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OH NO - Thanksgiving Panic has set in

They sell everything there! It's a great place. :)

Nov 20, 2014
joonjoon in New Jersey

OH NO - Thanksgiving Panic has set in

Doesn't that take the fun out of it?

Nov 19, 2014
joonjoon in New Jersey

OH NO - Thanksgiving Panic has set in

Just drive over to Godek's.

Nov 19, 2014
joonjoon in New Jersey
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So What Dishes do you top with a Runny Poached Egg?

I'm going to do this too. I can't wait to see the waitress's reaction.

Nov 19, 2014
joonjoon in Home Cooking

So What Dishes do you top with a Runny Poached Egg?

Hahahah! That made me laugh out loud. What other goopy food stuffs can we add to that concoction?

Nov 19, 2014
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So What Dishes do you top with a Runny Poached Egg?

Ain't nobody got time for that! :D

My mom goes picking for stuff all the time. I...just don't have any idea what I'm looking at if I'm not at the grocery store. LOL.

Nov 19, 2014
joonjoon in Home Cooking

Why Chinese cuisines/dishes do not include raw vegetables...

Haaha those are some tricky nicknames you got for your dog.

My mom tells me there's a special kind of denjang chigae made just for using on ssam, it's almost like a sauce. I should ask her how to make it...

Nov 19, 2014
joonjoon in General Topics
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Thanksgiving--how many side dishes do you make for small groups?

For me it's not thanksgiving without stuffing, green bean casserole, and a sweet potato dish. Everything else is optional but the more the better. It only happens once a year, go nuts!

Nov 18, 2014
joonjoon in Home Cooking

So What Dishes do you top with a Runny Poached Egg?

I thought of this the other day too! Glory.

Nov 18, 2014
joonjoon in Home Cooking

So What Dishes do you top with a Runny Poached Egg?

Where do you find ramps? I've never seen em at any market around here.

I do the same thing with curry/stew type things. Some times I'll do that with Italian red sauce too!

Nov 18, 2014
joonjoon in Home Cooking

So What Dishes do you top with a Runny Poached Egg?

Greens (Kale especially)
Steak
Chili
Curry
Noodles

Nov 17, 2014
joonjoon in Home Cooking

So What Dishes do you top with a Runny Poached Egg?

I feel like this is cheating, since it's a part of the dish. ;)

Nov 17, 2014
joonjoon in Home Cooking

Sandwiches in Monmouth County

If I remember correctly Sal's bread just has way too much sesame for my taste. :/

Nov 17, 2014
joonjoon in New Jersey

The plus side of cheap ground beef

When it comes to ground beef I go for the cheapest, period. You can always cook the fat out. And as you discovered, the fat is great for other uses.

Besides, lean ground beef tastes like crap anyway.

Sandwiches in Monmouth County

Just had a bite of my friend's chicken sandwich from Taste of Italy in Ocean. I normally like a light and fluffy Italian bread on my subs, but they use a dense and hearty bread with a lot of chew. It was delicious! I plan on going back for a sandwich, just for the bread.

Nov 15, 2014
joonjoon in New Jersey

Why Chinese cuisines/dishes do not include raw vegetables...

Yes! That's one thing you rarely see in the states, a proper ssam platter. BBQ ssams get all the attention but the true glory is in ssam with loads of herby greens, mixed grain rice/barley type thing and some stanky denjang chigae to go along with it. Add some rustic namul to it and that's my idea of vegetable heaven. My mother breaks this out in the summer with the stuff she grows in her garden and it's just magnificent.

I want some now too!!!

Nov 14, 2014
joonjoon in General Topics
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Why Chinese cuisines/dishes do not include raw vegetables...

Whoops I forgot about the fresh leaf options. I take back what I said - thanks for the correction. :)

I think the person I was responding to might have been using bo ssam to mean ssam in general? I do love when you have a wide variety of fresh leaves for ssam. Yummmm.

Nov 14, 2014
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Do certain menu items put you off going to a restaurant?

And if you really hate it that much, why wouldn't you ask them to just leave it off or make you something without foam?

Nov 14, 2014
joonjoon in General Topics
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Are any NJ Japanese restaurants actually run by Japanese?

>You have to practically beg some places to get the Chinese menu

Sensationalize much? I've only ever had to ask.

