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Pete Wells Explores Korean Restaurants in Queens

I second Han Joo and Debasaki. Any other gems out there?

about 19 hours ago
phofiend in Outer Boroughs

Rolling Spring Roll [Farmingdale, Long Island]

Well, it doesn't have too much competition. It scratches that desperate pho itch, but just barely. Bahn mi very good. Beef Pho is good, not great. Chicken pho not good at all. Dry, stringy flat strips of tasteless white meat. Spring rolls are not bad, but suffer from poor presentation: just a few anemic leaves of iceberg lettuce, not even big enough to wrap the roll.

I prefer Pho Maxia in Westbury, but if I have a little more time, I go to Pho Mekong in Flushing. I've never been disappointed there.

Beef Stock Disaster...

Sounds like you made a glace. Did you discard the bones and vegetables? As long as they weren't burned, I would have poured some water over the bones and brought it up to a simmer to dissolve the concentrated stock that was stuck to them.

Dec 12, 2014
phofiend in Home Cooking

The Best Egg Sandwich... on Long Island - Southdown Coffee in Huntington

It's just down the road from me. I'll try the sandwich this weekend and report back. Maybe I'll pick up a cup of coffee tomorrow morning.

The Best Egg Sandwich... on Long Island - Southdown Coffee in Huntington

Costco Food Finds - 4th Quarter 2014

From??? or by? And do those bees have their birth certificates?

Nov 25, 2014
phofiend in Chains

Help this newlywed finish outfitting the perfect kitchen

I'd recommend a wok and a grill pan.

The little oval cocotte is perfect for baking two apples, a small pot of baked beans, or braising a couple of chicken thighs. Nice size for two people. Congratulations.

Nov 24, 2014
phofiend in Cookware

Returning food too often customer banned

Hide! It's Hyacinth Bucket.

Costco Food Finds - 4th Quarter 2014

KS Master Carve boneless ham, applewood smoked. They were giving out samples, and it is wonderful. Bought one to back up the turkey. Oh, they had Diestal turkeys, but they are pre-brined, so I passed.

Nov 21, 2014
phofiend in Chains

Frosting without Butter?

How about ganache? Just semi-sweet chocolate melted with heavy cream. After it cools, you can whip it and it pipes well.

Very best sausage for cassolette?

Maybe not traditional, but I like to use fresh (unsmoked) Polish kielbasa.

Nov 17, 2014
phofiend in Home Cooking


Thanks for clarifying. I couldn't understand why someone's religion would have any bearing on whether or not one supports GMOs unless it was somehow forbidden.

Nov 13, 2014
phofiend in General Topics

Wormy smell on dishes

Don't know what worms smell like, but sometimes I get a whiff of wet dog in water glasses.

Nov 12, 2014
phofiend in Not About Food


Because you stated that the person who spearheaded the effort to ban the GMOs in schools is Jewish. Couldn't think of any other reason that would be relevant.

Nov 11, 2014
phofiend in General Topics

You Need This Handy Keychain-Sized Bottle of Sriracha

Love it! I use a small travel bottle made to hold shampoo. Doesn't leak in a pressurized cabin.

Nov 11, 2014
phofiend in General Topics


Should it? Is there any prohibition against GMOs in the Jewish dietary laws? never really thought about it, but Bagelman seemed to imply it. Hmmm. I guess if you are inserting pig or shellfish genes...

Nov 11, 2014
phofiend in General Topics

Famous food in names- add to the list


Nov 07, 2014
phofiend in Not About Food

How long will it take to cook two (2) large turkeys in one oven?

How big is your oven? I have a 36" commercial Garland and can barely fit 2 15 pounders side by side.

Nov 03, 2014
phofiend in Home Cooking

Goya Foods

"Goy" is the Yiddish term for a non-Jewish person.

Oct 31, 2014
phofiend in General Topics

What type of lettuce to substitute for bread when making sandwich wraps?

I use green leaf lettuce. Big, tender leaves with a frilly edge. They don't break when rolled and folded, and the frills keep the juicy bits contained.

LIE Roadside Food Guide/Comp

Exit 32 North
Little Dumpling
252-20 Northern Boulevard
Little Neck (technically Queens, but close enough)
Good soup dumplings.

