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Best Dessert Dishes in China

i second (or third) the vote for almond tofu fa.

and i can't remember what it's called, but the black sesame dessert soup....so good...

Any can't miss suggestions for a vacation to Koh Samui?

Not a popular topic here on the boards I see. Only 3 threads showed up the most recent of which was a year and a half old.

I'm going on vaca with a few friends to Koh Samui and while I can't eat seafood, my friends love it. Does anyone have any rec's for us? I can usually make do with an assortment of veggies and rice or noodles, so i'm happy to head anyplace seafood centric if that maximizes our trip there.

Thanks in advance for any advice.
-C

Killing Time in Hong Kong Solo!

I just spent the last little while trying to find the thread about dining solo in HK and can't seem to find it.

Could someone link it here? it keeps eluding every combination of search terms I try.

I'm trying to come up with an itinerary for my trip to HK...I'm good hitting the holes in the a wall solo but don't want to limit myself to street food and food court dining. My friends are all working during the day and I'll be enjoying the good grub the city has to offer during the day--but don't want my lack of a 2nd or 3rd to be an obstacle to getting good food.

any suggestions--for kowloon or central welcome...chances are i won't hike it out to the new territories.

and i'm assuming getting hooked up with a private kitchen depends on connections?

thanks for any info.
-c

Hong Kong Food Blogs?

Guys thanks for all the good blog suggestions, I'll have some heavy duty researching to do and not a lot of time to do it in.

Yeah, big apple ken--i had seen openrice.com mentioned a lot on the boards and by the time i headed over, really kicked myself for not having paid attention in chinese school. doh!

So here's another question since you guys seem to know your shiz--

i hate seafood, any additional non seafoody suggestions that make it to your don't miss lists? I'm assuming the food court by the tsim sha tsui city super is still open? one of my favorite places.

Thanks again!

Sep 27, 2009
claireness in Food Media & News

Hong Kong Food Blogs?

Hola chowhounds:

I'm vising HK in about a month and haven't been there in about 5 years or so. Does anyone have any rec's for HK food blogs?

Thanks a lot all!
claire.

Sep 26, 2009
claireness in Food Media & News

Family Friends (students) coming to town on a *tight* budget -- Need Rec's

I have family friends on a tight budget coming to town. I think I've got Ktown, Chinatown covered as the most obvious places to take them out. But don't want them to be stuck eating asian food for all 3 days they're here.

Having serious brain fart as to where to take them (aside from say, Joes Pizza for a slice, Bereket for falafel or Corner Bistro for burgers).

Would prefer $10-15 per person not including booze. Whichever cuisine fits their budget is fine by me.

Rec's in the outer boroughs welcome as well.

Oct 09, 2007
claireness in Manhattan

Visiting Chinese foodies; lower and upper East

I often have business associates from Hong Kong who ask for recommendations and they prefer Korean to the Chinese food in the city. Since you'll be staying at 32nd and 5th, right in Koreatown, you might as well check it out.

Seoul Garden is great for Kalbi, bul go gi, jap chae and soon doo bu (their bi bim bap is pretty good too). they're generally pretty quick the everything and the small dishes come out as soon as you order.

There are a few places to get korean style fried chicken too...worth checking out. Try Bon Chon for that.

Oct 08, 2007
claireness in Manhattan

Is it possible to have $10-20 Dinner near Bryant Park?

apologies sauga 79...i originally read the title of your post as LUNCH. duh.

Oct 04, 2007
claireness in Manhattan

The New RICE TO RICHES

http://www.chikalicious.com/ Is fun if you're coming from far away. also around the corner is http://www.blackhoundny.com/ BlackHound around the corner has very cute little things to pick up and munch on but no seating. Their savory snacks (cheese crackers, etc.) are pretty good.

and ditto on Sundaes and Cones. Black sesame=yum.

Rice to Riches is still a fave of mine though! and Beard Papa's...always a classic.

Oct 04, 2007
claireness in Manhattan

Vivi Bubble Tea

If you get the red tea without sugar it's just unsweetened tea with the jumbo tapioca. Like you, I find all the sweetened and artificial flavors way too sweet...so I started getting the Red or Green Tea (both are good) without sugar. really good.

Ten Ren's is ridiculously too sweet. Has anyone had any of the food there??

Teresa, i'll def check out the card. it never pops up on my radar when i'm there.

Oct 04, 2007
claireness in Manhattan

Chinatown butcher for fresh quail, duck???

Ditto Essex St Mkt. You'll be able to find what you need there. There are a couple of butchers in Chinatown i buy from occasionally but i have no idea what they're called. I'll look when I head over there this Sunday. No idea if they have non frozen poultry/game. specifically Rabbit in Ctown i'm gonna guess is not that likely...but i'll check.

Oct 04, 2007
claireness in Manhattan

On a quest for the best Tamales in the 5 boroughs.

Thanks guys! high praise. i can't wait to try it! i'm disappointed there isn't more enthusiasm for one of the best dishes on the planet....interesting.

Oct 04, 2007
claireness in Outer Boroughs

On a quest for the best Tamales in the 5 boroughs.

Thanks all. Anyone have any news on the status of the DOH and redhook vendors? i thought they were on some ridiculous mission to crack down. (ie vendors required to have running water...seriously gimme a break). I'll hit the place in alphabet city 1st (benefits from proximity to my home).

I'll definitely check these out and report back.

