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Japan Week – Great Japanese Cultural and Food Event at Grand Central

Thanks for your updated photos and review. I went there 2 years ago when I was living in NYC and loved it. I particularly liked (now-closed) Megu's ekkiben lunch box for U$15!

Mar 22, 2015
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Wells' EMP review

I agree. EMP always cheers me up in terms of both food and service. I love its entire staff as much as its great food.

Korean BBQ for a group?

+1 for Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong.

Mar 17, 2015
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Hirohisa: Amazing Japanese Dinner

Oh, I see.

Kabayaki (蒲焼) is grilling a long fish (such as eel) with tare sauce made with soy sauce, mirin, sugar, sake, etc, whereas shirayaki (白焼き) is 'white grilling', where no tare is applied while grilling. Both are cooking methods.

Shiro anago (白アナゴ) is a kind of eel and there can be kabayaki of shiro anago (or any other kind of eel), or shirayaki of shiro anago (or any other kind of eel).

Mar 15, 2015
kosmose7 in Manhattan

Noresore (baby eel) at Kyo Ya!

Seoul has tons of Japanese restaurants and only about 10% of them are authentic.
Among them, sushi restaurants stand out, while kaiseki restaurants practically do not exist here (my biggest complaint, since I prefer kaiseki to sushi).
Sushi restaurants are flourishing since Koreans love sushi. Some high end sushi places hire skilled Japanese chefs dispatched directly from Tokyo's famed sushiyas (such as Ginza Kyubei). My latest favorite one is called "Sushi Tano", where you can have all of these for only U$60 inc. tax and tip (and the quality is excellent)!

Mar 15, 2015
kosmose7 in Manhattan

Hirohisa: Amazing Japanese Dinner

May be it's because of the color, but your photo looks somewhere between kabayaki (with tare sauce) and shirayaki (white grilled, with salt), but since you mentioned it was white eel, I thought it was perhaps shirayaki (and tare applied afterwards since obviously there is some sauce too on the plate). Uh, well... :)

It seems the prices have not changed since the restaurant opened. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9124...

They were not terribly expensive, but I felt slightly pricey because there were no luxury ingredients like toro or abalone. However, the rather humble ingredients were all fresh and perfectly executed.

Mar 14, 2015
kosmose7 in Manhattan

Noresore (baby eel) at Kyo Ya!

I had tora fugu dishes at Restaurant Nippon (Sugiyama also has them in season), but they were not even close to what's available in Japan or Korea, while the prices were crazy expensive. Azusa showed better price to quality ratio.

Tora fugu stands out in flavor esp. when you prepare sashimi out of it. Since I prefer fugu karaage to sashimi though, blowfish karaage at Sushiden or Jukai was good enough for me.

Although I miss many things in New York, fugu is not one of them and now I enjoy better tora fugu karaage (with sudachi ponzu sauce) at much cheaper prices here in Seoul.

Mar 14, 2015
kosmose7 in Manhattan

Hirohisa: Amazing Japanese Dinner

>The only other time I had White Eel
>( sorry I forgot japanese name, not Shiro anago) was at Yasuda
Perhaps it was "shirayaki (白焼き)"?, which means "white grilled", and is not a name of fish but a cooking method. Eel shirayaki (うなぎの白焼き) is my favorite too.

Btw, Hirohisa still looks good and thanks for the review. When I visited right after they first opened, everything was delicious except their prices were slightly on the expensive side.

Mar 14, 2015
kosmose7 in Manhattan

Dieci - Excellent Japanese Style Italian Food

I agree!

Feb 25, 2015
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Dieci - Excellent Japanese Style Italian Food

It was good but not really really great for me. Good place for a change though, I think.

Feb 25, 2015
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Met Museum Members Dining Room, been there?

Don't go there for food. Even the views are not that impressive.

Feb 15, 2015
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Hokkaido Hairy Crab

Yes, Mitsuwa was my favorite place for Japanese food shopping. I also loved its periodic food fair.
It has a variety of standard Japanese packaged food, although it somewhat lacks premium brand products like top quality konbu seaweed, top quality brand inaniwa udon such as Kanbun Gonendo, fresh toro that has never been frozen, seasonal products such as sakura themed foods, Japanese top quality fruits like Hokkaido Densuke watermelon (U$160), Japanese muscat grapes (U$80 per small box), etc, which can easily be found at Hong Kong's premium Japanese supermarkets.

Feb 12, 2015
kosmose7 in Manhattan

Hokkaido Hairy Crab

It took me a while to understand the distinctive flavor of Shanghai hairy crabs. I had lived in Hong Kong for ten years before, and I didn't think they tasted any different from other kinds of crabs. It was after I left Hong Kong when I began to realize they taste different. (So when I went back to live in Hong Kong for the second time two years ago, I devoured them)

And it doesn't seem to be only me. Chef Mark Ladner of Del Posto seems to think so too. lol

http://www.wsj.com/video/a-date-with-...

Feb 11, 2015
kosmose7 in Manhattan

Hokkaido Hairy Crab

Yes, Shanghai hairy crabs have very little meat, as opposed to Hokkaido hairy crabs' succulent meat.
Since I cherish crab roe and brains, I much prefer Shanghai hairy crabs! Yummmmm~~~~~
I also love drunken crab (醉蟹 = crabs preserved in Shaoxing wine) made with Shanghai hairy crabs!

