Steamed Egg/Chawanmushi recipe

Chawanmushi or steamed eggs are showing up left and right. They are picking up popularity at top NY restaurants – it’s a staple at Brushstroke, a brunch special at North End Grill, and an available culinary disaster at Sushi Yasuda. As usual, the internet is filled with recipes, but what is a recipe for something …

Lotus Blue

More and more Chinese restaurants are moving away from Chinatown. Red Farm, Mission Chinese… well we don’t have all night to wait in line, so we stopped by Lotus Blue. This is a great place to get a light lunch, and the ingredients are obviously high quality, but the cuisine is as confused as the …

Sushi Yasuda. Savor the sushi as quickly as you can

Sushi Yasuda has great sushi… and it’s all sushi. First of all, I don’t read fish hieroglyphs. Sushi Yasuda is marked by a picture of a fish on a thin strip of lit awning. As far as I could see (which was not very far in the rain), there was no name or identifying lettering …

Red Cooked (Hong Shao) Ribs

Red cook(ing) is a very common method in Chinese cooking in which protein is stewed in a mixture of soy sauce, sugar, and whatever else until it turns dark and incredibly tender. The combinations of ingredients and methods vary, but I cook it the way I’ve always been taught. The method is not only delicious …

Lamb with winter vegetables

My bf has gotten to be quite the good cook. Here’s how he made our lamb with winter vegetables dinner. Butternut squash is chopped into cubes and tossed in some melted butter and brown sugar. And then it’s baked at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. In the meantime…. The Icelandic lamb loins (which is why …

Pok Pok for the Wing

Visiting Brooklyn, to me, is no different from visiting Maine, Vermont, or New Orleans… and I do not visit foreign lands without a purpose. I’ve been meaning to try Pok Pok since it showed up on all the top 10 new restaurant lists, but it was not until the finale of No Reservations that I …

Chinese New Year Part 2: Roast Duck

What’s a Chinese celebration without roast duck of some sort? Luckily the blizzard raid left this jewel: But no scallions or cucumbers… oh well. The important thing is that I had duck, and some honey that will work in lieu of maltose for now. This baby was so frozen that I had to leave it …

Chinese New Year Part 1: BBQ Pork

The snowstorm dumped about a foot of slush into NYC, so I couldn’t get any groceries. This was supposed to be char siu pork, but I was missing too many essential ingredients, so I just made BBQ pork instead. Same technique. It looks blue because of the sunlight reflecting off the snow outside. I got …

My Boo Spices Up My Life… and my intestines

I’ve been rather busy lately, so my bf has been taking over some cooking. I don’t know when or how it happened, but he’s become quite the chef. Day 1: We had bbq wings. I didn’t take photos because I ate it too fast. Day 2: Curry! Apparently you can buy the simmer sauce in …