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Pye Boat Noodle Astoria 35-13 Broadway

Oh my god. If their boat noodles are even remotely similar to my beloved (and dearly, dearly missed) bowls from Pa Ord and Sapp in LA, I am ALL OVER THIS PLACE. :D

Jun 06, 2014
sukekiyo in Outer Boroughs

Eclair Bakery (Midtown East)

Glad to know that people are having positive experiences at Eclair! :) I've never had King Cake before though it sounds quite promising.

Feb 21, 2014
sukekiyo in Manhattan

Best eclairs and Napoleon in Manhattan

I did - admittedly am fond of pumpkin in general, so I might be biased.

Jan 29, 2014
sukekiyo in Manhattan

Best eclairs and Napoleon in Manhattan

Been on an eclair kick recently... I've tried and liked:

- chocolate eclair from Pain d'Epices
- coffee and passion fruit eclairs from Eclair Bakery
- key lime eclair from Lafayette
- pumpkin eclair from Maison Kayser (this seems like a seasonal item, don't know if they still have it)

Caveat: since I'm not a connoisseur by any means, I don't know how good (or bad!) these are. ^_^;

Jan 28, 2014
sukekiyo in Manhattan

What food like/dislikes do you have that are contradictory and make no sense?

Love chocolate. Love mint. Can't stand the chocolate and mint combo (which makes me popular when there's peppermint bark around because, well, more for everyone else). The same applies to chocolate and raspberries.

Love risotto but just can't abide by rice pudding... which in my mind is sort of like sweet risotto?? But somehow I just don't get it.

Jan 12, 2014
sukekiyo in General Topics

What is the protocol for eating kimpab

There's really no "protocol" per se - you just pop it in your mouth. :) I always brought kimbab with a bit of pickled daikon (that radioactive yellow stuff, haha) on the side whenever we went on school trips. Occasionally Mom would be generous and pack some other banchan like daikon kimchi (kkakdugi) or soy-marinated quail eggs... instant upgrade, hehe.

Jan 03, 2013
sukekiyo in General Topics

Do you have any food "rituals"?

I've definitely had great frosting before, and I even concede that it's pretty remarkable when done right... just not my cup of tea. :)

Oct 06, 2012
sukekiyo in General Topics

Do you have any food "rituals"?

I thought I was the only person on the face of this earth who hates frosting! Yay, kindred soul :D I also scrape frosting off cupcakes... and I sometimes scrape "creme" filling from sandwich cookies too, if I feel particularly aggressive that day.

Oct 04, 2012
sukekiyo in General Topics

What Tastes Better Frozen?

Tim Tams, specifically for slammin'.
Ripe Hachiya persimmons - they basically turn into persimmon sorbet.
Add me to the chorus of frozen grape enthusiasts. :)

Aug 08, 2011
sukekiyo in General Topics

What are your favorite crackers?

I grew up eating senbei and puffed rice crackers, particularly the giant full moon-shaped ones the size of your noggin that were sold on the streets of Seoul. I like them the way they are - yes, even rice crackers have a lovely, delicate flavor - so I'm still not used to the saltines-and-soup thing, decades of living in the US notwithstanding.

These days I can't stop noshing on Gosomi (고소미), which strikes that perfect balance of lightly sweet and savory/nutty. I have to deliberately steer myself away from them every time I go grocery shopping in K-town... :)

Jul 25, 2011
sukekiyo in General Topics

Salted/cured/dried fish roe goodness: bottarga vs 烏魚子 vs karasumi vs Myeongran vs mentaiko vs kazunoko

Seconding the changran jeot!

I remember my mother mixing myeongran jeot and scallions into the egg mixture for gyeran jjim once in a while...

Sep 04, 2010
sukekiyo in General Topics

Swapping food in the school cafeteria: what were the favorite trades? Remember any fun experiences?

Seoul, Korea, circa mid-90s:

Everyone brought lunch from home, in little thermal boxes/pails, and we all ate in the classroom with our desks pushed into little groups. Lunch was usually plain rice and two or three banchan to go along with it, with the occasional kimchi fried rice and a package of dried seaweed (gim/nori) making an appearance as well. Meat items were premium banchan by default, though the preferences ranged wildly from the Spam aficionados to the more traditional fare like jangjorim (beef simmered in soy sauce). Kong/bean sprout namul and spinach namul was universally disliked, IIRC.

