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Pete Wells Explores Korean Restaurants in Queens

I like how a couple of the Korean supermarkets over there are 24 hours. Now I just need to a find a 24-hour hotteok place in Manhattan...

Assi Plaza Supermarket

Shucks, I used to admire their giant tubs of cheap "cinnamon." I also dug the samples in the back, to the left of the food court.

if you could live anywhere at any income level, what would you choose?

Peanut soup? Is that anything like Ethiopian peanut tea?

Do people consider DIM SUM as breakfast?

As you mentioned before, being able to dim sum around 11-12 is a plus!

(Actually, I haven't thought to try it in Singapore yet...maybe Ipoh makes more sense?)

Do people consider DIM SUM as breakfast?

Seeing as the few times I ate it in Hong Kong were all before 7am, breakfast is a reasonable classification.

Then again, I've had it at 2pm in New York, so calling it food would be more sensible...

Foodie Movies

If anyone is interested in visiting filming locations, this might help: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/865927

Which foods do you wish were more popular?

Where did you buy the parsnip chips (in NYC)?

What makes a Diner special?

While living in East Asia, I often craved a US breakfast. Places such as The Flying Pan in Hong Kong hit the spot, even if they weren't always good.

(Also, if anyone in Kaohsiung, Taiwan is out of luck, try "Hobo" in the Siaogang neighborhood by the airport.)

Which foods do you wish were more popular?

Parsnips, seaweed and razor clams.

For when I've been abroad in East Asia, olive oil and a baguette.

What type of cuisine do you NOT like?

In general, I haven't much liked US Chinese or Taiwanese...put another way, if someone else wants to eat at a restaurant serving that food, I'll go along.

Hot pot and some offal are the only real no-gos (after numerous tries).

Mu Ramen LIC

Japanese curry and their breakfasts. In fact, I rarely eat meat, unless I haven't tried it before (hence, a recent mention of sea lion...).

Also they, like konbini, are 24-hours. I got used to them from wee-morning bike rides.

What type of cuisine do you NOT like?

#1 Hot pot
#2 In due time...

What type of cuisine do you NOT like?

Try Manadonese or Acehnese.

What type of cuisine do you NOT like?

A common presence at a kaitenzushiya is corn drowning in mayonnaise. I thought that was the least pleasant sushi I had tried until meeting shirako.

On second thought, they're tied for first.

But yes, pretty much anything goes at one of those conveyor belt places-- octopus heads, raw chicken, hamburgers, random concoctions unique to that particular place. One place in Ikebukuro (Tokyo) had fried oysters topped with a scant amount of Kewpie, which I heartily downed. At Narita Airport, matsutake mushrooms were making their rounds...

Jonathan
http://buildingmybento.com

Kuala Lumpur - Ultra-spicy Manado cuisine from Roa by Jovian Mandagie

It's about time masakan Manado shows up somewhere else outside of Indonesia (besides Hawai'i apparently)!

Did they serve dabu2 as a condiment? If you're interested in trying fruit bat, ask for paniki.

(By the way, it's perkedel, as in no "i.")

Jonathan
http://buildingmybento.com

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

Though your flight already took place, I generally load up on Kit Kats and butter-flavored snacks.

Dec 09, 2014
BuildingMyBento in Japan

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

You're a Yamazaki Pan fan too?

Dec 09, 2014
BuildingMyBento in Japan

Mu Ramen LIC

I wish Matsuya would get to NY...not that they have ramen though.

Ramen was not something that I ever craved, but after a couple of bowls of the butter corn variety in Sapporo last month, cravings have begun.

Jonathan
http://buildingmybento.com

Anyone else bummed out by the butter shortage in Japan?

Looks like I had my butter corn ramen just in time last month...

Dec 09, 2014
BuildingMyBento in Japan

Can the 3 billion people in Asia get separate forums by country?

Regarding those mainland cities, 1)how many Chowhounders exist? and 2)how many Chowhounders are visiting that city/would know to visit that forum?

India has a bunch of 1 million+ cities too, and the same questions remain.

Other questions might involve income levels and language barriers, but the first two are the most valid.

Foodie Movies

I would be remiss if I didn't repeat mention of Tampopo every time someone asked about food movies...

In fact, I visited the filming location of the titular ramen shop last month, but naturally it was closed at that time.

if you could live anywhere at any income level, what would you choose?

Istanbul with Japanese convenience stores and the climate of Bandung, Indonesia.

Jonathan
http://buildingmybento.com

Comments Heard At Restaurants...

-Is that a foreigner?
-No, that's a Uyghur.

I overheard two people saying this about me in Shaoguan, China. Turns out I was a foreigner all along.

Wackiest, craziest, most interesting restaurant that you have ever been to

Oh, a couple more:

-On an island in the salt flats of Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

-While walking "somewhere" in Tokyo

Jonathan
http://buildingmybento.com

Female Sushi Chefs: do they exist?

I noticed two the other day in Zhangzhou, China. Not that I was going to eat sushi there anyway...

(A few years ago, someone told me that there never really were female itamae because they were too "warm." Anyone ever hear that?)

Kroepoek... or why is "Chinese" food different in various countries?

FYI, kroepek is the halcyon (Dutch-era) spelling of krupuk. Indonesian indeed.

Why Chinese cuisines/dishes do not include raw vegetables...

Persimmon and crab. I'm thinking...amuse bouche.

Why Chinese cuisines/dishes do not include raw vegetables...

Raw garlic is easy to get when you're at a Dongbei (northeast) restaurant, particularly with dumplings.

Food Scars - Things you will never eat again.

A durian shake with a side order of shirako and balut.

'Course, that didn't happen all at once...

Jonathan
http://buildingmybento.com

Famous food in names- add to the list

Hot Butter