Author Archives: chawls

Bohemian

Move over, Carbone. Step aside, Little Owl. Back off, Blue Hill. Bohemian has taken the top spot as my favorite restaurant in NYC. Actually scratch that, my favorite restaurant ever. I don’t think I’ve ever been to a restaurant where everything I ordered was absolutely top class.

Bohemian is a Japanese-French fusion restaurant that’s hidden in the back of a butcher shop in NoHo called Japanese Premium Beef, Inc. The place is pretty small, seats probably 20 people total. Highly recommend going.

DSC04455Uni Croquette

DSC04456Washuyu Short Rib Sashimi. This was easily my favorite dish that we ordered. Moist on the outside, pink on the inside. So succulent, so juicy.

DSC04457Foie Gras Sushi. Foie gras and sushi rice go together like peanut butter and jelly, like bagel and cream cheese, like M&A.

DSC04458Mac and Cheese

DSC04459Foie Gras Soba. Best noodles I’ve ever had.

DSC04467Bohemian Cheesecake. This was really interesting – souffle on top, goat cheese base on the bottom.

DSC04468Green Tea Brownie

More Home Cooking

There are probably only two things in the world that I think I’m truly good at. First is sleeping. Second is eating. But you can’t just always eat out or else you’ll go broke and/or get super rotund. Thus, I frequently cook my own meals and here are just a couple dishes that I’ve made recently! DSC04270 String beans with bacon stripsDSC04282DSC04311 A real man’s salad – chicken breast on a bed of arugulaDSC04319 Crabby Patties! Nah just normal beef patties from Trader Joe’sDSC04322DSC04341Probably one of my favorite dishes to cook – braised chicken wings. Pretty simple steps: 1. Heat up olive oil in pan and brown both sides of wings 2. Pour 1/4 cup soy sauce and flip the wings to make sure both sides get coated 3. Add 2 cups water 4. Add sriracha sauce to add a little kick to the wings 5. Put on light boil for 40 minutesDSC04345DSC04330 Homemade mochi! Just kidding, these were store bought but they’re so beautiful aren’t they? Green tea mochi with red bean pasteDSC04340White peach mochi so good

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner – Amy Ruth’s

Actually it was lunch. But seriously, this has to have been one of my favorite meals of all time. Highly recommend it anyone who wants a nice meal for a completely reasonable price. (Huge portions too). And extremely easy to get to. You can either take the 2,3 to 116th St. which takes you directly outside the restaurant or the 6 to 116th and walk 5 minutes.

Amy Ruth’s
113 W 116th Street (on Lenox Ave)
New York, NY 10026

Click here for the menu!

DSC04263 DSC04266 Some nice warm cornbread to kickstart our appetiteDSC04268 The waffles and chicken were more moist than your date after promDSC04269
Peach cobbler was pretty amazing too but by this time we were full out of our minds

 

 

 

New Lens, New Perspective

Just got a macro lens for my camera (30mm f3.5) just so I can take better pictures of food. I am such a loser so passionate about what I do.

I made steak & brussels sprouts tonight and decided to try out the new lens. Special shoutout to Eric who showed me this recipe for cooking brussels sprouts. Before him, I was confined to the salt/pepper/olive oil combination. His way is actually surprisingly easy too.

1. Heat up pan on high heat (with no oil)
2. Place 3-4 strips of bacon on pan and let it cook til the fat melts off.
3. Take out bacon strips, put in brussels sprouts and cook for ~10 minutes or until they’re nice and brown.

DSC04232DSC04233DSC04231   DSC04235 DSC04239

 

Sushi Nakazawa

A couple months ago when I first heard that one of Jiro’s apprentices opened up a new restaurant in NYC, my pants quickly became moist with joy. Ever since I saw Jiro Dreams of Sushi, I’ve been wanting to go eat at his restaurant, but seeing that I probably would not be going to Tokyo anytime soon, this was a pretty awesome alternative. The restaurant is located in West Village and reservations weren’t surprisingly terrible to make.

