Lam Zhou Handmade Noodles
144 E Broadway
New York, NY 10002
If you haven’t already, it’s about time you make the trek deep into Manhattan Chinatown away from the fake Coach bags and thousands of iPhone cases on Canal Street. Lam Zhou Handmade Noodles is a tiny noodle shop on the very South Eastern tip of Chinatown. It’s been around for ages and is consistently rated as one of the best Chinese noodle places in the city. I.K., D.C, F.L., and I skipped the usual eggs benny and came here for brunch/lunch one weekend.
Prices have stayed cheap and options fairly minimal.
The restaurant is small and a little dirty. Expect to sit facing a wall or at a table with other noodle-slurping diners. Lam Zhou is a restaurant in its most basic and practical form: serves food and provides utensils to eat.
Notice that the chopsticks are from another restaurant. Seeing this made me miss home tremendously, because it reminded of how practical Chinese people are. Chopsticks are chopsticks!
As the name of the restaurant suggests, Lam Zhou is a noodle shop. It specializes in beef noodle soup where you can choose the beef type (brisket, tendon, oxtail, some combination, etc.) and the noodles (handpulled or knife-cut). I chose a brisket-tendon combo with knife-cut noodles. Continue reading Beef Brisket and Tendon Noodle Soup from Lam Zhou
3102 Sports Arena Blvd
San Diego, CA
Last time I had In-N-Out in my adult life, I blogged about it and pretty much expressed severe disappointment. I was just in San Diego for A.C.’s graduation (congrats!!!! feasting on Xi’an’s noodles when you get to NYC) and the first thing we ate when LAW and I landed was In-N-Out. It was 11:00PM when we arrived and we drove straight from the airport to In-N-Out.
Heeding the advice of all my Facebook friends who left hateful comments on my last In-N-Out blog post, I got the Double Double Animal Style. The first time I went I had a Single Animal Style, not knowing how thin the patties are. With the double, the ratio of bread to meat is much, much better. In-N-Out tastes like a GREAT backyard BBQ kind of burger. The meat isn’t as beefy tasting as Shake Shack’s, but it is also less greasy. The vegetables are super fresh and they are certainly generous with it (not one, but two slices of tomatoes). Continue reading In-N-Out’s Second Chance
68 E 1st St
(at 2nd Ave)
New York, NY 10003
I posted about this little Aussie joint a while ago when I tried their brussels sprouts at the Chelsea Market location. The brussels sprouts seemed to be the main attraction at that location because the little bulbous green things were displayed in a large glass case at the front of the shop. Here in this East Village location, rows of meat pies are on display instead. J.Y. was in town and so we gave him a little Saint Marks food tour, starting with Tuck Shop. We ordered the traditional beef meat pie ($6). The pie is pretty tiny, only about the size of a doughnut, but we had a lot of ground to cover in Saint Marks so we split one pie between the six of us. The pastry itself was buttery, flakey on top and hard on the bottom. Nothing too out of the ordinary. The ground beef filling was juicy and very beefy tasting with not much else. They served it with a side of sweet chili sauce which was a welcomed addition given the fairly bland and salty pie. Not bad but also not something I would crave. It actually tasted pretty homemade so I imagine if you grew up eating meat pies… this would be pretty good…
215 Murray St
New York, NY 10282
I can’t believe I haven’t blogged about Shake Shack, my favorite fast food chain and my FAVORITE burger of all time. I’ve tried the whole spectrum from McDonald’s to Minetta Tavern’s $26 Black Label Burger and Shake Shack still wins in terms of 100% taste (meaning, I’m not giving it any bonus points for it being cheap).
I recently went to the Battery Park venue after a beautiful bike ride along the East side river. LAW and I got three burgers and one order of fries. Normally we would have also gotten the pricey but delicious Fair Shake ($5.50), which is a vanilla shake with organic Arabica Fair Trade coffee. It’s the only shake I love because it is deliciously creamy and has such a nice roasted coffee flavor. But we didn’t get it because we were hosting a root beer float party later that day… Continue reading Shake Shack >> In-N-Out.
148 Hester St
(between Bowery & Elizabeth St)
New York, NY 10013
This is a classic noodle dish served at all Canto/HK style dim sum restaurants. It is a deliciously fried concoction of beef, rice noodles, scallions, and bean sprouts. The dish is usually greasy and mouth-wateringly fragrant. The beef should be thinly cut and very tender, paired with very wide yet light strands of rice noodles. It is generally not expensive either. Really good for brunch when you’ve had a rough night out the day before… Continue reading XO Kitchen: Beef Noodle Chow Fun (干炒牛河 )
Used soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, and a little bit of Chinese cooking wine to marinate the beef shank. I learned that shank is the leg part and so is usually pretty tough. Did not know this when I bought it… So to tenderize the meat, I added some corn starch to the marinade. Worked like a charm. Added some chilies and black pepper with the broccoli.