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Asia Cafe and Grill on Bayard

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Asia Cafe and Grill on Bayard

HLing | Jan 9, 2006 08:51 PM

I've been to this new comer on Bayard a few times when it was past 10 pm, and most other places were closed. Food had been pretty good. Really good deep fried salt/pepper pork ribs, pretty good pan fried rice noodles...etc.

A couple nights ago though, I was there just after 6 pm, and happened to catch their after hour special for the roast stuff: I think they were a dollar off per pound price after 5 pm, or something like that. I got half a pound of the crispy skinned roast pork, and half a pound of the roast duck. I wasn't expecting much but once I got home I realized that this place has really good quality meats. The pork was very savory. It had lots of "umame". The skin was nicely crisped. The duck was also outstanding in its perfect seasoning, not to mention how the fatty parts and the skin were all very succulent.

I don't know if anyone else have had the occasional bad luck of getting pork or duck that had some sort of stinkiness to it. I don't know how else to describe it, but only that each time it's enough to turn me off the meats for a while. (in fact, my first Great NY Noodle Town experience I had tasted some pretty stinky duck there..sorry to all you Noodle Town enthusiasts out there)

So, my next step, if no one wants to beat me to it, is to order some goose here at the Asia Cafe and Grill. It's available as "Tang Shan shao E", though it's on a sign on the window in Chinese only. It's pricy at $38 per goose, but if they do their goose as well as their duck and pork, I'm sold.

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