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as wierd as this sounds, we had a fab veggie meal out of Taipei on China Airlines, a multi bean salad followed by tofu and veggies in a dark sauce w/ sticky rice, dessert fresh fruit, we were not hungry and we both ate every bite, and i licked my plates!!
Day 12/ Hoi An: Market for am meal and it was one of the best, Cao Lau a fab pork and noodle dish (linda got a veggie version with pickled banana flowers) sticky rice w/ peanuts, a thin pancake w/ seafood and veggies wraped in an rice paper, boiled pork in banana leaf--AWESOME. Dinner at Tam Tam, great place for views and great drinks but besides for the homemade pasta (yummy) the food was bad.
Day 13/ Saigon: Last supper at Temple Club (29 Ton Trat Thiep St) was better than our first night here, we ate the same two favorites plus a few more dishes, a bottle of champagne and one of rose, than retired to thier beautiful lounge room for desserts and dessert wines, wonderful end to the trip and the restaurant of the tour (outside markets).
Day 10/ Hoi An: Getting the stomach back in order with coke's, orangina's, water, omlette, chicken sandwich and finally MEDICINE.....need to get it ready for more market food:>), wonderful visit to an ancient Hindu spot...
Day 11/ Hoi An: By night I was back, so we went to the beautiful upmarket Brothers Cafe, food was good, views amazing, sadly they overcooked the tuna (the tuna in the market is so beautiful, we hoped to see it on a menu, it was yummy but we could only imagine if it was cooked right!!). We have realized that besides for the market and a few restaurants the only real was to eat would be befriending a local family and go to the market and shop with them and cook it up....if you read Saveur (a must) you can see they go to some regions and eat w/ family's....#2 would be get hold of a kitchen myself:>)
wylie is a cut-up.
Day 8/ My Khe Beach & Hoi An: Lunch at Loi Restaurant (all seafood and its in tanks) was great, grilled clams w/ spicy tomatoe, stir fried shrimp w/ tomatoe onion, 3 small lobsters, and I am sure we were overcharged at $20 w/ 4 beers but I cant bargin....Dinner in Hoi An (a famous port city from 1400's to late 1800's) at Ly 22 Cafe was purr-fecto, shrimp dumplings, green papaya salad, fried wontons, all were clean and clear.
Day 9/ Hoi An: 6:30 am to the market, one of the best I have been to, boats moar up and fish is unloaded, greens of every shape and scent are cleaned and sold, we eat a donut like cake w/ a bean paste in side 100 points, right by the river in a down and dirty stall I go for a local dish, rich fatty pork over rice + egg cake, with a side of a green's I have never seen or can name but it was like spanish taraggon. All afternoon I felt microbe's eating my insides, not an amebic(sp?) reality luckly but a bugger for sure, Linda's just thinks I am getting lazy, so we head to the pool and than a long nap.
Dinner at Cafe des Amis, open now 10 years, set menu's at less than 4$ either seafood or veggie, we do one of each, all the history of the local food is in these dish's, one is verry Chinese, one is made with curry, others are local specialty's (Haoi An's sister city's in history are Malaka and Macau), we thought very good and the view's of the river and its activity from the balcony was priceless. After dinner Ho Chi's revenge sets in......
Day 6 Hue: Com Hen (Clam Rice), one of the greatest dishes so far, beach for lunch steamed crab & grilled fish, dinner at Paradise Garden Restaurant, very nice riverside setting, nice food best is grilled chicken lemon leaves...
Day 7 Hue: Com hen at another location (Quan Thanh Xuan/4 Truong Dinh, yesterday was 2 Truong Dinh but today they not serving), this dish is amazing, clams, rice, clam broth, some slivered browned corbicula, couple sauce's, on top peanuts, sliced starfruit, and crispy pork rind, than you add hot peppers to taste plus some stinky gray (fish) sauce.....
Dinner at Truong Tien 1 under the bridge in a drop dead location on the river, a local joint, fab beef wraped in a leave like the other day but this time steamed in banana leaf so tender and more juicy, located at Cong Vien Thuong Bac.
Day 4/ Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City: Awesome breakfast at the market (one of the best eating spots for sure), lunch of coffee (here coffee is STRONG and served over condensed milk-YUMMY), dinner @ Indochine--ROCKED--crab x 4:>): spring rolls, Asian Stone claws tamarind, fried soft shell, medium sized steamed in ginger, we also had clams lemongrass, grilled crawfish, and I needed some pork chops like no other!!--GRAND CRU.
Day 5/Hue: Lunch at Houng Sen, a 16 sided wood building in a water lily patch, we were not so hungry so we passed on the house special of blood curd and crab, had a tasty ground cow with herb/sesame fried in an aromatic leaf.