The tendency was to trade away Mom's banchan repertoire for another mom's banchan repertoire. My own mother was terribly heavy-handed with any sort of egg wash/dip - to this day French toast and I aren't on speaking terms - so I would swap the eggy banchan with anything else that caught my fancy. It helped to have an accomplice whose own mother wasn't aware that eggs were potential banchan ingredients. :) It also helped to have swift and accurate chopstick skills to a. fight off lightning-fast banchan vultures and b. occasionally poach some of the good stuff for yourself.

The school eventually opened a little snack stand, where my classmates bought things like red bean buns or soboro (kinda like pineapple buns, I guess?), but lunchtime was still all about the banchan market... hehe.

Sep 04, 2010
sukekiyo in General Topics

Kyochon in K-town?

All this negative news makes me really sad... back in the motherland where Kyochon is everywhere (like Starbucks here), even the dingiest takeout spot turned out mind-blowingly good chicken. I guess I'll be sidestepping their US venture and indulging only when I visit Korea.

Mar 12, 2010
sukekiyo in Manhattan

East 70-s -80's cheap eat suggestions

How about Cafe Mingala? It's on 2nd Ave, around 73rd St or so.

Dec 13, 2009
sukekiyo in Manhattan

Help Me Love 97th & Lex

I echo the rec for Lechonera El Barrio on E. 103rd. Winston & Tee Express is a take-out only place on Park & E. 97th - nothing spectacular but definitely a welcome change from the usual neighborhood suspects.

I can only vouch for lunch at both Yo In Yo Out (French, Lexington between E. 100th/101st) and La Galette (Senegalese, E. 100th near Lexington) but I definitely liked both and am inclined to think that evenings should be fine as well. :)

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Winston & Tee
1257 Park Ave, New York, NY 10029

Lechonera El Barrio
172 E 103rd St, New York, NY 10029

Nov 24, 2009
sukekiyo in Manhattan

Paging Upper Eastsiders: Fave places for takeout/delivery?

Lechonera El Barrio on 103rd & 3rd Ave. Their $6 lunch specials are a workday blessing. :)

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El Barrio
158 E 116th St, New York, NY 10029

Lechonera El Barrio
172 E 103rd St, New York, NY 10029

Nov 01, 2009
sukekiyo in Manhattan

pumpkin baked goods?

Reviving an old topic: Two Little Red Hens offers an amazing pumpkin scone, in addition to other pumpkin-y baked goods. (I found the pumpkin scone at Alice's Tea Cup to be a big disappointment.)

Sep 26, 2009
sukekiyo in Manhattan

Calling all Pies! Dessert or main dish what is your favorite?

Sweet potato pie. Banana cream pie is a close runner-up.

Sep 10, 2009
sukekiyo in General Topics

What foods say "home at last" to you?

I'd like to say "Mom's kimchi" as well, though my mother was never really fond of kimjang. Our household was supplied by my aunt (her sister) instead. ;) She makes a really delicious type that includes chunks of fish in it. Man, I'd do anything for some of that and a nice plate of mackerel - godeungeo jorim - right about now.

Sep 04, 2009
sukekiyo in General Topics

Spanish Tapas

I know next to nothing about tapas, but I've been to Txikito and I loved it. I'll also echo the general appreciation for Despana - I can't walk by that store without wandering in. :)

Actually, I'm curious about Euzkadi in the East Village. Has anyone been?

Aug 05, 2009
sukekiyo in Manhattan

Help Me Love 97th & Lex

The store on the NW corner of 96th and Lex is called Fresh From The Farm, I think. I like it a lot! I noticed on my last visit that they have a selection of Turkish snacks and sweets, as well as Turkish bread and the usual pre-made suspects like baba ganoush and tabbouleh.

JungMann, I feel your pain. Getting Asian goods is going to be a challenge - I flee from this area on a weekly basis to stock up on basics like natto and tofu, and I nearly burned with envy when a friend at Columbia mentioned M2M near her place. Fortunately the 6 train is a straight shot to Midtown East, Astor Place and Chinatown...

