Posts tagged chinese

Yummy Taco – Greenpoint

We were watching some Gator football at Jody & Christa’s in Greenpoint. I asked about the Yummy Taco (Chinese run Tex-Mex) around the corner. Jody said it was yummy and mentioned that they have a Super Burrito that includes chicken, steak and shrimp ($6.99). That sound weird. So I had to try it.

I went in and it was like any other Chinese run Tex-Mex like Fresco Tortilla Grill or Super Taco Express in the city. They make their own flour tortillas fresh. This place, their machine looked pretty cool. A manual hand cranked squashing machine. I was nervous of taking a photo of it, because they looked nervous of me being in there.

I brought back a big bag of food –the Super Burrito, Nachos, and a Veggie Taco. They included those small red liquidy hot sauce containers like the other places. How did they all coordinate to do that? If I was them, I just put in hot sauce packets like at Chinese takeouts, since it seems easier. Oh! They should also do Chinese homemade hot mustard. That would be sick on that food …sick as in awesome.

The food tasted alright. Just like what you expect from Chinese Tex-Mex. Not amazing, but affordable and good enough. I love the fresh flour tortillas. The Super Burrito had huge ass  fried shrimp in there. Several of them. Pretty good deal with it packed with so much big shrimp.

Yummy Taco – 941 Manhattan Ave (btwn Java & Kent St) Brooklyn, NY 11222


M Noodle Shop’s Seaweed Salad and Marinated Turnips

After last Saturday’s Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, I met up with Todd and Sam to get some food and beer back in Williamsburg at M Noodle Shop. We were starving and sober from attending that concert. Apparently if you wanted to drink, you either had to sneak it in or pay for the couple thousand dollar VIP level.

M Noodle Shop is a good idea because I wanted a warm bowl of soup because I felt a cold coming on, plus they open so late …up until 6pm in fact. I got the same thing I got last time –the Curry Chicken Noodle Soup. But was also contemplating the Marinated Turnip Noodle Soup. The waiter said we could get just the turnips as a side dish. Sam ordered it along with his Seaweed Salad. I liked both of his dishes. The Marinated Turnip had a nice Asian/Chinese flavor. Not overpowering. Tender.

M Noodle Shop – 549 Metropolitan Ave (btwn Union Ave & Lorimer) Brooklyn, NY 11211

Oh yeah, Todd and I went to a Global Citizen Festival pre-party sponsored by Starr African Rum the night before. We drank so much. Then I remember seeing the Foo Fighters standing next to me at the bar. But I acted too cool by pretending I didn’t even notice. Then we left. Now that I think about it, I was kind of a dick. Not that Dave Grohl cares if I acknowledge him or not. But it was a behavior that only I knew I was doing. So it was like being a dick, but I was the only one that knew I was.

Ruby Foo’s Time Square

Dang, last night I went to see Mike Tyson’s one-man show on Broadway –“Undisputed Truth”. It was really good.  He pours his heart out and did a great job. It was interesting to watch, since I’ve been recently taking acting classes and practicing my speech and voice with workbooks. Tyson pushes himself to be open and daring, outside of his comfort zone on stage …that inspires me in my work, even in food blogging. And even though Tyson doesn’t have the best speech and voice (although I can tell he’s been working on it), he’s able to still communicate and connect with the audience. That gives me a lot of hope and better understanding that you can always work with what you got.

There were a lot of empty seats. And tickets are still available for the last final shows through this Sunday night. I recommend checking it out if you have the time and money.

I was kind of drunk and hungry leaving the show. Mike Tyson had a fancy car waiting for him to leave and a bunch of people standing at a guard rail on the sidewalk waiting to take his photo like paparazzi. It was a funny scene because it’s on the sidewalk and people like me need to cross it. I went to the corner and I saw Ruby Foo’s. I’ve heard of that restaurant. I think I read that that Tim Tebow ate there or someone else famous.