Is the season already over for the Redhook guys i thought they were a summer/very early fall fall thing only.

and yes...i love cafe habana for corn! (one place not to try for corn-or anything else, despite the hype-is Kampuchea on the LES...save your money.)

Oct 04, 2007
claireness in Outer Boroughs

Jury Duty Lunches

My bf texted me every day for two weeks from Shanghai Cafe when he did his civic duty. I myself have gone to Big Wong (char sui over rice, dry beef chow fun, congee etc etc)

Oct 04, 2007
claireness in Manhattan

Bamn - St. Marks

LOL.

It fits into the vibe on the street. Nouveau Automat hits mini J town. They've got an extensive menu of frites too if you go to the counter, but i'd rather spend my bucks on the croquettes!

cute place.

Oct 04, 2007
claireness in Manhattan

the east village rut.

Shabu Tatsu is the place i couldn't remember in the above post. Really (and this is a contentious subject i'm sure) one of the tastiest bi bim bap in the hood.

Oct 04, 2007
claireness in Manhattan

the east village rut.

yes...that's it. (sad that i couldn't remember because i've been there several times.) I have to agree with the eggplant (not matter what the style, i'm still a sucker for lil frankie's eggplant, the gold standard for me). The rest of the menu is pretty consistently good.

Oct 04, 2007
claireness in Manhattan

Tourist Traps to Avoid

Ditto Ollie's--surprisingly not bad. Filled with tourists yes, but the food...surprisingly acceptable in an area rife with expensive, untasty eats.

Oct 03, 2007
claireness in Manhattan

the east village rut.

Forgot:
Sachiko's on Clinton,
(there's a great tapas place down the street from Sachi's on the corner with a wood door I can't remember the name of because of my early onset alzheimers)
Pala--always good.

Oct 03, 2007
claireness in Manhattan

Manhattan Muffaletta

I would be very interested in the verdict. fgf did you get a chance to check out any of the recommendations?

Oct 03, 2007
claireness in Manhattan

On a quest for the best Tamales in the 5 boroughs.

also posted this on the Manhattan board but didn't get many responses. so...

There is some GREAT (and not so great) Mexican food in the city. I've had some OK and some really NOT OK tamales in Manhattan. I need your recommendations for your favorite, most tasty (which means not dry!!) tamales in the 5 boroughs. Because it's one of the best dishes ever created. And my mouth is watering just writing this email.

I'll throw in a Part B for extra credit--grilled corn mexican style...

go!

Oct 03, 2007
claireness in Outer Boroughs

I Want to take my parents to Chinatown

All very , very true. I'd expect those standards if it were the kind of place where you have to order the peking duck at least 24 hrs ahead of time. Since this is walk in, I found the meal very acceptable. And for those picky about cleanliness (like me) this place is a gem! On the cleanliness scale, it's a far cry from Big Wong.

Oct 03, 2007
claireness in Manhattan

the east village rut.

La Palapa
Typhoon
Shima
Soba ya
Sapporo
Orologio
Mercadito
Sharaku (much improved recently but really i only ever get their Yakiniku Donburi)
menku tei
rai rai ken
the small place east of rai rai ken right next door. i can't ever remember the name of it but they have a fantastic dol sot bi bim bap.
Mingala (one of my favorites)
Euzkadi

Oct 03, 2007
claireness in Manhattan

Tourist Traps to Avoid

Good point, the last time i was there was on a weekend. Prior to that it was a weeknight evening.

Oct 03, 2007
claireness in Manhattan

Vegas recs?

Bouchon--where I think I had...one of my top 5 meals of my life.
ditto Nobu--Which was better than my Nobu experiences here in NYC.

and i agree with yankeefan--IN N OUT!!!!

and because you can't do vegas without hitting a buffet--try the wynn for the decor and selection.

Oct 03, 2007
claireness in Southwest

Sunday night in Manhattan

Tabla's on the east side by madison square park, but ditto on the recommendation.

If you're into korean food, you're staying mere steps away from Koreatown, where a few places stay open 24 hrs. There are good choices on 35th and Bway but the main Ktown drag is on 32nd & Bway (where I recommend Seoul Garden). If you like dumplings, try Mandoo Bar (32nd & 5th) you can watch them make the mandoo in the window and they might still be open when you get in.

I've enjoyed Les Halles for years and haven't felt the quality decline (although when they're busy they could be more attentive).

I think Aquavit might still be open at that time too, although a little further away, if you enjoy swedish.

Oct 03, 2007
claireness in Manhattan

RESTAURANT ADVICE FOR A FIRST NY TIMER.

Bereket LES (right by Katz's).

Oct 03, 2007
claireness in Manhattan

quiet, round table, Chelsea?

Basta Pasta doesn't get loud (not when I've been there at least), great food. But I don't remember if the tables are round.

Oct 03, 2007
claireness in Manhattan

Tourist Traps to Avoid

Ditto. It's a shame the seediness of days past has gone the way of B&T. The place used to be fun. Now it's just obnoxious.

Oct 03, 2007
claireness in Manhattan

Restaurants everyone loves--except you

Maybe that should be on a separate thread? (But my main point is that Hearth isn't anything special--to me, it was like going to cafe deaville but with better service or pangea whose service is always good. For those prices i expected the food to me more memorable, with a little bit of a twist so i was disappointed. I felt I was paying mainly for atmostphere. I would have rather spent my money on a meal at Shima, devil moon, orologio or mercadito, typhoon.)

Oct 03, 2007
claireness in Manhattan