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Tokyo - stumped - what to bring onboard for plane food back to States

Dear gurus of food in Tokyo,

I'm facing a bit of a random challenge--we are flying back to the States this Tuesday, and I like to take some food on the plane with me from the locale so that we can avoid the awful plane food. Normally in other countries, I know there's something easy to bring - whether a kimbap or a bbq pork pastry.

Here I'm stumped. What would you suggest we bring from Tokyo? Is there an equivalent curry pastry or rice roll? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you!

about 10 hours ago
juicefriend in Japan

Why isn't Jungsik receiving more attention?

Both DAve and Simon,

Are there restaurants that you particularly recommend or find memorable?

I'm asking only because I have fond memories of Jungsik a long time ago, and your view point is different, and I'd love a baseline to understand what your tastes are.

Thanks!

Jun 10, 2014
juicefriend in Manhattan

Chinese/Taiwanese Preserved Plums in NYC?

Dear gurus of food,

I just came back from SF, where there was a chain of really well stocked, preserved plum stores called "Jerky King" that carried a huge variety of different Taiwan-sourced plums, cherries, tomatoes, and other preserved fruit. And it led me to wonder if there were any places around here that did the same.

I've searched the board to no avail--and I'm not talking about Ichiban, which is over-priced and actually doesn't have that many options (they have all kinds of "normal" preserved fruit like mango and star fruit that you can get elsewhere.) And I'm slightly leery of Mei Yuan and the other supermarket brands given a fellow Chowhounder's link the an FDA/Canadian warning on lead. (Yes, Jerky King may have the same issue, but...)

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

May 26, 2014
juicefriend in Manhattan

Best Asian preserved plums/fruits and best Taiwanese/Singapore/Malay shaved ice

Oh man, totally missed this! I wish I'd gotten this on Sunday. We did Snowice instead, pretty good! And Jerky King is a revelation, exactly what we were looking for! Thanks K K!

Best Asian preserved plums/fruits and best Taiwanese/Singapore/Malay shaved ice

Thanks Dordogne! We found Jerky King!

Best Asian preserved plums/fruits and best Taiwanese/Singapore/Malay shaved ice

Thanks RWC--I think we the same chain but in Cupertino called Jerky King!

Best Asian preserved plums/fruits and best Taiwanese/Singapore/Malay shaved ice

hi FD!

We couldn't find the Tapioca at the Cupertino Village, so went to Snowice in the Korean stripmall. It wasn't that bad! Much better than what the Yelp reviews suggested.

And Kerky King!!!! SO GOOD! It was wonderful--we kind of spent waaaay too much there. It's so expensive compared to Taiwan, but totally worth it. I hope there's less metal, but one can never tell.

Thank you so much for your help!

Best Asian preserved plums/fruits and best Taiwanese/Singapore/Malay shaved ice

FattyDumplin,

I can, and I think we will tmo--thanks for your advice! Is the actual place called Cupertino Village? I see one on Yelp--and Chua Bing is available in the Village/at Tapioca Express as well?

So excited! THANK YOU!

Best Asian preserved plums/fruits and best Taiwanese/Singapore/Malay shaved ice

Oh those are great! We have a Minamoto in NYC, so I am familiar with their great but expensive products. I am so bummed about the lead. Starting to be paranoid now. :)

Best Asian preserved plums/fruits and best Taiwanese/Singapore/Malay shaved ice

Thanks Bigwheel--

It is Creations--I think it's a knock-off of the original HK chain, though I can't confirm given they are using the same name!

And definitely will check out Wonderful Foods. Just wandered around Japantown and got some mochi from Benkyodo (sic) and a piece of cream cake from Yasukochi on the basis of the Serious Eats website. Didn't find any plums in Japantown despite my best attempts.

Will try Wonderful Foods!

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

I just saw this, and first, besides a thank you to everyone, holy cow Lao Chen Dou! I know it but have never been, will definitely go! And there's a hole in the wall in Bayard, has anyone been?

