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sunday foraging in chinatown

passing thru | Feb 9, 2004 07:17 AM

well, it's a cold sunday afternoon and i'm hungry....should i eat the tasty spicy goat stew that i made for myself on friday night? of course not! time to hop on the train to chinatown...since the sometimes cold averse significant other nixes the idea of a sitdown lunch for the two of us, i guess it's up to me to scour the streets for edibles....

besides, how many galley girl posts can you read about the oysters in black bean sauce at peach farm before you break down and try it out for yourself? i'm only human, after all, and since the gf isn't much of a meat eater i need to bring back some treats from the sea. these were just as raved about, huge meaty shellfish with chunks of onion in a delicious black bean accompaniment. i'm usually on record as someone who prefers raw oysters as the way to eat this bivalve, but between this dish and the fried oyster i had recently at evoo, i may have to rethink that position....

also at peach farm i picked up some leafy green pea pod stems with garlic. this is the so's new favorite chinese dish. she loves 'em, and the ones we got here were significantly different and tastier than the order that i recently got at qingdao garden. much bigger stems and more greenery, and this version had more crunch left to it. spectacular.

then i got sucked into noodle alcove as i wandered the streets waiting for my peach farm food. i was reading the menu outside and then was beckoned inside by a nice young woman, so i figured what the heck? got the roast pork hand drawn noodle soup, a real bargain at $4.95...this was a tasty cheap order of soup, savory bits of pork, soft noodles, a few lively pieces of greens (spinach? watercress?) and a fine broth. not amazing, but solid--and for the cost, a nice dish.

next stop taiwan cafe! i felt the need for some more meaty fare and had gotten shot down on the chilled spicy tendon last time here, so i tried, tried again. this time it was in stock, and so my quest for out of the ordinary meatstuffs was fulfilled. this dish isn't really spicy in my opinion, but it is a nice and intensely flavorful cold starter. would probably be good in the summer with beer, if that's your thing. the somewhat rubbery texture took a little getting used to for me, but it's actually a good trait when combined with the tendon's taste. interesting appetizer, though you sure get a lot in an order when you're the only one eating it. i'll be having this for days....

for me, no stop at TC is complete w/o the xiao long bao. i know there's some sentiment on the board for dumplings that are smaller and have a different textured wrapper, but i am in love with these soup dumplings! so flavorful, so juicy, just an explosion of taste when you put it in your mouth. i could've eaten all of these yesterday, but i made myself save a couple for dinner tonight. really love these.

those were my main forage spots, though i of course had to go to mix for a couple pork banh mi's--that's lunch for today. toyed with the idea of piling on some of the fried intestines at penang that were highly spoken of in my offal query, but since i had already hit three joints i figured it was time to get the food back home.

though if only i had known there was a new dessert place on harrison ave, i would've gotten some dessert too...

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