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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

Upsetting dinner at Brushstroke, what should have been done?

I am surprised that you say this. In my opinion, waiting on the table, especially at a restaurant like Adour, does not simply mean picking up the food at the kitchen and delivering it to the table. A waiter is in charge of the entire dining experience and he/she is responsible to coordinate with everyone involved. If the kitchen problem is beyond his/her capacity, then the waiter should at least be aware of it and at least a proper apology should be in order.

That said, the waiter deserved to be penalized because he didn't even mention about the delay, nor did he apologize. Neither did the captain or manager. They didn't even know there was a problem. They literally left me abandoned. If they were too busy, the least they could do was say "Sorry to have kept you waiting" when they served me the main dish after an hour. They didn't. I can understand mistakes but I can not tolerate ignorance. I won't give away my hard earned money to an ignorant person.

Would you tolerate that and still tip 25%? Wow you are a saint!

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

There is, in my opinion, no price tag for the wait.
It is purely up to the manager how he can compensate.
If you think it's not good enough, don't go there again.

During my last meal at Adour, which is now closed, they took about an hour to serve me the main dish and nobody seemed to even care. I left $1 tip and never went back. Soon after that, it closed down anyway.

Dec 13, 2014
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Best Seafood Bets

I had been going back to Marea many times, until they served me greasy, skimpy, so called "white truffle" pasta costing U$200 including tax and tip. I never went back since.

I also recommend Aquagrill's seafood tower. It's one of the best in town.

Dec 11, 2014
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Best (take-out) Pastries in NYC?

Monica, I couldn't agree with you more!
Bouchon Bakery just makes me MAD too!!! Except its cream puffs, which are very good.

Now that I stay in Seoul, I miss Magnolia's ice cream sandwich and banana pudding, along with its delicious icebox cake. lol

Dec 10, 2014
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Best (take-out) Pastries in NYC?

Monica has pretty much listed all my favorite shops.
I would add Ô Merveilleux (1509 Second Ave) for "merveilleux", or Belgian meringue cake with whipped cream.

Caprices By Sophie is also very good, although it's in Brooklyn (138 N 6th St., Brooklyn).

Although the selections are limited, I also like the pastries @ Michel Cluizel. Yes, it's a French chocolatier but it carries some pastries and they are authentically French.

I wouldn't call these "spectacular", but decent enough.
IMHO, I don't think there is any spectacular French pastry shop in New York. It used to have one called Brasserie Pushkin, whose savory dishes were subpar but desserts were on par with those at Pierre Herme. However, it closed down and became Betony. Of course, the city has spectacular American desserts though.

Dec 10, 2014
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Have New York fine dining restaurants been declining in quality?

I agree. Per Se is becoming really dull, especially its desserts.

Dec 05, 2014
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Substitute for Per Se birthday dinner

Picholine has far better desserts than Per Se.
So does Daniel.
Le Bernardin's desserts are amazing.
Jean Georges' desserts are sophisticated.
EMP's desserts are both tasty and fun.
The list can go on and on...
You can order Picholine's dessert course in the dining room after 9:30PM, or a la carte at the bar counters for most other restaurants.

After all, any desserts at famed fine dining restaurants in town can be better than these boring desserts offered at Per Se. And I am not talking about only one incident. I was disappointed multiple times, since about September, 2012: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9227...

I have also attached a before-after photo here. Look how its divine 'Purple Cow' dessert has changed over time.

Dec 04, 2014
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Substitute for Per Se birthday dinner

I wouldn't recommend Per Se's desserts. They are so so so so boring. NYC has lots of better desserts than those.

Dec 04, 2014
kosmose7 in Manhattan

Looking for the best high tea in Manhattan . . . .

I would never go back to Pembroke Room. They served me jam and lemon custard that looked like leftovers from their previous customers...

I recommend Palm Court @ the Plaza and Two E Bar Lounge @ Pierre for quality, or Lobby Lounge @ Mandarin Oriental for views.

Dec 03, 2014
kosmose7 in Manhattan

Marea, Esca, Bar Boulud or Oceana

I used to have good meals at Marea, but last time I had one of the worst dining experiences there and never went back since. Consistency is equally as important as overall food quality.

Substitute for Per Se birthday dinner

My three most favorite places (prefer to Per Se):
Eleven Madison Park
Daniel
Jean Georges

Other favorites:
Le Bernardin
Caviar Russe
Picholine

Dec 01, 2014
kosmose7 in Manhattan

Asiate or somewhere else?

I agree with ipsedixit.
Food is decent enough and the views are stunning at Asiate.
Make sure you reserve well in advance and ask for a window table.

Since they give priority to hotel guests for the window tables, it is kind of difficult to get one. My trick is, I normally go there for breakfast, when they open at 7:00am and they always give me a window table!

Nov 29, 2014
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Momofuku Ko 2.0

Wow, good news! :) Thanks!

Nov 29, 2014
kosmose7 in Manhattan

Momofuku Ko 2.0

Thanks for the report and photos.
They certainly look amazing! :)
Btw, how could you take photos? Do they now allow photo-taking?

Nov 29, 2014
kosmose7 in Manhattan

What do New Yorker's think about Dean & DeLuca and other expensive gourmet shops?

Wait until you visit Korean "gourmet" food markets that opened in the recent years. I was so shocked to find that a little pack of Korean vermicelli noodles (chop che) was sold for about $10, and four tiny pieces of pan-fried tofu was $15! An assortment of ten pieces nigiri sushi composed of nothing but white fish and salmon was $20!!!!!!
It was ridiculous and I almost cussed them out. I miss New York, and miss Hong Kong even more, where top quality Japanese seafoods air-flown from Tsukiji every morning are so reasonably priced.

Nov 29, 2014
kosmose7 in Manhattan

Tim Ho Wan's Opening Day in Kuala Lumpur Today.

Brilliant!
I wish they opened here in Seoul, Korea too!

God is my co-protein

"Forager's Treasure of Wild Mushrooms" @ Bouley, composed of wild mushrooms, sweet garlic foam, grilled toro, and black truffle dressing. It's one of my most favorite dishes at Bouley, along with Porcini Flan.

Nov 27, 2014
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Le Bernardin/Daniel

I also enjoy Daniel's great desserts at the bar counter! Great option for a (plated) dessert lover like myself. :)

http://blog.naver.com/kosmose7/901202...

Nov 26, 2014
kosmose7 in Manhattan

Le Bernardin/Daniel

While both places offer great food, I prefer Daniel to LB for bar dining. Daniel's bar offers more spacious, cozy, and dining-room-like atmosphere. But that's just me.

Nov 26, 2014
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ISO: Best White Truffle Deal at Retail

I agree with sgordon. Also, Buon Italia's white truffle feast was one of the best in terms of value for money. Every year, I had an abundant shower of shaved Acqualagna white truffle for only $32~35!

Nov 16, 2014
kosmose7 in Manhattan

Per Se salon, Marea or Momo Ko

I do not recommend Per Se's dessert course any more. It used to be fantastic, but now it's composed of dull, uninspiring, and easy-to-make plain desserts. The same is true with Per Se's desserts served in the dining room. They are not bad, but not outstanding any longer.

Nov 16, 2014
kosmose7 in Manhattan