The meal had roughly 20 pieces of nigiri with a nice raspberry sorbet at the end to top it off. We got the sake pairing as well which was a nice addition to the meal.

Overall verdict: I’m surprisingly pretty conflicted with this one. The quality and freshness of the fish is absolutely top class, without a doubt. The problem I ran into (and I think it’s mainly because I have the palate of a 2-year-old) was that I wasn’t able to taste the more subtle flavors of some of the fish. Fish with stronger, bolder flavors like mackerel and barracuda was absolutely spectacular, but there were some fish like the fluke which I thought was pretty bland. Overall, out of the 20 pieces, I would say 13-14 were amazing and the others were pretty average. I’m not sure if I’d go again but definitely worth a try.

Now for the pictures….Also I couldn’t decide whether or not my camera or phone took better close-up photos so half these pics are from my camera and the other half from my phone. But clearly there was an obvious winner…

DSC03780
Ivory Salmon

WP_20131116_010-2
Some other kind of wild salmon I forgot the name of

DSC03781
Best scallop ever

WP_20131116_012-2
Giant Clam

WP_20131116_013-2
Fluke

WP_20131116_015-2
Wet Barracuda – this thing was AMAZING

WP_20131116_016-2
Haku

WP_20131116_017-2
Mackerel – so good

WP_20131116_019-2
Tiger Shrimp – the tail was still moving when we ate it ~~

DSC03782
Blue Shrimp

DSC03783
Wild Yellowtail

DSC03785
Amberjack

DSC03787
Skipjack – this thing was beautiful

DSC03788
Bluefin Tuna – pretty lean and bland sadface

DSC03789
Bluefin Tuna 2 – this was so good

DSC03790
Toro!! so fatty and yummy

DSC03792
Uni: Best dish of the night by far – butter of the sea

DSC03793
Roe – so good too

DSC03794
Sea eel – amazinggg

DSC03795
Egg sushi – in the documentary it talks about how Nakazawa spent 3 months making only egg sushi under Jiro’s tutelage.. and it fucking paid off LOL best egg sushi ever omg

DSC03797
Top off the meal with some nice raspberry sorbet yumyum

Sangkee Noodle House

I actually really like this place, and given the relatively cheap prices, it’s not too bad. Especially on a campus where Asian restaurants have crappier food and 3 times the price. Like Han Dynasty. Or Handy Nasty.

Address: 3549 Chestnut St.  Philadelphia, PA 19104
Price: $7-15
Hours: Sun – Thu: 6:30am – 10:30pm, Fri – Sat: 6:30am – 11:30pm

ImageRoast Duck + Pork Noodle Soup

The camera on this phone is seriously amazing. Lumia 920 FTW.

Super Bowl

Last year, I watched the super bowl by myself with a super bowl of rice. This year, I decided to be more social. We had a huge potluck with ribs, wings, nachos, mac & cheese, fries, and a load of other diabetes inducing foods.

I made two batches of wings – one batch was braised Chinese-style and the other was baked Western-style.

Image

The first batch of wings were baked in the oven for 45 minutes. Seasoned with salt, garlic, and cajun powder. Came out extremely crispy, yet tender. Success!

Image

This is easily my favorite dish to make (and probably best tasting too). Braised wings. I start off by cooking the wings in oil to brown up both sides, then pour soy sauce in for the color, then add water and boil for 40 minutes. The kicker? Sriracha sauce. Feel free to put as little or as much of it in it as you want, since the spiciness will be tempered after boiling for 40 minutes. So easy, so delicious.

Saigon Cuisine

Two words: Sangkee Wannabe. Although it is cheaper and the ambience is much better than Pho Saigon on 43rd and Spruce. It replaced “Nan”, the French/Thai fusion restaurant. Not in the mood to make a real review though so here are some shady pictures from my phone.

Address: 4000 Chestnut St. Philadelphia, PA 19104
Price: $6-10 for entrees

ImageImage