Clinton St. Baking Company
4 Clinton St
(between Avenue B & Houston St)
New York, NY 10002
BEST buttermilk biscuit sandwich I have ever had. We waited in line for an hour and a half (we also went at prime hour, Saturday at noon) to have breakfast here. The biscuit is not overly buttery (unlike the one at Popeye’s, which I also really like) yet somehow still tastes so damn good. It is slightly crumbly, which pairs perfectly with their homemade tomato jam (what ketchup tries to be). The scrambled eggs are creamy and the hash browns are crisp on the edges and soft otherwise. You can still taste bits of sea salt crusted on the crispy edges of the potato… mmm… Continue reading Clinton St. Baking Company: Buttermilk Biscuit Sandwich
This is what you make after you get out of a stressful day at work and just need a good bowl of heartiness for dinner. This is also good to make when you need to feed a large crowd because large quantities of curry does not diminish its quality. Threw together some chicken, corn, carrots, potatoes, and lots of onions with three blocks of Japanese curry (made enough for about five hungry people) and simmered until the curry was a nice thick consistency. Then scooped out a bowl of steaming hot rice and plopped on a generous portion of curry. Then repeat for lunch because there are always leftovers.
53rd and 6th Halal Cart (aka. “Halal Guys”)
53rd St & 6th Ave
New York, NY 10019
Street food holds a dear place in my heart because it reminds me of home. Food trucks barely count as street food now with the level of complexity and branding they come with. It is the street carts that make one or two things with or without sauce that really remind me of home. 53rd and 6th (or “Halal Guys” as they like to refer to themselves) is one of the best chicken/lamb and rice places in the city. Continue reading 53rd and 6th Halal Cart: Chicken and Rice
Getting better at making this classic Sichuan dish. Used peppercorn powder instead of actual peppercorns this time so prevented the little “accidents” where you bite into a bitter, sour, and numbing peppercorn. Great with a bowl hot hot steaming rice!
Chinese, Mexican and Italian… This little experiment did not turn out strange at all because all the flavors blended well. I seasoned the ground pork with taco seasoning while I cooked it with garlic and onions. Added mushrooms and Roma tomatoes and cooked until quite juicy. Finally added Sichuan chili powder and simmered until pasta was ready.
Best hangover brunch. Healthy, simple, and tasty. Throw the soup over some rice and you have enough carbs to soak up last night’s mischief.
Fried Rice with Spam Lite, eggs, corn, onions, a bit of garlic, scallions, and a splash of sesame oil right when the rice was about ready to go.
Momofuku Milk Bar
251 E 13th St
(between 3rd Ave & 2nd Ave)
New York, NY 10003
The Composite Cookie consists of chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, Graham crumbs, pretzels, potato chips, oats, milk powder, and coffee grounds. Being a sweet n’ salty fan, I had to try this strangely delicious sounding concoction. It was not as good as I thought it would be.. But it was definitely good. It is a happy medium of chewy and crumbly. It oddly retains a very pure salty taste and sweet taste. Unlike chocolate pretzels, for example, where opposing flavors find common ground and meld together, this cookie gives you bursts of sweet and then of salty. Very strange. My brow was definitely furrowed during every bite. Continue reading Momofuku Milk Bar: Composite Cookie and Cereal Milkshake
220 E 14th St
(between 2nd Ave & 3rd Ave)
New York, NY 10003
Best $3 you’ll ever spend. The sesame “pancake” is made just like the pancakes (I hate calling them pancakes because they are nothing like cake. They are more like breads. In Chinese there is a special word for them, “饼”) they have in Beijing. Slightly crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. Cut in half and stuffed with cucumbers, carrots, and roast pork. The veggies are doused with a homemade sauce that has a vinegar base. The roast pork is not what roast pork typically is at places in the U.S. (usually roast pork equates to the cantonese char siu or 叉烧). It is more like a Taiwanese roast pork… Deliciously marinated pork belly that is cooked for hours. The result is a juicy, flavorful, and extremely tender meat. Continue reading Vanessa’s Dumplings: Sesame Pancake with Roast Pork