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[Singapore] "Chwee Kueh" Face-off: Tiong Bahru FC vs Chinatown Complex FC

they very rarely have this btw, ive only seen it like once or twice

[Singapore] "Chwee Kueh" Face-off: Tiong Bahru FC vs Chinatown Complex FC

swanee - ive actually found this a handful of times in chinatown at some malay restaurants as a special, but they paled in comparison to jian bo's version (to be expected)

[Singapore] "Chwee Kueh" Face-off: Tiong Bahru FC vs Chinatown Complex FC

ohhh man...i need to get back to singapore, i loved jian bo when i went there

Good Morning, Singapore - Part 1: Economy Breakfast Noodles

actually i think it was invented in HK (and then brought to the US), a friend of mine from HK told me that. i'd actually never heard of it until I came to NY where i saw it on every menu in chinatown

ah interesting, never had it in malaysia although i have a feeling i wouldn't like it as much, sort of sounds like KL / malay-style hokkien mee which im not crazy about

Sugiyama is incredible.....

yah its too bad, hopefully he opens up somewhere else

Mar 04, 2015
Lau in Manhattan

Sugiyama is incredible.....

Mar 04, 2015
Lau in Manhattan

Serious Eats: Where to Eat Chinese in NYC

that is true that it is getting harder to find good char kway teow in singapore as well. some of the hawker dishes which we require a lot of experience or are very difficult to make are becoming scarce because young people don't want to be hawkers (low pay, hard life) and the older hawkers are retiring and passing away

Mar 04, 2015
Lau in Manhattan

Good Morning, Singapore - Part 1: Economy Breakfast Noodles

wow i haven't had this dish in probably 12-13 years, i actually totally forgot it exists. I used to eat it at the canteens at NTU and very occasionally at a small hawker center in an HDB in boon lay

Mar 04, 2015
Lau in China & Southeast Asia

Serious Eats: Where to Eat Chinese in NYC

before i even read your post i was going to say that looks like char kway teow or somewhat like beef chow fun

char kway teow is actually quite difficult to get right bc a really good version requires a chef who really knows how to fry it right which takes many years of doing it. if done right it has amazing wok hei, which is the smoky flavor you get from stir frying at a very high heat. it usually just ends up being a oily mess in the US

Mar 04, 2015
Lau in Manhattan

Hunan House (flushing) - been recently?

on 56 bet 5/6

Mar 03, 2015
Lau in Outer Boroughs

Yeh's Bakery – You Want Me To Go To Flushing To Get A Boston Pie? Yes.

ah nice

Mar 03, 2015
Lau in Outer Boroughs

Hunan House (flushing) - been recently?

nice report!

Mar 02, 2015
Lau in Outer Boroughs

Hunan House (flushing) - been recently?

i like the one on 56th street, the meals ive had there recently have been pretty good (the fish head was better than the one i'd had in flushing). ill write it up after i go a couple more times

Mar 02, 2015
Lau in Outer Boroughs

Imperial Palace / East Lake Seafood Restaurant – My Favorite Chinese Restaurant in New York

glad you enjoyed

Mar 01, 2015
Lau in Outer Boroughs

Dieci - Excellent Japanese Style Italian Food

nope

Feb 27, 2015
Lau in Manhattan

Dieci - Excellent Japanese Style Italian Food

basically its a french wine bar, but with japanese izakaya type food. i havent been yet, i heard its decent

Feb 26, 2015
Lau in Manhattan

Dieci - Excellent Japanese Style Italian Food

dieci is better than bohemian and totally different food

ive been meaning to go to izakaya, just havent had a chance to get around to it yet

Feb 26, 2015
Lau in Manhattan

Dieci - Excellent Japanese Style Italian Food

glad u enjoyed

Feb 26, 2015
Lau in Manhattan

Vietnamese Breakfast at Mission Cantina

i have not had a chance to yet, a vietnamese friend of mine who has good taste in in vietnamese food told me she liked the banh xeo was pretty good, but everything else was just ok. But, ill def give it a whirl. viet is my 2nd fav food in the world

Feb 25, 2015
Lau in Manhattan

Roast Duck and Roast Pork Plates

its the same thing

"hong kong style lo mein" is probably just that stir fried americanized chinese dish using those thicker lo mein that they serve in americanized chinese places.

lo min / lao mian is an actual type of noodle and it's usually served like this:
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2Tqjibmn9ck...

or this (the dark stuff is shrimp roe):
http://food.ulifestyle.com.hk/imglib/...

Feb 25, 2015
Lau in Manhattan

Dieci - Excellent Japanese Style Italian Food

yah give it a whirl, make sure to stray away from some of the more mediocre dishes i mentioned in my post

Feb 25, 2015
Lau in Manhattan

Dieci - Excellent Japanese Style Italian Food

very interesting, this must be new. i haven't eaten at dieci for lunch in a long time, i almost always eat there for dinner

thanks for this

Feb 25, 2015
Lau in Manhattan

Dieci - Excellent Japanese Style Italian Food

it is? ive had lunch there before and it was not a soba restaurant?

