Honmura An

09. October 2003 Japanese, SoHo 0
170 Mercer Street off Houston 212/334.5253 about $125 for two, with two drinks, without tip ♥ ♥ ♥ Updated, 2007: Honmura An is now closed. When it’s cold outside, all I want is a hot bowl of soba. When I have money, Honmura An is always my first pick. It’s one of the few places ...

Avocado Salad

19. September 2003 Vegetables + Salads 0
This is another salad I make when there are avocados for sale in my neighborhood supermarket. To make sure I buy ripe avocados, I look at the nubbin where the stem came from. If the avocado is ripe, the nubbin pushes right out with my thumb. The best way is to buy the avocados when ...

Joe’s Ginger

09. September 2003 Chinatown, Chinese 0
113 Mott Street on Hester 212/966.6613 about $60 for two, with two drinks, without tip ♥ ♥ ♥ Updated, 2006: Joe’s Ginger has move to 25 Pell Street off Mott, 212/285.0333 There is now an alternative to Joe’s Shanghai. I come to Joe’s Ginger now to avoid the long wait for a table at Joe’s ...

Shanghainese String Beans with Minced Pork

08. September 2003 Vegetables + Salads 0
This is one of my favorite dishes from Joe’s Shanghai in New York City. The string beans always look wilted but they’re still crunchy when you bite into them. I’ve done this dish at home so many times that I think I know the secret to it. Ingredients: half a pound of sweet string beans ...

Squash Runners Wrapped in Prosciutto

07. September 2003 Vegetables + Salads 0
For a short time in the fall, squash runners show up in Chinatown. The Filipino way would be to boil them until tender. Then we dip them in white vinegar mixed with bagoong, or shrimp paste, using our hands and eat them with white rice. Squash runners are nutrituously bitter so the sour and salty ...