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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

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Pho Tien Thanh, Toronto

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I put the call out to all my friends in Toronto before flying up last month, asking if there was anywhere new I should eat when I was in town. It was actually Chef Justin Warner of Do or Dine here in Brooklyn that got back to me first with a few suggestions. At the top of Justin’s list was Pho Tien Thanh, where they made a beef broth that still haunted him weeks later, he explained! With a recommendation like that, of course I had to go and try it for myself. Here’s a look…

I ordered their Pho Dac Biet, or house special beef noodle soup…

With rare beef, well done beef and “lightly fat” beef brisket…

Packed with plenty of big chunks of beef tendon…

Their pho also has the most amazing thinly sliced and chopped beef tripe which really made the dish…

The “haunting” beef broth is also very heavy on the tripe!

The noodles were perfect as well!

My bowl of pho was a medium, which came with its own side of herbs & vegetables and a pot of tea, and set me back only about nine bucks. But there were two larger sizes offered as well!

I ordered the Cha Gio, or deep fried spring rolls, as well…

Just how good was it?

Not a drop left…

I love pho forever too…

But after eating at Pho Tien Thanh, I guess I should say “I love THEIR pho forever”!

PHO TIEN THANH

57 Ossington Ave.

Toronto, ON M6J 2Y9

Canada

416-588-6997

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Ivan Ramen’s Corn Noodle Tsukemen

For the first time ever, ramen maestro Ivan Orkin is offering a noodle other than his trademark rye!

Toasted corn noodles, made in cooperation with the fine folks at Sun Noodle, are available now as an off-menu item at Ivan Ramen on Clinton St.

These late summer noodles are served cold, as tsukemen, topped with roasted tomatoes and grilled char siu pork, accompanied by a rich, creamy corn broth for dipping!

While the corn soup is a seasonal, Ivan says he’s extremely happy with the noodles and is looking to keep them on his menu while varying up the side bowls of broth.

There are a limited number of bowls of Ivan’s Corn Noodle Tsukemen available at the moment each day, so get there early!

IVAN RAMEN

25 Clinton St.

NY, NY 10002

646-678-3859

http://www.ivanramen.com/

Filed under NYC Manhattan LES ramen noodle noodles summer corn tsukemen soup pork

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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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Mission Chinese “Franks”, Brooklyn, NY

No sooner do I post about my San Francisco Mission Chinese experience and wish that Danny Bowien will be opening back up in NYC soon, than I get invited to the Mission Chinese Pop-Up out in Brooklyn at Frankies Sputino 457!

Running through the end of August, the Mission Chinese Pop-Up is a prix fixe $40 meal featuring many of Mission Chinese NYC’s classic dishes along with a few newcomers. There are also a couple of sensational supplemental specials to enjoy…

Let’s step inside the garden and have a look…

We started with a new dish of red cabbage salad with miso and anchovy dressing before moving into a plate of Mission’s reknowned spicy and numbing wings, which were as good as ever…

Spicy noodles with peanuts…

Mapo tofu, which used firm tofu now, giving it a nice chewy texture…

Special #1, the crispy pork belly, which was my favorite dish of the night…

Served with a big ass piece of pork skin…

Along with fresh tortillas, pork liver sauce and house made hot mustard…

Their classic thrice cooked bacon with rice cakes…

Special #2, the koji fried chicken with lemon kosho…

Sorry about the crappy pic, but the dish was OUTSTANDING!

Then on to Special #3, the crispy, whole fried striped bass…

Served over taro and wheat noodles…

Firm yet flaky and fabulous!

There were also plates of Danny’s acclaimed Salt Cod Fried Rice with Chinese sausage and Kung Pao Pastrami, but we dove into those before shots could be snapped!

Thanks to Kate Krader for hooking up the table (and for providing lighting tips!) and for Chef Angela Dimayuga for this amazing meal!

Mission Chinese Franks will only be open limited days through the end of August, so check their website and get out there soon.

MISSION CHINESE FRANKS

At Frankies Sputino 457

457 Court St.

Brooklyn, NY 11231

http://missionchinesefood.com/ny/

Filed under NYC Brooklyn Frankie's Mission Chinese chinese food chicken wings pastrami noodles fried rice fried chicken bacon

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Ivan Ramen, NYC

My buddy Ivan Orkin’s recently-opened IVAN RAMEN down on the Lower East Side was just awarded two stars by Pete Wells of the New York Times! In honor of this glowing review, here’s a closer look at the delicious dishes you’ll find on Ivan’s new lunch menu…

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Marinated and grilled duck hearts with an umeboshi sauce, but now being served with yuzukosho, I believe…

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Shaved daikon, dried shrimp and scallop chili oil…

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Ivan’s Hot Smoked Salmon Donburi, with salmon roe, sweet soy dashi,
cucumber and scallions…

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The Tofu Coney Island…

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With miso mushroom chili, yellow mustard and scallions…

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Yes, the yellow mustard does catch you off-guard at first but really works well with the chili and tofu!

Takoyaki? Nope. Deep fried meatballs with buttermilk dressing, Bulldog sauce and bonito flakes…

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And the Red-Hot Cold Mazemen…

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Ivan’s signature rye noodles, served chilled, with a spicy sesame and salted chili sauce and head-on prawns…

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All washed down with a Kyuri Cooler, a blend of cucumber, yuzu and sake…

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Go and slurp for yourself!

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Just keep in mind it might be a little harder to get a table now…

Congrats, Ivan!!

IVAN RAMEN

25 Clinton St.

NY, NY 10002

646-678-3859

http://www.ivanramen.com/

Filed under NYC Manhattan LES Ivan Ramen lunch ramen noodles donburi salmon duck hearts grill nycc 2014

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Hell’s Chicken, NYC

Korean cooking finally comes to Hell’s Kitchen…

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I actually read about this place while I was in Japan, and as fried chicken and Buffalo wings are my favorite foods, I knew I had to try it!

Located right next to The Pony Bar, which specializes in American craft beer, it appears Hell’s Chicken is pulling inspiration from their neighbor as they have a wonderful selection of not-so-common beers in cans and bottles. I started with an ice cold Anderson Valley Gose…

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While we came for the chicken, we also decided to try a few of their Korean appetizers while we waited.

Japchae noodles…

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And kimchi jeon pancake…

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To be honest, neither of these dishes were anything to write home about. A bit bland, actually. I expected bolder flavors and these seemed toned down on the taste department.

But their chicken….

Their chicken is excellent!

We started with Hell’s Chicken’s plain fried chicken. And it was perfectly fried! The breading was light and oh so crispy and the meat was tender and juicy. Some of the best I’ve had in NYC! Get some gochujang on the side as well!

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We then moved into their spicy soy garlic chicken…

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Equally delicious! Just the right amount of heat to amplify the garlic, and not overly sauced so the chicken stayed crisp. Beats Bon Chon or Kyon Chon any day!

A nice, new international addition to the ever-expanding list of eateries in our neighborhood!

HELL’S CHICKEN

641 10th Ave.

New York, NY 10036

212-757-1220 

http://www.hellschickennyc.com

Filed under NYC Manhattan Hell's Kitchen Korean fried chicken jap chae kimchi pajeon pancake beer noodles