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Wow, Tamarind

Recent convert to tamarind here. Especially love it on Thai style egg dishes (so many recipes, all delicious), like son in law eggs.

RECIPE INGREDIENTS:
6 boiled eggs, peeled
3 cups vegetable oil for deep frying
1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
3 tablespoons palm sugar
5 tablespoons tamarind pulp
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon dried chili flakes
4 tablespoons fried shallots
2 tablespoons cilantro
2 tablespoons scallions

RECIPE STEPS:
In a medium sauce pan, heat the vegetable oil over medium high heat. Take tongs and put the egg between the tongs. Gently place the eggs into the oil. Be careful to not over crowd the eggs in the pan. You will likely have to do this in two batch of three eggs. Deep-fried the eggs until the skin turns golden brown. Remove and place on paper towel to absorb oil.
Heat up a sauce pan with fish sauce, palm sugar, tamarind pulp and water. Bring it to boil and pick out any stray pieces of tamarind or seeds. Remove from heat. Stir in red chili flakes.
Slice each egg into quarters. Place the eggs onto a plate. Ladle the sweet and sour tamarind sauce over the eggs. Sprinkle the fried shallots, cilantro and scallions.

http://www.asiansupper.com/recipe/son...

Feb 17, 2012
asiansupper in Home Cooking

Lunar New Year

ditto on the deokguk!

Jan 20, 2012
asiansupper in Home Cooking

New Restaurants in LES/East Village -- For Tonight

thanks, hadn't heard of it. forgot to mention necessity of gluten free options!

Dec 02, 2011
asiansupper in Manhattan

New Restaurants in LES/East Village -- For Tonight

Just looking for somewhere a party of 2 can get in tonight with little/no wait -- open for any kind of food, just no scene please and good food.

I've lived in this neighborhood for 7 years so pretty familiar with the restaurants here (less so in E Vill vs LES), and looking for any new ones that have opened up in ... let's say past 6 mos or so

Thanks!

Dec 02, 2011
asiansupper in Manhattan

Koreatown Restaurant with Atmosphere & Hospitality

Yes I've vowed never to go to Kunjip again after I realized it's basically a fast food joint -- you spend more time waiting in line than actually sitting and enjoying your meal.

Have you ever tried the ones on 35th?

Hanbat is usually not crowded (disclaimer: I haven't been there in a very long time, but I recall it was perfectly fine) and while Cho Dang Gol is a bit of a speciality restaurant (tofus, soybean stews) I think it can be quite relaxed/pleasant there in non-peak times.

The last suggestion would be Hangawi, which is actually an appetizer, drinks etc sort of place. Vegetarian and not traditional, but nice atmosphere

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Kunjip
9 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

Cho Dang Gol
55 W 35th St, New York, NY 10001

Han Bat
53 W 35th St, New York, NY 10001

HanGawi
12 E 32nd St, New York, NY 10016

Dec 02, 2011
asiansupper in Manhattan

Chestnut Butter - soak, roast & other questions

Thanks karykat. I did not attempt to make this yet, but consulted a store bought jar.

Ingredients: chestnuts, sugar, pectin, natural flavoring

Nov 13, 2011
asiansupper in Home Cooking

Is there any really good bread out there?

No ... thanks for the tip, will check it out

Nov 13, 2011
asiansupper in Manhattan

Junoon (bad)...Other suggestions for Indian, please?...(very long)

I've also only given Junoon just one try, but agreed on all accounts - service was really, really bad, food was ehhh and your description of the decor is spot on "upscale-institutional"

Recently went to Tulsi and I thought it was pretty good -- comparable to the Tamarinds -- reliable food and good service

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Tulsi
211 E 46th St, New York, NY 10017

Junoon
27 W 24th St, New York, NY 10010

Oct 30, 2011
asiansupper in Manhattan

Seeking small bottled drinks

Hm. I can think of 3 things --

- "yogurt" drinks (you can find these in Asian grocery stores, in the refrigerated section. They come in packs of like 10-12). Google "yakult"

- Korean ginseng/energy/health drinks -- small brown bottles. my dad used to drink these -- you can probably find at Han ah reum on 32nd.

