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BCD Tofu dinner.

with dad

Highline happiness.

les parents

Chelsea Market.

seafood place

chelsea market

Pisticci’s brunch — penne, truffled eggs served with truffle oil & shaved prosiutto, lemon ricotta pancakes, and uova contadine.

penne pisticci

truffled eggs served with truffle oil & shaved prosciutto

lemon ricotta pancakes

uova contadine

Columbia University overpass.

morningside overpass



September 2, 2011

in Play

…the long awaited trip. No words can describe the night.

li + lo + am

li + lo + am

Times Square post Circ.

times square

times square


Late, late, lateeeeeee summer nights :)

me & t


Pocha 32, our mo.





Regretful early morning in Brooklyn after sleeping shortly before sunrise. Pastrami pastry from Blue Bottle. Brief rendezvous with J & Co. at Smorgasburg.

pastrami pastry

people's pops

people's pops




Carnitas @ Guelaguetza in Hell’s Kitchen, post dimsum in Chinatown.



[A continuation of nyweekend part deux]


Above: one of my favorite foods of all time is the combo of jajangmyeon and jampong. (Koryo Jajang in Oakland makes it better though, but this made me plenty happy.) Lo and I had dinner at good ol’ Korea Way before karaoke and Pocha. Read the full post →

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Some nights (ok, often) I don’t feel like doing a lot of things. This started off as one of those nights, but quickly escalated to the opposite extreme, leaving me with heavy withdrawal days after. IT WAS SO MUCH FUN! I’LL MISS YOU THIS SUMMER, LI!!!

The night started off tame. Hangin’ with the Wondergurlz, aka Li + Lo at Pocha 32.


Eventually, the soju came. J + soju watermelon. Delicious!

j with watermelon soju

Followed quickly by the food. ARMY STEW!!! I love it.

army stew

Oh, you don’t know army stew? You better try it in that case. It’s one of my top ten of twenty ten foods. To be totally frank though, it was about twenty times better in Korea, but this hit the spot too. Read the full post →


top ten foods of twenty ten

February 21, 2011

in Eat

“Hello! Happy to be eaten by you!” says Mr. Sheng Jian Bao (生煎包) enthusiastically.


I know it’s nearly already February, but here is my long-awaited (by myself, I don’t know about you) top 10 favorite foods of 2010. It took a while to sort through all the pictures and decide, but here it is. Unfortunately, Mr. Sheng Jian doesn’t make the cut, not because he’s not super delicious and cute, but I can’t stomach that much salt and juicy fats on a regular basis. I do recommend you go to 小杨生煎 (Yang’s Fried Dumplings) on Wujiang Road in Shanghai if you’re ever there though. [中文 address | English address]

Lots of heavy hitters weighing in this year. Can New York stand up to the sheer strength in numbers of varieties of different foods in merely 3 cities in China? Does French Laundry get a say, having kept my palate busy and satiated for 5 hours, course after course? Or does Chinese food still win me over, year after year? Here they are, ladies and gentlemen. My top 10 favorite foods (desserts included) from the past year in no particular order.

1. Char Siu Mayo Don from Totto Ramen in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City. Just utterly unbelievably fantastic, fatty, and juicy. I salivate thinking about it. I’ve written about it more than enough, so you should just know that it’s fatty pork, mayo, rice, and scallions. Nuff said.

char siu mayo don

2. Totto Spicy Ramen, again from Totto Ramen in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City. Why would you even go to Ippudo? Just tell me, is waiting 3 hours for a maybe decent bowl of ramen worth it? No, especially when you can have the best and most savory (and might I add, approved by Haru who is actually Japanese) bowl ever in less than an hours wait for probably half the price. I haven’t even been to Ippudo yet and I am so loyal to this bowl of ramen so much that I may just refuse to ever go to Ippudo, which I have heard time and time again, is overrated. But this is not.

totto spicy ramen w/boiled egg

3. Beef Noodle Soup with Knife-Cut Noodles (红烧牛肉刀削面 ) from Noodle Bull (很牛) on Fumin Lu, Shanghai. I will admit that this is not the best bowl of beef noodle soup I have ever had in my life, but there’s something that was comforting time after time going here. I love the ambiance. I love that it reminds me of home (meaning, home home, not just the U.S.). I love that it’s clean. I love that I never got food poisoning here. It was my escape away from China, ironically, just momentarily.