Gajyumaru (1st Ave. between 86th and 87th) is a cute little Japanese place with good homestyle dishes. I've heard good things about Yo In Yo Out (Lexington between 100th and 101st) and Don Pedro's (corner of 96th and 2nd Ave.) but I haven't been to either. I sometimes venture up to Taco Mix (116th between 2nd and 3rd) - I guess the one upside to living this far uptown is that good, cheap Latin American fare is just a few blocks away. :)

Aug 05, 2009
sukekiyo in Manhattan

This Food Is Offal!

When favorite childhood snacks include pork liver and blood sausage, you tend to view those foods as simply "food", as opposed to something grotesque. Keeping that in mind, I give unfamiliar offal dishes the benefit of doubt (fortunately to a high success rate :D). In other words: some things I grew up with, others I'm simply curious about.

Jul 21, 2009
sukekiyo in General Topics

Jury Duty 09

I took gleeful advantage of my recent jury duty gig to wander around Chinatown. IIRC I had the sesame pancake sandwich from Vanessa's Dumplings, the avocado shake from Nha Trang Centre, and taro and kaya pastries from Fay Da Bakery. (I tend to snack/graze when I'm in Chinatown.) I also had a banh mi from Sau Voi Corp, but I'd recommend going to either Banh Mi Saigon Bakery or Viet-Nam Banh Mi So 1 over Sau Voi. I haven't been to any Malaysian places in Manhattan so I can't comment on that...

There's also Despana, which is a bit of a trek but definitely worth it if you have enough time.

Jul 01, 2009
sukekiyo in Manhattan

koryodang's bacon dutch

As a marginally related tangent, Koryodang also sells what they dubbed the "motnanee" or "ugly" bread. It does look like the unfortunate product of a baking disaster but it's really good, especially as breakfast, with a good balance of sweet and savory.

Jun 26, 2009
sukekiyo in Manhattan

Seoul, Taveling is exotic & fun

Don't forget the kimbap to complete the holy trinity of KimDdeokSoon. :)

Apr 27, 2009
sukekiyo in General Topics

Is dinner your smallest meal?

Same here. It's a cycle: large daytime meals -> not hungry later in the day -> wake up really hungry because I don't eat much in the evening -> eat large daytime meals. Wash, rinse, repeat. I dislike going to bed with a full stomach so that kind of fuels the cycle.

Actually, "dinner" for me consists of several cups of tea and a handful of dried fruit. I'm exhausted by the time I get home from work and usually have absolutely no appetite whatsoever. I've been called a freak of nature pretty often because of this... :)

Apr 21, 2009
sukekiyo in General Topics

Chains you wished you had in the USA

Speaking of Hong Kong - Hui Lau Shan. I think there may be stores in California and/or Hawaii but that doesn't help me much as I'm dying from withdrawal symptoms over here on the east coast. :)

Apr 10, 2009
sukekiyo in Chains

Food that Most People Love and You Don't...

Pasta in general
Casseroles
Pizza
Hot dogs
Mac & cheese
Chicken soup/chicken noodle soup
Most sandwich incarnations (grilled cheese, ham and cheese, chicken parm, etc)
Meatloaf
Potatoes
Bacon
Mealy apples (cough, Red *not*Delicious, cough)
Frozen/"add water and heat" entrees
Most kinds of salad dressing
Chocolate chip, shortbread, store-bought packaged cookies
Frosting on cake
Whipped cream

To summarize: the majority of "American comfort foods," I suppose. I don't actively dislike them but I don't get intense cravings, either. I figure it's a function of my cultural background more than anything, though it does make for an annoyingly abbreviated list of options for lunch when I'm at work.

Dec 20, 2008
sukekiyo in General Topics

What do Chowhounds do for a living (besides eat of course)? [old]

Fledgling MD in New York - I still have trouble referring to myself as "doctor". :)

Nov 30, 2008
sukekiyo in Not About Food

Interesting Street Tamales in Upper Manhattan

I've noticed a tamales vendor on East 96th and Lexington recently. It seems like she's around from about 7:30 to 10 or so. Any insights?

Oct 17, 2008
sukekiyo in Manhattan