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I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2016…

Fried calamari usually conjures images of heavily breaded tentacles with a chewy sometimes rubber texture. Not so at Rasa, which specializes in Malaysian and Singaporean cuisine. The crispy squid appetizer is sweet and spicy, slicked with a smabal chili sauce. But the squid is fried sans breading to a crisp, crunchy texture. There is certainly no rubberiness here. It reminds me of the crispy Thai noodle appetier Mi krop. But it’s squid! Price: $15
RASA
25 West 8th Street (between Fifth Avenue and Macdougal Street),
Greenwich Village
(212) 253-9888
rasanyc.com

I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2016…

Hah Zheung Gai at CHOMP CHOMP

For all the diversity in NYC, we had been lacking a dedicated Singaporean restaurant for years. Chomp Chomp came along and saved us from psuedo-Thai/Malaysian/Singaporean meals with authentic takes on hawker food. These crispy and funky fried chicken wings are great. They are tossed in shrimp paste and coated with garlic and chiles. Crispy, spicy, funky, delicious. Finally! Price: $11.50

CHOMP CHOMP
7 Cornelia Street (between West 4th and Bleecker Street),
West Village

(212) 929-2888
chompchompnyctest.squarespace.com

Now that I’ve eaten my way through somebody else’s list (Time Out New York), I’m ready to compile my own 100 spectacular things I’ve tasted in 2012. Look for another five dishes every few days.

NUMBER 65: KUNG PAO PASTRAMI at MISSION CHINESE

Some might call them gimmicky foods, but I find them exhilarating and exciting. We all know what fried chicken and burgers taste like, but when somebody comes in and re-invents the food you think you know so well, it’s game changing. Of course, success is always varied and it takes some mighty smart and talented chefs to get these wacky combinations just right.

Danny Bowien burst onto the NYC food scene when he opened his Lower East Side outpost of his San Francisco hit Mission Chinese. The food is mostly Szechuan-influenced but with lots of original and inventive touches. The explosive Kung Pao Pastrami combines the spicy flavors of Chinatown with the smoky, garlicky beef of the Jewish Lower East Side. Loaded with roasted peanuts, peppers, celery, lots of spicy chili, and that amazingly tender pastrami, this is a mind-bogglingly good dish. It’s just amazing nobody thought of it before. Price: $12

MISSION CHINESE
154 Orchard Street (between Stanton and Rivington Street),
Lower East Side
(212) 529-8800
missionchinesefood.com

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