- Looza -- I used to always pick up small mango loozas at the corner bodega. Probably like 6-7 oz?

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Han Ah Reum
25 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

Oct 30, 2011
asiansupper in Manhattan

Iranian rice, and Afghani caramelized rice

Wow, thanks for the quick response plum! My fingers are crossed...

Oct 30, 2011
asiansupper in General Topics

Chestnut Butter - soak, roast & other questions

Does anyone have any tips on making chestnut butter (I'm imagining a peanut-butter like substance)?

Does one roast or boil the chestnuts? Recipes seem to call for boiling which I'm sure makes them easier to peel, but that would seem less flavorful...

Oct 30, 2011
asiansupper in Home Cooking

Deep fried poached egg sandwich

Awesome. Kind of reminds me of deep fried hard boiled egg w/tamarind sauce

Oct 30, 2011
asiansupper in Home Cooking

Is there any really good bread out there?

I like Sullivan St's Filone -- even though it's not a baguette it has that 'empty' crusty sensation -- but overall I'm agreed with you, OP, not enough good bread in this town. And Eataly's bread is awful.

And while I'm complaining, the croissant situation is bad, too. Nearly all croissants sold in the city are doughy, barely cooked hunks.

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Eataly
200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

Oct 30, 2011
asiansupper in Manhattan

Iranian rice, and Afghani caramelized rice

Hi, I know this thread is old but I'm hoping someone will see this question - is the saffron water the only water you add to this? Or do you add some water through the slow cooking process?

Oct 30, 2011
asiansupper in General Topics

Ginkgo berries: culinary uses?

Second the nuts. They're good! Kind of fleshy ... I usually just saute and salt. For some reason that I can't remember you're not supposed to eat too many of them.

Sep 13, 2011
asiansupper in Home Cooking

Soy Sheets, what are they and how to use them?

One of my favorite yuba (the name for what you have, in Japanese) dishes is this, non-traditional one, from a restaurant called curry-ya in nyc:

"Yuba Salad: Tofu Skin & Green Beans Stopped with Parmesan Cheese and Olive Dressing"
http://www.nycurry-ya.com/

Here is my attempt to deconstruct this recipe:
Layer fresh, sliced yuba with green beans that have been steeped in a rough puree of olives, parmesan cheese, and olive oil. Delicious!

Sep 13, 2011
asiansupper in Home Cooking

Mmmm, It's Gummy Gluten Free Cornbread!

Thank you everyone. I forgot I asked this question but am delighted by the response. I should also say that I tried the all-corn method but accidentally used a) finely ground corn flour (no idea why I bought that and definitely no crackling). So I'll give the Southern method another go.

Sep 12, 2011
asiansupper in Home Cooking

Substitution for red curry paste?

hm. while i think lime is an acceptable substitute for kaffir lime, i think ginger and galangal are quite different -- they really only are similar in appearance. ginger is spicy, galangal is peppery, or sometimes wood-y.

definitely check the freezer of your asian grocery store, as well as the dried section. sometimes it comes powdered. if you can't find it after all that, i'd just leave it out ... hope that helps!

Sep 12, 2011
asiansupper in Home Cooking

Substitution for red curry paste?

here's another one:

3 stalks lemongrass, chopped (bottom only not the green leaves)
4 tablespoons galangal, chopped
zest of one kaffir lime
3 kaffir lime leaves, thinly sliced
1/4 cup garlic chopped
16 dried Thai chili peppers
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon shrimp paste
3 tablespoons shallots, chopped
2 tablespoons coriander seeds, crushed
1/2 tablespoon white peppercorns

Using a mortar and pestle, pound the ingredients until it forms into a smooth red curry paste. If you are using a food processor or blender, you may need to add 2 tablespoons of water.

http://asiansupper.com/recipe/red-curry

Sep 09, 2011
asiansupper in Home Cooking

Mmmm, It's Gummy Gluten Free Cornbread!