Dinner at Tinh Gia Vien was sadly not at all what we expected, we loved the villa and Madame Ha, the presentations were Imperial for sure but not special in flavor, we had hoped to eat here all 3 nights. BUT A MUST FOR ONE NIGHT!!
Day 3: We drive to Mekong Delta and eat at Lan Que.
First course is spring rolls fried but the rice shell is a mesh, dont know how they made it but they were awesome, followed with an eel dish spicy with mushrooms, very tender. Next are a small bird, not sure what kind, strong taste and texture comes alive (saved:>) with a dipping sauce of
crushed pepper and lime, following that we have a fish that lookes like it came from the bottom of the river (the Mekong feels a bit like the Amazon, the town is a cool backwater place, the people so friendly, just 30 years ago the US was spraying napalm here), it was sweet but strong textured.
Than comes the snake, sauted with a bitter green, shallots, peanuts, this dish is eaten with a thin flat bread, like an Indian bread, cooked with spices in it, you dip it in the mixture and eat, its supposed to be good for your body, last dish is snake bone broth soup with cilantro and shallots.
Could not do the turtle which is another special of the restaurant. Interesting meal. Dinner we needed some pro-flow veggie food, so we went to a local tourist hot-spot called Lemongrass. It was more Thai/Chinese but the food was clean
and what we needed.
Day 1/ Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City: Dinner at Temple Club was a great start, fab mixed drinks that went wonderful with the food, the two highlights were Linda's choise's, mustard green spring rolls followed by fried fish (covered in peanuts and sauted scallion) with lettuce, basil, cilantro, mint and noodles, which you rolled up in the lettuce with fish sauce....
Day 2/ Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City: Market (a great explosion of color and aroma, small but very cool) for breakfast after dragon fruit at the hotel, beef noodle soup, and it was all it was supposed to be. Lunch: Angkor Encore, the city's only Cambodian restaurant, two dishes shined, fish soup in a light coconut curry, w/ noodles, basil, bean sprouts, not heavy. Fish baked in banana leaf covered in a curry like paste on a bed of a bitter-ish green. Dinner: we were thinking Vietnamese House but I had a bad vibe so we went to the bar and had a drink and watched the food, didnt look special, so we went back to the Temple Club for more fab drinks, what a beautiful room, we went upstairs for BBQ but it was now to late, some basic Japanese food on the way home filled the hole.
There was a lot of good eating and some serious cooking in Montana, but the top local dishes were the simplest ones: elk burgers supplied by Charles (red meat, duh), and fresh morel mushrooms collected by Jeff. We heard that it was a good year for morels, especially where there had been fires. You don't even have to shoot the 'shrooms, but it's serious hunting nonetheless. This week's New Yorker has a piece on the phenomenon.
In the 80's my friend Donald Alberti and I were know to eat two dinners, one at his art studio where i helped him move big paintings, then after at Manhattan Bistro right before they closed.....both Donald and I are overweight today......last night I went to Barbetta at 6:00 to drink old Barolo and eat a slightly tired meal and when this bizz meeting was done I went home to load up on wine to take to a 10:00 dinner with one of my best customers at Great NY Noodle Town (a very famous and tasty joint but not as good as GSI when they rock, I fear GSI exspecially the 24St location are streaching thin, they just opened a 3rd spot)......
I miss those days with Donald but I do have a lot to show for it!!!!!
i often had designs (without any design) on a few choice corners on spring st in what is now considered nolita. recently, cafe lebowitz opened on one such corner, which owing to its name, i was sure would be a failure. guess i was no less clueless than usual.
meanwhile, aka and alias get another plug from new york mag.
linda and i are about to embark on what we hope will be our wildest culinary trip--two weeks in Vietnam--Hue seems to be one of the eating hot spots, was a capital city for 100's of years--it was near flattened by the Tet offensive in 1968.....below is from one site I found
Being an ancient capital city, Hue has inherited a treasure of unique traditional heritage of a capital city, gastromony is one of the heritage. Hue food ranges from royal dishes to popular dishes for common people. Hue food have been well-known for a long time, in particular dishes made in Hue style. Those dishes are of Vietnamese style, but have their own flavor of a region of special culture.
According to incomplete statistics, at present, Hue has more than 600 dishes (of which, over 300 non- vegetarian dishes; 125 vegetarian dishes; 120 dishes of ‘Che’ (sweet soup), soup, cakes, jam; 60 types of pickles; salted fish and shrimp, all kinds of sauce). Most of Hue dishes are very simple, but they are sophisticatedly and specially made, which makes them become special dishes.
