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Eim Khao Mun Kai: A Hainanese Chicken Rice specialist sets up shop in Elmhurst

That looks delicious! Have you had it to go? Does it travel well? Do they package things separately? Just asking because the only way I'm going to realistically be able to try that dish is to pick it up to go on my way home one evening.

May 09, 2015
missmasala in Outer Boroughs

Seeking great indian grocery near Park Slope/Ditmas

A while ago I believe someone on this board told me I could get it in elmhurst. But at this point I'll probably just plant the seeds I finally remember I have.

May 04, 2015
missmasala in Outer Boroughs

Seeking great indian grocery near Park Slope/Ditmas

You use it in pad ka prao, a dish of meat stir fried with chilies and holy basil. It's one of the few thai dishes I can make at home, but I have to use regular asian basil and would love to be able to use holy basil, as it has a distinctive taste.

Jen's info about it being tulsi and being the seeds used in falooda etc is interesting new info to me.

May 03, 2015
missmasala in Outer Boroughs

Seeking great indian grocery near Park Slope/Ditmas

I meant holy basil, not thai basil. thai basil, or at least the variety used in vietnamese restaurants (served with pho) is pretty readily available, but I would love to find a brooklyn source of holy basil.

And Jen, I'm not a big fan of Kalustyan's which I find overpriced, but you did just remind me that I brought a packet of holy basil seeds back from thailand with me last summer. time to plant them!

Apr 29, 2015
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Seeking great indian grocery near Park Slope/Ditmas

Wow, that's walking distance for me, so thanks! any chance they have holy basil or lime leaves as well?

Apr 28, 2015
missmasala in Outer Boroughs

Seeking great indian grocery near Park Slope/Ditmas

The Patel grocery in Brooklyn is nice and the owners are friendly, but if you don't have a car and it's not convenient, the store certainly doesn't carry nearly as much as the ones in JH, so no reason not to go to JH instead. For me, getting to JH in the car if there's no traffic is not that much more time than getting to sunset park, but if the BQE has traffic it's a nightmare. I wish one of the big JH groceries like Patel Bros would open up down on CIA. I think it's time.

Apr 22, 2015
missmasala in Outer Boroughs

Kao Soy--new Thai in Red Hook

I totally understand what you're saying about the green curry. My family loves this place and orders from there regularly, but we've stopped getting the green curry because we just don't find it that good. imho, It lacks the complexity and balance of flavors that a good green curry has.
If you're in the curry mood at kao soy, get the kao soy, which is very good there.

Mar 15, 2015
missmasala in Outer Boroughs

Most Sumptuous Crab dish in Flushing?

Hey Lau,

Is the Peking Duck at Lake Pavillion still good? I already posted on the Manhattan board, but I'm looking for a good Cantonese or "old-school" style chinese place for a b-day dinner for 10 people that does a decent/good peking duck, as well as other good dishes (a good steamed fish with ginger and golden fried rice are also important)

I just went through your reviews (again) of the three places listed above, and while Imperial Palace looks like it has the best food, you rave about the peking duck at Lake Pavillion. Which would you recommend for a better all-around meal with some peking duck in it?
Or is there another place you might recommend?

Thanks!

Feb 21, 2015
missmasala in Outer Boroughs

Good Chinese Place For a Birthday Meal?

We will be 10 people, kids and adults, with one not-too-picky vegetarian. Want to be able to sit at a big round table. Bonus points for a place that serves decent peking duck, with either GOOD pancakes (which means Peking Duck House is out) or the steamed buns.

This group of people really loves good executions of "old-school" style cantonese dishes. Was thinking Oriental Garden, but haven't been in a few years and wasn't sure it was still good. Any other places to recommend? Trying to stay away from some of the sichuan places, as we eat that a lot, and I want something a little different for this meal.

I know chefs/cooks come and go and some of these places can go from good to bad to good again in a year or so. So looking for the latest news on good dining of this type in Manhattan.

Thanks

ps. If there is a place that serves decent peking duck and also some spicy dishes, that would be great, too.

Feb 21, 2015
missmasala in Manhattan

Visiting Brooklyn for a day in May

Roberta's is great for lunch as there usually isn't a wait and the food is the same.
In terms of neighborhoods, it really depends on what you want to see. Park Slope is pretty brownstones with some good food. Williamsburg is more industrial, with probably a larger selection of good food and offbeat little shops.
Or there's south brooklyn--ie the neighborhoods stretching from brooklyn heights into red hook. If you take the ferry from manhattan to fulton ferry landing, you can have a nice long walk into carroll gardens and stop for lunch at any number of places. Or you could take the ikea boat to red hook and wander around and have lunch at kao soy, the thai place just reviewed in the new york times

Feb 13, 2015
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Visiting Brooklyn for a day in May

I second St. Anselm. The food is excellent and it isn't crazy expensive. Get there early or be prepared to wait in line, though.

