A Thai curry puff as served at Thai Market.
You've encountered it in Thai restaurants before, a small braided pastry filled with chicken and potatoes called the curry puff. It's unlike any of the other apps on the menu, which run to papaya salads, tart sausages, steamed dumplings, fish cakes, and ... More >>
Sephardic-Uzbek shish kebabs, top to bottom: chicken hearts, ground-beef lulya, lamb, and marinated chicken
Hanukkah is a time for enjoying Jewish culinary traditions with family and friends, and to that end we present a daily competition between Ashkenazi and Sephardic food, going up around sunse ... More >>
Is that just a newfangled matzo?
Hanukkah is a time for enjoying Jewish culinary traditions with family and friends, and to that end we present a daily competition between Ashkenazi and Sephardic food, going up around sunset on the first seven days of Hanukkah - and presenting a wrap-up as the sun ... More >>
How 'bout a little suzma on your salad?
Today Counter Culture skates in to Nargis Cafe, a jewel in Coney Island Avenue's culinary crown, and just about the only Uzbek restaurant in town where you can sashay in and be seated at peak hours--without being a banquet, that is. The fare hits all the Sil ... More >>
Kuksu is a noodle soup whose name means "noodle soup" in Korean.
This week Counter Culture rolls into one of the city's most unique restaurants, Elza Fancy Foods. The menu represents the Uzbek-Korean-Russian cooking of Uzbekistan's Korean population. Much of the food is cheap, fascinating, and del ... More >>
The rustic loaves at Balthazar are cradled in a birch branch.
As Pablo Neruda says: "The best poet is the man who delivers our daily bread: the local baker." And indeed he was right. Little gives as much pleasure as a freshly baked loaf, and here are the 10 that please us most. Note that th ... More >>
West of the Caspians, you can just call it jizz biz.
In Azerbaijani restaurants, it's called jizz biz. This rather provocative name denotes a hash of potatoes fried with cubed animal organs of indeterminate distribution. Eat it in the dark. Over on the other side of the Caspian Sea, in Centr ... More >>
Autumn 2009 is making us nostalgic. First, we have a deranged Muslim killing a lot of citizens on U.S. soil. Now, we have anthrax! Or at least fake anthrax, which we also had back in the day, sonny. The New York consulates of France, Austria and Uzbekistan received anonymous packets of white ... More >>
In what is turning into a wine is good for you/wine is bad for you type of story, a new Canadian study says that living in an area with more fast food chains and convenience stores than supermarkets and grocers can lead to obesity. The study was released just days after another study from Purdue cla ... More >>
"Lamb shing" peaks out furtively from under its camouflage of raisins and shredded carrots
This week, Counter Culture takes the N train to Astoria's Balkh Shish Kabab House, named after a region in north central Afghanistan right next to the Uzbekistan border, where a version of Persian is the ... More >>