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Where can I buy Country Ham?

I'm looking for a specific type of ham called Country Ham. Anyone know where I can buy it?

Thanks in advance!

May 04, 2015
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Neapolitan style pizza in Boston/Cambridge/Somerville/...

Did you order 'well done?" I think Gran Gusto taste better when it's "well done"

Mar 09, 2015
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7 days of different Ramen in Boston, found a new champ!

Don't miss out!! Tomorrow is the last time Osushi is doing the Wed Ramen!!

Feb 17, 2015
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Anybody been to the newly opened Santouka Ramen in Harvard Square yet?

daveinmd, How would you compare Osushi's Ramen with Santouka's Ramen?

Feb 16, 2015
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7 days of different Ramen in Boston, found a new champ!

Great video!! I thought the noodles they used at Sweet Cheeks was fantastic and found out they used a different Sun Noodle then the other Sun Noodles the other Ramen shops use.

Feb 10, 2015
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7 days of different Ramen in Boston, found a new champ!

Yes it's only of Wednesday, the whole day, lunch and dinner.

They have three kinds of Ramen, Shoyu, Miso, and Tan Tan.

Those of you who like richer broths, get the Tan Tan and don't mix the soup! Each dip of the spoon will give you a different flavor if you don't mix it. Tan Tan doesn't come with pork chasu, so make sure you ask for additional pork chasu slices.

Those of you who like more sophisticated broths, get the Shoyu. Lighter, but complex flavors going on.

Miso is good too, but to me most miso broths taste the same.

Feb 09, 2015
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7 days of different Ramen in Boston, found a new champ!

With all the new Ramen places and pop ups, I decided to go on Ramen quest to find the best Ramen in Boston/Cambridge!

I found a new champ and I don't think anyone has tried yet!!

Here is a summary of my exploits and rankings from 1-10.

Pikaichi- 6. Shoyu Ramen. It's watery with mostly onion flavor and little body. Miso-6, a little better, but again miso makes everything taste better. At only $8, can't complain, it's cheap!

Hmart Cental- 6.- House Ramen. Weird smell and taste from the bamboo shoots, broth not much going on, tasted like Chinese soup. Miso Ramen-7. Much better then then House Ramen and didn't have the weird bamboo shoot smell or the chinese cabbage to make the broth taste Chinese

Sapporo Porter Sq- 7. Had the House Ramen. Really thick Chicken broth. Lots of fat and collagen. Egg overcooked, pork was cold and dry. Bean sprouts are not
fresh.

East by Northeast- 7. Really disappointed in their Ramen. Like Pikaichi, it is a water downed broth with little complex flavors going on. I was expecting a high end Ramen, but was let down.

Totto Ramen- 8 Had the Miso broth. Thick Chicken broth with lots of chicken flavor. Pork was dry. I asked them to separate the Miso paste so I could add it myself. Great Miso flavor, don't put too much miso paste or broth will be too salty. They could be a 7 at times because of consistency issues.

Snappy Ramen Davis- 8 Had the Spicy wafu. Great thick spicy broth. Probably the thickest broth in Boston. Every aspect is carefully executed. Scallions are fresh and chopped evenly. Egg is cooked perfectly. Pork is moist and tender. Greens are fresh. Al dente noodles.

Sweet Cheeks Ramen- 8 Had the Tokotsu Ramen. Nice thick flavorful broth. Noodles were fantastic, taste homemade and al dente. They are from Sun Noodles however. Perfectly executed egg. Thick slices of moist tender pork.

Yume- 8 There is a reason for the long lines. You either love it, or hate it. If you like pork and big portions, this is the place to go. It's a fat bomb with tons of great tender moist pork, nice handmade noodles, and lots of garlicky salty shoyu broth. To me the broth is 1 dimensional. I prefer a more sophisticated complex soup, but it's great once in a while.

Osushi Ramen Cambridge- 9! 9 Tan Tan Ramen. From the first sip, I was like Wow! Broth is thick and rich, but has maybe 5 or 6 different flavors depending on where you dip your spoon. Some parts are a little sweet, some parts a little sour, some parts a little salty. I would advise NOT to stir the soup, so you can taste different flavors from different parts of the soup and toppings. Pork has great flavor, tender and moist. Noodles al dente. Oh, you have to ask for extra pork since this only comes with ground pork.

