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Jackie’s Beer Nest, Shanghai, China

A post about a beer bar that’s not really about beer…

Jackie’s Beer Nest is one of my favorite Shanghai haunts. It’s a hole-in-the-wall beer joint that used to sell Chinese craft beer on tap and imported brews in bottles. It’s where we started our bar crawl last night…

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However, sometime in the past three months since I was last there, things have changed at Jackie’s. He’s installed a new, modern tap system and is pouring only European beers now…

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I was hoping to sample a variety of new Chinese beers last night, but the only local brew that had was Master Gao’s BABY IPA in bottles…

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I was a bit disappointed, to be honest, but as we made the trip over, we decided to stay for a few cold ones and grab a little food from a few of the neighborhood take-out places…

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I did my best to read the Chinese menu at the first place and ordered what I thought were fried noodles with beef and  some dumplings. The woman running the shop smiled, cooked and packed up my food…

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I got the dumpling part right…

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But “Big Meat Noodle Fry” got me noodles in soup with pork belly and bok choy…

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But it was still pretty damn good!

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My brother-in-law, who speaks Chinese, went out a fared a little better at a Sichuan counter…

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Cumin lamb…

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Spicy chicken with cashews…

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Fried green beans and zucchini…

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Friday night street eats washed down with some British beer in Shanghai!

JACKIE’S BEER NEST

76 Zhaozhou Lu

Near Xizang Nan Lu

肇周路76号

Shanghai, China

http://www.beernest.com

Filed under Shanghai China craft beer Chinese beer food noodles ramen lamb chicken pork belly

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Satay Indonesia, Portland

Looking for something new on the PDX food cart scene, I was pointed in the direction of Satay Indonesia today and was quite impressed with what I found…

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Combining Indonesian recipes and cooking techniques with Pacific Northwest ingredients, Satay Indonesia is producing some wonderful dishes, as you can see above.

I went with nasi goreng, which is Indonesian fried rice, made with local, seasonal vegetables, free range organic chicken and spiced, fresh-caught local shrimp, all topped with a fried egg and homemade sambal…

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My lunch also included two skewers of local pork satay with a fresh peanut sauce…

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With a cucumber salad and fresh peaches for dessert, this filling and flavorful afternoon feast only set me back twelve bucks!

My Portland trip is off to a good start…

SATAY INDONESIA

901-917 SW Alder St.

Portland, Oregon

503-459-6477

Filed under Portland Oregon PDX food cart Indonesia satay nasi goreng pork shrimp chicken fried rice

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I’ve been pretty sick these last few days, laid up in bed without much of an appetite, but when I did muster the strength to get up and eat something, this soup was my lifesaver… mozuku seaweed and fresh ginger in a Chinese chicken stock with a touch of salt, pepper and rayu hot oil.
Might not look like much but got me through the fever and coughing fits.

I’ve been pretty sick these last few days, laid up in bed without much of an appetite, but when I did muster the strength to get up and eat something, this soup was my lifesaver… mozuku seaweed and fresh ginger in a Chinese chicken stock with a touch of salt, pepper and rayu hot oil.

Might not look like much but got me through the fever and coughing fits.

Filed under home cooking Japanese remedy chicken soup seaweed ginger

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Momofuku Daishō, Toronto

Last year, chef David Chang opened up four new Momofuku restaurants in the Shangri-La hotel in Toronto…

Stacked one on top of the other over four floors, each is a Canadian counterpart to his New York eateries…

Noodle Bar = Noodle Bar (That’s easy.)

Nikai = Má Pêche

Daishō = Ssäm

Shotō = Ko

As my time in Toronto was limited, I unfortunately could only squeeze in one Momofuku meal, so had to chose from one of the four to eat in. As I’m a huge fan of Momofuku Ssäm in NYC, I decided on Daishō for lunch. Here’s a look…

House made pickled seasoned vegetables…

Dry aged beef tartare from McGee Farms in Ontario…

Served with egg yolk, leeks and sunflower seeds…

Chicken Thigh Ssäm, from Harriston Co-op in Ontario, with sriracha, shiitake mushrooms and bibb lettuce for wrapping…

The pork shoulder special…

Nugget potatoes with togarashi, kewpie mayo and spiced ham…

And only available on the lunch menu, the Shrimp Stack Burger…

A local beef patty topped with Canadian cheddar, pickles, pickled onion, lettuce, hozon mayo…

…as well as a second thin “burger” made from fresh shrimp!