May 16, 2014
juicefriend in Manhattan

Best Asian preserved plums/fruits and best Taiwanese/Singapore/Malay shaved ice

Me too. ARGH. I was thinking of going to Akabaana instead. Wonder if the Japanese are more health-/safety-conscious. This is a bit of a sad day now! Any other recommendations for good snacking that isn't too unhealthy?

Best Asian preserved plums/fruits and best Taiwanese/Singapore/Malay shaved ice

Ach, thanks so much Barleywino--this is a really good reminder. I'd checked a few months ago, and I didn't find this page but a Canadian gov't report instead which left off Mei Yuan (the Taiwanese) brand.

That was part of the reason, though, that I was hoping to find some local made brands... like they do in Taiwan (though who knows if that's any safer.)

Do you think that if they don't list it, they didn't test it, or that it may be ok?

Best Asian preserved plums/fruits and best Taiwanese/Singapore/Malay shaved ice

BigWheel042, I do! This is really helpful--I don't know Indonesian well either--I assume it's similar? Is Borobudur a good restaurant?

And any Taiwanese joints you'd recommend? I know there's a Shiu Liu Shan knock-off on Geary, but that's more like sago coconut soup type stuff vs. good shaved ice.

Best Asian preserved plums/fruits and best Taiwanese/Singapore/Malay shaved ice

Dear SF guru's,

My fam and I are in town visiting grandma, and we were looking for your recommendations on a couple things--

1.) is there a place to get good preserved plums, orange peels, etc? We just tried a place on Stockton today and got really awful, overly salty, totally dry fruit. And we'd love to stock up before leaving town!

2.) have the options for Asian shaved ice improved since the chowhound posts of 2010? We'd love to grab some while the weather is hot!

Any advice on those or new dessert places would be greatly appreciated!

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

Oh I wish I'd gotten these posts yesterday before our dinner! We did go to PP--not bad, but for the life of me, don't get the butter beef dish (tried it 2 years ago as well, I forgot!) The wings were good, as was the bo lu lac, but I think we felt the pho soup was the best thing we tasted there! Next time we'll do Hai Phong!!!

Thanks you guys for such a great set of recommendations--srsly, we had a great time eating out with our grandma, and all thanks to your realtime advice! Not a bad meal in the bunch! AND SO MANY DISHES YET TO TRY!

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

Update 3:

1.) Got Beta 5 cream puffs - and wow, they are really good! Interesting how they get the crust so resilient but light, and the cream too. We got 4 and tried 2 tonight, including the salted caramel. Which was nice and salty. These and the 3 cup chicken at Kalvin's are probably highlights so far on our trip, though everything else has been really good.

2.) Maenam was so enjoyable as well! Wasn't what we'd been used to in Asia as thai food, but the crispy pork belly, though salty, was very good--it wasn't what we'd expected, which is a good thing! And the duck confit salad was really good too--really refreshing! It reminded us a little of the Burmese tea salads that are all the rage in SF right now. The short ribs curry wasn't that good, felt like a mash-up of short ribs and... well... curry sauce, which by itself was quite good. And we had linchcod? It was very tasty--a little on the sweet side, but the orange flavor added a lot to the dish. I wish we'd had room to try even more dishes.

Sadly, no doughnuts! So we went next door and had Rain or Shine ice cream, and Bella was better, but this was quite fun. We had the taco ice cream. :)

3.) Now, sadly, called Phnom Penh, but they don't take reservations less than 6 people, and were dismissive of our attempts to cajole/beg. So... assuming we can't do the wait due to above reasons, should we go to the other Vietnamese place? Do they also have butter beef? Or is there another interesting Asian restaurant not too far from downtown? (i.e. not in Richmond) we should check out?

Again, thanks to everyone for your suggestions and encouragement and enthusiasm. It's really infectious, and hopefully you can see that we're really trying to follow your advice! :) This must be what it feels like to be in a pylone in the Tour de France.

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

Oooh, Faubourg looks great! We tried Anna's on our last trip, I can't remember what we got. But Cartem's is the closest to our downtown location, so that may be it! We had ACME last time too, but it didn't quite match the hype we heard.

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

Thanks LotusRapper! Am going to try to stop by Thomas Haas. As far as buns go, we're heading back to SF before NYC, so it sounds like maybe less of a must-stop? Any other places you frequent that are special to you? (Even if not Chinese--any cuisine would do!)

