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Best ice cream in Tokyo?

Thanks guys--

I ended up not being able to make it all the way to Ice Cream Parlor/Sunshine City. So I settled for the Hokkaido Dosanko ice cream in Ginza, which was not that great. And the ice cream in the basement of the Tokyo Midtown Tower foodcourt, which was really good, and strangely stuffed in the same restaurant that sells meat on a stick. WEIRD.

Jan 13, 2014
juicefriend in Japan

Best ice cream in Tokyo?

Thanks Robb! I will definitely try to go on Monday--very excited!

Jan 04, 2014
juicefriend in Japan

Best ice cream in Tokyo?

Yes, it's 30 degrees, yes, there are other culinary delights, but... let's say one had a hankering for ice cream or gelato--what would be the best thing to do in Tokyo? I've heard of Ice Cream City--anything else would be amazing!

Happy New Year!

Jan 03, 2014
juicefriend in Japan

Hidden gems that you don't wanna tell even the closest friend?

I like La Dinastia China on 72nd and Amsterdam for their fried chicken. Perhaps it's super well known already, but the Latin Chinese run joint is just so good and friendly. Have not tried their proper Chinese food though.

Nov 12, 2013
juicefriend in Manhattan

Best Taiwanese or Chinese Beef Noodles (now that it's cooooold)

It's not bad. I grew up in Taiwan, and it's not superfar off. The PB obsession and thick toast certainly sounds familiar.

Nov 12, 2013
juicefriend in Manhattan

Best Taiwanese or Chinese Beef Noodles (now that it's cooooold)

Thanks Lau, great post! I also got the cambodian noodles, should have mentioned that, but seemed off topic. You have a great site! Ever thought about organising a food tasting?

Nov 12, 2013
juicefriend in Manhattan

Best Taiwanese or Chinese Beef Noodles (now that it's cooooold)

Way to make me feel REALLY bad now. :)

Nov 12, 2013
juicefriend in Manhattan

Best Taiwanese or Chinese Beef Noodles (now that it's cooooold)

Dear hounds, thanks for your feedback and ideas. I tried Excellent, which, as Chandavki pointed out, was meh. And I went to Spicy Village--not bad! Agree, they need to hit that with a lot more vinegar, but also white pepper. I did go to this place, I think Bo Ky? Ok Vietnamese noodles, but the beef just wasn't flavorful/dark enough.

I feel like a proper round-up in Manhattan must be a venture worth undertaking, because while the above were all meh, there were a TON of places advertising beef noodle soup.

And I'm assuming ipsedixit, you're posting this as a joke rather than trolling. That's like if I asked for good sourdough and you said to eat a bagel instead. Both starches! :)

Nov 12, 2013
juicefriend in Manhattan

Best Taiwanese or Chinese Beef Noodles (now that it's cooooold)

Dear Chowhounders, it's been a while since this question's been asked, I think. Any suggestions in Manhattan for good Taiwanese or Chinese beef noodles? Much appreciated!

Oct 25, 2013
juicefriend in Manhattan

Auckland essentials?

I thought I'd revive this question! We've got a 6 hour layover in Auckland Airport-was thinking of venturing out for dinner. We looked around Papatoetoe? And Mangere? For Asian food. Any suggestions?

How's Vietnamese Gourmet?

many thanks!

Feb 06, 2013
juicefriend in Australia/New Zealand

Advice for the (not so) lonely tummy - one meal left in Vancouver - Chinese? Hoi Tong vs. Kelvin's vs. Chongqing Japanese?

Update:

Hit Fisherman's Terrace today (because in Richmond) followed by James Snacks, Parker BBQ, and Phnom Penh takeout for claypot, crispy "bbq" pork, and wings.

Amazing! Thank you guys! We have a few more places on your collective lists to try!

Dec 29, 2012
juicefriend in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Advice for the (not so) lonely tummy - one meal left in Vancouver - Chinese? Hoi Tong vs. Kelvin's vs. Chongqing Japanese?

Thanks Quddous as well - dang!

Ok, so we weren't able to get reservations at Miko, (and unfortunately, no internet when mobile,) so had to go to Tojo tonight. Got the omikase. And sadly, it was good, but Quddous was totally right--it was not anywhere near the quality of NYC. Especially frustrating given how pricey it is - for the price, it is comparable to Kyo-ya (1 Michelin star) for cooked/omikase, and Sushi of Gari for sushi in NYC, and both of those are in a different league.

Ok, so we've cancelled Hawksworth as well, as assuming it will not match the NYC. So now we have a couple slots free.

So, ahem, at the risk of being completely self-interested in posting this:
1. Tmo lunch: dim sum at either Fisherman's or Kirin's on Cambie
2. Tmo dinner: a random hodge-podge of Parker BBQ, James Snacks claypot, and phnom penh wings (assuming we can get some of this taken out - and yes, we'll have some of it on location)
3. Day after: toss-up between Big Chef and James Chinese. We may go for a second dim sum, but probably will depend on how the first goes. If it's amazing, we'll skip seconds.