Feb 11, 2015
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Hokkaido Hairy Crab

Yes and I MUCH PREFER Shanghai hairy crabs. They are far more flavorful in my opinion, especially when served with chopped ginger and Zhejiang black vinegar (浙醋), and has a lot more tasty brains! I think I ate about fifty Shanghai hairy crabs in Hong Kong last year. lol

Feb 11, 2015
kosmose7 in Manhattan

Hokkaido Hairy Crab

Feb 11, 2015
kosmose7 in Manhattan

Hokkaido Hairy Crab

As Monica mentioned, Hokkaido fair @ Mitsuwa is held in September. FYI, hairy crab prices vary depending upon a particular day's available sizes, and bigger ones sometimes go up to about $30 per piece.

Here are some postings about Mitsuwa's Hokkaido fair.
I apologize they are all in Korean, but at least you can see the photos... :)
http://blog.naver.com/kosmose7/901240...
http://blog.naver.com/kosmose7/901533...

Feb 11, 2015
kosmose7 in Manhattan

Hokkaido Hairy Crab

Mitsuwa in NJ has Hokkaido Fair every year, where pre-cooked and frozen hairy crabs are sold. Since I much prefer fresh hairy crabs, they were my second choice, but still better than nothing.

Back home in Korea, I have had some great hairy crab dishes such as: hairy crab meat + seaweed inside fruit based jelly, hairy crab meat and preserved uni, char-broiled hairy crab meat. Or hairy crab salad covered with hibiscus jelly, hairy crab brains and caviar. Capellini with hairy crab preserved in soy sauce and ginger is another delicacy!

More traditional dishes are hairy crab sashimi, grilled hairy crab, hairy crab tempura, or hairy crab sushi.

Feb 11, 2015
kosmose7 in Manhattan

Curry Ya – A Japanese Curry Specialist Worth Checking Out In The East Village

Fascinating! Looking forward to your Hong Kong postings.
I am now in Seoul, btw.

Feb 03, 2015
kosmose7 in Manhattan

Curry Ya – A Japanese Curry Specialist Worth Checking Out In The East Village

I don't think their hayashi rice is great at all. It's only decent in New York standard.
But in any event, Hong Kong has far better hayashi rice than New York.

Feb 03, 2015
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Curry Ya – A Japanese Curry Specialist Worth Checking Out In The East Village

It's a decent place.
Better than most other Japanese curry shops in NYC.
I like their Hayashi Rice.

http://blog.naver.com/kosmose7/901531...
http://blog.naver.com/kosmose7/901209...

Feb 02, 2015
kosmose7 in Manhattan

Seoul and Jeonju trip report

Yes, it seems to be a local product. A friend of mine who had a gourmet trip to Jeonju brought one for me and I loved it. Thus, people in Seoul do not seem to know this brand. You are lucky to have tried it!

Seoul and Jeonju trip report

"Moju (母酒)" literally means "mother's rice wine" and there is an interesting story about the origin of the name.

In Korea in the late 16th Century, crown prince Gwang-hae (光海君) was son of a concubine, who passed away when he was a child.
Gwang-hae had step mother, queen In-mok (仁穆大妃), who was 9 years younger than him. When his father, king Seonjo (宣祖) died, Gwang-hae became the 15th king of the Joseon Dynasty.

Threatened by his half brother, prince Young-chang (永昌大君), who was the only legitimate son between the late king Seonjo and his step mother queen In-mok, Gwang-hae killed prince Young-chang, deposed queen In-mok, executed In-mok's father and banished In-mok's mother to Jeju Island, the southernmost island of the Korean peninsula.

Having fallen from the queen's mother to a mere slave in Jeju Island, In-mok's mother barely managed to stay alive begging rice wine lees (because she couldn't afford rice) from local people, which is offscum after making rice wine.
Hence, the name "Moju (mother's rice wine)".

In Jeonju, which has historically been a gourmet city, people took even offscum drink "Moju" seriously and they created a variation of it with Makgeolli and 8 luxurious ingredients.

Seoul and Jeonju trip report

>Possibly my favourite discovery of the trip was a drink I had in Jeonju. Moku?

What you had was probably "Moju".
Originally, "Moju" is rice wine lees plus water, but "Moju" in Jeonju is prepared by boiling down Makgeolli and 8 ingredients such as ginger, jujube, ginseng, etc., and finally adding cinnamon.

where to find cheap salmon roe / caviar

H Mart (Korean grocery) on 32nd St. has salmon caviar and it's not that expensive.

Dec 27, 2014
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Fine Dining

EMP over Per Se any day!

Dec 27, 2014
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Upsetting dinner at Brushstroke, what should have been done?

Don't give me wrong. I don't expect any free food for this kind of mistake. A simple apology is more than enough, which they didn't give me.

Dec 14, 2014
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Upsetting dinner at Brushstroke, what should have been done?

I agree. And I don't expect any free food for that kind of mistake. A simple apology or comment would have been enough, which I never received.

Dec 14, 2014
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Upsetting dinner at Brushstroke, what should have been done?

Oh I sure did tell the manager on my way out. Nobody checked on my table and left me abandoned, and after an hour long wait the main dish came out. As soon as I finished the main dish, they dumped the dessert and petit fours on the table.

Dec 14, 2014
kosmose7 in Manhattan

Upsetting dinner at Brushstroke, what should have been done?

That's my point.

Dec 14, 2014
kosmose7 in Manhattan