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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 ‎

After a day of drinking, my friend and I ventured for some Mexican food for breakfast. We entered into Cinco De Mayo way too early so we just sat at our tables thinking about all the Mexican food we were going to eat while we waited for the waitress to clock in.

We finally ordered and were treated to some beef quesadilla. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the appetizer was very good and also filled with a lot of cheese. Then came the paella which was loaded with various seafoods such as mussels, clams, tilapia, etc. Although the food was good the fish was over steamed which led to a fishier experience… which I did not want to get accustomed to.

2428 Lemoine Ave
Fort Lee, NJ 07024
201-947-4780

John and I were craving for some Japanese food and we arrived to Sake Bar Hagi only to discover that it usually opens around 5pm. It was 4pm and we were also on a time crunch so we decided to try Iroha Japanese Restaurant which was located right next door.
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One word: mediocre. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s horrible. It was also inexpensive. We ordered warm sake and we both ended up taking quite a few shots each. John ordered the 3 sushi roll combo: California roll, spicy tuna, and eel with avocado. It also came with a small bowl of miso soup. I ordered the bowl of udon (common Japanese noodles) with tempura (deep fried seafood/vegetables) and it also came with 2 pieces of inari sushi (fried tofu stuffed with sushi rice – good for vegetarians).
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I never had udon topped with tempura before. I would probably prefer those two things to be separate because it became extremely soggy from the broth. The broth was tasty and good enough to be consumed. The sushi rolls were also delicious but nothing special. There are definitely better Japanese restaurants than this one.
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152 W 49th St
New York, NY 10019
(212) 398-9049

I had this interesting dish of abalone for dinner the other day. If you don’t know what abalone is, it is a sea snail and is considered a Chinese delicacy in East Asia and other countries such as France and Latin America. This abalone was captured by my uncle who is licensed to catch these things in California.

The texture is a bit tough…like chewing on rubber; which is something I’m not used to. I’m still not a fan of oysters, clams, and the like. However, the abalone meat was very flavorful. You can stir-fry it with soy sauce, scallions, and other basic ingredients.

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

Believe it or not this delicious salmon came from a can. It is probably the best canned food I’ve ever had. You can find this inexpensive salmon in Costco. Just top it off with seasonings/onions and fry it on a pan for a bit and you’re good to go. 🙂

For dinner today, I dined on Chinese leek with egg and shrimp. If you’ve never had Chinese leek before (also known as Chinese chives), it is very aromatic and bursting with flavor. The chives in this dish are cut up into pieces and meshed together with eggs and shrimp. This vegetable also goes very well with meat dumplings!

Lobster rolls, lobster mac & cheese, etc. The list can go on….I love lobster! Yum.

My mother made crab and shrimp today. She also made some sort of garlic mixed with oil sauce to dip it in. It was absolutely divine.  I think I am an expert in cracking crab legs!

Chinese kale, also known as Chinese broccoli, is enriched in vitamins A, C, K and other nutrients. I had this for dinner tonight and it is my favorite Chinese vegetable. If you’ve never eaten this before, it tastes like broccoli but somewhat bitter. The leaves are sweet if you put just the right amount of sauce. This dish was stirfried with shrimp and various sauces and seasonings.

This fruit, called the bitter melon, is too bitter for my taste. I definitely think it is an acquired taste. Tastes mushy and bitter! This dish was cooked with spareribs and black eyed peas. It can also be cooked in soups.