7 Best Things To Eat at Elza Fancy Foods

7 Best Things To Eat at Elza Fancy Foods

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 delicious, too. Here are our recommendations for the first-timer.

1. Kuksu (above photo) -- At first glance this looks like a routine Chinese lo mein soup, only skewed toward Korean tastes, but a second reveals that the roster of ingredients makes this more like a floating form of bibimbap. And who ever heard of lo mein with lamb? No matter how you interpret it, the soup is scrumptious and a perfect light meal.

7 Best Things To Eat at Elza Fancy Foods

2. Chicken Tabaka -- This Georgian invention (aka "roadkill chicken") is smashed under a brick as it's roasted, and was transmitted to nearly every corner of the former Soviet Union. In the Korean-Uzbek style, though, it's presented without broth and smeared with a sweet chili sauce.

7 Best Things To Eat at Elza Fancy Foods

3. Mash-Hurdy -- Basically, it's a minute steak smeared with mayo and wrapped up inside a thin omelet. Did it originate as a Uzbek form of fast food? Origin aside, this wrap is one you won't be embarrassed to be seen eating.

7 Best Things To Eat at Elza Fancy Foods

This is the Brighton Beach branch, but there's one nearly identical in Bensonhurst.

 

7 Best Things To Eat at Elza Fancy Foods

4. Samsa -- This hand-held pastry can be had stuffed with pumpkin or stuffed with lamb. Three would make a full meal.

7 Best Things To Eat at Elza Fancy Foods

5. Tripe Hye -- This is one of a series of cold salads on the menu laced with chili sauce. In this case, in addition to carrots, the main ingredient is honeycomb cow tripe, and you've never tasted tenderer.

7 Best Things To Eat at Elza Fancy Foods

6. Yug-Gyadya -- This is the Ikea furniture kit of soups. All the ingredients are provided, and you must turn it into something special. The soup in the bowl is a simple beef broth with pieces of meat in the bottom.

7 Best Things To Eat at Elza Fancy Foods

7. Hanum -- Thin pasta handkerchiefs smeared with tomato sauce and caramelized onions. And it doesn't taste Italian in the least.

Elza Fancy Foods 3071 Brighton 4th Street Brighton Beach, Brooklyn 718-942-4088

Elza Fancy Foods 8611 19th Avenue Bensonhurst, Brooklyn 718-234-1940

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