Feb 25, 2015
Lau in Manhattan

Dieci - Excellent Japanese Style Italian Food

yah i'd agree with that, i dont think they need to have uni in every dish. For example the potato gratin, there really isn't any reason for it in that dish, they don't do much for each other

i think they need to high grade their menu. clearly the chef here is capable to turning out some very good dishes and the menu is small, so i think by just switching out a few of the dishes you could make a menu where most of the food on the menu is quite good. certain dishes like the tuna zuke salad, i have no idea why that is on the menu

Feb 25, 2015
Lau in Manhattan

Dieci - Excellent Japanese Style Italian Food

yah some stuff is def whatever like the fettuccine, but the dishes that are good are quite good. some of the dishes like the tagliolini and steak are really not that rich

Feb 25, 2015
Lau in Manhattan

Dieci - Excellent Japanese Style Italian Food

Greenwich Grill closed down and it's been a long time since i've been to Basta Pasta

Feb 25, 2015
Lau in Manhattan

Vietnamese Breakfast at Mission Cantina

sounds great, thanks for the report

btw chicken pho is common, its called pho ga. the broth is usually slightly sweeter and obviously alot more chicken-y. they normally give u this sort of sweet vinegar chili sauce to dip the chicken in. it's very good although unfortunately I haven't found a good version in NY as NY's viet scene is pretty bad

Feb 25, 2015
Lau in Manhattan

Dieci - Excellent Japanese Style Italian Food

"really really great" is hard to find and i'd agree that this does not fall under that category. in fact very few restaurants in NY would fall under that category for me given my own bias in my taste in food

that said Dieci is quite good depending on what you order. i like certain dishes alot there (tagliolini, chawanmushi, uni egg scramble, steak), but others are just so so (zuke tuna salad, potato gratin, fettuchine). i wish it was more consistent across the board, but the dishes that i like im always quite pleased with

Feb 25, 2015
Lau in Manhattan
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Dieci - Excellent Japanese Style Italian Food

**For full post and pics**: http://www.lauhound.com/dieci-excelle...

Dieci is a restaurant in the East Village serving Japanese style Italian. Often times when one culture tries to adapt another culture’s cuisine to its own taste, the results are a disaster. However, Japan has been able to take other cuisines and create something is different yet still good. In particular, Japan is known for its French, Italian and Chinese cuisines. In fact, Japan has Michelin star restaurants in such cuisines. Dieci gives you a flavor for what this type of cuisine is.

The restaurant is a small room in the basement level. It’s intimate and the type of place you would bring a date. The service is always excellent and it’s an enjoyable place to have dinner.

Zuke Tuna Salad
This is sliced tuna with squash, snap pea and greens in a truffle soy dressing. The tuna and vegetables are good quality, but the dressing was a bit too sweet. It’s an alright dish, but I thought was a bit of an odd choice to put on the menu and didn’t really stand out. 7.5/10

Potato Gratin
This is small baked potato topped with uni. This sounds awesome although I found that the uni and potato didn’t really do much for each other. It’s well cooked, but it ends up just tasting like a creamy potato. 7.75/10

Chawanmushi
Chawanmushi is a savory Japanese egg custard that I grew up eating. However, the chawanmushi at Dieci is far more decadent than what I grew up eating. It has foie gras pureed into it, which gives it a much richer flavor. It’s topped with mushrooms, chives and savory broth. This is one of my favorite dishes here and I highly recommend ordering it. 8.5/10

Uni Egg Scramble
This is scrambled egg topped with uni and sturgeon caviar in a savory broth. This is another dish I really like here. The creaminess of the uni, saltiness of the caviar, the savory broth and egg really pair well together. This is a great dish. 8.5/10

Brussel Sprouts
This is roasted brussel sprouts topped with parmesan, miso and walnuts. It’s a pretty decent dish although I wouldn’t say it stands out. 7.75/10

Fluke Sashimi
This is fluke sashimi in a yuzu pepper and ceviche sauce. This dish works better than the zuke tuna salad. The sauce is not overpowering and goes well with the fluke. 8/10

Tagliolini
This is squid ink tagliolini with calamari in a tomato sauce. The tagliolini is has great texture and is perfectly al dente. The tomato sauce compliments the tagliolini and calamari perfectly. This is another dish that I really enjoy at Dieci. 8.5/10

Ramen
This is ramen noodles in a spicy lamb bolognese sauce. The noodles are al dente and bolognese sauce is hearty and goes well with the ramen. 8/10

Fettuccine
This is fettuccine with sea urchin and calamari in a creamy sauce. The pasta, uni and calamari are good. However, I found the sauce a bit lacking in flavor. If the sauce was a bit more flavorful this dish could be a winner. 7.75/10

Filet Mignon Steak
This is a filet mignon steak topped with a truffle soy reduction and mushroom couscous. The steak is excellent and the sauce pairs perfectly with it. The mushroom couscous is a nice side dish to go with the steak. 8.25/10

Japanese Red Snapper Chazuke
Chazuke is a simple Japanese dish that I also grew up eating which is simply rice with tea poured over it and topped with seasoning. This is a more refined version with seared red snapper on top of grilled vegetable rice ball with hoji tea soup poured over it. The fish was perfectly cooked and went well with the rice and broth. This was a nice dish. 8/10

Chocolate Soufflé
This was a special. It was a chocolate soufflé with earl grey ice cream. The dessert is pretty self-explanatory and was really good. If they happen to have this, definitely order it. 8.25/10

Overall, while not every dish is a hit, the dishes that are good are excellent and it’s become one of the restaurants that I regularly go to. I highly recommend checking it out.

Feb 25, 2015
Lau in Manhattan

Most Sumptuous Crab dish in Flushing?

i haven't had it in a while at Lake Pavilion, but it was one of their better dishes (def old school cantonese style). I'm pretty sure it should still be good, so that would probably be your best bet, they have pretty decent steamed fish and i'd recommend spending a little more to get one of their higher quality fish (they have a big menu of different types of fish. I don't know how their golden fried rice is although i do like their crab rice which is alot different than the one at IP

the peking duck isn't very good at imperial palace, so while i like imperial palace the best, it probably won't fit the bill since their duck is whatever

Feb 21, 2015
Lau in Outer Boroughs