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Argentine Bruschetta?

It's supposed to be some slice of bread with ham, cheese, and other stuff on it (probalby chimichuri on top). Does this have a name?

Apr 18, 2012
pedestrian in General Topics

Argentine Bruschetta?

Does anyone know the name of the bruschetta-like Argentine food? I suppose it could be served as tapas.

Apr 18, 2012
pedestrian in General Topics

Duck Blood Tofu

I need a grocery store that sell duck blood in chunks. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

Apr 03, 2012
pedestrian in Manhattan

Duck Blood Tofu

Congee City (not Congee Village) has two duck blood 鴨紅 dishes on the menu but won't actually serve them. Flushing might have duck blood soup 鴨血湯 somewhere.

But I'm specifically looking to buy some to take home. A friends wants to try cooking it. Does anyone know where I can buy some?

Apr 03, 2012
pedestrian in Manhattan

Duck Blood Tofu

Does anyone know where I can buy duck blood tofu (鴨血豆腐)? I tried three markets in Chinatown and they only have pig blood.

Apr 02, 2012
pedestrian in Manhattan

Old Sichuan 老正川 – Good Sichuan Food in Chinatown

So I was there for HotPot last night. Not a good idea. It's more economical and comprehensive at Quickly and both pale in comparison to HotPot at home.

While scanning the menu, I spotted the Chairman Mao section. In particular I was eying the 臘肉, a smoke aged pork, dishes. This is a specialty of Hunan, not Sichuan. (This type of pork was a favorite of Mao's.) Despite the regional inconsistency, I really want to try it since 1) I don't think it's available in too many place, 2) they can probably do a good job since their business is to make ChongQing style spicy HotPot. (Yes, 臘肉 isn't the ChongQing numb-spice 麻辣, but still.)

Has any one tried it and can comment or recommend some place better?

Jan 02, 2011
pedestrian in Manhattan

Old Sichuan 老正川 – Good Sichuan Food in Chinatown

Any instance of 老 at a restaurant is meant to connote the same thing as "est. 18xx" in English.

正 here is shorthand for 正宗, which translates best to "authentic" in this case. "Orthodox" would be close direct translation, but that often carries negative connotation in English.

川 is a shorthand for 四川.

Jan 02, 2011
pedestrian in Manhattan

Old Sichuan 老正川 – Good Sichuan Food in Chinatown

In Cantonese 正 is jing3 in Yale Romanization, which is the standard.

Jan 02, 2011
pedestrian in Manhattan

despair re Penn Station area

If there's time, I recommend walking over to Bryant Park, but that probably doesn't work for you.

Two nice places, considering.

Lugo Caffe
http://www.lugocaffe.com/

Niles
http://www.nilesnyc.com/

A standard blue collar pub. Not sleazy.

Blaggard's Pub
http://www.blaggardsnyc.com/

Two after 5pm joints.

Just on the west side of 1 Penn Plaza are Local and Luci. They're both open patio bars popular among the after work crowd.

Aug 18, 2010
pedestrian in Manhattan

Lunch at Hiroko's

Hiroko's on Thompson is probably the best (only?) place in Manhattan for a breadth of 洋食 (youshoku), the Japanese take on non-Japanese food.

Recently, I took two friends and both left talking about coming back again.

One had a curry, a standard of 洋食 fare. Japanese curry is invariably a mish-mash of carrots, celeries, onions, meats and potatoes in a medium-thick, dark brown sauce. It is also invariably tasty.

My other friend decided on the salmon teriyaki. Over the past few years, I've stayed away from salmon in restaurant. No matter how rare you request, the salmon is consistently overcooked. I had a bite of my friend's fillet and was quite surprise at the soft texture.

Mar 28, 2009
pedestrian in Manhattan

Grits at Billie's Black

A new friend recently told me she liked grits, so I took her up to Billie's Black for some soul.

The grits was all white and porridge-like, not at all creamy like we've had on separate trips to the South. In fact, she likened the grits to お粥 (Japanese congee), which should give you some idea of the texture. She liked it, but I found it less than fulfilling.

Some hounds of remarked that the service at Billie's was slow, but that wasn't the case at at all. Certainly, the atmosphere was mellow, not the hustle and bustle of Amy Ruth's where potential patrons camped out staking their claim to a seat.

Like other hounds, there's obviously more to Billie's after the sun goes down. The setup hints at a busier establishment, probably more bumpin' too.

Nevertheless, for this particular brunch of grits, I give Billie's two sideways thumbs.

Feb 15, 2009
pedestrian in Manhattan

Strange Taste

At my recent trip to Strange Taste, I had to find out why they named the restaurant so. After all, the name is Strange Taste 怪味 even in Chinese, rather than simply a bad translation. The waiter told me that there wasn't any particular reason for the name. Nevertheless, I did see two menu items that were called 怪味 which they translated to "House Special".

By her accent, the waiter was obviously from the north while the rest of the staff were certainly from the south, probably from Fujian. If you speak Mandarin, the waiter can be quite friendly and talkative.

With my 水鴨麵 Water Duck Noodle (menu translates as Duck with Noodle Soup), I had a choice of vermicelli or coarse noodles. This choice is not advertised on the menu.

Strange Taste does have a breadth of Northern dishes that have been described in other posts (炸醬麵 ZhaJiangMian, 擔擔麵 DanDanMian, dumplings etc.). Aside from those, Strange Taste also has the usual suspects of Fukinese eateries such as 拌麵 Stirred Noodle (menu: Plain Noodle with Sesame Peanut Sauce), 鍋邊 Pot Side (menu: House Special Ho Fun), 扁肉 Flattened Meat (menu: Foo Chow Style Wonton), and 綠豆粥 Green Bean Congee.

They also have a large collection of balls with a variety of filling including 燕丸 Swallow Balls (menu: Foo Chow Dumpling with Soup), which is a well-known dish native to FuZhou (They're not made from swallows but ground lean pork and yam.)

Feb 09, 2009
pedestrian in Manhattan

Central Fish Market

Did Central Fish Market on 39th and 9th close?

Their phone number is disconnected.

Everytime I walk by the gate is down.

Mar 08, 2007
pedestrian in Manhattan