Company’s New Years Holiday lunch at Spice Market
Ramen lunch with the little brother, except he’s not that little anymore! #ramen #lunch #midtownwest
I eat. I cook. I travel. And I blog about it.
My company celebrated Chinese New Year with a take out lunch from two spots in Chinatown, NYC. I was put in charge or picking restaurants and ordering food. I wanted to try something different this year instead of the same old fried rice and lo mein noodles so I picked out a Malaysian and Shanghainese cuisine as a lot of people have never tried these foods before. At New Malaysian Restaurant we ordered satay beef and chicken skewers, Roti Canai (Indian Bread with Curry), coconut fried rice, fried peal noodles, Indian Mee Goreng, Hainanese chicken, and Belecan Beef with Asparagus stir fry. At 456 Shanghai Restaurant we ordered xiao long baos or soup dumplings, eggplant in garlic sauce, wined chicken, braised bamboo shoots, garlic marinated seaweed, scallion pancakes, and fried fish. We ate in our showroom while talking about different Chinese new year traditions. We all requested a nap after lunch. I didn’t even eat dinner that night when I got home. There was a lot of food and we have a lot left over.
Happy Chinese New Year!
New Malaysia Restaurant, 48 Bowery (between Bayard St & Canal St) , Chinatown
456 Shanghai Cuisine, 69 Mott St (between Canal St & Bayard St) , Chinatown
Work has been so crazy busy and stressful the past couple weeks I’ve never been so mentally and physically drained in my life. At work we get “Summer Friday” hours which means we get to leave work at 1:30PM as long as we have our work done, but I haven’t been able to take advantage of these special hours for the past couple weeks.
Last Friday, I just couldn’t stay in the office any longer so Jen and I decided to finally leave at 2:30 to grab a late lunch at Hasaki. We made it just in time to order their Afternoon Plate lunch special which includes sushi or sashim, tempura, and grilled fish. It also came with a bowl of red miso soup, garden salad, and fresh cut fruit for dessert. The food was good and plentiful and at a great price.
It was a much needed treat and time out to de-stress! But I feel so bad as I was literally falling asleep at the table. And it wasn’t the first time that week that I was falling asleep during my meal. Maybe it was was mix of a over worked brain and major food coma…Oh boy, I can’t wait for August to be over with!
Hasaki, 210 East 9th Street (btw 2nd & 3rd Ave.) East Village, NYC
Ootoya, my new favorite place in NYC.
Their lunch menu is huge with 50+ items to choose from. I decided to go with their pressed salmon sushi set which comes with 6 huge pieces of rectangle shaped sushi, a small side of cold soba noodles, and miso soup. Jen had the pork katsu set which includes a side of salad, rice, miso soup, and egg custard. The portions are huge and everything tasted so good.
I can’t wait to come back and try their other dishes.
Ootoya, 8 West 18th Street (btw 5th and 6th Aves)
Homemade Corned Beef Hash
Making good use of leftover St. Patrick’s Day corned beef. Add a gooey fried egg and you got yourself an awesome meal. Taste better than the stuff from the can. Recipe is here.
The Lomo Saltado at El Marino was so good, I was craving it again the next day. Lomo saltado is a classic Peruvian dish that has Chinese influence. It is marinated beef stir-fry with onions, tomatoes, and french fries. Yes, french fries are in this dish! The fries soak up the sauce and gets soggy. The sauce is just so tasty; I wanted to mop up every last drop.
Upon doing some research, I found that there is a big community of Chinese in Peru. Most of the Chinese immigrants came from Southern China: Macau and Guangzhou during the 19th century as contract laborers. Today, Asian Peruvians make up about 5% of the total population in Peru.
This dish represents the fusion of the two cultures. I also tried the Sopa de Criolla which is a beef noodle soup with milk and poached egg. It’s delicious as well. Can’t wait to go back to El Marino.