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New World Mall Flushing Food Court

We left the Mets game early and went a couple of stops East to Flushing to get some food. I had already eaten the Pat LaFrieda Steak Sandwich and had dinner plans soon. So I didn’t get anything, but luckily still got to taste everyone’s food.

We went to the New World Mall food court. So many choices of Asian food. I noticed this time, there were a lot more plastic and styrofoam containers versus real bowls and plates. I couldn’t wait to see what everyone got.

Todd and Daniel split a big bowl at LaoMa MaLaTang. It ended up costing $28 at $8/lb. I asked why they got so much food? He said because the Chinese lady was an asshole and just grabbed a bunch of meat and put in the bowl. Now he thinks all Chinese people are mean assholes.

It was really good though. Beef, Chicken and vegetables (mushrooms, broccoli, bok choy) cooked with mouth numbing spices. Really good. Just too much food. I saw two small girls sharing an even bigger bowl next to us. They were taking phone pics of it, obviously.

Sam and Dave got food at Conway BBQ. A BBQ Noodle Soup and a $5 Teriyaki Chicken with Rice. Much more affordable per person and pretty decent.

And the Matcha Green Tea was really tasty from Kung Fu Tea. Man, I would love to come back when I’m ready to eat a full meal.

New World Mall – 136-20 Roosevelt Ave, Ste 16. Flushing, NY 11354

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Mission Chinese Food NYC

I was meeting with Sam and Todd at Mission Chinese Food in the Lower East Side. Sam was shooting the owner for an Australian magazine outside the restaurant. I took a photo of a guy taking a photo of Sam taking a photo of the owner. So I started a blog called “Hipsters Taking Photos of Hipsters Taking Photos of Hipsters Taking Photos of Hipsters.”

The restaurant looks kind of like a small Chinese take-out place in the front, but in the back it’s a cool small indoor artsy garden. The menu is like a hipster take on Chinese food –i.e. Kung Pao Pastrami, Char Sui Pig Ear Terrine, Catfish a la Sichuan. Sounds interesting.

Started off with some drinks. The beers come in plastic tumblers. I was surprised when I picked it up. It was so light. I was thinking yes, this is how beer should come, so I don’t feel like I’m going to drop it all the time. But it does taste different. It’s not as cold. We also had some kind of boozy Horchata drink.

Dang, the food was awesome. I didn’t really expect to like it this much. Bold flavors.

The Chongquing Chicken Wings I think were made with Sichuan Peppercorns. They were strong and completely numbed my tongue. It also had small bits of Fried Beef Tripe. Todd didn’t know what those were. I wonder if he would have eaten it if he did.

Kung Pao Pastrami was good. What you think –Pastrami cooked Kung Pao style with peanuts and all.

Thrice Cooked Bacon amazing with the Shanghainese Rice Cakes. I feel like the rice cakes were the star with the chili oil. Bacons doesn’t hurt though.

Broccoli Beef Brisket with Smoked Oyster Sauce was the least flavorful. It was good and tender, but it wasn’t so crazy in my mouth. I guess it was a good palate cleanser.

That was a really good meal.

Mission Chinese Food – 154 Orchard St (btwn Stanton & Rivington) New York, NY 10002

Yi Lan Halal Restaurant

Sam has a car and decided we needed to drive to Flushing to eat Chinese food. Cool with me. We looked at the Village Voice 10 Best Chinese Restaurants in NYC (…which coincidentally, Sam had just shot the cover for the Voice). We picked #1 Yi Lan Halal Restaurant. Why not? Go for the best on the list.

We picked the Lamb Dumplings (20 for $6), Beef Tongue and Tail with Brown Sauce ($16.95) and Sea Cucumber with Scallions ($17.95). The Lamb Dumplings were amazing and a good deal. The other two dishes, I don’t know. Maybe overpriced for what I thought it would be looking at the restaurant. The tongue and tail meat were tender. I just didn’t like the thick browns sauce too much. And the Sea Cucumbers were so difficult to pick up with chopsticks. So slippery, gelatinous and swirmy.

If I go back, I’d stick with the cheaper options like the dumplings and noodles. I just didn’t realize Sea Cucumbers would cost that much. But when we went to the Chinese supermarket across the street, they were expensive. So were the bullfrogs surprisingly.

