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NEW YORK: Le Orange Bleue

Posted in Uncategorized by sue on May 31, 2010

Disappointing. I went here once before, just a few months ago, and I remember thinking it wasn’t bad, but today’s trip was just eh. Their spanish onion soup was the best thing of the night. I would come back for that and that alone. The shrimp toast was bland and the lamb tarjine was also not memorable. I remember the beef tarjine being much better. Anyway, you won’t catch me back here anytime soon.

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Homemade kimchi pork dumplings.

Posted in cooking, food by sue on May 31, 2010

I never cook following a recipe. I never measure. I add a random amount of what I’m supposed to, leave out the things I don’t like, and add tons of the stuff I love. I think this is how cooking should be. Made from the heart and not from a cup.

I made these kimchi pork dumplings because I missed being able to get them on my way to work in Taiwan. Man, were they delicious. I could easily devour ten in a matter of seconds right before I hurriedly ran up the stairs to teach.

For my own concoction, I got a pound of ground pork which I mixed with some water. I found that the pork I buy from fresh direct mixes the best. I stir the meat and water in one direction, usually counter clockwise for me. It doesn’t matter which direction you do it– counter clockwise or clockwise, it just has to be the same direction the whole way through to keep the water soaked in. I add enough water to make the pork a lumpy consistency rather than chunky, but mindful that the kimchi will add even more water to the mixture. After that, I mix in some soy sauce until the pork turns a light brown. Then comes a bit of black pepper and some salt. I add a ton of chopped green onions; one of my favorite things on this planet. Then I add chopped kimchi and the juice that comes with it. Stir in a bit of brown sugar and it’s ready to be folded.

Folding dumplings isn’t that hard. Just buy already made gyoza (Japanese for dumplings) skin from an Asian market, put a tiny amount of your mixture in the middle (you can gradually add more once you become more skilled at folding), add a dab of water along the edges, and then fold the skin to look like a semi-circle. Press tightly to make sure there are no gaps and you are finished.

Pictured above are boiled dumplings, but they taste even better fried (doesn’t everything?). Both methods are simple, but boiling is, of course, healthier. Just put a pot of water on your stove, when it begins to boil add as many dumplings as you want, when it boils again add a cup of cold water, and when it boils again turn off the heat and serve it with some dumpling sauce or a mix of soy sauce and vinegar. If you want to fry them, you need a pan that you can cover completely with a lid. Add some oil to the pan, wait until it gets a bit hot, add as many dumplings as you want (but make sure you space them out because they will expand), wait until 1/3 of a dumpling becomes translucent, add water to the pan (enough to cover 1/3 of a dumpling), cover the pan with a lid, wait 8 to 10 minutes, and it’s ready to eat! If there’s still water in the pan after the 8 to 10 minutes are up, just lift the cover and let the water evaporate.

Ta-da! We’re done!

Welcome to Asian cooking 101… Just kidding! Haha.

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NEW YORK: TKettle

Posted in Uncategorized by sue on May 23, 2010

This Taiwanese spot on St Marks is no Ten Ren (the LA ones mind you), but it’s not bad. I would definitely come here over Saint Alps any day. The tea is only alright, but the price and size would make me come back if I was ever craving some boba. Their popcorn chicken was pretty good; good enough for me to want to go back and try their ther dishes!

NEW YORK: Fat Witch Bakery

Posted in food, new york, restaurants by sue on May 23, 2010


75 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10011

Price: Cheap/Reasonable
Rating: Great!
Directions: ACE to 14th, L to 8th Ave
Reservations: You don’t need them
Must Get: Lemon Bars

I’m not a huge fan of sweets, but the lemon bars here could possibly change my mind. It’s sweet, but not toothache causing. The pie-like crust on the bottom is the best part; I could easily eat a whole pie of just the crust in one sitting. Yum. The lemon bars are only sold during the summer though, so I might have to come back soon to get some more.

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NEW YORK: Five Guys

Posted in Uncategorized by sue on May 21, 2010

It’s no In-N-Out, but even I have to admit that Five Guys is a pretty good hamburger chain. I love that they give you options for toppings, even better that they are free! One thing to note before you go, their regular burgers have two patties while the little burgers just have one.

