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Pho in Queens

Ok good because I thought I was missing something. I was dreaming of the the Pho joints in the San Gabriel Valley...but I will have to make due. Will try Bunker this weekend. Thank you all.

Nov 14, 2013
mielimato in Outer Boroughs

Pho in Queens

I have a car and will be happy to drive anywhere in Queens.

Nov 13, 2013
mielimato in Outer Boroughs

Pho in Queens

This is an emergency. I am pregnant and need to eat Pho. Where do I go?

Nov 13, 2013
mielimato in Outer Boroughs

Recommendations for dinner before a show at Queens College?

Yes you are right. I confused the names. The place is a 7 minute walk from QC.

Oct 08, 2013
mielimato in Outer Boroughs

Recommendations for dinner before a show at Queens College?

I know Chinese is not what you mention but there really aren't good Korean, Japanese, or Thai place close by.

Pado sushi is within a 10 minute drive from QC. It is great for lunch--they literally overload you with excellent panchan. At dinner, they are much less generous with the panchan but the a la carte dishes are decent but not amazing.

But the best places that are close to campus are the new crop of Chinese places on Main Street. My favorite is Kung Fu Xiao Long Bao. There was a recent thread on this. They make great soup dumplings and Shanghai style cold appetizers. Next door is Taiwain Imperial Gourmet. If you go, follow Lau's recommendation for dishes. Verging off may lead to lackluster experience.
https://www.lauhound.com/2013/04/main...

Also the NY time recently reviewed Imperial Palace which is a Cantonese banquet style restaurant.

Oct 08, 2013
mielimato in Outer Boroughs

Queens Restaurant Week - any suggestions?

I agree wit Pookipichu. The list reads like a rundown of all the restaurants in Queens to avoid.

In terms of decent Italians in FH, Tuscan Hills is not bad. It is not your standard Italian American restaurant with red "gravy." When I have to take out of town guests for work functions and I want a decent safe place, I go there.

Since I go there on someone else's dime, I will often get the pasta dishes which are usually pretty good. Pasta is al dente and not overloaded with sauce. But the idea of paying $14 for a plate of pasta offends my sense of equity. Do you think you could get away with charging $14 for a plate of fried rice or pad-thai in a Asian restaurant? But since it is European, well, the sky is the limit.

Oct 03, 2013
mielimato in Outer Boroughs

台灣風味 Taiwanese Specialties Elmhurst NY "這裡是酒巴嗎!"

I once entered this restaurant looking for a shoe shine but ended up eating a five course meal. Is it because I am Canadian?

إدراج الفكر عشوائي

By far the best Taiwanese food, can be found here. It is BYOB.

http://i1-win.softpedia-static.com/sc...

Just Like Mother's -- Forest Hills Restaurant is Closed

Good riddance. My husband had a very unpleasant interaction with the owner once because he made several snippy comments about our son. We have never gone back since. I never found the food there to be noteworthy.

Sep 09, 2013
mielimato in Outer Boroughs

Have you been to Nixtamal lately?

I went to Coatzingo on Friday because I had read a lot of good reviews. I found the place disappointing. I stayed with the recommended dishes--tacos, lengua con salsa verde, pozole. The high point was the salsa verde which has a excellent complex flavor. The tacos on the other hand were disappointing. We go the tripa, al pastor and barbacoa. They use tripe that has not been properly cleaned. The al pastor and barbacoa meat was not flavorful and a bit dry. Moreover, I saw one of the cooks reusing uncooked salsa from another table. Overall, I take back my criticism of Nixtamal. Given the quality of its ingredients, their excellent masa and tortilla, my vote goes to them. I am still in search of a go-to-place for chile relleno and chicken pipan.

Sep 08, 2013
mielimato in Outer Boroughs

Lagidze: new Georgian restaurant in Midwood

And do patrons customarily top that off to bring it to the standard 15-20% tip or do they just leave it at 10%?

Sep 06, 2013
mielimato in Outer Boroughs

healthiest meal you can think of (that you still want to eat)

With all due respect, why do you like pressure cooked green beans? This is a fave of my Spanish inlaws who loooovvee to pressure cook vegetables. They literally take beautiful green beans grown in their garden and cook them for 20+ minutes at which point they become indistinguishable from frozen microwaved food, in my opinion. I have tried but never understood this method of cooking. I am really not trying to start an argument or insult, just trying to understand something that has always perplexed me.

Sep 05, 2013
mielimato in Home Cooking

Fresh and Local Chinese Cooking - Goodbye Bottles and Pastes

"And the overwhelming odds are that none of those foods were inspected by the Food and Drug Administration when they arrived in the U.S."

This is a bit ironic because food inspection in the US is also notoriously lax in its own right.

But I agree with your point. For the last 10 years, no one in my family purchases food produced in China. We spent a lot of time in Asian markets trying to figure out where a product was produced and only purchase products made in Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and/Thailand. The concern over food quality is real.