An absolutely fabulous burger!

For dessert we enjoyed a trio of sorbet, strawberry, blackberry and peanut…

I so wish we could have tried a few of the other delectable dishes they offer here at Daishō, especially some of their large format meals. The menu seemed so familiar, but yet different at the same time, as if twisted through a Canadian culinary lens. I look forward to chowing down on more of Momofuku’s Northern noshes on my next trip!

Momofuku Daishō

Third Floor

190 University Avenue

Toronto, ON M5H 0A3

647-253-8000 

http://momofuku.com/toronto/daisho/

Filed under Toronto TO Canada Momofuku Daisho Ssam pork beef tartare burger cheeseburger pickles sorbet chicken sriracha

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Oreryu Shio Ramen, Kagurazaka, Tokyo

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I’ve walked by this joint a dozen times, usually going to eat at other restaurants in Kagurazaka. However, Oreryu’s recently started to get some serious buzz, so I had to drop in see, smell and savor it for myself.

All the hype has been mainly over one specific bowl they serve, their “Jukusei Shio Ramen”, or age shio ramen, so I went in knowing that’s what I’d be eating…

All the buttons on their ticket machine have pictures and English translations, so non-Japanese speakers need not worry. And priced at only about seven bucks, one bowl won’t set you back too badly…

There are a few tables inside the place, but I always prefer the ambiance of the counter, piled high with bowls here…

The variety of toppings you get once you sit down are one of the other reasons Oreryu’s become buzzed about, as they’re all homemade. Like their yuzukosho, umeboshi paste and spicy garlic paste…

As well as their “rayu” chili oil, dried nori and konbu seaweeds…

You can put as much as you like of any or all them in your ramen once it arrives…

I always tend to go for mine “as is”… (Except at Tenkaipin!)

The broth here at Oreryu is made with shio (salt) and chicken bones, but it’s not necessarily “paitan”, which is usually much thicker, like tonkotsu. This is a lighter, milky broth with an increased saltiness, obviously. It’s much less fatty, which is where a lot of the positive press has been coming from. “Similarly flavored soup, half the fat.”

Oreryu serves theirs traditionally with menma, scallions and roast pork. They also add in some greens.

While it was a little light when compared to how I usually like my bowls, that didn’t stop me from ordering “kaidama”, or another handful of noodles to toss in the extra soup…

We also got an order of their “karaage”, or Japanese fried chicken, which was excellent and went so well with several of their toppings, like the chili oil and yuzukosho…

And you can’t not order gyoza, which were also wonderful…

While I like my ramen soups to be a little thicker and meatier, if you prefer a less artery-clogging experience with just a much flavor, go see this man!

ORERYU SHIO RAMEN

2-11 Kagurazaka

Shinjuku, Tokyo

Japan

+81-3-3266-1050

Filed under Tokyo Japan Kagurazaka shio salt chicken paitan ramen noodles karaage fried chicken gyoza tsukemen

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New from MOS Burger in Japan… the Spicy Chicken Curry “Dog”!
A thin, spiced chicken patty on a naan “bun”, with topped with a hot Indian curry highlighting cardamom and fenugreek!
This will set you back about three bucks.
MOS is also offering glasses of cold lasi on their menu now to help wash down the heat.
Image via mos.co.jp

New from MOS Burger in Japan… the Spicy Chicken Curry “Dog”!

A thin, spiced chicken patty on a naan “bun”, with topped with a hot Indian curry highlighting cardamom and fenugreek!

This will set you back about three bucks.

MOS is also offering glasses of cold lasi on their menu now to help wash down the heat.

Image via mos.co.jp

Filed under Japan fast food MOS burger naan chicken curry hot dog

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The Marshal, NYC

I love finding and sharing little neighborhood gems like this joint… The Marshal in Hell’s Kitchen!

