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

FUKU, 163 First Avenue (between East 10th and East 11th Street), East Village

Listen, I’m just as excited about the latest trend as everybody else. I’m super stoked to see the new Star Wars movie and I’ve been dying to try David Chang’s super hyped fried chicken sandwich since it debuted earlier this year. But I’m late to the game and that’s ok with me. I won’t see Star Wars on the first weekend with all the crowds that bought tickets weeks in advance. And I didn’t wait in the crazy lines this summer to have a taste of this spicy sandwich.

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I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2015…

Maesaengi Soup with Three-Colored Noodles at DADAM

Perhaps the most unique dish I tasted this year was the hard-to-find in New York Korean stew called maesaengi. It reared its head at a new hidden little gem inside Food Gallery 32. Dadam makes all sorts of traditional Korean stews (quite different then the usual bibibimbap and kimchi) and the first one I tried was fascinating. Maesaengi, which is often eaten as a birthday soup, is a delicate broth made from consists of delicate seaweed fulvescens and oyster. The tri-colored noodles, chewy colorful mochi balls, scallions, and bits of mussels add to this briny, earthy, slightly spicy experience. And it’s healthy too!!

DADAM
11 West 32nd Street (between Broadway and Fifth Avenue),
Inside Food Gallery 32, 2nd Floor,
Koreatown

Come back every Wednesday for another funny, informative video documenting my inept food adventures. NYC Food Cart Tour is my exploration of the hard-working vendors feeding NYC’s population every day.

The greatest day in mobile food vending is back. On September 12, the Vendy Awards will take place on Governor’s Island honoring the greatest in New York’s food vending community. Tickets are still available for purchase here. For the next few weeks, I’ll be documenting all of the nominees in three categories.

Rookie of the Year: Coney Shack

We have lots of Asian tacos in New York, but nobody is focusing on fusing the flavors of Southeast Asia with Mexican tortillas. Lawrence Mach has changed that with Coney Shack, his eye-catching truck that started in Coney Island and now travels all through Manhattan with his tacos, quesadillas, and hot dogs.

Coney Shack

Dessert of the Year: Play J’scream What’s the biggest problem with soft serve? It inevitably drips down the cone and onto your hand, making clean-up a mess. The J-shaped cone was introduced in South Korea and is now making the rounds in New York via Play J’scream, where the corn-pop ice cream cones are both drip-free and gluten-free.

Play J’scream

Market Vendor of the Year: Burmese Bites

I wish I had made it out to Queens International Night Market much earlier in the season. It’s a wonderful gathering of the international Queens community and features some of the most exciting and diverse food in the city. Burmese Bites sets up every weekend and offers up authentic dishes like palata (a hand-stretched flatbread with a curry dipping sauce) and shwe taung kaukswe (noodles tossed with chili and roasted bean powder).

Burmese Bites


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

OIJI, 119 First Avenue (between 7th and 8th Street), East Village

It’s a bit of a problem for me when a restaurant serves one amazing dish after another. It makes for an incredible, revelatory meal. But it makes it frustrating when I sit down to write a dish of the week post and I have a difficult time deciding on just one stand-out dish.

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Come back every Wednesday for another funny, informative video documenting my inept food adventures. NYC Food Cart Tour is my exploration of the hard-working vendors feeding NYC’s population every day.

I haven’t posted an episode of NYC Food Cart Tour in a while so I thought it was time to get back behind the wheel (see what I did there?). Korilla BBQ is one of the most popular trucks on the street. Since winning the Vendy Award, being featured on a national television show, and opening up their own brick-and-mortar restaurant in the East Village, they have long lines of hungry lunchers that follow them wherever they park. Check out the video to see why.

NYC Food Cart Tour – Korilla BBQ


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

HANJAN, 36 West 26th Street (between Broadway and 6th Avenue), Flatiron DistrictDdukbokki is not a recognizable dish to most Americans. Even if you’re vaguely familiar with Korean food, you probably know the kimchis and the bibimbaps. But you should open yourself to the world of ddukbokkis (not sure if that’s the correct plural, but why not?)

In my mind, Ddukbokki is the perfect Korean dish. It combines both contrasting textures with lots of bright, balanced flavors. They look like glazed carrots, but the tubular rice cakes tossed with mixed bits of fish cake are soft and chewy with bold sweet and spicy flavors

I’ve had this addictive snack a handful of times before, but the richer and slightly more refined version I tasted at Hanjan, has turned me into a ddukbokki junkie.

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