Yi Lan Halal Restaurant – 42-79A Main St. Flushing, NY 11355

Sam had also shot my headshot this weekend. I’m available for private events.

Congee Bowery Restaurant

Last week, I went and saw one of my favorite bands growing up, Soul Asylum. I really didn’t know if I wanted to see them. I think it’s weird seeing your childhood favs as old people. But I went anyway. It was cool. Being drunk helped. And it’s weird. Most of the band members are different now. I don’t know if that made it better or worse, so I didn’t have to see so many old people on stage. They played my favorite song, Closer to the Stars. I got my money’s worth.

Then I went next door to Congee Bowery afterwards. I was so drunk and slurring so bad to the host. I’m surprised they sat me. I think it was almost time to close.

I think I tried to order the Turtle Soup, but they were out. Then I asked for Congee and the waiter said no. So ordered pan fried dumplings.

After the waiter left, I turned around and the guy I was rubbing shoulders with in a pretty empty restaurant was eating some awesome looking stuff. I asked the host what he was eating. I want that. It was Crab Porridge. Wait. That’s Congee! He let me order it. So I don’t know why the waiter was lying to me.

It was delicious and everything costs about the same as one beer at Bowery Ballroom. Free tea too!

Congee Bowery – 207 Bowery (btwn Rivington & Spring St) New York, NY 10002

Chinese New Year NYC 2013

Gung Hay Fat Choy! We went out to watch the Chinese New Year Firecracker Ceremony. But because it wasn’t in the place where I thought it was, we ended up on the wrong side of Chinatown. So we just went to Dim Sum instead. Like always, the popular places are packed. So we went to East Market Restaurant like always. Always out of the way and somewhat hidden.

I thought it was funny that Josh, who used to be Vegan, loved the Chicken Feet. Sam also liked it too. I think they are more Chinese than I am.

A nice surprise was the Custard Steamed Buns. Sweet dessert-like in the middle of our meal. The filling almost tasted like cookie dough.

East Market Restaurant – 75 E Broadway Ste 85 (2nd floor under the Manhattan Bridge) New York, NY 10002

Xi’an Famous Foods Brooklyn

Weird. Xi’an Famous Foods just opened up a storefront kind of close to where I live in East Williamsburg. But what’s weird is that in the middle of nowhere. So far from the train and mostly just among warehouses.

Seriously, this is the Google Maps street view…

Well after talking to the guy there, it makes actually makes sense since it is the location of their central kitchen. They make almost all the stuff there (sauces, meats, noodles) before shipping them off to their restaurants. And the location does make sense since it’s close to the highway. Might as well add a storefront since they are making food there anyway. And there are people that live close enough …like me.

Today is their grand opening and they are giving out free burgers or noodle dish if you go to their Facebook page. If you catch this quick enough and willing to trudge through the snow, you can still print out the coupon. Todd told me about it since he lives even closer and said he was going to go right when it opened …and they would hang his coupon on the wall like a first dollar bill. Anyway I beat him and was the first person there, but he and Elissa came after. No line because of the blizzard. People soon came in after us, but we already hogged the three stools at the counter. I feel bad all those people had to eat their food in the snow.

The food was good as usual. Maybe spicier? It had a lot of kick.

Xi’an Famous Foods – 86 Beadel St. Brooklyn, NY 11222

There was a big CPR poster on the wall. Is it weird that the people in the drawings look Asian? Maybe they just look at Asian because we’re in an Asian restaurant.

I do hope they hang my coupon on the wall.

Happy Star Bakery’s Chicken Sandwich and Almond Cookies

Uncle Marce wanted to pick up some of his favorite Almond Cookies. I just wanted to pick up a beer. We went to Happy Star Bakery in Chinatown/LES, formerly named Sun Light Bakery, where I once got a Chinese Sausage Bun.

I saw a Chicken Cutlet Sandwich and really wanted it. So Uncle Marce bought it for me. It had the baked style bun that they use for a lot of stuff –slightly sweet bread. I think it was around $1.75. Pretty good for sitting around in the little heating cabinet.

The Almond Cookies were pretty good too. Crumbly and chalk, like how I think Chinese people like it. I think Uncle Marce likes to treat himself sometimes.

We also picked up some Steamed Pork Buns. They were soggy and wet. Not good.