We aren't missing anything too obvious, are we? Btw, our first night out, we had Yohan purple rice rolls, and man were they pretty good. Does any place in Richmond make "car wheel" biscuits/buns? They're sweet, often custard/red bean filled.

We'll also try to stop by ACME for lemon meringue (we accidentally ordered Key Lime today, which wasn't bad, but wasn't amazing.) And in between, lots of running, LOTS of running.

Dec 28, 2012
juicefriend in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Advice for the (not so) lonely tummy - one meal left in Vancouver - Chinese? Hoi Tong vs. Kelvin's vs. Chongqing Japanese?

Thanks PH Rodgers,

We'll add James Chinese as well. Man, this is going to be a challenge! I wonder how many of these are able to be taken out so we can assemble. I think I know the answer, but now that we have specific dishes from you and Grayelf, it makes it paradoxically harder to choose!

Dec 28, 2012
juicefriend in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Advice for the (not so) lonely tummy - one meal left in Vancouver - Chinese? Hoi Tong vs. Kelvin's vs. Chongqing Japanese?

Dear Grayelf,

Thank you for such a thoughtful response! And you read us right--a little spicied-out, but Nine Dishes looks amazing.

So we are going to scratch Dynesty, though the truffle dumplings.... is it like Ding Tai Fong at all? And we'll go with Krin's on Cambie instead.

I think we're staying largely with Asian cuisine as NYC has enough places we haven't gone to for French/Italian/etc that it would seem a shame to go here instead.

We've added James Snacks, Nine Dishes, and Big Chef to our list and see if we can combine a couple take-outs. The Big Chef menu - preserved eggs with crab!!! OH MAN!

Thanks again! And if we can switch out of Tojo, we will. I guess the question is, is Vancouver sushi better than NYC (or at least different enough to be worth a try? ) Or should we gorge ourselves on Chinese food!

Dec 28, 2012
juicefriend in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Advice for the (not so) lonely tummy - one meal left in Vancouver - Chinese? Hoi Tong vs. Kelvin's vs. Chongqing Japanese?

Dearest Chowhounders,

We've been following the recommendation trails off this board on our food vacation (from the East Coast - NYC - avid Flushing goers, and also stay in SF quite a bit) - and have gone to:
- Alvin's
- Peaceful
- Jade Seafood
- a bunch of bakeries

We have on our list remaining
- dim sum at Dynesty
- dim sum or dinner at Kirin
- and we have a meal slot left!

Where should we go? What should we eat?

We found Alvin's to be good solid but perhaps not truly distinctive - just as the reviewers described. Peaceful had great beef roll and well cooked everything else - but again, tasty though not necessarily amazing. Jade Seafood, really interesting crab egg whites, the smoked chicken was subtly flavored. Nothing has been a disappointment, but equally, nothing has been mindblowing either--something we'd bring our parents back for.

As a reference (and so as not to inadvertently offend on above - maybe we ordered the wrong things) - last time we came, we had dim sum at Shiang Garden, and tried this egg roll with duck egg in it, and that was AMAZING.

So we're in search for the amazing. Is there any recommendation? Hoi Tong? Kelvin's Szechuan? We like everything (and I do mean everything) - from tripe to whatever. And price point isn't the issue - low price would be as awesome as expensive.

Also, totally random - is Tojo worth it? We've had the fortune of eating at some nice sushi places back East - and the reviews are a bit mixed. Advice welcome!

Dec 28, 2012
juicefriend in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Houston Restaurant Month

Have a great time! I think the list above will be great fun, and none of them will be a bad experience! I've had the luck of trying a number of the restaurants on your list over the past few years. Just a few thoughts--for me, Oceanaire wasn't that different than an otherwise well-prepared seafood restaurant, quite business oriented--Arcodoro in some ways feels the same, there are a few good pastas, like the ragu and the truffle pasta, but somewhat safe. Eddie V's is very trendy (and loud) but not necessarily standout, although their food quality (freshness, arrives on time) is quite good--just nothing stood out as "must go back." On the other hand, I have a few relatives who really like RDG. Brennan's is great for the ambiance alone!

As a reference point, I tend to go for things that for me would stand out in any city--thus I like Da Marco quite a bit, and cheaper places like Talli and Udipi Cafe. So perhaps it's my tastebuds that are not normal. :)

Looking at the list, I found Feast interesting if uneven, Haven similarly has tried some interesting things, I've heard Les Mistral's tasting table is very cool, and surprisingly heard that Rice Epicurean's prepared food isn't bad, I'd be curious what that's about.

Jul 28, 2012
juicefriend in Houston

New Favorite Thai Restaurant

Will have to try this place! Lemon Grass in Bellaire is quite good--the chef went to CIA or LCB, I think, the food is simply amazing.

Jul 28, 2012
juicefriend in Houston

Che Lun Bing in Houston?

I'm a big fan of these Chinese baked treats--often round (che lun bing means "car tire pastry") or in the shape of a fish--stuffed with custard or red beans. Does anyone know if there's a place to get it in Houston? I know they briefly had it in the new Diho Square supermarket, but otherwise am still in search! Please help!

Jul 28, 2012
juicefriend in Houston