Monthly Archives: December 2011

Cha-An: Green Tea Roll and Sake Ice Cream

230 E 9th St, 2nd Fl
(between Stuyvesant St & 3rd Ave)
New York, NY 10003


I love green tea and matcha and all related desserts. This is the second time I have been to Cha An and was equally satisfied as the first. The tea house is very small and is decorated with simple wooden furniture. We ordered my favorite matcha latte and black sesame creme brûlée. Since we usually choose to splurge on dinner, and thus rarely decide to go somewhere just for dessert, I decided to splurge this time and also got this green tea roll. Continue reading Cha-An: Green Tea Roll and Sake Ice Cream

Cocoron: Kimchee Pork Dipping Soba

61 Delancey St
(between Eldridge St & Allen St)
New York, NY 10002


Best soba I have ever had.  Hands down.  My issue with soba has always been that the flavors were too bland.  Cocoron is a tiny tiny Japenese soba restaurant (literally only seats 12) that serves up anything but bland soba.  The dipping soba comes with a very al dente, cold tray of soba and a pot of broth that sits over a fire.  You dip the soba into the broth for each individual bite.  At the end of the meal, you get a little pot of soba water (nutritious water that was used to boil the soba) to mix with your leftover broth and you drink it as a soup. Continue reading Cocoron: Kimchee Pork Dipping Soba

Cornflakes and Marshmallow Treats

These little treats are definitely take up a slice of my childhood memories. My friend’s mom would always bring them to school parties and birthday parties. They are crispy and chewy and slightly sweet. My mom didn’t really know how to make American desserts so I could only have them on special occasions. I assumed that these were difficult to make because they gave me bursts of happiness in every bite. I realized when I was a bit older they are actually SUPER easy to make and only lazy moms probably brought these to potluck functions.


Anyhow, was craving my childhood today and made a sweet and salty version by using salted butter. Mmm…

Pimped Up Shin Ramen

Normally when I have ramen it is when our refrigerator is empty and we are out of frozen dumplings. This hierarchy has nothing to do with taste because I LOVE Shin ramen- I just try to be healthy. This past weekend, we decided to “splurge” and make an extra delicious pot of ramen, filled with yummy ingredients such as mushrooms, tofu, scallions, baby bok choy and poached eggs. It was definitely worth it. You really can’t go wrong with ramen.

Cafe Orlin: Poached Eggs with Potato Pancake served with Smoked Salmon and fresh greens

Delicious potato pancake (aka hashbrown) … it was crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside.  It soaked up the yolk from the poached egg perfectly.  The egg was just the way I like it.  The smoked salmon was a nice salty addition to the egg/potato combination.  The fresh greens were nothing special but made me feel somewhat healthy.


Definitely want to try their pumpkin pancake served with cinnamon yogurt next time.