Feb 13, 2015
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Is there a one-dish meal that you can't live without?

Also, my favorite one pot meal is moroccan lamb and vegetable stew. It truly is one pot and dead easy. I use this recipe, and serve it with couscous.

http://www.ochef.com/r208.htm

Feb 08, 2015
missmasala in Home Cooking

Is there a one-dish meal that you can't live without?

It's as much of a one-pot meal as lasagna, which has been mentioned here a few times. The way my mother used to make it, it was baked in a casserole just like lasagna.

Feb 08, 2015
missmasala in Home Cooking

Kao Soy--new Thai in Red Hook

We get delivery from here almost once a week. The curry is consistently unimpressive, and the pomelo salad can vary greatly. (one night, they made mine with grapefruit) But the hanglay, the sai oua, and the khao soy are pretty consistently great.

Feb 05, 2015
missmasala in Outer Boroughs

Business Lunch in Carrol Gardens?

Frankie's is a good suggestion. I would also recommend Karloff, on Court Street, if you want Eastern European and/or burgers. Quiet, and the waitstaff is nice.

Most lunch places in Carroll Gardens are relatively quiet. There isn't much of a lunch "scene."

Feb 01, 2015
missmasala in Outer Boroughs

Kao Soy--new Thai in Red Hook

Been getting a lot of take out from Kao Soy recently and I keep being happier and happier that this restaurant opened in Brooklyn. As a Carroll Gardens resident, not having to go to queens for an excellent, reasonably priced Thai meal has been a game changer for my family. Still don't think their curries or sauteed dishes stand up to the good Queens places, but the things they do well they do excellently, including that pomelo salad (made with pink grapefuit tonight, but I'm not complaining) Plus, they are not afraid to up the spice levels if you ask. Last week we had a som tam that was the hottest Thai dish I have eaten in NYC in years. And, it was excellent.
I just hope they do enough business to stay around.

Dec 13, 2014
missmasala in Outer Boroughs

Chinese dinner (NOT dim sum) in Sunset Park - who's good these days?

This is a perpetual problem for me, too. I never know where to go for dinner in Sunset Park.
If I had to choose right now I would go to East Harbor for dinner, but only because we ordered some menu items the last time we had dim sum there and they were good. But it was just simple stuff, like noodles, so no idea what their other dishes are like.

Dec 13, 2014
missmasala in Outer Boroughs

Gold Label on Brighton Beach

I've been to the one in the old theater. It's ok. Nice bread selection. I like brighton bazaar better.

Dec 13, 2014
missmasala in Outer Boroughs

Kao Soy--new Thai in Red Hook

I said that because some would argue that pok pok is as good as kao soy. I'm not a big pok pok fan, but I will admit that they do some things pretty well.

Nov 04, 2014
missmasala in Outer Boroughs

Kao Soy--new Thai in Red Hook

Well I'd rather eat in Chiang Mai than at kao soy, so you're lucky. Our green curry did not have any zucchini in it. It had the small green eggplants--not the pea ones, but the larger ones (sri puts these in their green curry as well) I wonder if the poster who mentioned zucchini mis-identified the eggplants or if, on that day, they were out of eggplant and subbed zucchini?
I was happy about the two cuts of pork in the Hang Lay, as when it's all pork belly, it can get too fatty.

Nov 02, 2014
missmasala in Outer Boroughs

D'Amico gone?

The lamentation list is mighty long these days, what with Good Food and Mastellone's both closing in the past year as well. I am also grateful for what's still around.

