Vegetarian Mock Duck - Made of tofu skin tightly rolled up with minced mushrooms inside, the recipe associated with Buddhist monks resembles sliced duck breast more than a little, right?
Full House is one of the new generation of Shanghai restaurants gradually materializing around town, places tha ... More >>
The braised pork shoulder at Shanghai newcomer Full House is perfectly executed, but will it be enough to catapult that Chinatown establishment into our top 10?
With wave upon wave of new immigrants arriving, the city's collection of Chinese restaurants is in a perpetual state of flux. Ten years a ... 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 >>
Welcome to Postcards From China, a series of delicious snapshots from my summer in China and Taiwan.
Item: Xiaolongbao (XLB), or "soup dumplings"
Flavor: Sweeter soup than the Chinese-American versions
I took a weekend trip to Shanghai just for the food. It was an eight-hou ... More >>
We've read a lot about Yelp in the news lately. The company went public on March 2, and the press was abuzz with speculation about and investigation into its financial health and sources of ad revenue. The site also popped up in Pete Wells' latest review of RedFarm, the Times critic saying that the ... More >>
Shanghai-style lo mein at Chinatown's Shanghai Asian Cuisine
This week Counter Culture sails into Shanghai Asian Cuisine, a comparative newcomer to Elizabeth Street in the most ancient part of Chinatown, next to the alley called Chinatown Mall. Here are the five dishes that my friends and I ... More >>
Here they are -- in the crab and pork permutation.
Fifteen years ago when Shanghai soup dumplings first hit town, they caused a sensation, and foodies were lining up at the 7 train to sojourn to Flushing to get them at the original Joe's Shanghai. Soon thereafter, the dumplings -- bulging w ... More >>
Oyster on the half shell, seared scallop, truffle essenceServing good food isn't enough for a restaurant to sweep me off my tongue.
The presentation of such edibles has to be more amazing than Barney's Christmas windows.
And at Lair (201 Lafayette Street; 212-334-5247), all the seared, tru ... More >>
The floods, droughts, storms and tornadoes that hit the United States in April and May could mean a severe spike in food prices, including a 7 percent increase in the price of meat over the next year. [NPR]
Deliverymen for Chinese restaurants are increasingly using electric bicycles--much to the ch ... More >>
Exciting news for the children of China: Walt Disney Co. and its Chinese government friends have finally broken ground on Shanghai Disneyland, reports the Wall Street Journal. The "Disneyland" portion is just part of what will be a $4.4 billion resort with hotels, shops, restaurants, and ever ... More >>
Welcome to The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday, where we endeavor to remember the very best thing we stuffed down our gullets over the past 24 hours. Why? Because the only thing better than enjoying a meal is wallowing in the memory of one savored in the recent past.
Today's fond reminiscences ...
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Does the Shanghai Café's fuchsia glow camouflage unfair labor practices?
In addition to having the city's studliest soup dumplings and niftiest Chinese noodles, the Shangai Café can now claim a lawsuit to its name.
The "néo-bistrot," a new kind of restaurant that serves good, simple French fare at reasonable prices, could save French gastronomy in an era when upscale restaurants in the country are lagging.
[Wall Street Journal]
Amid an immigration debate, a popular Chinese restaurant in Berlin is pus ... More >>