Entrees looked kind of pricey for certain things, like Pad Thai for $22 …but most of them were in the $20 range. I sat at the bar because they had the Olympics on and plus there were two chicks sitting there. I asked the bartender which was better, the Salmon or the Peking Duck? He was like “eh…” To simplify, “Which one is more popular?” He said neither are popular. No one really orders them. So I asked which dish was the ordered then. He said the General Ruby’s Chicken. I looked to see what that was —Chicken and Broccoli with Peppers. I thought to myself, “Oh shit, this is like an Olive Garden or fancy Applebees.”

I went with the Peking Duck ($22), because I didn’t think $21 Chicken and Broccoli sounded like it was worth it. The duck was pretty good. I was surprised there were no bones, except for the drumsticks. But that really shouldn’t be that surprising at a place like this. The meat was good and tender. Lots of that crispy skin that went well with the hoisin sauce. The bad was the overcooked limpy scallion and the tortilla-like pancakes. I wish they gave me steamed fluffy bao-style bread.

Ruby Foo’s ain’t too bad. But walking away, I thought it was a chain restaurant. But one that I’ve never been to …and I’m from Orlando. Now that I look it up, it isn’t a chain. The only location is in Time Square. But it is owned by BR Guest (Blue Water Grill, Dos Caminos, Wildwood BBQ). So I guess it makes sense in that fashion.

Ruby Foo’s – 1626 Broadway (btwn 49th & 50th St) New York, NY 10019

…Now that I think about it, I think I went to the old one that used to be in the Upper West side years ago when I first moved here. It was one of my first dates. I remembered liking it because you could get Chinese food and Sushi. I was young. I think my date was pissed by the end of the night …not because of Ruby Foo’s.


We went to check out my friend Pavan’s art show Idea is the Object, that he’s curated with his lady, Tracy. Pretty cool. Open until August 24th. Afterwards we hopped around other Chelsea art openings. It’s cool because they often have free beer or wine (which attracts a lot of underage students). But for some reason on this hot day, no one had any. And we went to so many because Todd needed to find a place to pee. He found a place at the pizzeria around the corner, but had to buy a slice.

Then we decided to eat dinner next door at Chop-Shop. I guess it’s Chinese, Korean, Thai, Japanese. I’m not sure if that’s considered fusion, since all the dishes seem more separate in their ethnic cuisine.

We had the Zha Jiang Mian Noodles ($12), Shanghai Bok Choy ($7), Chicken Curry ($14) and Braised Short Ribs ($20). The food was pretty good. I remember thinking at the time that it was overpriced, but I must’ve still been in the art gallery/free beer & wine mindset. Plus this restaurant is BYOB. So it was actually a good deal. Good quality food.

Chop-Shop – 254 10th Ave (btwn 25th & 24th St) Manhattan, NY 10001

Excellent Pork Chop House

Yoshie took the Ramen and Friends crew to Excellent Pork Chop House in Chinatown for some excellent Taiwanese Fried Pork Chops.

I really dug the Wonton in Chili Sauce. I bought an order to share with the table (which we had split into girls and boys tables), but I ended up hogging them to myself.

Instead of getting the traditional Pork Chop over rice ($5.25), I got the Herbal Soup with Lo Mein ($7) and a Pork Chop ($2.50) on the side. The Herbal Soup tasted like Chinese medicine, but not as bad as that sounds. I asked the waitress what this Herbal Soup was good for, but she wouldn’t tell me. I somehow got the feeling from the guys that it had to do with my privates.

I put that pork chop over the noodles that had ground pork and pickled cucumber –mixed it up with some of the leftover wonton chili sauce. That was awesome. I was kind of full only a few bites into those noodles, but somehow I finished that big bowl.

Afterwards, we went ahead and ordered a Taiwanese Ice with a ton of crap on it. I think it was a deal on the menu, but we couldn’t read it because it was in Chinese –like $4.50 for whatever they want to put on it. It had a bunch of different color beans, different color jellys, fruit, tapioca balls and I think corn. We didn’t eat much of it. But I can’t remember if it was because we were stuffed or because I thought the yellow jelly was pig foot gelatin.