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

Real time blog interlude: got Beta 5 puffs! Will report tonight! In the meantime, anything else at Maenam? Avoid the usual curries and pad Thai or go for them?

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

Update 2:

1.) We have gone to Kalvin's, and IT. IS. GOOD. : ) Due to being out-voted by our elders, we ordered the sliced fish with chives per grayelf, the 3 cup chicken (our server pushed it over the chicken with cashews,) wontons, the red fermented fried porkchop, cold noodles with sesame paste, open heart veggies, and clams. Grayelf, the fish was good, but we felt it was a little bit too subtly flavored. The 3 cup chicken was the highlight. The red fermented pork chop I liked a lot, but the rest of the party felt too fatty. On our next return, we're going to try the meat sauce rice as well as the eggplant. Our consensus is that the chef really knows what he/she is doing, and while there's no "unique" dish, the execution was prolly the best we've had in North America.

2.) We are Maetam'ing it tmo night! So, what should we order!? For shizzla the donuts, but mains?

3.) And we are going to go to Phnom Penh Wed (trying to make reservation so grandma doesn't have to wait around - thanks KarenDW for suggestion, but we aren't super close to restaurant and only have one car.)

4.) We have to meet some guests for lunch tmo and Wed, so we're heading to a Tea place somewhere near Stanley Park and then a place near UBC. This means, sadly, that we aren't going to make HK Masters OR Hoi Tong. But! Food for flight! Any great pastry or snack places we must try? Particularly loved the purple rice rolls at Yaohan and the Imagawayaki right outside! (Those are the round, red bean or custard filled batter biscuits.) I know of the sweet egg rolled cookies in the nearby shopping center, but any other cool dessert places?

And thank you guys so much for the amazing recommendations! So appreciated, I can't even tell you. If y'all need either recs for BBQ in Austin or food in New York, let me know!

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

Kalvin's it is then! What should we order for 3 people?

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

Ok, so upon landing, we've immediately started to follow your advice, oh wise ones. And a couple tie-breaker questions.

1.) Working backwards from the list, we hit Bella Gelateria last night upon landing, and indeed, really good flavors. But the price! Oy vey! 9 bucks for 3 scoops. Huge scoops, yes, but still! I thought I was still in New York!

Coming up, we plan to hit:
1.) Either Fisherman or Sea Harbour today - issue for me is, Fisherman was solid/well made, but Sea Harbour had a few more "can't find this in East Coast" dishes. Is that still the case?
2.) QUESTION: Tonight - Kalvin's or Peaceful for Taiwanese/Szechuan?
3.) QUESTION: Tmo lunch - Hoi Tong or Hong Kong BBQ Master? Loved Hoi Tong last time, want to show the stuffed bird and the egg, but HK BBQ Master looks great too
4.) Tmo night - Maenam!
5.) Wed lunch - we are tied up
6.) QUESTION: Wed dinner - up in the air! We were thinking of revisiting the Phnom Penh but with our grandma in tow (90+) though perhaps a more comfortable environment (less standing to wait) would be better?

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

Thanks! It wasn't Big Chef, I don't think. Though we may visit there. Now that island girl raised it, any suggestions for dessert?

And best ice cream in Vancouver?

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

Islandgirl, thanks so much--Maenam sounds really lovely! This may be on our list now, though we hadn't thought about Thai in Vancouver (being in NYC and SF means we have a bunch of Thai places to try.)

And Quoddus, I need to go back to Fisherman's for sure. (Over Jade?) And Parker Place or HK BBQ?

And any thoughts as to that steamed egg dish? For the life of me can't remember where it is in Richmond or what it's called!

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

Dear all,

Ok, 2 years later, we are back in Vancouver! And have a few questions--

Are there any new Chinese places that you'd suggest going to?

Also, we went to this place, now forgotten, that had a particularly amazing steamed egg dish - the eggs were white and fluffy, I can't remember if there was anything in it. It was in Richmond, tucked away in the back of a stripmall. Inside, it wasn't huge.

Does that by any chance ring any bells?

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