Also tried the Shoyu Ramen- 9. This is not Tokotsu as labeled. It is a lighter broth, but has a sophisticated complex flavor. I usually hate Shoyu, because usually Shoyu flavor is too pronounced. The chef must have used a really good quality soy sauce, because this shoyu broth had all kind of flavors going on. Broth had flavors of Dashi, pork, and vegetables. I could drink this soup all day and not get tired of it!

Osushi is now the king of Ramen and a must try! They only serve it on Wednesdays, but they serve it all day and night. From what I heard they may stop Ramen Wed. in a couple weeks. Such a shame they won't continue it!

If you like richer broth get the Tan Tan and DON'T mix the broth! And add the optional pork slices. The Shoyu comes with pork slices, is lighter bodied but has really sophisticated flavor. Anyone else try it?

Cacio e pepe in Boston

Although Italians may frown upon this, I grate my parmesan, and then put it into a blender. I add hot pasta water into the blender, blitz it to emulisify the sauce. Then I pour it over my pasta.

You will have to experiment how much pasta water you want to put into the blender.

Jan 22, 2015
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Under $30 in North End?

Giacomos, check online for prices.

Jan 14, 2015
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Best dishes at Barcelona South End?

I have a business party at Barcelona South End.

What are the best dishes to order?

Thanks!

Jan 14, 2015
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Jo Jo Taipei kills Mary Chung!!

I was there a couple days ago with high expectations and was underwhelmed.

Lots of dishes were overcooked, and not freshly made.

1. Pork chop with rice- Too much fried batter, and not enough seasoning
2. 3 cup eggplant- Way too soft and soggy because it's overcooked
3 Scallion pancake with roast beef- Tasted dry. Tasted like it was reheated instead of freshly made and fried.
4 Beef noodle soup- Overall pretty good, but noodles were too soft because overcooked.
5. Pan fried dumplings- not enough of a sear, bland.
6 Soft Tofu with ginger syrup. Tofu wasn't soft enough, too sweet and couldn't taste the ginger.

I read the chef is very detail orientated, so I'm surprised how these dishes came out. Maybe it was an off night or he maybe he wasn't in the kitchen.

Or did he leave again?

Dec 30, 2014
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Jo Jo Taipei kills Mary Chung!!

Where is the original chef who made Jo Jo Taipei so good?

Dec 29, 2014
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JoJo Taipei Favorites ( not super spicy)?

Jenny, you are right, I had a better scallion pancake with roast beef at Dumpling Cafe, but the problem I have at Dumpling Cafe is consistency.

The first time I had it at Dumpling Cafe it was amazing and fresh. Another time I had it was dry and reheated. This problem happens at Jo Jo as well, but I found Jo Jo to be more consistent.

Dec 28, 2014
Torolover in Greater Boston Area

JoJo Taipei Favorites ( not super spicy)?

Scallion Pancake with roast beef. Probably my favorite dish at Jojo and this is the best version in the city!

Diced fried tofu with soy sprinkles. Sounds boring, but I assure you this dish will blow you away!

Dec 28, 2014
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Best restaurants under $30 for App and Entree?

In my original post, I said no burgers, small plates like tapas, etc..

Actually Deep Ellum would work!

Dec 23, 2014
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Best restaurants under $30 for App and Entree?

You mean $40 a person?

In my original question I said no "tapas" or burritos, tacos, etc..

Dec 23, 2014
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Best two small plates (tapas size) in Boston under $30 total?

What are your best two small plates you can order for less then $30 total?

OK i'll start. For me it's:

Toro- Bone Marrow ($12) and half order of the Veg Paella ($17)

Sarma- Harrissa Duck ($16) and Spaghetti Squash Carbonara ($11)

Dec 22, 2014
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Best restaurants under $30 for App and Entree?

Most of Eastern Standards entrees are mid 20's, most of their apps are 11-15 except the bone marrow.

Most of Daily Catch's pastas are low to mid 20's.

See how the prices have really creeped up?!

Dec 22, 2014
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Best restaurants under $30 for App and Entree?

Ribelle is 3 for $35 and Grotto is 3 for $38.

OK, I said no burritos, etc.. which include pizza and burgers!

