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Cheap ethnic food in the DC area?

Just wanted to thank everyone for the excellent and numerous suggestions. You've given me a lot to work with here! Always good to be welcomed into a new chow community in style.

Cheap ethnic food in the DC area?

Hi everyone. I'm a recent transplant from NY and I'm trying to find out where the best cheap ethnic deliciousness can be had. I'm in the district but don't mind traveling a bit. Just would love to know where I can get unusual, authentic, and cheap, be it Cambodian, Vietnamese, Peruvian, Uzbeki, or what have you. In other words, where do I go to find Baltimore/Washington's Sainted Arepa Lady??

Many thanks, fellow hounds.

Sublime tofu at Hibino

Lisa and I have been to Hibino a few times since it opened early this year, and the one thing we always order is the tofu. Now, I know there are a lot of tofu enthusiasts and experts out there. Don't know too much about the intricacies of the tofu world myself, but I do know that this version is delicious. It's served in a little bottle of sorts, with a spoon and a carafe of a vinegared amber liquid. You're supposed to take a few bites, and then re-fill the jar with the stuff. Anyway, if you haven't tried it, I would recommend it highly. And does anyone know the vocabulary (I mean, is there a name for this particular presentation, and what is the liquid)?

Jun 24, 2007
ciao in Outer Boroughs

Knife Sharpening In Brooklyn

I just had mine sharpened by the guy in the truck - "Bob's Grinding Service". As far as I can tell, he did a really good job - they're sharper than they've been in a long time. Three Wusthof came out looking and slicing very nice(ly). $25 for three chef's knives and a paring knife. I'm not sure if that's a good deal or not, but it certainly was convenient.

Jan 15, 2007
ciao in Outer Boroughs

Looking for Porcini Bouillon cubes

When Tuller on Court Street in Brooklyn closed some months ago (to be replaced by the, in my opinion, inferior Cobblestone Foods), they had a big inventory blow-out-get-everything-off-the-shelves sale, at which I bought some great parmigiano reggiano at an amazing price, and also happened to pick up a box of Star Funghi Porcini bouillon cubes. They're great! I used them every time I made rice for a while. But now they're gone. And I can't seem to find them anywhere. Does anyone know where I can find them?

Dec 17, 2006
ciao in Manhattan