NEW YORK: Don’s Bogam

Posted in food, new york, restaurants by sue on May 20, 2010


17 East 32nd Street, New York, NY 10016
212 683 2200

Price: Reasonable for Lunch, Reasonable/Expensive for Dinner
Rating: Great!
Directions: NQRWBDFV to 34th St.
Reservations: You don’t need them
Must Get: Galbi (marinated short ribs)

Unless someone proves me wrong, I think Don’s Bogam offers the best lunch deal in koreatown. For $12.95, you get a plate of galbi and a choice of stew (seafood tofu, kimchi pork, or something else… I forgot what the last option was). It’s the best lunch I’ve had during the work week in a while. (Second is the oxtail stew I got from Lezzette months ago.) I will definitely be back soon.

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NEW YORK: Market Cafe

Posted in Uncategorized by sue on May 20, 2010

I’m beginning to think that all the restaurants near my office have horrible service. Maybe it’s because they know there aren’t many options nearby, so they think they can get away with it. My coworkers and I went to Market Cafe last week and waited forty minutes for subpar food! Everyone ordered burgers and fries except me; I got their roasted chicken salad sandwich. Everything should have been quick, especially considering their burgers were supposed to be medium rare. Of course, they came out well done/burnt and their fries (which according to the wait staff is the reason we were kept waiting so long) were also over cooked! My chicken salad sandwich was actually pretty decent, but I would never step foot in this place again. One of my coworkers told our waiter she couldn’t eat her burger because it was too burnt, told them to take it away, paid for her beer, and left, but when the rest of us were ready to pay– they expected us to pay for her burger!

NEW YORK: Sakagura

Posted in food, new york, restaurants by sue on May 17, 2010

211 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017
212 953 7253

Price: Expensive
Rating: Great!
Directions: 456 to Grand Central
Reservations: You need them
Must Get: pork belly

There’s an added cool factor to all hidden bars and restaurants, but this one is definitely at the top of my list. It’s not only hidden in the basement level of an office building, but the food is practically to die for. Their pork belly melts in your mouth– it’s no surprise it’s the most popular item on their menu. Their sushi is some of the best I’ve had since my time spent in Japan or that grungy place in Torrance, California (which has beaten every sashimi restaurant in my book). Their duck breast, steak sauteed with onions, and shrimp and almond balls round out my list of favorites as well. One dish that I wish I hadn’t ordered would be their kimchi rice bowl; I should have known better!

Their sake menu is even more extensive than their food menu, so make sure you come hungry and thirsty… And willing to spend some hard earned dollars. This place is not cheap, but it’s worth the treat.

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NEW YORK: Macondo

Posted in food, new york, restaurants by sue on May 17, 2010

157 E Houston, New York, NY 10002
212 473 9900

Price: Reasonable
Rating: Great!
Directions: FV to 2nd Ave
Reservations: You don’t need them
Must Get: calamari

You have to eat here. Their tapas are some of the best I’ve had in a while. I love the combinations of food from different countries in South America- arepas, ceviche, etc etc. All the dishes I’ve had here from the two times I’ve been have been great, but my favorites are the calamari and the skirt steak flatbread.

The drinks, decor, and staff are on par with the food as well. I don’t think my water ever reached the half full/ empty level.

NEW YORK: Red Egg

Posted in food, new york, restaurants by sue on May 17, 2010

202 Centre St, New York, NY 10013
212 966 1123

Price: Reasonable (A bit pricey if you compare to Chinatown)
Rating: Good
Directions: N,Q,R,W,6 to Canal
Reservations: You don’t need them
Must Get: bok choy, garlic spare ribs

Red Egg is the place to go if you are craving dim sum, can’t stand the fish smells and congestion of Chinatown, and want to avoid sitting with random people and the yelling of waiters. The food is a mix of traditional and modern. You can find your siu mai with veal chops, your radish cakes with pork and cilantro dumplings, your pork soup dumplings with chicharron de pollo… Yes, you read correctly! Chicharron de pollo! Did I forget to mention this is a Chinese/Peruvian place? Do not hesitate about this combination, check this place and Flor de Mayo on the Upper West Side out if you doubt me. This combination works, especially when it comes to their bok choy and garlic spare ribs. The only dish I wouldn’t order again would be their pork and cilantro dumplings. It’s not that they were awful; they just didn’t have any cilantro or cilantro flavoring in them!

Early warning before you get here, don’t expect little old Chinese ladies pushing carts here. There’s a paper menu that you check off instead. If you’re worried, just point to the dishes on the table next to you.