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  1. I too think Mr. Chow uptown wins the NYC Peking duck race by a nose. . . but the costs financially and sartorially may even things out. I was at Peking Duck House last night and as Weinoo says in the opening post, the duck was exactly as delicious as it has been every other time I've been there over the years. My wife and I have become committed orderers of a dish we like to call A16. That's its number on the menu. It has all sorts of things, sort of a platter of semi-weird deliciousness. Jellyfish cut like noodles, julienned carrot, egg, cucumber some pork, scallions, wide slippery clearish noodles and a few other things I'm forgetting. It's all served cold to room temp. Highly recommended.

  2. It's been more than three years since I've been in my beloved Seattle, more than ten years since I've lived there. No Pho so 1, no Shanghai Garden, no Red Robin, no Beth's, no Lampreia, no Matt's in the Market, no Noshino, not for a long time. Those restaurant names probably sound like relics (and wisecracks) to the egullet hyper-attuned. I'm curious what has evolved in my absence. I just managed to slip into Lark on my last visit. Liked it very much. What else is new in Seattle? Do you have heartthrob butchers with tattoos and master's degrees? Does every restaurant make their own charcuterie? Has Nathan Miervold cloned a Neopolitan Pizzaiolo for his new Hunt's Point pizzeria? I have three nights to hit the best of what is going to look to me like a new Seattle.

    Will y'all please help me make a good list?


  3. Really good. Really very good.

    The restaurant is a little too large for my taste.

    Pricing is very generous both on food and wine.

    Service is fantastic (on one visit but with a somewhat difficult table of 6)

    The food is outta sight. Our table ordered oxtails, suckling pig, lamb's neck, amatriciana, tripe, mixed cured meat platter, and sardines I think. I wanted more guanciale in the amatriciana but the otherwise the pasta was cooked very well and was delicious. Tripe was excellent, non-tripe eaters gobbled it down. All the slow-cooked meats were fantastic.

    I live close and want to eat at Maialino as often as possible.

  4. Recently had a chat with a friend about ways you can fuck up a pork shoulder. We could only think of two. Underseasoning and undercooking. I guess you could burn it too. I've cooked them hot and fast, slow and low, braised, boiled and barbecued. The pork shoulder is an inherently flavourful, juicy and delicious piece of meat. No matter what crazy idea I have, it always seems to come out all right.

  5. One of these buggers came up in my son's net in Long Island Sound a couple of weeks ago and then yesterday I saw a whole mess of them in NYC's Chinatown. Tried to cook them once before, kind of treated them like shrimp or lobster, and felt the result was, well, not palatable. Anybody out there have a fondness for squilla and some technique they'd like to pass on?

  6. Nice pics phila. I just read all three pages on Ippudo looking for mention of Karaage Chicken and here I get the end and you've expressed my sentiments exactly. De-fucking-licious. I'm awfully curious what the breading is. A Japanese friend who is also a chef said something about a special Japanese starch. It's a starting point.

  7. Okay, I'm going to go out on a limb here.  Ginny and I accidentally found a place 6 months or so ago that was brand new (then) and showed great promise.  Lots of fresh seafood.  However, as it's now 6 months later, I have no idea if this will still be good or a complete bust so let the buyer beware.  East Market Restaurant, with an official address of 75-85 East Broadway, but its actually upstairs, with an entrance from an internal alleyway between E.Bdway and Henry, Market St and Forsyth St.  A block away from the E. Broadway Mall.

    Soba: are those pictures from our dim sum together at World Tong?  Nice shots.  No durian.  :smile:

    I love this place. There's a playground just outside the front door where the kids can get their wilds out. Also the market on the ground floor is one of the best in Chinatown. Try the tripe.

  8. I'm working up a recipe for a 21 day guanciale cure.  It is equal parts salt and sugar-3 pounds of each 6 ounces of pink salt.  To all you pink salt experts out there, does that seem like too much pink salt?


    The standard dose is 1tsp (6grams) per 5 pounds (2250g) of meat...And for the rest of the cure. I would not use more salt than 4 to 5% of the weight of the meat..The sugar would be at 50% of the salt.


    Thanks for the reply. So if you do it that way, is your total cure weight based on the total weight of the meat to be cured? If so, and if you don't mind saying, what is the ratio that you use?

  9. I use two different butchers in Chinatown. One is the Catherine Street Meat Market or Butchers or whatever. It's on Catherine street and East Broadway just off of Bowery. The other is under the Manhattan Bridge and is part of a fantastic and comprehensive mostly chinese grocery store.

  10. You can also roll it. It's best to do it with the whole breast from which the ribs have been removed. In the past (with the help of a meat slicer and an aging room) I've rolled veal breast with minced rosemary, thyme and garlic, salt and pepper and then a blanket of very thinly sliced guanciale. Rolled and tied every inch or so seared and then braised in chicken or veal stock with mirapoix, garlic and more herbs. After the braise you can cool it, slice it and glaze up the slices in a hot oven using reduced braising liquid.

  11. Otto is very child-friendly and accessible by subway.  I'd suggest getting there by 5:45 or 6:00 at the latest to avoid long waits, though.

    VERY child friendly. . . debatable. I take mine too Otto on a pretty regular basis but only under certain circumstances.

    I strongly recommend Blue Smoke.

  12. Last night marked yet another in a string of fabulous experiences at Soto. There was, sadly, no cod sperm (shirako) on the menu (kind of like fishy sweetbreads) but we did very much enjoy the recently dispatched blackfish (tautog?) and Maltese chutoro handroll. . . yikes. Also on the menu is a turtle consomme served in a little teapot with some braised turtle pieces. I passed on the sea cucumber intestine as I ate it on a previous visit. I want to go back tonight.

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