Two vendors were selling wax apples in Chinatown on Sunday. They were $5 per pound or $1 per piece. My friends (who had tasted them in Taiwan) told me they tasted like “water” or “nothing”. I thought they tasted like parsley.
I want to go back again tonight for more delicious meat skewers. They had hatsu (chicken heart) and bonjiri (chicken tail), my favorite yakitori items.
255 W 55th Street
New York NY 10019
Manty (манты) are served stuffed with seasoned lamb and onions at Café Kashkar, a Uyghur restaurant in Brighton Beach just off the eastern end of the boardwalk. Freshly chopped celery leaves and dill are sprinkled on top of each dumpling.
If you get a chance, you will love this place. The new owners have updated the menu with pictures. The only downside is that the hot guys who used to work there no longer do… and there is a mechanical bird that chirps from time to time that drove me crazy.
1141 Brighton Beach Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11235
Elmhurst’s Ayada restaurant is really proud of their raw shrimp salad. Their front window is wallpapered with New York Times articles that ranked it as one of the top 100 New York snacks. It is served with raw bitter melon slices, raw garlic, and a raw carrot salad in the middle.
I thought it was nice and spicy with a great brininess, but the sweetness was missing. No balance. I wonder if the chili and lime concoction that was covering each shrimp could have benefited from a little bit of jaggery.
I will probably never order it again and I give it 6 out of 10.
77-08 Woodside Ave
Elmhurst NY 11373
CNN asked their readers to vote for the most delicious food in the world and the Indonesian dish rendang won. Upi Jaya in Elmhurst serves chunks of this caramelized beef curry for $7.00 per piece. For $7.50 you can get the meal deal.
I can’t wait to go back and try the djenkol beans!
76-04 Woodside Ave
Elmhurst NY 11373
Kenka in the East Village has a special menu featuring raw tuna bones, bull penis, turkey testicles, a “cheap” okonomiyaki, and many other wonderful things. We ordered the bull penis and turkey testicles last night to celebrate a special homecoming.
My favorite was the turkey testicles. They had a wonderful flavor and texture. The first thing I thought of was a White Hot Snappy Griller, a pork hotdog that is sold in upstate New York. The testicles weren’t chewy or tough — they were tender and had a nice outer casing to them that broke easily between my teeth. I wish I had gotten a take out order of them for breakfast this morning!
It sounds so delicious I might drink it even when I’m not feeling under the weather!
4 cups of water
6 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup of honey
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
Cut the garlic cloves in half and put them in a pot with the water. Bring it to a boil and then remove from heat. Stir in honey and lemon juice.
I am going to make some right now with the madroño honey I have.
This year I got to spend Valentine’s Day with two people that I love very much. I am sitting on a train to Tarrytown kind of daydreaming and I found myself thinking about the meal we had that night. I boiled some lobsters, grilled some skirt steaks that were marinated in a red curry sauce, grated a fresh som tam, and mashed potatoes with coconut milk. I want to make another special meal for these two. Do you have any ideas?