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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.

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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

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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.

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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!

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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

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Ela

This contemporary American restaurant is located on the corner of 3rd and Bainbridge, near South Street. It’s a pretty cozy place, with the crowd being a bit older (30’s ~ 40’s). Good place to bring a date (they even have a Valentine’s Day menu already!). Service is friendly, though it takes a while to bring the food, but that just gives more time to talk to your date! Recommendations include the scallop noodles, beets and carrots, octopus, and the wagyu skirt steak!

Address: 627 S 3rd St. Philadelphia, PA 19147
Price: $15 for appetizers, $25 for entrees
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 5:30pm – 10pm

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Menu
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Beets & Carrots
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Scallop Noodles
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Gnocchi
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Wagyu Skirt Steak
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Pumpkin Pudding