As I "pen" this post, I'm munching on a cold carne asada burrito that I keep jabbing into a small, plastic condiment container filled with a fluorescent red/orange fermented chili sauce I picked up over two weeks ago at Mission Chinese Food in San Francisco. (Do not panic - it rode home from CA to AZ in a cooler filled with ice, it's currently harboring quietly in the fridge, and it's fermented, so ...) I try to dab delicately, as I only have one more of these little containers left, but it's so incredibly tasty and willpower and I don't get along well when I've got tasty chili sauce in front of me.Read More
Yesterday I hit up David Chang's Momofuku DC outpost - a place I've been longing to visit for as long as I've owned the Momofuku cookbook (long time). Yes, I had the pork belly buns. Yes I had the ginger-scallion noodles. Yes, I had the holy grail ... Momofuku Ramen.
That's a lot of food but luckily, I had reinforcements - I'm in DC visiting my good friends Pete and Hanna Robbins, and we met up with Pete's brother's family as well as his parents. I always look forward to meeting new people (and they were all delightful), but honestly I was truly hoping to capitalize on making them my food models.Read More
David Chang has this way of taking classic Asian dishes, good on their own merit for centuries now, and amplifying them. And yet he's also perfectly content to enjoy these classic dishes in their original environments (sans cool/modern vibe). In the most recent Lucky Peach "Seashore" issue, he recommends two relatively "humble" go-to spots in Las Vegas, one of which is Bund Shanghai - a non-descript Chinese restaurant in the heart of Las Vegas's Chinatown.Read More
That's the first step, right? Admitting you have a problem? So I'm admitting that I have a problem only in that I can't seem to get enough fried chicken these days. I'm obsessed with it. Perhaps it's that summer is over and I'm not ready. Nothing smacks more of summer, to me, than a decent platter of fried chicken.Read More