This place is great. It’s cheap and the pork chops are excellent. I like how they made a big point to advertise the MSG on their menu.

Excellent Pork Chop House – 3 Doyers St (btwn Bowery & Chatham Sq) New York, NY 10013
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M Noodle Shop’s Curry Chicken Noodle Soup

I haven’t been back to M Noodle Shop since it opened and ate a Steam Pork Bun. I got this bowl big bowl of Curry Chicken Noodle Soup ($8). I was a bit surprised. It was kind of fantastic for Chinese food in Williamsburg. I thought I’d miss the bones in the chicken, but it was actually easier to eat and quality bits. A lot of food. I didn’t finish.

Sure, I could get a good bowl of Noodles for a couple of dollars cheaper in Chinatown. But that’s so far.

M Noodle Shop – 549 Metropolitan Ave (btwn Union Ave & Lorimer) Brooklyn, NY 11211

Golden Fried Dumpling

Yesterday I headed out to Downtown Brooklyn for the World Science Festival – Innovation Square. Stopped to get a bite first at Golden Fried Dumpling in the area. They have $1 for 4 Dumplings and stuffed Sesame Pancake Sandwiches.

I had both. Pretty decent with some vinegar and the thick chili paste on the table. They were kind of similar to Vanessa’s menu, except, I think the turnover (at least on the weekend) is slower. So they were already made by the time I walked in. The Sesame Pancake Sandwich just needed to be assembled with thin slices of pork belly.

I was plenty stuffed for only $3. A real good deal. Not many places like this, unless you are in Chinatown.

Golden Fried Dumpling – 192 Duffield St (btwn Willoughby & Metrotech) Brooklyn, NY 11201

I had fun at the World Science Festival – Innovation Square (at Metrotech Plaza/NYU Polytechnic). Saw some pretty cool things like a panel on indie video game making. That kind of inspired me. I want to make a video game now.

I had a beer at Luciano’s next door so I could use the restroom. Then 30 minutes later I had to go again because of the beer I drank before. So I drank another beer to use the restroom again …and the cycle continues.

Fen Yang Corporation’s Chow Mein Fuzhou Style

I was out an about the other night after the 2nd Pulp show. I made my friends get into a cab and took them to a bar in LES/Chinatown. Right when we were going in, I sorta ditched them because I realized I hadn’t eaten. I said I’ll be back. I walked around for a while and the only place I could find open was that Chinese restaurant, Fen Yang Corporation, that had that menu of interesting exotic delights.

They didn’t take credit cards and no one knew where an ATM was. The waitress made me order the cheapest thing on the menu –Chow Mein Fuzhou Style Noodles ($3.75). I actually had more money …maybe not enough for Goose Intestine w/ Tender Leek. I do wish I had enough for the Live Shrimp. That sounds exciting.

The Chow Mein Noodles were just alright. Greasy like it should be …with pieces of pork in there. A good size portion for being the cheapest dish on the menu. I wanted to ask for hot sauce, but I felt like I was already on their bad side for coming in with only a few dollars and because I’m ABC (American-Born-Chinese). Sometimes I get the feeling that Off-the-Boat Chinese like white people more than me.

When I got back to the bar, there turned out to be a cover to get in. It was sweaty, loud and crowded and I think my friends just wanted to sit and talk. They had already left. I felt like a dick.

Fen Yang Corporation – 107 Eldridge Street (btwn Broome & Grand) New York 10002

This photo from my camera ain’t that bad. I shouldn’t be hesitant to use it, like the other day at Spritzenhaus beer garden, where my friend Jill had birthday drinks. I have a bad habit of not being able to eat anything new if I don’t have my camera to blog it. I need to stop worrying about that and also stop worrying about my camera making a big bulge in my pocket.