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My family and I dined at Pacificana Chinese Restaurant, located in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. My relatives and I usually attend this restaurant every year and I think their food is overrated. The setting is nice- very lavish inside and a pleasant environment. The food looks great but tastes average. The lamb was overcooked, bok choy was bland, and the chicken was too salty. My favorite dish would have to be the lobster. I wouldn’t come here unless I was forced to. Maybe they’re most known for their dim sum which I have yet to try.

813 55th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11230
(718) 871-2880 ‎

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I cannot believe that I turned 24 this past weekend. Where did all these years ago?

John took me out to eat at Mantra, an Indian restaurant located in Paramus, New Jersey. Food was great!! We started off with the shrimp appetizer and samosas (fried pastry shell which consists of various fillings such as potatoes, onions, peas, meat, etc). John ordered the spicy lamb (the most spicy dish on the menu) while I ordered the tandoori mixed grill (chicken, lamb, sausage, and shrimp). Tandoori is definitely a taste that I am not used to. Very exotic to me!

Then John surprised me with a small cake with assorted fruits, from Tous Les Jours, a Korean bakery. They tasted exactly the same as Chinese birthday cakes- very spongy with soft frosting. What’s great about these cakes is that the frosting is not as sweet as American cakes. It’s very fluffy like whipped cream. Thanks John! 🙂

The next day, my parents wanted to take me out to eat for my birthday. So we decided to go to Dai Wah Yummy City, located in Brooklyn. We ordered: mixed vegetables with chicken, lobster, sizzling chicken, bok choy, and fried fish with string beans. This is also a great Chinese restaurant. And their lobster wasn’t scrawny at all.

Got to eat lots and felt extremely gluttonous over the weekend. 🙂

 

Mantra Restaurant
275 New Jersey 4
Paramus, NJ 07652
(201) 342-8868

Dai Wah Yummy City
7218 18th Avenue NY
11204-5632
(718) 837-8818

My family and I decided to eat dinner at a Chinese restaurant called 86 Fu Kee Restaurant in Brooklyn. We arrived a little late- around 7pm and it was still crowded. It seems like a pretty popular place but we waited for only a couple of minutes before we were seated. There are also butchers in front of the restaurant chopping up roast pork, chicken, and other meats for customers.

It was a bit awkward having people who were waiting to be seated, stare at you while you eat. The restaurant was cramped but the food was good. The dishes were also authentic. My favorite dish would have to be the luscious bok choy. It was a very hearty and healthy dish. I also enjoyed the bean curd dish with the jumbo shrimp and scallops.

One dish I wasn’t too keen on was the fried chicken with the weird sweet and sour sauce (consisted of pineapples and assorted vegetables). It was dry and the sweet and sour sauce tasted like medicine. The portions were very generous. The lobster on the other hand, didn’t have as much meat as I expected. We ordered a lot of food and I was surprised on how quickly it came out.

Overall, I was very pleased with this restaurant. 🙂

2211 86th St
(between Bay Pky & Bay 31st St)
Brooklyn, NY 11214
(718) 232-6083

Every now and then, my mother makes this really delicious and soft steamed cake (but in this case, cupcakes). It is very similar to the sponge cake and consists of very basic ingredients such as sugar, flour, and eggs. You would also need an electric mixer. You can find the recipe here. Even though it looks plain, it tastes sweet and it would be unnecessary to add anything.

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It’s that time of the year again for people of Chinese descent (and others in Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam to name a few) to celebrate what is known as one of the most important festivities of their time; Mid-Autumn Festival (also known as Moon Festival). This holiday falls on the 15th of the eighth month in the Chinese lunar calendar; when the moon is at its fullest and most brightest. According to the Western calendar, Moon Festival falls this year on September 22, 2010. It’s a special time for friends and family to spend time with each other (equivalent to Thanksgiving).
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My parents went to Chiu Hong Bakery, Inc. and brought two boxes of mooncakes (made by the people who work there). If you aren’t familiar with these pastries, they are a delicacy and usually costs around $20 a box with four little cakes. I asked them why they are so expensive and they told me that it’s labor intensive to make these goodies. There are a variety of fillings but I usually stick to the original which consists of lotus seed paste (2nd photo above). It usually comes with an egg yolk but I like them without it. My parents usually buy the five kernel mooncake for themselves (3rd photo above), which consists of various nuts and seeds including: walnuts, pumpkin seeds, almonds, etc. If you enjoy coconut, then this flavor is for you.
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If you don’t celebrate the holiday, you can always purchase them for yourself at any Chinese bakery nearby. They are most fresh this time of the year and usually you can’t get them anytime you wish. If you decide to grab a box, you should do so before the holiday comes to avoid the line! 🙂
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161 Mott St.
New York, NY 10013
(212) 966-7664