Dec 21, 2014
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Best restaurants under $30 for App and Entree?

Like I said, NO Asian restaurants like East by Northeast or Myers and Chang!
Tapas don't count!

Sorry, not trying to be difficult, I eat at Toro, Myers and Chang, Asian, etc. all time, but that's why I was very specific in my original question.

Best restaurants under $30 for App and Entree?

Seems like restaurants are getting more and more expensive these days.

What is the best restaurant you can go for an app and entree for under $30 before tax and tip? Drinks and desserts are not included.

Note, please don't include Asian restaurants, Tapas, burritos, burgers, pizza etc..

Giacomos is the only one I can think of...

Dec 21, 2014
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Is it just me, or is this really utterly ridiculous?

I was looking at the Yelp reviews, and I noticed that two reviews gave them 1 star, complaining they also got charged more then what the menu stated. One of these reviews came 6 months ago.

I wonder how many other customers got overcharged or complained?

I don't agree with the way Edelman bullied himself to the owner, but if the owner had complaints before, he should have updated the menu.

Dec 10, 2014
Torolover in Greater Boston Area

ISO fresh rice noodles in Boston

Anyone know if it's OK to keep the fresh rice noodles at room temperature for a few days? Do restaurants do this?

When I buy them at Ming's in the morning there are still warm. I don't want to put in fridge because they will get dry, and I know the trick about putting them in warm water but I don't want to do that.

Nov 19, 2014
Torolover in Greater Boston Area

best bolognese in boston area?

I've always wondered.. the ingredients for the bolognese sauce is pretty identical to Beef Bourguignon. Do you think the French and Italians copies each other?

Nov 19, 2014
Torolover in Greater Boston Area

O Ya - guess we should have gone years ago (long...and sad...)

I'm going on Thursday for my birthday, so hopefully I will have a better experience! I'll report back how it went!

Nov 18, 2014
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Oya for Birthday! Bar seats or table? Dish Recs?

I will be going with my wife. So you think sitting at the counter is better then getting a table? Just feel weird paying $200 or $300 sitting at a counter.

I'm open to it if that's what you recommend though!

Nov 07, 2014
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Oya for Birthday! Bar seats or table? Dish Recs?

I will be going to Oya for my birthday.

Any recommendation for seating? Is it better to sit at the counter or is table fine?

I know lots of sushi experts say by the time the sushi gets to a table it has lost it's ideal temperature.

What should I order? The Omakase? Set?

Thanks!

Nov 07, 2014
Torolover in Greater Boston Area

Weekend in Boston...single guy looking for great food!

Forget Quincy Market, to to Neptune Oyster House, and get there early!

Nov 07, 2014
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Return to Cha Yen Thai Cookery

Eattv, I have been cooking from the Pok Pok cookbook and was wondering where can i get the dried Puya chilies?

Can you give me your rankings for your favorite and best thai dishes in Boston? I know some will be at Cha Yen Thai, but what there must be some at other places as well!

Nov 07, 2014
Torolover in Greater Boston Area

Boston Magazine - Best 50 Restaurants

I was looking at my old Boston Mag top 50 issue from 2009 and it's interesting to see that a quarter of them of have closed down! In the magazine they said they combined the rankings of Chowhound, Yelp, Phantom Gourmet and their own to come up with the top 50. What do you think about this top 50 list from 2009?

Here is the list in the correct order.

Oya, L'espalier, No. 9 Park, Clio, Aujord'hui, Radius, Hungry Mother, Hamersley Bistro, Oleana, Cragie on Main,

Meritage, Salts, Oishii, Uni, Ten Tables, Neptune Oyster, Icarus, Persephone, Mistral, Sorellina,

Rialto, B and G Oyster, Troquet, Lumiere, Pigalle, Toro, Blue Ginger, Upstairs on the Square, Excelsior, Benatti,

Sage, T.W Food, Locke-Ober, Taranta, Redezvous, L'Andana, The Butcher Shop, Viat Matta, Dante, Scampo,

51 Lincoln, Lineage, Bistro 5, Grill 23, East Coast Grill, Estragon, Union Bar and Grille, Il Carpiccio, Bin 26 Enoteca, Avila.

Nov 02, 2014
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