On a side note, Japanese products always topped my list in terms of quality but now because of the nuclear meltdown, I have grown more and more concerned.

Sep 05, 2013
mielimato in Home Cooking
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Fresh and Local Chinese Cooking - Goodbye Bottles and Pastes

I think there are two different points that you are making in your original post (I haven't read through all the other posts so forgive me if I repeat anything). One is about processing and another is about quality of ingredients.

For me, processing is what makes East Asian cuisine more sophisticated relative to most Western European cuisines. By processing, I don't mean the modern day version of processing that cuts corners, uses artificial ingredients, simplifies flavors and is generally bad for your health. I means processing in the form of fermentation. Take for example, what the Chinese have managed to do with one ingredient--the soybean. Look at how many derivatives have come out of that one product. Through various forms of fermentation, a simple bean is transformed into so many different types of complex flavors. That's hundreds of years of innovation. The only comparable item that has come out of Western Europe is the fermentation of grapes into wine.

The second point is about quality of ingredients. I think Europeans cuisine has the upper hand there, especially with respect to quality in terms of meat and fish. Japan aside, there is an emphasis on locally sourced and organic products that you tend not to find in most Asian cuisine/Asian markets. In part, I think this is an income effect and as China become more developed greater emphasis will be put on quality versus quantity.

In any case, I love your attempt to bring artisan high quality standards to Chinese sauces. I have been experimenting with mala sauce because like many of you, I have grown suspicious of many of the products coming out of China. It has never occurred to me to make my own bean paste but how cool! Love this post!

Sep 05, 2013
mielimato in Home Cooking

healthiest meal you can think of (that you still want to eat)

In terms of healthy salads, this is my go to place. The author is vegetarian but I feel that most of her recipes can be adapted to include meat.

http://www.101cookbooks.com

Sep 05, 2013
mielimato in Home Cooking

Help me use up my pimenton!

I sprinkle it on pork chops or loin before I pan fry it. It adds a nice smokiness.

For a more elaborate use, I make a nice garbanzo and spinach stew. I got this recipe from Jose Andres. I make this dish all the time when I am on my tour of duty every summer living at my inlaws house in Spain.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/st...

Sep 05, 2013
mielimato in Home Cooking

healthiest meal you can think of (that you still want to eat)

Cold soba noodles. I make a mixture of soy, lemon juice, ginger, sesame and chili oil. Toss in cucumbers, avocado and arugula. For protein, tofu, walnuts or lean meat. Simple, easy and delicious.

Sep 05, 2013
mielimato in Home Cooking
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Main Street Imperial Gourmet – There’s A lot More To Taiwanese Food Than Street Food

That's the problem, isn't it? Why do Chinese restaurants feel compelled to offer 200+ items when it is near impossible to do them all well. You certainly don't see this at Italian or French restaurants. I think part of the success of Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao is that it has a much smaller (but by no means small) menu. In terms of individual items, I have had better in various places but because they concentrate on a smaller set of items they are much more consistently good.

Sep 03, 2013
mielimato in Outer Boroughs

Have you been to Nixtamal lately?

Yes their tortillas and masa is excellent. All made in house. That's what keeps me coming back. Other things are lacking. I sometimes find their flavors to be a bit too shy or understated. For example, their pozole could be bolder.

Sep 03, 2013
mielimato in Outer Boroughs

Main Street Imperial Gourmet – There’s A lot More To Taiwanese Food Than Street Food

I wanted to order the kidney (especially after reading your blog) but was overruled by everyone at the table. We ordered the sauteed liver with leeks instead and it was not good at all.

I am pretty sure that we ordered the regular stinking tofu but it might have well been the one you ordered because it was very light in flavor. It was served with a tiny bit of the pickled cabbage with sichuan pepper but not nearly enough in my opinion. I much prefer the stinky tofu at King Five Noodle House on Prince. I still remember the best stinky tofu I've had in recent memory which was from a street vendor in Hong Kong...the smell hit you from blocks away, large blocks of tofu served piling hot on wooden sticks, crunchy on the outside but moist on soft on the insdie. There is just no way to replicate that here.

Thanks for the tip about Gu Xiang. Will have to take my parents there on their next visit.

Sep 03, 2013
mielimato in Outer Boroughs

Have you been to Nixtamal lately?

I agree with you. I find the place to be good but not worthy of all the glowing reviews. The one thing I will say to its credit is that they do seem to use top notch ingredients. I take my kid there and let him eat with abandon without reservations. But most street car tacos are tastier than the tacos they serve.

