Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Food Truck: Bian Dang

Bian Dang has been one of the first food trucks to hit the scene in Midtown. Back then, it was called NYC Cravings. But they've since evolved and expanded. The original truck is still around serving some of the tastiest take out food one can find under $10.
They're known for their Taiwanese style fried pork chop over rice with meat sauce. Don't like pork chop? No problem. Opt for the chicken or fish cake. All for $7-$8. What if you want to try a bit of everything? No problem! You can get the porken which is a fried pork chop and fried chicken over rice. Still not enough? Add a tea egg (+$1). Enough protein for you? Yup, and still $10 or less. Awesome.
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Spain Inspired Dinner

Often times, after a wonderful food filled trip, I come back missing all the delicacies I've tried. This was just the case after my France and Spain trips. Besides, I tend to pack my suitcase with lots of food based treasures to bring back with me. Obviously, some things can't be taken back with me but I do what I can.
So after Spain with my dear friends, I missed those tapas that we shared and enjoyed together. We definitely ate very well on that trip. In fact, too well since I gained weight even when I walked 6-8 miles a day! Anyway, above are some of the dishes that I recreated in honor of my recent trip.
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Monday, August 18, 2014

Barraca

This post is extremely old. I mean prior to my Spain trip old. But what can I say? I like to post about everything worth posting about. So Barraca which gets mixed reviews all over the internet was chosen as a place for us to gather and talk about the Spain trip. We were still in the planning stages and needed to settle flight, hotel, etc. So as tradition goes, we went to eat the cuisine of the place we were going to visit.
Once we arrived, we were quickly sat at our reserved table. People were being turned away at the door because the wait was too long. I guess that's a good sign, right? It was a busy night but we managed to juggle the papers, books, and food all in one sitting. The waiter even quipped that we should be there to eat, and not to study. Hah! Was it that obvious?

Anyway, here is the recap of the food we had. Above are the gambas al ajillo ($13). Although larger than normal, the shrimp dish was lackluster. There was no abundance of garlicky oil to sop up using the accompanying bread. Actually, the dish lacked the pungent garlic flavor one would expect from this dish.
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Friday, August 15, 2014

Lunch Week 29: Pad See Ew

So every Sunday, I head over to the kitchen to whip up a big batch of food for lunch the next week. Yes, I brown bag. And I almost always do it every week unless I become too busy to even buy cold cuts from the deli. I do it for several reasons being health, finance, and laziness. Now, you may think that spending hours on a day off to prep and cook five meals at once is hardly lazy. But let me remind you, I hate it when the time comes to decide what to eat for lunch every day. I work in Midtown so the choices are endless. My problem, the more choices, the harder it is for me. So it's much easier for me to have my lunch ready and already decided.

So my lunch for the week: Pad See Ew
Who knew that Pad See Ew was so simple to make with such little ingredients? But you know what they say about simple recipes, right? Well, it's even more difficult to perfect since there's very little one can do to hide mistakes. You really only have one shot to do it right. So while I was excited to make this sweet salty rice noodle dish with pork and Chinese broccoli, I was also a bit scared to screw it up big time. Lucky for me, Mr. M&P is much less critical than I am.
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Quality Meats

Another wonderful visit from Mr. Haribo Mule. And you know what that means...STEAK! This time we went to Quality Meats.
We started off the meal with an amuse bouche of radishes with butter. A spicy, fresh kick.
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Scarpetta

For our Anniversary this year, Mr. M&P and I toned it down a bit. We had our Spain trip coming up in a week and didn't want to blow too much money now. So we met somewhere in the middle for price and ate at Scarpetta. This Italian restaurant made famous by Scott Conant sits in Chelsea among the other trendy places.
We arrive on time for our reservation and are sat quickly. We ordered some wine then their famous bread basket comes to the table. This is no ordinary bread. They serve meat stuffed bread here for free. Yes, for free. Devour away.
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tuesday Night: Gotham West Market - Ivan Ramen and Genuine Roadside

Towards the end of  one year, my friends thought that we weren't hanging out enough. It's true, we weren't. So they started Tuesday night get-togethers. Every Tuesday, we'll pick a bar to drink, eat, and hang out for a couple of hours. Whoever can make it will attend. If you're busy, it's okay. There's always next week. So this is Tuesday Nights on Tasty Eating where you will find bars that serve food and how we like them.

On this recent Tuesday Night, we headed out to: Gotham West Market

I really wish this food court was open when Mr. M&P and I used to live in Hell's Kitchen. It was would certainly made it in our weekly rotation for food.
They have some pretty tasty places in there like Ivan Ramen which is all the rage right now. His sweet savory ramen broth, chewy noodles, and garnishes have been praised by many. On my night there, I had the Classic Shoyu ($13) with his famous chicken broth, chasu, and added an egg (+$2). Delicious and flavorful. The rye ramen noodles were heartier than most noodles and paired well with the broth. Overall, it's a lighter ramen but I don't mind it at all. It's certainly different and yet very delicious.
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