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Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

IVAN RAMEN SLURP SHOP, Inside Gotham West Market, 600 Eleventh Avenue (between West 44th and West 45th Street), Hell's Kitchen

We know Jewish people love to eat Asian food, but did you know Asian chefs love to incorporate one specific Jewish food into their dishes? I’m talking about everybody’s favorite smoked meat: pastrami.

At least in New York, chefs from funky hip Asian restaurants seem to use pastrami as a meat substitute any place they can. And it usually works wonders. I’ve had excellent pastrami egg rolls at Red Farm, super spicy kung pao pastrami at Mission Chinese, and now I’ve finally discovered Ivan Ramen’s pastrami buns.

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For the fourth year in a row, I present the 100 most exciting dishes I’ve consumed during my food adventures around the five boroughs. Look for another five dishes every few days.

In the last few years, a brand new cuisine has been created that I (and most of NYC) like to refer to as “hipster Asian.” There’s a definite kitschy, hipster vibe to these restaurants that are all located in trendy neighborhoods like Soho or Red Hook – unlike the no frills Asian joints located in ethnic enclaves in the outer boroughs. Also, many of these chefs are white Americans who have spent some time in Asia falling in love with the cuisine. Now they’ve brought it to us and these five dishes are an argument for why this city is better for it.

NUMBER 20: TOFU RIBBON SALAD at YUNNAN KITCHEN

Tofu Ribbon Salad at YUNNAN KITCHEN

Somewhere between a spicy pasta dish and a cooling herb-loaded salad, is this plate of tofu ribbons. Inspired by the Yunnan region of China, the food at this Lower East Side restaurant is hip, authentic, and delicious. The long strands of tofu in the salad have a nice toothsome chew and sop up the bright dressing of spicy chilies, sweet tangy red onions, and loads of fresh mint and cilantro. If you can’t decide between pasta, salad, or vegetarian food, this is the dish for you. Price: $11

YUNNAN KITCHEN
79 Clinton Street (between Rivington and Delancey Street),
Lower East Side
(212) 253-2527
yunnankitchen.com

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