John and I decided to try the famous pork steamed dumplings (called xiao long bao in Chinese) at Joe Shanghai’s Restaurant’s in Chinatown this past weekend because of all the rave reviews. This restaurant originated in Flushing, Queens and now has opened up in other locations including Midtown, Manhattan and Tokyo, Japan. It was a bit cramped and luckily it was just us two so we didn’t have to wait long to be seated.

These dumplings, which originated in Shanghai, China, came out extremely hot. It was $4.65 for 8 dumplings. This was our first time trying these out at a restaurant for we are not that familiar with Shanghai cuisine.

Well, according to their YouTube video, the proper way to eat this dumpling is to bite into it, then pour the soup out onto your spoon. Being entirely unfamiliar with this procedure once we were served, I drank out of this dumpling like a child would drink out of a sippy cup. I still managed not to make a mess. 🙂

We thought the dumplings were delicious but the soup inside was a bit too greasy for me. But besides that, the pork was savory and juicy. We also ordered an entrée of bean curd (Szechuan style) with minced pork. It tasted better than what I could make at home but unfortunately it wasn’t spicy enough as it was intended to be. Also, there wasn’t enough minced pork in this dish; I could barely taste it.  And, boo…they charged extra for a small bowl of white rice because we shared an entrée!

9 Pell Street
New York, New York 10013
212-233-8888

I have been hearing non-stop about this place  from various food blogs all over. I just had to try it. When we entered into this place, it was no bigger than a bathroom stall… seriously. Also, there were no seats in this place so we had to stand near a counter and eat our food while people stared at us from the outside.

Besides the difficulties eating while standing, the food was relatively very good and a huge plus was that the noodles were handmade, right in front of us. The consistency of the noodles were amazing. The minus was that the foods were very oily. However, I felt that the burgers were made quite well.

The whole meal only came out to $14.50 including taxes. What a deal, what a bargain! Highly recommend the burgers, which range from $2.00 ~ $2.50.

88 East Broadway #106
New York, NY 10002
212-786-2068


This tomato and egg dish is one of the traditional dishes that I have consumed while growing up. You can find this in a Chinese restaurant or you can make it yourself at home. You can find the recipe here. It tastes splendid when served over rice. 🙂

Forgot to take my lunch today to work so my boss took me to Crystal Palace which was 5 minutes away (walking distance). When we entered the place, it was pretty empty which was disheartening, because it was lunch time. To make things even worse, my boss told me that this place is not that great… except for the jjamppong.

So that is what I ordered. The dish comes in two varieties, which is regular and seafood. i ordered the seafood because I am a big fan of scallops, shrimp, and squid. Jjamppong is a Korean-Chinese fusion dish. It is a spicy noodle soup flavored with onions, chili, and garlic. The noodles were a bit overcooked but the broth was pretty good.

150 Sylvan Ave
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632
201-816-8999

My mother and I had to pick up a few items from the Brooklyn Chinatown area on 8th Avenue and on our way we picked up a quick meal from Fung Sing Seafood Restaurant.
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If you walk all the way into the back of the restaurant, you will find a buffet of random Chinese dishes on display and you can choose up to 3 items for only $3.50! What a steal. I chose: short ribs (also known as galbi), bok choy, and spicy tofu. If you are ever in the area and need a quick bite to eat (or if you are broke), this is the perfect option!
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5605 8th Ave
(between 56th St & 57th St)
Brooklyn, NY 11220
(718) 854 – 3996

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