Pork belly buns are almost a delicacy here, but in Asia, gua bao are the equivalent of hamburgers -- cheap, easy to make, and unequivocally delicious. I ate my fill of the street food snack in Taiwan over the summer, and I was shocked at how large they were. The buns were the sizes of small coin w ... More >>
What we've been up to this week at Fork in the Road: Robert Sietsema lists out his ten favorite restaurants in Hell's Kitchen. We list out a hot summer deal about free iced booze at Bottlerocket in the Flatiron district. One of the menu items: "Bootlegger Vodka Sno-cones with Fruit Syrups." Seve ... More >>
Welcome to Postcards from China, a series of delicious snapshots from my summer in China and Taiwan. Location: Xiamen Item: Kumquat Rice Cake Flavor: Kumquat-flavored mochi In searching for desserts specific to Fujian, I came across these kumquat-flavored rice cakes. They're very similar to mochi ... More >>
Sweet Rice Sausage from Lu's Seafood 66 (38-18 Prince Street, Flushing, 718-321-0904)
If you wanted to sample honey jasmine cupcakes, pork belly baos, and Taiwanese sausages without walking more than a couple of feet, the opportunity is finally here. Taiwanese cultural organization, TAP New York is hosting a Taiwanese night market in TriBeca on Friday from 7-10 pm.
Toyohara / FlickrMmm, miso ramenWith Rai Rai Ken, Ippudo, and Ramen Setagaya all located in the East Village, you'd think the neighborhood had reached its peak of noodle peddlers. Well, get ready to add one more to the bunch. Ramen Misoya, specializing in miso-flavored ramen, will open at 12 ... More >>
Foxconn, makers of the iPhone as well as products for Sony, Nokia, Dell and Hewlett Packard, plans to automate much of its manufacturing load. Last year they doubled wages after more than a dozen workers at its plant in southern China committed suicide. It was so bad, the factory had to insta ... More >>
Isnt bean curd the blandest substance on earth? Not on your life!
Amy Chua, Yale Law professor and author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, lit up the internet over the weekend with a Wall Street Journal excerpt of her new book headlined, "Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior." Her reasoning had something to do with playing the piano or violin. The above video takes ... More >>
The 2009 tree, with ornaments.• Wyoming is having trouble finishing their ornaments for the White House Christmas tree this year. They have only 1,600 of the 5,000 they're responsible for. Apparently these ornaments have to be handmade, weatherproof, a foot tall, and in a Western theme. And ... More >>
Someone's been watching a tad too much Sex and the City. A 30-year-old Taipei office worker named Chen Wei-yih has tired of all the social pressure to get married and the lack of anyone decent to get married to, so she's going it solo, with a wedding planner and photos and a white dress and e ... More >>
patrick_george/flickrGive me a tea.Harney & Sons Fine Teas, whose more than 250 different types of tea, including iced versions, can be found in gourmet shops and fine dining establishments the world over, is opening its first tea house in New York City by late fall or early winter.
The bento box special at TKettle is a terrific deal. A passle of off-price restaurants vie for your patronage on the westernmost block of St. Marks in the East Village. One of the best is TKettle, a Taiwanese chain under relatively deep cover.
Action picks: Yee Kee H.K. Style and East Ocean Palace
Paul the Octopus, who is by German accounts retired but still not allowed to take a little Spanish vacay to celebrate, is now on the shit list of the Kazakhstan Association of Bookmakers, who believe that he has cut into their proceeds. According to the Telegraph, they made just half the prof ... More >>
As cocktail culture evolves and the drinks themselves get more intricate, the job of naming them has become a craft in itself. Sip a Penelope Cruiser at 675 Bar, or a Chupacabra at Fatty 'Cue. [NY Times] A new DIY winery is coming to Williamsburg, where you'll be able to do everything from s ... More >>
Here's my World Cup prediction: every game will be 1-1, 1-0, or 2-1. (There was once a game between, I think it was, Cameroon and New Zealand where the final score was 3-1, but that's only because the Cameroon's team was involved in a bus accident before the game and could only field two play ... More >>
There's yet another new food cart in town--A-Pou's Taste just opened yesterday, and they've snagged a prime spot on the south side of Astor Place.
Cobra goes to the prom
"With the power of our scandalous bodies combined, we should surely produce an earthquake," reads McCreight's Facebook invitation to the first ever "Boobquake" today. The purpose and sole activity of the day is for as many women as possible to dress immodestly in whatever way they choose, be it low ... More >>
Tasty ChompsEddie Huang lifts the lid on some steamed pork belly.In the scant few months since he opened Baohaus on Rivington Street, Eddie Huang has established himself as (a) one of the city's most gifted purveyors of Taiwanese gua bao (steamed buns) and (b) one of the most outspoken member ... More >>
Ah, sweet Friday afternoon. Here's a recap of the week's best posts to send you into Saturday. Our Man Sietsema rounded up the city's 10 Best Wine Bars. Battle of the Dishes pitted veggie dogs from Bark Hot Dogs and Crif Dogs against each other in a fight to the death. Vegetarian Delights reveled ... More >>
Actor Ron Silver has died of esophageal cancer at the age of 62. Born in New York, Silver took a Master's in Chinese History from St. John's University, taught Spanish, and even worked for the U.S. Government in Taiwan before starting to act off-Broadway. He moved on to TV (including a recurring r ... More >>
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What the foreign press really thinks of us (hint: it's not all kittens and rainbows)
She brought me over to her office, closed the door. It was a little intimidating . . .
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The Realm of the Senses
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