Exit 37 North
235 Roslyn Rd, Roslyn Heights
Nicely prepared and presented new American and seafood.

Exit 38 or so
Little Mexico
280 Post Ave, Westbury, NY
Very traditional Mexican. Really, really good.

Exit 49 South
Jewel Restaurant
400 Broad Hollow Rd, Melville
New American. Wonderful stuff. Expensive.

Exit 49 North
Cirella's Restaurant
14 Broadhollow Road (Route 110), Melville
Great Italian food and sushi.

Exit 49 North
Blackstone Steakhouse
10 Pinelawn Road, Melville
Very good. Very pricey.

Exit 55
Sempre Vivolo
696 Vanderbilt Motor Pkwy, Hauppauge
High end classic Italian.

Exit 56 South
Cafe La Strada
352 Wheeler Rd, Hauppauge
Red sauce Italian.

Exit 61 South
Mama Lombardi's
400 Furrows Rd, Holbrook
Everything good. Old fashioned red sauce joint.

Exit 64 South
Angora Food Market (Turkish)
2690 New York 112, Medford
Try the yellow lentil soup and the kebabs.

First Date Food?

Funny, but using a spoon to twirl spaghetti is (almost) a deal breaker for me.

Oct 21, 2014
phofiend in Not About Food

Food jokes - list

My favorite, or maybe the only one I remember:

An elderly couple had dinner at another couple's house, and after eating, the wives left the table and went into the kitchen.
The two gentlemen were talking, and one said, "Last night we went out to a new restaurant and it was really great.. I would recommend it very highly."
The other man said, "What is the name of the restaurant?"
The first man thought and thought and finally said, "What is the name of that flower you give to someone you love?
You know.... The one that's red and has thorns."
"Do you mean a rose?"
"Yes, that's the one,'"replied the man. He turned towards the kitchen and yelled, "Rose, what's the name of that restaurant we went to last night?"

Oct 18, 2014
phofiend in Not About Food

i forgot to boil the brine for sauerbraten, it's been in for 3 days im ready to cook

I take a few pieces of chopped bacon and fry until crispy. Remove bacon and set aside, saving all the fat in the pan. Then I remove the meat from the marinade and dry it well with paper towels. Brown meat on all sides in bacon fat. Set the meat aside. Then I fry a few chopped onions in the fat until very golden brown. Be careful not to burn the onions! Return the meat back to the pan, cover with strained marinade, along with the reserved bacon. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to a very gentle simmer. Cook until fork tender. Time may vary, depending on cut used, but usually about 1 1/2 hours.

Oct 16, 2014
phofiend in Home Cooking

i forgot to boil the brine for sauerbraten, it's been in for 3 days im ready to cook

I never boil my brine. There's enough vinegar and salt in there to keep the nasties at bay.

Oct 16, 2014
phofiend in Home Cooking

Coq au vin.

Coq means rooster, not roaster.

Oct 13, 2014
phofiend in Home Cooking

Roaster Chicken preparation

I had the same problem recently, then noticed the package it came in said "enhanced with 10% broth." I think it was over-brined, and tasted rubbery and hammy. I'll be more careful next time. I avoid those "enhanced" or pre-brined meats like the plague.

If I was stuck with one of the birds again, I'd braise it or stew it, as you suggest, to minimize the "enhancing" effects.

Oct 12, 2014
phofiend in Home Cooking

Accidentally left uncooked roast out overnight...toss?

I'd cook it right away, maybe a tad more done than my usual rare. But that's just me.

Oct 10, 2014
phofiend in General Topics

ISO of Something Pumpkin Fabulous Desert for Thanksgiving

Golden Pumpkin and Apricot layer cake. It's wonderful, and so pretty. (this from an avowed pumpkin hater)

Make sure to make the apricot puree using the linked recipe. Leftover is great spread on toast or pancakes.

Oct 10, 2014
phofiend in Home Cooking

Annoyed with Bakers Secret

Do you mean Baker's baking chocolate? I haven't seen this shrinkage yet. I just bought 2 boxes, 8oz., each containing 8 1oz blocks. Sorry, I don't remember the cost, but I would have noticed if it was outrageously priced.

Oct 07, 2014
phofiend in General Topics