Off to Italy for a week! Pastas, pizzas, and gelato oh my!
In the meantime, photo of Mario Batali’s Pane Frattau Pizza from Otto.
I eat. I cook. I travel. And I blog about it.
Mak’s Wonton Noodle Shop
While walking around at Victoria Peak in Hong Kong, I found this little wonton noodle shop inside one of the malls. It was the perfect little lunch spot. The wontons were filled with shrimp and the noodles were some of the best I’ve ever had. The portion was small, so I ordered another bowl of wontons. With my full stomach, I was ready to go hike down the mountain.
Grabbed a few staples before Hurricane Irene comes…
With the fall-like temperatures we’ve been having this past few days, I am automatically craving soups! This Thai Coconut Chicken Noodle Soup is the perfect soup to keep you warm and cozy and it’s also filling enough to be a meal.
If you want to add a spicy kick, you can substitute the red bell peppers with chili peppers. Or just add a squirt or two of spicy chili sauce. The bell peppers reduces the heat without scarifying the beautiful color. Smashing the lemongrass with the back of your knife will help it release more flavor. This will make about 4-5 servings.
NYC Summer 2011 Restaurant Week at David Burke Kitchen
This is one of my favoriate restaurant week dinners. The food at David Burke Kitchen was excellent from appetizer, entree, to dessert. We shared the Smoked Beef Fat & Jalapeno French Fries for the table. For my appetizer, I started with the Lobster Soup. It was so rich with lobster flavor and the two lobster dumplings were scrumptious. For my entree I decided to stick with the seafood theme and ordered the Scallops and Pork Belly. The scallops just melted in your mouth and the pork belly was so tender and flavorful. Finally for dessert, I got the Cassis Panna Cotta. The panna cotta was more yogurt-like, but nonetheless very refreshing. It was a great meal. I definitely want to come back again to try other items on their menu.
Photos courtesy of Winnie.
David Burke Kitchen, 23 Grand Street (at 6th Ave. & Thompson St.), Soho at the James Hotel
Happy 60th Birthday Dad!
We celebrated my dad’s 60th Birthday at Qin Dynasty Seafood Restaurant in Parsippany, NJ. The grown-ups actually had a “banquet meal” like the ones you eat at a Chinese wedding. Unfortunately, the “kids” were not included in the banquet menu which consisted of lobster, shrimp, fish, and a bunch of other good stuff.
The photo here is the kids table. However, I did enjoy everything we ordered off the regular menu: short ribs, fried calamari, clams in black bean sauce, garlic chicken, veggies, and tofu. The food was good and the restaurant is close to home. They also serve dim sum on weekends.
Qin Dynasty, 857 Route 46 East, Parsippany, NJ 07054
Sunday, July 3rd 12:00PM. It’s raining here. What a bummer to my Independence Day weekend. I bet a lot of you also had BBQ plans or something. Hopefully, the rain will stop and the sun will come out. In the meantime, a picture from the 9th Annual Big Apple BBQ Block Party event last month. Ribs…yum!
Photo courtesy of Matt on his Droid X.
Vietnamese Summer Rolls
Another great summer meal idea for you guys. The summer rolls are served cold and dipped in a peanut sauce. I used the same peanut sauce recipe from my cold sesame noodle here. The only hard part about this meal is the prep work for all the yummy ingredients you are putting inside the summer roll. The wrappers can be found at most Asian markets usually in the noodle aisle.
Strawberries are in season right now, and they are so sweet and yummy! I decided to use them in my salad. In addition to strawberries, this salad also includes baby spinach, grilled spicy honey chicken, cucumbers, sliced onions, walnuts, and avocado. I also made my own honey citrus vinaigrette using a recipe I found on Our Best Bite’s blog.
One of my loyal readers Cindy asks, “How do you boil eggs to such perfection?”(in reference to my previous salad post with egg on top)
This is a guaranteed method to get the perfectly boiled egg with nice golden yellow yolk.
Look at that beautiful salad!
I’m not boasting, but I make amazing salads. =) This one here is a mesculen salad with prosciutto, garlic croutons, a perfectly boiled egg in a honey balsamic dressing.
I also make my own salad dressings. It’s simple and easy to make; plus it tastes a lot better than the bottled stuff.
Honey balamic Salad dressing:
Schnitzel & Things
I’ve been craving schnitzel and decided to go check out the Schnitzel & Things restaurant on 3rd Ave. between 45th and 46th Street last Friday after work. I got off work early, so I decided to make the 2 mile walk from 17th street to 45th street. It was a great exercise and also a nice way for me to check out other neighborhoods. I found “Little India” on Lexington Ave. and many great restaurants along the way. It started to drizzle and then there was lightning with goosebump inducing thunder and eventually a torrential downpour. Amidst, all that, I bought my Chicken Schnitzel with Austrian potato salad and roasted beets and it was all worth it.
Schnitzel & Things Restaurant, 723 3rd Ave (btw 45th and 46th Streets)