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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

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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

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Nissin’s New JACK! Instant Yakisoba Noodles

New from Nissin, the makers of Cup Noodle…

Gekikara (Super Spicy) Yakisoba!

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Made with a triple threat of habanero peppers, wasabi and Japanese hot mustard!

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Add water and let sit for three minutes…

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Then let the burn begin!

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I have to say, this was no joke! Usually, a lot of these “gekikara” flavored foods are promoted as spicy, but the flavors are really toned down. In this case, it’s not just a marketing hook. I love spicy food and can handle heat, but this yakisoba really packed a punch! And you can taste each of the three main spices they hype on the package. Impressive!!

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If I was living in Japan, there would definitely be a few of these in my pantry!

Filed under Japan instant noodles Cup Noodle yakisoba wasabi mustard habanero

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Lao Da Fang, Shanghai, China

This post was formerly titled “My First Breakfast in Shanghai” when I didn’t know the name of this place, but fjy24 has kindly translated the sign for me…

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I hate eating inside hotels, preferring to go out and try local establishments when I have the chance. So I went down to the lobby and asked the concierge if he could recommend a good local place for breakfast. He of course tried to persuade me to eat at the buffet there in the Hyatt. He explained they have a great Chinese station if it was local food I was looking for.

"Would you eat there?", I asked.

"No.", he replied.

"Where do you eat breakfast around here?"

"Sometimes at a small place around the corner."

"I want to eat there."

"But they don’t have an English menu."

"That’s OK. Can you draw me a map?"

And he did.

So I went.

While the restaurant was bigger than I expected and looked kind of like a local chain, there was only one guy taking orders and another guy cooking alone in a small kitchen in the back…

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They actually did have a short English menu, but it made no sense, with translations like “Three String Ginger” and “Pork in Grass”. So I relied on my limited knowledge of Chinese characters to order, recognizing things like “meat” and “noodles” and pointing. Here’s what I got…

The xiao long bao were easy as I could order by just saying the name…

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Then I got what I thought would be wontons and egg noodles in soup. I got the wonton part right…

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When I tried to order noodles to put in with the wontons, they brought me a whole other bowl of soup…

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It turned out to be beef and glass noodles with tofu in a tamarind broth…

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Not what I wanted, but it was good, so I happily ate it.

I also liked how the noodles absorbed the color of the broth the longer they sat…

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It was a fantastic first meal in China for me. Just what I needed to get the trip started. And it only costs me $4.50 for the whole meal!

The place is located one block directly behind the Hyatt on the Bund. I’ll try and get the actual name of the joint and address later this week.

After leaving, while taking the picture of the establishment at the top of this post, I noticed a small take-out place attached to it, one that sold steamed buns. More on that later…

Another update with the following insight from dcboy1990: “FYI, shanghainese only eat wontons on their own, and without noodles. That’s probably why it didn’t come with noodles.” Good to know!

Filed under Shanghai China breakfast wonton xiao long bao noodles beef

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China Eastern Inflight Meal

They still serve meals in economy class on most flights in Asia! Here’s a look at what I was served on my China Eastern flight from Kansai to Shanghai…

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I put aside my inner Andrew Zimmern and only tried the dishes I could clearly identify, ones that weren’t gooey or gummy, so enjoyed the braised fish wrapped in konbu to start…

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Then I sampled the noodles with pork and shrimp…

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For plane food, this was better than many meals I’ve had after business class upgrades!

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Kung Fu Little Steamed Buns Ramen, NYC

Earlier this week, I saw Matt Gross (@worldmattworld) from bonappetit.com tweet from a joint called Kung Fu Little Steamed Buns Ramen. As I knew their midtown offices were close to ours, I googled the restuarant in hopes we had a new ramen joint in the neighborhood. And lo and behold, we did… only three blocks away from Marvel!

As I had no lunch plans that afternoon, we went to check it out. Here’s a look…

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It’s a very small place, with only seven tables, and the take-out business was quite brisk as we sat there…

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I decided to try the two things the places is named for, their steamed buns and ramen… not the kung fu!

I started with their “House Special” ramen…

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Made with well-marbled beef, shrimp, bok choy, scallions and cilantro, this was really more of a Vietnamese pho than a typical ramen broth. There was nothing Japanese about it, which is what we have come to expect when we see the word “ramen”…

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But once I got past the misnomer, I enjoyed an extremely tasty bowl of noodles and soup that did not skimp on the beef and shrimp…

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The noodles are hand-pulled in house, I was told, and I found them supple and chewy, pairing perfectly with the bold, beefy broth…

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Then out came the xiao long bao, or steamed buns, or soup dumplings, which unfortunately left a little to be desired. Three of them were perfect, the skin staying strong and holding the soup inside when they were lifted and dipped. But the other three fell apart on the slightest of contact, leaking all their gelatinous goodness back into the steamer. I also wish they’d had ginger and vinegar as condiments on the tables rather than sriracha…

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But all in all, I had a wonderful lunch at Kung Fu Little Steamed Buns Ramen and I’ll be going back soon enough with more friends in tow to taste more of their menu…

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KUNG FU LITTTLE STEAM BUNS RAMEN

811 8th Ave., between 48th and 48th Sts.

NY, NY 10020

917-388-2555

http://www.nykungfuramen.com

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Afuri Ramen, Tokyo

I’ve been to Afuri Ramen before, having visited their Ebisu branch, but when I saw they’d also opened up a shop in Nishi-Azabu near my hotel, I just had to drop in for a bowl…

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Your trip to noodle nirvana is only the push of a button away…

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Pick a seat and hand over your ticket…

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Choose your soup…

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One’s a chicken-based stock made with fish and konbu, the other is a tanmei soup prepared with “chicken oil”.

Once you decide, here’s where the magic happens…

As usual, I went with their popular Yuzu Shio Ramen as I like the balance achieved with the citrus and the chicken fat…

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I moved the seaweed for you for a better look at the whole bowl…

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Close up…

However, this time I opted out of their thicker noodles and went for the thinner and harder ones…

I actually liked the taste and texture better!

Now with six shops in Tokyo and more on the way, Afuri is one of the city’s fastest growing chains. And after you try their unique ramen, it’s clear why!

AFURI

1-8-10 Azabu-Juban

Minato-ku, Tokyo

+81-3 3585 1156

Filed under Tokyo Japan Afuri ramen noodles chicken yuzu shio