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We stumbled upon it walking back from Pony Bar on 10th Avenue one afternoon. The menu looked fantastic and we vowed to come back. And we did. The next day!

The Marshal is a small restaurant, maybe seating around 20 people, that focuses on New York ingredients and cuisine, with most dishes cooked in a wood-fired brick oven. We loved every bite! Here’s a look…

Started with a delicious, peppery Bloody Mary…

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Their smoked chicken and duck bacon hash was out of this world!

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Topped with two poached eggs and served with Berkshire bacon, this was one of my favorite breakfast dishes in recent memory…

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The Maine lobster and bacon fritatta with fresh herbs and New York cheddar was another winner…

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And then there was this masterpiece, their take on a Cuban sandwich…

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Made with Arcadian Pastures pork shoulder that was roasted to perfection, topped with NY white cheddar, sweet pickles and local white cabbage, served with duck fat potato chips…

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A sandwich stacked like this is definitely not for the faint of heart…

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I’m shocked that more has not been written about The Marshal and that their food is not the talk of the town yet. But that suits me just fine for now as I can stroll over and still get a seat at this West Side eatery and enjoy a fantastic meal without too much hassle… for now.

THE MARSHAL

628 Tenth Ave.

Between 44th & 45th

New York, NY, 10036

212-582-6300

http://www.the-marshal.com/

Filed under NYC Manhattan Hell's Kitchen Bloody Mary eggs omelette fritatta brunch Cubano chicken duck hash potato chips nycc 2014

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Werewolf American Pub, San Diego

I’d been hearing good things about the Werewolf even before I came out to San Diego for Comic Con this year…

I decided to check the joint out for myself for a lunch meeting yesterday and we were pleasantly surprised by the food and the atmosphere. The staff was totally embraced the Comic Con spirit and were dressed in costumes, from Ghostbusters, to Adventure Time to Frozen. A life-sized R2D2 greeted you at the hostess station as you entered, unfortunately blocked in the pic above. Rather than look down on con goers like some local establishments here do, Werewolf welcomed us with open arms.

And the food was just wonderful! We started with their grilled garlic ginger wings, which I fell in love with. Smoky, sweet and spicy, I would eat these every day if I could…

I had their con special which was the Full Boar burger…

A 1/3 lb. patty of 100% wild boar with jack cheese, jalapeno blackberry compote, crispy onions, greens and a roasted garlic aioli!

My colleague ordered the Belly Cubano…

Pork belly glazed in maple syrup and citrus, pressed with Swiss cheese, whole grain mustard and habanero dill pickles…

Both sandwiches were delectable!

If you’re looking for a fun place with friendly folks and fantastic food just a short walk up from the San Diego convention center, I highly recommend you check out the Werewolf!

WEREWOLF

627 4th Ave.

San Diego, CA

619-234-0094

http://www.thewerewolf.net

Filed under San Diego CA SDCC Comic Con burger cheeseburger chicken wings pork belly Cubano

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Mikkeller Bar, San Francisco

The Mikkeller Bar here in San Francisco is always one of the first places I hit when I visit. And look, they got a spiffy new sign…

While their beer selection is tremendous, it really is their sausage I come for, all made in-house by Chef Mike O’Brien. Bar none the best sausage I’ve had outside of NYC. Today, I was thrilled to find chicken and fennel back on the menu…

Made with chicken thighs, the sausage has a wonderful texture and consistency and stays incredibly juicy…

I was also pleased to learn that Mike will soon be launching Mikkeller Sausage Co. to supply restaurants and home cooks around the Bay Area with his incredible encased meats!

And of course, I couldn’t go to Mikkeller and not have a beer…

A Hottenroth Berliner Weisse from The Bruery, in this case!

The perfect pick-me-up after my long flight!

MIKKELLER BAR

34 Mason St.

San Francisco, CA 94102

415-984-0279

http://www.mikkellerbar.com/

Filed under San Francisco CA Mikkeller craft beer beer bar chicken sausage