So ... I've repeatedly tried to make gluten free cornbread, using a number of recipes from the web.

I even threw some frozen corn kernels in to one recipe. Not good. (I should say I have had success with GF cooking and GF baking - in particular, brownies).

My problem is that the cornbread usually comes out too gummy / thick / not fluffy. How can I make fluffier GF cornbread? Any success out there?

Sep 09, 2011
asiansupper in Home Cooking

shopping for a French-themed party?

I like ceci cela & maison du macaron for various pastries, sweets
http://www.cecicelanyc.com/
http://www.maisondumacaron.net/

Charcuterie: Murray's, Eataly, despana or Brooklyn Larder.

One of my faves is blinis & roe -- blinis can be sourced at Russ & Daughters, Dean & Deluca or Citarella, egg roe from Russ & Daughters or Citarella

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Russ & Daughters
179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

Citarella
2135 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

Murray's Cheese
254 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

Despana
408 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

Ceci-Cela
55 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

La Maison du Macaron
132 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

Dean & DeLuca
560 Broadway, New York, NY 10012

Eataly
200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

Sep 09, 2011
asiansupper in Manhattan

Your current NYC favorites

on the 4) other food - gelato front, if you end up going to wd-50, def worth a stop at il laboratorio del gelato just a few blocks away on houston (closes at 10p on weekdays, later on weekends i think). pretty awesome but possibly quite crowded. i actually like the fruit flavored sorbets the best but gelatos are excellent too.

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Il Laboratorio del Gelato
188 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

Aug 04, 2011
asiansupper in Manhattan

Rec for Quiet Bklyn Restaurant

We ended up cooking in (quietest of all) but will save these recs for next time. Thanks all!

Jun 25, 2011
asiansupper in Outer Boroughs

Rec for Quiet Bklyn Restaurant

Thanks, Miss Needle.

I think I need to modify my request. Perhaps not "New American". Any opinion on Convivium Osteria?

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Convivium Osteria
68 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Jun 22, 2011
asiansupper in Outer Boroughs

Critique my selections please.

You could try going outside of Manhattan: Chao Thai, Ayada Thai, Sripraphai - this board has many reviews on them.

The non-sushi breadth of Japanese food in the city is also amazing -- a few specialty faves: Kajitsu (shojin), Riki (izakaya), Yakitori Totto (yakitori) etc

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Riki
141 E 45th St, New York, NY 10017

Yakitori Totto
251 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

Kajitsu
414 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009

Jun 22, 2011
asiansupper in Manhattan

Critique my selections please.

What kind of cuisine/atmosphere are you looking for?

Jun 22, 2011
asiansupper in Manhattan

EATALY MANHATTAN--please list your "finds" here

The Via Osteria 14 jams (cherry & apricot) are very nice - almost like a fruit compote instead of a typical, heavy, sweet jam.

I'm compulsively picking up coldcuts - the Leonardo ham in particular. I also like the hot Italian (actually quite spicy) & sweet Italian sausages. Full chicken has been great for rotisserie.

Agree that bread is just so-so.

Jun 22, 2011
asiansupper in Manhattan

Union Square area "quick bite"

third dogmatic!

also manna kitchen which is a korean joint on 18th

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Manna Express Kitchen
28 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003

Jun 22, 2011
asiansupper in Manhattan

Critique my selections please.

Balaboosta has nice ambience but food is ok

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Balaboosta
214 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

Jun 22, 2011
asiansupper in Manhattan

Cheap and great on the LES? Help!

Cafe Katja and Caracas would be good choices.

Tiny's Giant Sandwiches are solid and cheap, but more like a cafe in terms of atmosphere.
Punjabi Restaurant - the Indian takeout joint on Houston
Kuma Inn?
Shopsin's - breakfast/lunch only

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Tiny's Giant Sandwich Shop
127 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

Shopsin's General Store
120 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

Kuma Inn
113 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

Cafe Katja
79 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

Punjabi Grocery & Deli
114 E 1st St, New York, NY 10009

Jun 22, 2011
asiansupper in Manhattan