Nov 01, 2014
missmasala in Outer Boroughs

Kao Soy--new Thai in Red Hook

Finally made it here this week. Couldn't wait, as I was excited about having a good thai restaurant in my neighborhood (or at least very near) so I wouldn't have to go to queens.
We had: banana fritters, khanom jeeb (the dumplings) the shrimp spring roll things, the pomelo salad, green curry with tofu, sai oua (the sausage), fried beef with holy basil, and the pork stew with the fried chicken leg (can't remember the name.)
The banana fritters were tasty but could have been fried a little better. The other apps were fine--not things I would order but the kids wanted them. The nam prik that came with the spring rolls was excellent, notably better than any I've had outside of thailand. I loved the pomelo salad, though the shrimp felt like an afterthought. The pomelo was super fresh and it had a slow burn and a nice funk from fish sauce. The green curry was okay but not great, mainly ordered for the vegetarian kid. Sri's version is much better. However, I wouldn't expect a northern thai place to do a great curry. Next time we will get the khao soy instead. The beef with basil was merely okay also, but also ordered for one of the kids. Better versions to be had other places.
However, the pork stew and the sai oua were both outstanding and the portions were huge. I would go back for these two dishes. I was particularly excited about the sai oua, as this sausage is hard to find in nyc and somehow I managed not to have any on my trip back to bangkok this summer. If I had one quibble, it was that the sai oua and the noom prik served with it were both slightly, strangely sweet.
However, all in all, this is a super-exciting restaurant opening, particularly as I am not a huge fan of pok pok. The place is quite small, though, (with only 2 four-tops) and it got packed during our meal on a weds night, so I suspect that soon it will be difficult to get a table without a wait.
I don't know a huge amount about northern thai food and in general prefer isan and central thai cooking, but the food here is clearly a notch above almost any other thai restaurant in brooklyn. It would be great if a hound who is super familiar with Chiang Mai or northern style food, like El Jefe, could weigh in.
And it seems, between this and Pok Pok, as if this area of brooklyn is staking out a claim on northern style food, since these are the only two thai places I know of that specialize in this region.

Nov 01, 2014
missmasala in Outer Boroughs

Nino's Spinach Pie - Anything Like It Out There?

She must have meant Francesco's which occupies the space that was Nino's dining room. Just noticed it this morning. Had forgotten about it, but it was on my mind because of this thread. I have actually never been in there, so don't know if it is run by the Nino's people or not. I have seen one of the Nino's guys running Cataldo's, however.

Oct 19, 2014
missmasala in Outer Boroughs

Paw paw

Your brother could set up a business for some paw paw loving chowhounds!

Oct 17, 2014
missmasala in Outer Boroughs

Paw paw

I always thought pawpaw was just another name for papaya. Are they a completely different fruit, Dave?

Oct 14, 2014
missmasala in Outer Boroughs

Nino's Spinach Pie - Anything Like It Out There?

I think the Nino's guys now run Cataldo's on Vanderbilt Ave in Prospect Heights, so maybe try there?
I live in CG and sorely miss Nino's.
To the poster who said they moved across the street, where exactly would that be? I haven't noticed any place like that.

Oct 14, 2014
missmasala in Outer Boroughs

Al Di La - Whats Good These Days

Glad you had a great meal and liked the affogato. After I wrote that I started craving it, so I'm going to have to head back to Al di La soon!

Sep 14, 2014
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Al Di La - Whats Good These Days

Like Jen, it's been a while, but I really liked their polenta with greens and an egg. Also not crazy about the beet ravioli, but the malfatti are good. Most of the pastas and salads are very good. I haven't had as many of their mains. They also do an excellent affogato (homemade vanilla ice cream "drowned" in a shot of espresso) I'm not a coffee drinker but I love this dessert. Unfortunately, I can only order it at lunch or I'm up all night.

Sep 10, 2014
missmasala in Outer Boroughs

Moldavian Cherry Preserves?

I have no idea if these are what you're looking for, but at brick oven bread on king's highway last year I bought a jar of georgian cherry preserves that turned out to be small sour cherries (with pits) suspended in a liquidy syrup. Though not useful for toast, the cherries were delicious and I ended up using them and the syrup in cocktails. They definitely had a sort of spicy flavor. Just finished the jar and recycled it, or I would post a pic here.

Aug 04, 2014
missmasala in Outer Boroughs

Khao Kang in Elmhurst?

I just ate in one of those cafeteria places in Thailand. It wasn't small, though, and the dish choices were numerous. What I liked about it was there were dishes that I hadn't seen on restaurant menus and hadn't had before, like a delicious green bean curry in a sort of sour curry sauce. If Khao Kang is offering dishes that aren't on other Thai menus, that would be a plus.

Also, how would a vegetarian fare there? Need to be able to feed the vegetarian for a family meal. She would probably be willing to eat the sauce from a curry if they would leave off the meat for her. Are there a lot of vegetable options or would they be able to give her scoops of things without the meat?

Aug 04, 2014
missmasala in Outer Boroughs