In case you’re wondering, Master Kong’s noodles is also up there. Flavor-wise I actually strongly prefer Master Kong (as everyone who knew me in Shanghai knows), but overall, Noodle Bull wins the spot because I can’t post something for which I don’t have a picture for! And the reason why I don’t have a picture is becuase Master Kong doesn’t let you take pictures of their food (and I did finally have that 100-rmb bowl of noodles which was out-of-this-world amazing — fatty, fall-off-the-bone beef!!! Thank you Annie & Bob for treating me and E!!!).

红烧牛肉刀削面 (Beef Noodle Soup with Knife-Cut Noodles)

4. Mangosteen from a street vendor in Shanghai. How is it that I never knew about this delicious fruit? It is amazing — all of its succulent, tender white meat. I love how it peels open via a bit of pressure and splitting it open. It’s pretty cute too. But if you let it ripen too much, it gets really hard and impossible to open.


4. Mapo Tofu (蔴坡豆腐) from Di Shui Dong (滴水洞 ) on Maoming Nan Lu, Shanghai. How did mapo tofu ever make it onto my list? This dish forever changed my perception of mapo tofu as an Americanized version of Chinese food. Di Shui Dong, perhaps my favorite restaurant in Shanghai, perfects this with a hefty amount of spiciness and meatiness. Absolutely perfect over rice.

蔴坡豆腐 (Mapo Tofu)

5. Cold Chicken with Spicy Oil (口水鸡) from Spice Spirit (麻辣诱惑) on Huaihai Lu, Shanghai. I love this dish nearly everywhere, but I think I love it most at Spice Spirit. I first had Spice Spirit in Beijing, since one of our restaurant locations was right across the walkway from it in Sanlitun. It’s super, super spicy, but one of those very “开胃” (“appetite opening”) dishes that you can’t stop eating in spite of the numbing and spicy flavors.

口水鸡 (Cold Chicken with Spicy Oil)

6. Spicy Fried Chicken (辣子鸡) from Di Shui Dong (滴水洞 ) on Maoming Nan Lu, Shanghai. Also another dish that I love almost everywhere I went to have it in China. Note, I said in China. It isn’t the same at all in Sichuan restaurants in the States. Di Shui Dong is technically Hunan food, too, so I think technically shouldn’t be as spicy as Sichuan places, but it’s definitely spicier than any Sichuan version I’ve had in the U.S.

辣子鸡 (Spicy Fried Chicken)

7. Gelato from La Creme Milano on Shaanxi Lu, Shanghai. This place is run by Italians, and it’s really cute and chic. They also do delivery. One time, E and I ordered 200 rmb worth of yogurt and mango flavored gelato (my two favorite flavors there probably), and devoured it in about two to three days. Perfect in the midst of Shanghai summer, but equally desirable in the middle of wet Shanghai winters.

Caramel & Yogurt Gelato

8. Dali Chicken with Garlic & Veggies from Lost Heaven, Shanghai. This place is a bit pricier than the other places I mentioned above — and more high-end — but really good Yunnan food. (Like I know what Yunnan food is supposed to taste like…) But really, it’s very good for what now serves as my basis for Yunnan-flavor food. I love the interior of this place too. This is from the location on the Bund, but they also have a location on Gaoyao Lu. I couldn’t take a very good picture because it’s really dark inside.

Dali Chicken with Garlic & Veggies

9. Coffee Pop from Ele in Korea town, New York City. Need I say more? Two of my favorite things, once again, combined ingeniously to create a miraculous dessert! Coffee and Sprite! What a winner. Equally delicious when made at home (and cheaper, too).

coffee pop

10. Army stew (budae jjigae) from Nolboo Restaurant in Ansan, Korea. No list is complete without Korea to represent. This was the highlight of my meals in Korea. It was apparently a dish concocted during the Korean War, a dish that combined canned foods from U.S. army soldiers to the Koreans, including things like spam and hot dogs, with their more traditional Korean stews. Read more about it on Wikipedia.

south korea - day 1 - ansan

And that’s the list! What’re your top ten of twenty ten?