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BaoHaus’s New $7.50 Coffin Bao with Fried Fish is Delicious

BaohausBaoHaus
238 E 14th St
(between 2nd Ave & 3rd Ave)
New York, NY 10003

Sorry for being MIA again. I’ve been busy figuring out my life and have recently made some exciting changes! Also took advantage of some inbetween time to travel last week to Jordan. Jordanian blog post coming soon! After our long journey back, we had a couple hungry hours to kill before dinner so dropped by BaoHaus. I’ve reviewed this place twice before. It’s become a staple place to go to for a snack in my neighborhood. The little baos are the perfect after-school snack to tide you over before dinner. Of all the baos they have, my favorite is still the Birdhaus Bao ($3.50).

Baohaus This little bun is stuffed with a piece of fried chicken with mayo, cilantro, crushed peanuts, and Taiwanese red sugar.  The chicken used to always be fat and juicy but the last couple of times I’ve been, the chicken has been dry and overcooked. BaoHaus, don’t be losing your quality now that you’re the popular kid on the block.

Baohaus
In addition to increased prices all around (sad), BaoHaus has added a couple new menu items, including the Chairman on Rice (a $10.50 bowl of fatty flavorful pork belly over rice, something you can get in Chinatown for less than half that price) and the Coffin Bao, which is a whopping $7.50. It is a large fried man tou (Chinese steamed bun) stuffed with either fried chicken or fish and topped with condensed milk, crushed peanuts, Taiwanese red sugar, and cilantro. Continue reading BaoHaus’s New $7.50 Coffin Bao with Fried Fish is Delicious

Japadog, take two.

Japadog
30 St Marks PL
(between Cooper Sq & Astor Pl)
Manhattan, NY 10003

Here’s Japadog’s second chance. I came here almost a year ago when it first opened and wasn’t too impressed. We were actually taking F.H. and A.H. to Soba-Ya but got there 15 minutes before it opened for lunch so needed to kill some time. Japadog is right around the corner and happens to open slightly earlier than all the neighboring restaurants – smart. Continue reading Japadog, take two.

Saint’s Alp Teahouse

Saint’s Alp Teahouse
39 3rd Ave
(between Great Jones St & Bowery)
New York, NY 10003

Oh have I grown.  Saint’s Alp was the first bubble tea place I was introduced to as a college student in Boston visiting New York for exciting weekends in the big city.  Boston’s bubble tea scene is pretty limited.  Very few places in Boston have their own bubble tea sealing machine, a sign of their inauthenticity.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, here is a comparison:

    
Left is a bubble tea from Kung Fu Tea I was saving in my fridge as a post-dinner treat.  See how the cup is sealed at the top in plastic?  There is a satisfaction of popping that straw through the plastic and it only comes with getting quality bubble tea.  Many places serve the tea and bubbles like the photo on the right.  It’s usually made with some “tea-mix” and crumbly tapioca.  No good.  If a place invests in a sealer, you know they intend to make good bubble tea.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a sufficient relationship (I’m studying for the LSAT, forgive me) but a necessary one, if serves quality bubble tea then has sealer, not if has sealer than serves quality.  There are plenty of places that have invested in a sealer and just can’t get their tea right. Continue reading Saint’s Alp Teahouse

Japadog: Terimayo Dog (their signature)

Japadog
30 St Marks PL
(between Cooper Sq & Astor Pl)
Manhattan, NY 10003

 

Very yummy toasted bun with not-so-special-dog, topped with teriyaki sauce, mayo, and seaweed.  Overall, mediocre and surprisingly not that “unique” tasting.  I barely noticed the teriyaki sauce and seaweed.

 

I brought this dog home before eating it so it had cooled down significantly.  I’ll definitely give the place another shot because of all the raving reviews I’ve read about it … yeah, that’s what a good rep can do for you, give you a second chance.