the Shanghai stuff is the best in NYC. A great "snack" is the edamame with snow vegeable and tofu skin.

Jan 17, 2015
swannee in Outer Boroughs
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steamed sea bass chinese banquet what size help!

Also depends on how many other dishes you are getting. For 8 people I would in any case get at least 4 lbs, and maybe 2 3-pounders.

Jan 16, 2015
swannee in Manhattan

Anyone been to Sugarcane on UWS?

Sugarcane, a restaurant in the place on 98 and Broadway where Hunam Balcony resided for 30 years, opened about 2 weeks ago. The menu is nearly identical to Saigon Grill's, some of the wait staff, and more importantly, the chef is the same as on Amsterdam and 90 5-10 years ago.
I always found the Village Saigon Grill to be decidedly inferior to the UWS original, at least until the decline during the last years of labor disputes. Sugarcane is very good for tasty if not always authentic Sino-Vietnamese fare. I am delighted to have it in the neighborhood, it fills a void.

Jan 14, 2015
swannee in Manhattan

Great Restaurant for Group of 18 in NYC

I was going to suggest Chinese until I saw 50% vegan.

Jan 13, 2015
swannee in Manhattan

Anyone been to Sugarcane on UWS?

I just went to Sugarcane. I am delighted that Saigon Grill is back in this new incarnation! It was always Sino- Vietnamese, I always order in Chinese ( some of the wait staff are the same), but in this era of fusion, why not? the pho was never very good, but the curried pressed tofu, the lemon grass porkchops, mama's chicken, the shrimp with tofu skin (not on the menu), the vegetable fried rice--all are practically as good as Saigon Grill before the labor problems and completely delicious. Go!!

Jan 13, 2015
swannee in Manhattan

Fresh stinking beans?

Anyone know of a place to buy fresh (as opposed to frozen) petai/sator/臭豆?

Jan 12, 2015
swannee in Los Angeles Area

Sripraphai - Your Favorite Dish(es)

It is really hard to get fresh petai/sator beans. The frozen are easy to find, and I find them decent.
SPP's larb has never been a strong point. Nobody does everything well.

Jan 12, 2015
swannee in Outer Boroughs

Sripraphai - Your Favorite Dish(es)

Two other great dishes at Sripaphai that perhaps few people get are the shrimp paste rice (with strips of omelet, dried shrimp, cucumber, chiles, and some sort of sauced chicken) and the sotor (stinking beans) with shrimp and red chile. Neither are especially hot, but also not for the timid.

Jan 12, 2015
swannee in Outer Boroughs

Mystery chinese food question -- What the heck did I eat ?

I have no idea about the sauce, but "pork chops" was a bad, but common, mistranslation of spare-ribs, which as is usual in all Chinese cuisines, had been chopped into small pieces.

Jan 11, 2015
swannee in General Topics
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Anyone been to Sugarcane on UWS?

Just saw that a Vietnamese restaurant, Sugarcane, has opened in the old Hunan Balcony spot. Any comments?

Jan 10, 2015
swannee in Manhattan

How to get breakfast in China outside your hotel

Hot soybean milk, crullers, and buns or dumplings are pretty much ubiquitous in every Chinese city I know, although I haven't been to Harbin.
And congee is the ULTIMATE comfort food, and anything but adventurous unless you get it with 1000 year egg and pigs blood! Get it with meatballs, or sliced chicken, or even plain. But chacun a son gout......

Cosme Dinner Reviews

What was the total bill? Was it just 2 diners?

Jan 08, 2015
swannee in Manhattan

Anniversary celebration in the 5th or 6th?

We'll be in Paris for our 30th Anniversary in mid-February. We already have a Michelin festive meal reserved, but I was looking for a traditional, cosy place in the 5th/Sorbonne area for a secondary celebration (the Michelin place is at lunch for economic reasons) on the next evening.
Also, how difficult is it to get reservations on Valentine's Day in Paris these days? I spent a lot of time in Paris before 2000. and it wasn't that big a deal then, but times change...

Jan 06, 2015
swannee in France

Borneo Kalimantan Cuisine (Alhambra)

Pete are surely petai, stinking beans, 臭豆 in Chinese. Look a little like fava beans, very alkali taste and cause considerable odor afterwards (in all ways). Called sotor in Thai. I love them. Very healthy, too.

Jan 03, 2015
swannee in Los Angeles Area

Chinatown Banquets and Dish Selection

Ordered a snapper at Sripaphai last night---and it was a snapper.

Jan 03, 2015
swannee in Manhattan

Chinatown Banquets and Dish Selection

Note that Fung Tu is a fusion restaurant.

Jan 03, 2015
swannee in Manhattan

Chinatown Banquets and Dish Selection

Congee Village is on Allen St.

Jan 02, 2015
swannee in Manhattan