Nov 14, 2014
joonjoon in New Jersey

GMO

Like it or not, GMO is the future, and the world will be better off for it.

Some day we will have genetically modified most of our surroundings to suit our needs, including ourselves.

Nov 14, 2014
joonjoon in General Topics

Why Chinese cuisines/dishes do not include raw vegetables...

There are no raw vegetables in bo ssam, unless you're talking about slivered pepper and garlic slices.

Nov 14, 2014
joonjoon in General Topics

Do certain menu items put you off going to a restaurant?

Yeah, don't eat what the greatest chefs in the world have created because there's some tasty foam on top. Right.

Nov 14, 2014
joonjoon in General Topics
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MSG Cooking Tips

Why don't you let people decide for themselves what they want to eat? No need to yuck on my yum. We're here to talk about good uses of MSG, not its health effects. I've been deliberately adding MSG to my diet more than ever before and I'm at the best health I've ever been in my life.

Nov 13, 2014
joonjoon in Home Cooking

Red Bank Redux

JR, it sorta depends.

For group meals Picnic Garden is the best. It's BYO, everyone can cook the meat they want, it's got a large selection of meats, and has a set price so you don't have to worry about who ordered what.

For absolutely gorging on meat, Picnic Garden is also the best. I love that you get to personally pick out the cuts of meat there. You wouldn't believe the marbling on some of the cuts I've found in the tray.

On the other hand if I want a well rounded Korean meal that includes BBQ, there are better options. It's really just a toss up between all the other authentic charcoal based BBQ places. The one place that does everything very well is probably So Moon Nan Jip up in Pal Park, but all of the full-service Korean places in Edison and Fort Lee/ Pal Park do a great job.

Personally if I made the trek to Fort Lee/Pal Park, I'm going to a non-bbq restaurant that I can't find in Edison so I haven't tried much in terms of BBQ in that area in a few years. So little time, so much food to try.

As a matter of fact I can't even comprehend how we haven't done a Chow crawl or something of all the Asian goodness in the Pal Park or Edison areas. There is just SO. MUCH. DELICIOUSNESS. packed into those places.

Nov 12, 2014
joonjoon in New Jersey

Thanksgiving Gravy

I personally love powdered/canned/jarred gravy. What I personally do when I'm feeling lazy is take the neck and wing tips, fry them up and then boil it while the turkey is cooking. And take the turkey drippings and stock and add it to the jarred gravy. Comes out delicious and way less work.

Nov 12, 2014
joonjoon in Home Cooking

Red Bank Redux

That's pretty much it but it's always red leaf lettuce, I've never seen anyone use iceberg. It's BYOB but don't worry JR, I fully expect you to down enormous, life threatening amounts of soju with our meal. If you haven't had it, it's basically half strength vodka with a slight hint of sweetness.

And being a steak guy I know you'll appreciate - the marbling you can get on some of the kalbi cuts at the buffet is insane! The idiots try to pick out the leaner cuts so I get to eat all the fatty ones! Mwahahahahha

Of course you would be more than welcome Missybean! So far it looks like we got three of us! I forget...who used to organize the Chow meetups? I know someone has everyone's emails here.

Nov 12, 2014
joonjoon in New Jersey

What to do with lots of raw tuna other than sushi.

I'm sure it makes great (and expen$$ive) tuna salad! What do you do with it?

Nov 11, 2014
joonjoon in Home Cooking

Red Bank Redux

That is definitely not Korean JR! I think I need to take you to a Korean BBQ and show you how it's done...

Nov 11, 2014
joonjoon in New Jersey

MSG Cooking Tips

Breast milk is supposed to be loaded with glutamates.

Nov 11, 2014
joonjoon in Home Cooking
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What to do with lots of raw tuna other than sushi.

Thanks for everyone's suggestions! I ended making a poke tekka don type thing. Seasoned rice mixed with poke marinade on the bottom, seaweed and furikake, topped with akami and chu toro poke, regular chu toro, and otoro seared on one side. And a big dollop of scrapings mixed with scallion on top. It was delicious!

We still had more tuna left after this so we went with some good 'ol tuna nigiri...can't beat that! It was some of the best tuna sushi I've ever had. Took all of the leftover scraps and made some mini rolls too. If any of you are near a Mitsuwa it's well worth going to one of these blue fin tuna shows!

Nov 11, 2014
joonjoon in Home Cooking