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Meals with Nancy and others (London Times)

JFores | Mar 30, 200807:43 PM

As many of you may have seen, a reporter from the London Times (Nancy) recently proposed and organized a meeting of Chowhounds in New York. Our first meals (thanks to Michael) were at Eastern Noodle and Best Fuhzou. So after some waiting at the Chinatown Holiday Inn, we were on our way to the first destination. Mr Gao, the owner of Eastern Noodle, greeted us happily and began serving up bowls of his delicious hand pulled noodle and beef soup. After this "appetizer" we headed over to Best Fuhzou for what was basically a banquet. An enormous meal followed (with no rice for filler.) We ate taro cakes, a seafood casserole (a bit expensive for 3 crabs, but tasty), duck or pork kidneys (I believe both. Very good. My favorite dish.), Fujianese lychee pork (very tasty), and more. Each meal begins with free boiled peanuts and pickled vegetables. It should be noted that smoking is very common in this restaurant (I've seen it every time I went) and while it doesn't bother me (adds to the atmosphere) it might bother others. Great meal nonetheless.

The next day began at noon in Jackson Heights. While the invites were basically botched by me (I forgot to send the final email until the day before) it still came together OK (if slightly reduced in size.) Nancy, Jason (a photographer for the London Times), and myself began our food walk down Roosevelt Avenue which was oriented towards Hispanic street food. The first cart we ate at was the elotes cart on 82nd Avenue. We ordered a white corn with all the fixings for 2 dollars. Delicious and one of my favorite street snacks in the area. Next we ordered a quesadilla from the nearby cart on the opposite side of the same corner. We were served up a delicious and cheesy chicken quesadilla for another 2 dollars. Another destination included the pandebono bakery down the street where I was greeted with an immediate "Como estas?" from my usual counter woman. A pandebono and two empanadas later and we were beginning to get full, though pandebonos in themselves brought up interesting comparisons to glue (tasty ones though.) Next came the taco cart on 86th where we shared a lengua taco as we neared the end of our walking meal. The lengua was delicious, tender, and well-seasoned. Leaning next to the grill to talk while waiting for our taco enveloped us in tasty porky goodness as carnitas sizzled away (Mmmm pork vapors...) The walk finished when we reached the family owned hornado cart near Junction Blvd. An enormous 10 dollar order of hornado (which comes with a potato cake, white corn, a spicy mango sauce, and salad) ended the food tour. The pork was delicious, tender, and filling. The skin was almost unbreakable, but it was still tasty. The pork skin at this cart varies. Sometimes it's perfect and hard but breakable (with incredible flavor and the texture of hard candy) while other times it is virtually indestructible. Oh well. Great stroll down Roosevelt Avenue though!

BTW, has anyone seen Isabella's cart lately? I haven't seen her in ages. BTW, the calabaza quesadillas from 61st St and Roosevelt under the LIRR tracks are incredibly good. I forgot to try the Oaxacan tamales though.


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