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Spicy Boys ~ Austin TX

Asian, Fried Chicken, Southwest By August 23, 2020 No Comments
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The Vitals:
the spot: Spicy Boys Fried Chicken 1701 E. 6th St. Austin, TX 78702
the eats:bone in fried chicken
the bucks: $11
the full nelson: how to get hooked on dark meat chicken

I’ve been eating fried chicken all wrong. I like white meat. And I order white meat almost every time. The thing is, you can’t do that at Spicy Boys Fried Chicken. It ain’t on the menu. And it’s because like most awesome chefs, they know their food better than you.

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Vietnamese Pork Kabob Recipe

Asian, Recipe By August 20, 2020 Tags: , , , No Comments

A couple years ago I found myself at a street fair and the aroma of grilled kabobs from a Vietnamese food stand caught my attention. Meaty, juicy and flavorful, I asked the vendor what cut of meat he used. The answer was what I suspected but still surprised me: pork shoulder. I walked away determined to figure out how to make this at home.

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Three Fold Noodle ~ Little Rock AR

Asian, The South By July 7, 2020 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

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The Vitals:
the spot: Three Fold Noodle and Dumpling Co 611 S. Main St. Little Rock AR 72201(one of two locations)
the eats: The Half and Half – Dumplings + Noodles
the bucks: $10
the full nelson: legit dumplings in a slick setting that makes you respect the Little Rock food scene

Three Fold Noodle and Dumpling Co is the kind of place you want to have in your neighborhood. I’ve been to Little Rock once before, over 20 years ago and me thinks the food scene has changed a lot. Slick atmosphere, authentic Chinese fare and affordable prices make a statement in any city and that’s what makes Three Fold Noodle a total gem. Now let’s talk about what you need to order . . .

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Brisket Pho: a leftovers recipe hack

Asian, Barbecue, Recipe By May 17, 2020 Tags: , , , , No Comments

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Brisket Pho: the greatest leftover recipe hack ever

It doesn’t get any simpler. Boiling water. Leftover brisket. Instant Pho. And it is so incredibly delicious. To my peeps in San Antonio, you might have caught the episode of me making this Brisket Pho on the show Texas Eats with David Elder. And if you didn’t, not to worry, this is as easy as it gets.

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Ippudo ~ NYC

Asian, New York City By January 18, 2020 Tags: , , , , No Comments

The Vitals:
the spot: Ippudo 65 4th Ave New York NY 10003
the eats: Ramen
the bucks: $16 
the full nelson: a ramen that comes with a ton of hype and some seriously good pork belly buns

How much should you pay for a bowl of ramen? That answer has changed dramatically over the last 20 years, in the US at least. In college, I never touched the stuff. And by “the stuff” I mean the ramen packets my pals would turn to when they realized that their food allowance took deep of a hit from last night’s beer run.

Cut to around the mid 2000s and I finally went to a respectable ramen joint. A spot that gets the people hooked with that super rich Tontkatusu pork broth and a line out the friggin’ door. The place was called Daikokuya in Little Tokyo – downtown Los Angeles. Back then the line was fierce but the tab was pretty tame. 14 years is a ways back but I’m pretty sure a bowl of ramen loaded to the loaded to the gills should have set you back no more than $10. Today, expect to drop about $14. Which takes me to a ramen joint in NYC with a big rep and wide net: Ippudo, a ramen joint that can be found in locations spanning four continents.

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Cafe China ~ New York City

Asian, New York City By November 20, 2019 No Comments

The Vitals:
the spot: Cafe China 13 E. 37th St. NY, NY 10016
the eats: Spicy Chengdu Wonton, Scallion pancake, Double Cooked Pork, Baby Cucumber, Shredded Tripe in chili oil, Ma Po Tofu, 
the bucks: plan on spending $25-30 a person to feast comfortably 
the full nelson: legit Szechuan that comes with a renowned food producer’s stamp of approval

I have been to New York City many times over the years and yet every time I go I feel like I overlook getting a good dose of Chinese eats. Neighborhoods like Flushing Queens have long been on my radar but save for a trip to Brooklyn for Cheap Eats, I usually find myself in Manhattan where Chinese eats are served to the masses. But that don’t mean it ain’t legit . . .

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