Happy Star Bakery – 160 E Broadway (@ Pike St) New York, NY 10002

Tio Wally Eats America: China Wok (Lebanon, Indiana)

I’m happy to have Tio Wally (long-time Me So Hungry reader) aboard to send in his eating adventures from across America. Here he is in Lebanon, Indiana.

Greetings from Lebanon, Indiana
N 40° 03.962’ W 086° 28.396’ Elev. 820 ft.

The crew of the SS Me So Hungry ended up spending Xmas day here in one of the USA’s many Lebanons. We were very thankful to be here for a couple of reasons.

First was that, despite Indiana being a remarkably retarded state, it was a far sight better than being stuck in Pennsylvania’s Lebanon. Secondly, we were fortunate enough to find a restaurant that was open that didn’t have a sign outside that read Denny’s or McDonald’s or Huddle House.

Indeed, we ended up having sort of a traditional Jewish Xmas feast: Chinese food. And considering that the restaurant choices numbered in a single digit (1), it wasn’t too bad.

China Wok is a franchise with locations all over the country. I was surprised not only that the place was open, but that it was offering its “Lunch Special” menu on Xmas. The specials are offered every day between 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. and consist of an entree, served with Fried or White Rice, with prices ranging from $4.55 to $4.95.

Because we knew there was a nasty storm system coming in and didn’t want to be caught short of provisions — the only other places open were gas stations and, curiously, drug stores — we went a little further overboard than normal on the selections. But what the hell, it was Xmas.

For entrees we selected Sweet & Sour Pork, Roast Pork Lo Mein, and Beef Hunan Style, all with Fried Rice, which we know from experience is much better than White Rice when eaten cold.

The Sweet & Sour Pork ($4.75) was breathtakingly bogus. While the Sweet & Sour sauce was fairly decent, the morsels of pork were basically batter-balls with a little Pinto bean-sized piece of pork in it. And although the pork was tender there just wasn’t enough of it to get any flavor from. I don’t know how to say Pork Grinch in Mandarin but they sure were stingy with it.

But the cardinal sin they committed with the Sweet & Sour Pork was that it contained no pineapple or bell pepper. I never ever order Sweet & Sour anything because I generally consider it to be kind of silly. The only reason I did this time was because I really wanted the pineapple. After all, it showed big chunks of pineapple and bell pepper in the picture on the menu!

Skippy wanted to go back and, doing our best impersonations of Stan Marsh and Kyle Broflovski, burst in and yell “Shenanigans!” ’til we got pineapple. But it would’ve been just too much of a hassle. Besides, such an action probably wouldn’t work anyway. After all, the place is called China Wok not City Wok.

The Roast Pork Lo Mein ($4.75) however was great. It had a generous portion of big strips of tender roast pork, along with green and white onion, cabbage, and slivers of carrots and celery. That the Lo Mein was served with rice was kind of baffling though. But hey, it was a Lunch Special. Besides, you simply can’t go wrong with Lo Mein noodles.

But the shining star of our Jewish Xmas feast surely was the Beef Hunan Style ($4.95). It had a generous amount of tender sliced beef, along with big chunks of broccoli, bell pepper, baby corn, snow peas, mushrooms, water chestnuts, and carrots. Although it’s billed as being “in chef’s spicy Hunan sauce,” I thought it could’ve been a little hotter. But this is Indiana, and it was great nonetheless.

Besides the minor Xmas Miracle that the China Wok, being located in the middle of the buckle of the Bible Belt, was open on a Christian High Holy Holiday, it had a few other things going for it. The Fried Rice was actually pretty good, and the price was more than reasonable. But the containers the food came in were awesome.

These things are so far superior to both the classic Chinese Take Out boxes and the despicable, un-degradable styrofoam containers. They seal really tight and keep the food warm for a really long time. So tight is the seal, in fact, that they even keep rice moist after it’s refrigerated.

Heck, we’re so impressed with the little plastic bowls and lids that we’re going to wash them out and keep them for future use.

And so we roll.

China Wok, 2218 N. Lebanon St., Lebanon, Indiana, and nationwide

Tio Wally pilots the 75-foot, 40-ton(max) land yacht SS Me So Hungry. He reports on road food from around the country whenever parking and InterTube connections permit.