Sep 03, 2013
mielimato in Outer Boroughs

Main Street Imperial Gourmet – There’s A lot More To Taiwanese Food Than Street Food

Thanks for the extensive report. I've always found your posts and blog extremely informative. I personally found this place to be a bit mediocre with some solid dishes. I took my parents here a month ago and they were disappointed. Some dishes were good--the oyster pancakes, cabbage, salt and pepper shrimp. Like you, we found the red cooked ribs very bland. We ordered the liver dish and the liver was over cooked and dry. I have had the three cup chicken on another occasion and found it to be decent although I would complain about the meager portion they offered. We also ordered the stinky tofu which I did not know was called "can't taste stinky tofu" in Chinese because that was exactly my complaint--you can't taste the stink! Which in my opinion defeats the purpose of stinky tofu but good to know that that is the intent. My father was excited to order the pork sauce over rice because growing up in Taiwan that was a special treat. He was a bit angry with the dish which really didn't live up to expectations. We may have caught the kitchen on an off day. They were packed and the waitstaff seems very disorganized and harried, although everyone was extremely friendly.

Sep 03, 2013
mielimato in Outer Boroughs

Anyone been to Biang lately?

The cold liang pi is my absolute favorite! Get it cold and not the warm option. Something is lost in the contrast of textures when it is heated. All the skewer options are quiet good. However, they all feature the same sauces which is good but can get tiresome if you end up ordering an assortment. I remember finding the fiddlehead dish to be a bit disappointing. Cumin lamb with hand pulled noodles are also quiet good. Enjoy!

Sep 03, 2013
mielimato in Outer Boroughs

Lagidze: new Georgian restaurant in Midwood

Buhkarians are an ethnic group that lived not only in Bukhara but in various places throughout Central Asia including Uzbehkistan and Tajikistan and because of the diaspora can trace their roots from places including Morroco, Spain, Iraq, Iran, etc. All these influences can be found in their food which makes it so fascinating. Many were merchants along the Silk Road so you can also find South Asian, Persian, and East Asian flavors as well. This is what caused by confusion because I assumed that the restaurant was Bukharian via the former Republic of Georgia. Here is an interesting old NYtimes article: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/18/din....

Sep 03, 2013
mielimato in Outer Boroughs

Main Street Imperial Gourmet – There’s A lot More To Taiwanese Food Than Street Food

Ha! Based on the meat and fish quality I don't think most chinese grocery store rank much better than G. I'd welcome the day G starts carrying water spinach and laoganma chili oil. Would make my life easier.

Aug 31, 2013
mielimato in Outer Boroughs

Main Street Imperial Gourmet – There’s A lot More To Taiwanese Food Than Street Food

I usually stop by the supermarket after lunch to pick up a few things. I stick to the vegetables and dry goods. The meat and fish look terrible so I have never purchased those things there. As a general rule, I am pretty suspect of the meat purchased at Chinese shops. Always double check expirations dates on the dry goods--I have found a few things that that were either expired or near expiration. I purchased a package of cold bean jelly that ended up being moldy on the underside. I was really pissed. Buyer beware.

Aug 31, 2013
mielimato in Outer Boroughs

Lagidze: new Georgian restaurant in Midwood

I think you are right. There is a lot of overlap between Bukharian food and Uzbeki food but not so much with Georgian food.

Aug 28, 2013
mielimato in Outer Boroughs

TJ's marianted curry chicken is disgusting!

I bought it on a whim thinking that it could make a quick easy meal. Cooked it as directed and it is literally the worst thing I have ever tasted in recent memory. I took one bite and threw out the rest. The coriander was so strong it tasted like you where eating a bag of spices rather than chicken that was spiced. I rarely find things so revolting that I throw it away because it pains me to throw away food. Ugh this was that bad! Thank you for listening to my vent...I can now move on.

Aug 27, 2013
mielimato in Chains

Best Bread in Brooklyn or Queens?

The best handmade french bakery that I have been to in Queens is La Boulangerie in Forest Hills. They make all the breads and pastries on premise. It has a nice area to eat and drink your cafe au laits. Lots of moms and their children on weekend mornings.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/la-boulangeri...

Aug 26, 2013
mielimato in Outer Boroughs

Lagidze: new Georgian restaurant in Midwood

That's an awesome quote although I don't think I want to be imagining that the next time I bite into a Georgian dumpling!

I am no expert on this type of cuisine but Cheburechnaya was great the last time I was there a few months ago. Your post go me thinking that I need to go back again and discover more restaurants in this area.

Aug 26, 2013
mielimato in Outer Boroughs

Lagidze: new Georgian restaurant in Midwood

Thanks for the alert. How do you think this compares to other Bukharian places like Cheburechnaya.

Interesting about the dumplings. Are the tradition Georgian dumplings? My Russian friends eat a type of dumpling that is in some ways similiar to Chinese dumplings but this is the first time I have heard of Georgian soup dumplings. Given its location on the silk road, i am not surprised by the influence. Very interesting!

Aug 24, 2013
mielimato in Outer Boroughs