I headed to Flushing the other day to pick up my seasonal share of mooncakes and happily noticed the logo of Liang's Kitchen. I hail from the San Gabriel Valley, a Chinese-food mecca, and I'm familiar with the Taiwanese chain. So even though the restaurant is awkwardly located smack in the middle of ... More >>
The magnificent "big tray chicken" -- same as it ever was.
It was in early June that a group of friends and I staged a wake for He Nan Flavor, a modest noodle-centric restaurant on the Lower East side that provided Manhattan's only glimpse of food from Henan - a landlocked region wedged between Sh ... More >>
Sarah DiGregorioThese Shandong dumplings are mighty fine, but will they make it into the top 10?Dumplings are quite possibly the world's most perfect food, evidenced by their prominence in so many different cultures. Gyoza, momo, pierogi, xiao long bao, gnudi...the list of plumped, stuffed g ... More >>
The fish arrives smothered in roses...
The most expensive thing on the menu at Lu Xiang Yuan--a Chinese restaurant specializing in the regional food of Qingdao, Shandong--is "rose fragrant roasted fish" ($28). Is it worth it? You'll have to wait to see my full review (two weeks from today) t ... More >>
The sea intestines I ate the night before last at Lu Xiang Yuan.
It's a great pleasure each time a new ingredient is added to New York's collective larder, and one of the most recent to appear is sea intestines.
Why do Chinese adults keep attacking Chinese schoolchildren? Most recently: A man broke into a school in the Shandong Province on Friday and beat five preschoolers before setting himself on fire.
This has been the fourth assault on Chinese students in just over a month, and the third in thr ... More >>
Fat and juicy: Beef and leek dumplings We were interested in the shepherd's purse--a plant related to mustard--dumplings, but the woman behind the counter said that they were out, and suggested the beef dumplings instead (eight for $3.50). The price might be slightly above that charged at the ... More >>
"This is Chinese food?" said an incredulous tablemate." Indeed, "sauteed pine nuts and corn" might be mistaken for American succotash.
This week Counter Culture forges ahead to M & T, a Flushing restaurant whose owners came from the city of Qingdao in Shandong Province, directly across the Y ... More >>
Ah, Friday. Without further ado, the week's best posts:
Cute Yummy Time: when gothic Lolita fetishists and singing crab bagels collide.Battle of the Dishes pitted supermarket veggie burgers against one another. Fork in the Road ranked our 10 Best French Fries.As the city grows more bike-friend ... More >>
The so-called "corn bread" turns out to be fluffy bao made with yellowish corn flour.
This week, Counter Culture cruises in to Golden Palace, one of two restaurants presenting the cuisine of Shandong and Liaoning in northern China, encompassing the delta of the Yellow River, and proximate t ... More >>
19-year-old Caleb Lacey wanted to be a fireman. He volunteered for the Lawrence-Cedarhurst Fire Department in Long Island. He seemed to enjoy the work. Now he stands accused of arson and second-degree murder. Elizabeth Dwoskin has the story.
You knew before it dropped there'd be backlash o ... More >>
I was munching with some friends on a giant heap of dishes at new Shandong restaurant M & T, when the waitress sidled up to me and whispered: "You want to try some seafood from my town of Qingdao. Something we only have there?"
How could I resist? The tubes were rubbery, slippery, and slig ... More >>