Welcome to Postcards from China, a series of delicious snapshots from my summer in China and Taiwan. Location: Gulangyu, Xiamen Item: Chinese Bayberry, or Yang Mei Flavor: A cross between a strawberry and lychee.
1. Crust of Cooked Rice With Pork -- This dish hails from Zhejiang, the maritime province just south of Shanghai. The flavors are rich and mellow, and the crunchiness of the rice an added bonus. This week Counter Culture settles into Little Pepper, a relocated Sichuan classic now found in College ... More >>
The first dish to arrive was a palate-preparer of sliced cold cucumbers with pepper sauce. Every year some friends and I stage an afternoon banquet called "Escape From Christmas." This year for a second year in a row, we had it at a Hong Kong-style restaurant with the quizzical name of Dining Room ... More >>
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. If you hear of any new openings or closings, let us know. Hollis Famous Burgers, in Jamaica, appears to be closed. The website is down, and the phone line disconnected. [Grub Street] Ci ... More >>