One of the main principles in Hue cuisine is that food is seasonally typical. Geographically, Hue owns plains, rivers, sea, lagoon, mountains, Hue food diversifies and is always available in every season. The fact that Hue food is seasonally typical means that the dishes can be changed all year round and brings good appetite and diversified menu for Hue people.
In addition to the big restaurants with their own specialities, Hue city is famous for common dishes, namely “com hen” (mussel rice), ‘beo’ cake, ‘nam’ cake, ‘loc’ cake, rice cake, Hue beef noodles, etc.
- Tourists can find “com hen”, at Ms Teo’s food-shop at Pham Hong Thai Street, or 2 Truong Dinh Street, and some similar ones along Truong Dinh Street. However, the most delicious mussel rice is at Hen Islet. Each bowl of mussel rice costs VND 2,000 at most.
- As for Hue beef noodle, the best beef noodle is in the early mornings. Otherwise, tourists can enjoy this kind of dish at shops along the Cong Market, or shops of Ms My, Ms Loi, Ms Let, Ms Mai (the crossroad of Han Thuyen and Dinh Tien Hoang streets), on Ong Ich Khiem street (crossing Le Huan street).
- “Banh Khoai” (Rice pancake) can be found at Lac Thien Restaurant, 6 Dinh Tien Hoang Street or at Ms Ton’s on Chi Lang Street.
- Several small restaurants where tourists can find the most delicious ‘beo’, ‘nam’, ‘loc’ cakes are Mrs. Do’s at 9 Nguyen Binh Khiem street, Tel: 527203; or Mrs. Cu’s on Nguyen Hue street (near the An Dinh Palace), Tel: 821692; No. 1’s on Pham Ngu Lao street; Huong Hue at 76B Nguyen Sinh Cung street, Tel: 822707.
- Mrs. Nhon’s small restaurant at 29 Le Duan street, Tel: 523853.
- Banian Tree Restaurant on Hung Vuong street, at the crossroad of Ba Trieu and Hung Vuong streets.
- For ‘uot’ cake (a kind of steamed thin rice pancake) and grilled meat noodle, tourists can enjoin these dishes at Huyen Anh Restaurant, 207 Nguyen Phuc Nguyen street, Tel: 826655
Nice to see all this press on Brooklyn eats due to the release of a Brooklyn Zagat, as with all Zagats take the reviews with a grain of salt. This restaurant i have walked by for 10 years is one of the top rated, its been open since 1958. The wine list blows, the food is good, but rated the same as Lupa and more than Al Di La and Locanda--NO WAY--anyone wanting to taste 15-20 Brooklyn restuarants and all the fresh beer you can drink join us at the Brooklyn Brewery this Saturday.
At Jewel Bako they serve live octopi!!!!
Octo-wussy By Jecinta Noble
Always check it's dead. Like these are
Always check your food is dead before you tuck in.
A man from South Korea probably wished he hadn't eaten a live octopus that ended up killing him.
The 62-year-old Seoul resident liked eating live octopi for some strange reason - perhaps he had a death wish.
The diner covered the squirming dish in vinegar and red pepper paste, but it still continued to struggle.
Thinking it was on his last few legs, he stuffed the octopus into his mouth.
But this little blighter was a fighter who decided to use its tentacles to push himself off the man's teeth, dive down his throat and spread itself out.
The man quickly began to choke prompting his wife to come to his aid.
"I slapped him on the back, but it didn't work," she told The Korea Herald.
Clearly.The emergency services managed to pull the octopus from the man's throat, finding it still alive.
But the diner was dead.
Never mess with a feisty hor's d'oeuvre
avoid Grand Sichuan Upper Eastside, yuk!!, i hear the dont have a good chef yet or family fueding......on a decadent note i go to Maison du Chocolate at 30 Rock Center once every few months, expensive, awesome hot chocolate (i prefer the darker version) and a treat will set you back over $10 but its worth it, no need to tip at the bar its like being in France (service compris)...
we went to theo last night, new(ish) place in the UPS building on spring street between washington/greenwhich. although the food's pretty decent (albeit expensive and tiny-portioned), the interesting thing is the dessert list -- about 15 different things, each one costs 4 bucks and comes in an egg cup (it isn't really an egg cup but that's the size and sort of the shape) with various different things layered inside, like a little parfait. they put on the hard sell, we got 5 to split among a table of 4, the waiter acted like that was way too few...but they were pretty good! not worth the trip -- but maybe someone else will knock the idea off?
Went to Jewel Bako last night and this place is expensive, wine list $50 to $1000+, $12 to $15 app's that you eat in two bites, I ate some wierd stuff, but the fish sushi (which i dont usually love) was amazing, best I have ever had (one Japanese Bass was like eating silk, cant stop thinking about it), the owner said that this is the best season to eat here, and toro tartare w/ avacado cream is an awesome dessert...