Friday, June 29, 2012

WD-50

After a really, really hard day, we went to WD-50 (taking Samir there for his long-past birthday...it took months to even track down a 6:30 reservation!). We all got the current ("new") 12-course tasting menu; Priya used to work with the sous-chef and she sent us out a bunch of extra stuff (three extra courses from the "from the vault" tasting menu of their classic dishes!) and comped us our fancy cocktail drinks!

everything was incredibly great. I wasn't a big fan of the heavy licorice-centered dish, but that's because, you know, black licorice.

pictures obviously don't do a lot of this stuff justice, especially iphone pictures. one of my favorite dishes was the chicken-pot-pie thing, which just looks like a bundle of carrots in the pic. there was this herbal-flavored yolk that had an insanely rich taste/texture (very similar to the yolk cylinder that comes with the eggs benedict from the old menus)...it must have been cooked for hours. also "peas" that were actually carrots covered in pea-powder, super-umami chicken confit, etc.

the meringue ice cream in the smores dessert was also insane. tasted like toasted meringue/toasted marshmallow but also wholly like ice cream. and the gjetost-filled bonbons...? wow.

MACKEREL NIGIRI, SALSIFY, SEAWEED, SESAME


LOBSTER ROE, CHARRED LEMON, GREEN GRAPE, CORIANDER-BROWN BUTTER


PHO GRAS



AMARO YOLK, CHICKEN CONFIT, PEAS ‘N' CARROTS


VEAL BRISKET, ZA'ATAR, PLUM, MUSTARD


PICKLED BEEF TONGUE, FRIED MAYO, TOMATO MOLASSES, ONION SOIL, ROMAINE


CRAB TOAST, SAFFRON, KAFFIR-YOGURT, ARARE


SOLE, BLACK LICORICE-PIL PIL, FRIED GREEN TOMATO, FENNEL


MEDITERRANEAN BASS (belly), ARTICHOKES, BAMBOO RICE, HALVA, CHICORY


LAMB SWEET BREADS, NASTURTIUM-BUTTERMILK, ZUCCHINI, PISTACHIO


ROOT BEER RIBS, RYE SPAETZLE, APRICOT


LAMB LOIN, BLACK GARLIC ROMESCO, PICKLED RAMP, DRIED SOYBEAN


JASMINE, CUCUMBER, HONEYDEW, CHARTREUSE


YUZU MILK ICE, HAZELNUT, RHUBARB, BASIL


S’MORES, BITTER COCOA, MERINGUE, BLACK CURRANT


WHITE CHOCOLATE, GJETOST


Sunday, June 17, 2012

Masjid Al-Hikmah, take two

Priya & I returned to the Indonesian food fair behind Masjid Al-Hikmah in Astoria/LIC. Besides copious sweet iced coffees and iced teas, we tried a bunch of things I hadn't had the last time.

Sate padang, made from beef offal with a yellow rice-flour/coriander sauce.



Chicken sate--can't recall the precise variety. Much better than the usual Thai chicken satay, which is bland except for peanut sauce; this has a peanut sauce, but is also covered with chopped chiles and other vegetables, a palm-sugar squirt, and more.


Gado gado...I think at most places right now the gado-gado sauce comes in a jar, but here there were actually a row of little Indonesian women making the sauce TO ORDER with mortars and pestles. You could tell your sauce-maker exactly how many chiles you wanted (I got four), so on and so forth. Outstandingly delicious; I'm not sure I've ever had fresh-ground peanut sauce, and it tastes incredibly different than the junky premade stuff.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Burmese food festival


With Sam, Erum, Shehzad, and Samir, we went to the Moegyo Burmese Food Fair (5th annual) held in the cafeteria of Aviation high school in LIC, Queens. I wasn't sure what to expect--whether it would be super-empty, or crowded, or lame, or cool, or what--but it turned out to be pretty great. We got there around 12:30 and it was crowded enough that we had to sit on the ground outside, but not so crowded that you couldn't walk up and order whatever food you wanted without waiting in a stupid GoogaMooga-like line. We just hung out outside, returning repeatedly for new foods, and by the time we left it had gotten even more packed.

Making tea-leaf salad:


Chicken curry, very soupy with a sliced-up roti on the bottom:

Grass-jelly drink:

Samosa salad:

Chicken and coconut with egg noodles:

Tofu salad, Burmese style. I'd never had this kind of yellow Burmese tofu before and it was crazy good:

Roast pork and rice noodles:

Chicken biriyani:

"Assorted pig internals" and crispy pork belly:

Banana cake:

Semolina cake:

Black sticky rice with coconut milk. The last one, seized from an elderly Burmese woman when she put it down for a minute:

Basil seed, Sprite, and cream soda:

Agar-agar jelly stuff: