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McDonald’s infamous McRib is back and I couldn’t resist the urge to purchase one this weekend. These sandwiches were first sold in the 1980’s and disappeared for a while and now they’re back only for a limited time until December 5th (my birthday :)) and who knows when it will come back.

Yes, this boneless slab of pork slathered in sweet barbecue sauce must be extremely bad for you but it’s quite delicious. I just wish it was a little cheaper (it costs $2.99 plus tax in my neighborhood). I think two of them would fill me up but that would be a sin.

I could happily say that I ate DiNic’s Roast Pork Sandwich. It took forever for the food to get into my hands and into my stomach, but, I could say that it was worth it. I ordered my sandwich with sharp provolone cheese and roasted peppers. The roasted peppers gave it a very nice heat factor.

The sandwich is basically meat on a roll. The meat is very nicely cooked with a lot of juices running rampant once you take the first bite. The provolone cheese kept the sandwich together and the roasted peppers gave it a nice kick.

You do not need me to tell you to go try it.

1136 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

I really like pork buns and blood sausage (also known as soondae in Korean). Eating one after another is heaven.

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

My girl suggested we go to eat some good authentic Japanese Ramen at the East Village in New York City.  By chance, that day was also one of the hottest days of the summer so far.  Right when we entered the tiny boutique ramen restaurant, we were blasted with hot air coming from the kitchen which was basically on top of the patrons who were eating there.

The small place did not seem to have an air conditioning unit but we decided to stay and eat some ramen since the journey to get here was a long one.  My girl ordered the Shoyu ramen which was soy sauce based pork broth ramen and I ordered the basic pork broth ramen which was garlic based, both with thick noodles.  I also ordered a Sapporo to cool down while we were waiting for the food.

The first thing I noticed taking my first bite was how well the noodles were cooked. They were cooked to perfection being al dente of course.  My broth was incredibly garlicky which I did not expect and my girl’s broth was sort of salty (maybe because of the soy sauce?). Both dishes came with a sheet of nori (toasted seaweed), mushrooms, fatty pieces of pork, and various vegetables.  Overall I was pleasantly surprised and would eat there again but this time order a more neutral flavored broth.

P.S. This place needs air conditioning ASAP!

536 E 5th St
New York, New York

After drinking with some friends, we were craving for some Korean food, so we decided to go to Woochon Restaurant.  Overpriced because of the location (Manhattan) but they served up some good food.  We ordered the Kimchi Pajun (which is basically kimchi pancakes) and for the entree, we ate jaeyook bokkum, which is basically sitr fried spicy pork with onions and peppers. Of course with when you order Korean food it comes with various side dishes that you could pick at while you are eating your main dishes.

10 W 36th Street
New York, NY 10018
(212) 695-1342

I had pork dumplings yesterday for lunch. You can find a variety of frozen dumplings in a Chinese grocery near you. This was from a bag of 20 and it costs only around $3!

Yummy-licious pork/vegetable bun from a Chinese bakery. 🙂

Happy 4th of July folks! Hope you all had a fun and safe one with your loved ones. This is the first time in a few years that i have spent the holiday with the family. Instead of the traditional bbq & beers, I had homemade Chinese food (minus the pork and chicken in the photos above which were bought from a Chinese restaurant).

Starting from the first photo, I had: kung pao beef (included celery, onions, green bell peppers, peanuts, chicken, and random spices), pork, chicken, chinese broccoli, ribs, and carrot soup. The kung pao beef was a personal favorite of mine made by my aunt. Although it looks a bit plain, it was very flavorful due to the smoky flavor that came out from the wok. So delish that i asked my aunt for the recipe. She was nice enough to give it to me. 🙂

John and I had our first dim sum experience together yesterday morning at jing fong restaurant, located on 20 Elizabeth Street in Chinatown, New York. The escalator ride transported us to a huge banquet hall, also known as dim sum heaven. This was the first time that I went without my family and unfortunately I do not speak a word of Chinese (being the typical american born Chinese I am), so John and I ended up pointing to the carts of dim sum and ordered whatever that looked good to us. Yes, the service may not be up to par but we didn’t care. John got up from his seat and chased after some of the carts. We were still satisfied and full towards the end of our meal.

We ended up with 6 small dishes of: short ribs, vegetable dumplings (there is one missing in the photo because John was impatient), shrimp wrapped in soft noodle sheets and soy sauce, pork buns, shrimp dumplings, and egg tarts (not pictured above). Each dish was as authentic as it could get and very delicious! There are lots more dishes to try out but unfortunately our tummies was packed with capacity. If you are ever in the area and are feening for dim sum, I suggest you check it out. 🙂

20 Elizabeth Street
New York, NY 10013-4802
(212) 964-5256

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