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  • Archive for July, 2009

    The Other Fortune Cookie Chronicles

    Thursday, July 30th, 2009

    A reader sent me this! What a coincidence… I found this book at Skyline Books on West 18th Street. The Fortune Cookie Chronicles David Rogers Wavelength Press, 2006 ISBN 0971644365 Just two fortune cookie mentions: p13: Why can’t they make fortune cookies that taste like Oreos? p19: I ate a fortune cookie, and the message […]

    Conan O’Brien, Chinese Beer, American Food.

    Monday, July 27th, 2009

    Conan O’Brien noted tonight that the most popular beer in the world is now a Chinese beer. He then added, “When the Chinese drink too much beer, they go out for American food.” Ba da dum.

    Planting the Flag on Dim Sum

    Monday, July 27th, 2009

    This is a guest post by Andrew Coe, author of Chop Suey. New Yorkers like to think we’re the first at everything in the culinary world. About 1977, we discovered dim sum. The setting was Hee Seung Fung (also known as H.S.F.), a spacious restaurant down on the Bowery. The city was then in the […]

    Satellite Kids, a Chinese Restaurant By-Product

    Sunday, July 26th, 2009

    In The New York Times, Nina Bernstein writes about the troubled development of satellite kids, (often) of Chinese restaurant workers, who are sent back to China to be raised (often) by grandparents. This was the case with the Hiawassee family in book (earlier article about the family here). A 1999 article by Somini Sengupta covers […]

    Domino’s Pizza, Refashioned as Noodles, or Dao Mi Nou Chao Mian

    Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

    This dish from Fancy Fast Food is brilliant — how to transform a Domino’s pizza into a stir-fried noodle dish with hoison sauce and some stir-frying. Yes, that above was forming a pizza with lots of toppings. They call it: “Dao Mi Noh Chow Mein” — though in pinyin it would be Dao Mi Nou […]

    Cheap Chinatown Meals

    Sunday, July 19th, 2009

    Here is a list of places in Chinatown that I go to for cheap food. It is largely based on the tour I sometimes give (most recently to student at the French Culinary Institute, which is funny enough, located just like two blocks north). I am working on a Google map. Chinatown Ice Cream Factory […]

    Speaking at Bryant Park on August 5

    Saturday, July 18th, 2009

    I’m speaking at Bryant Park at an HSBC-sponsored venue on August 5, 2009. It will involve fortune cookies, and if we are lucky, my video presentation — depends on the AV situation in Bryant Park.

    Mr. Chow vs. Phillipe Chow (Chau?)

    Thursday, July 9th, 2009

    New York Magazine’s grub street has an excellent write-up of the feud between Mr. Chow and Phillipe Chow, which culminated in a trademark lawsuit [pdf] filed in the Manhattan federal court. It’s a lawsuit that reads like it’s written by a PR person, not a lawyer, which means it’s a good read. Basically Mr. Chow […]

    General Tso’s Pizza!

    Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

    This photo came in from Philadelphia (from Michael Schaeffer). It’s Chinese pizza — yes, with mozzarella cheese — with your choice of sauces: General Tso, sesame garlic, hoisin BBQ. Plus there is also “orange ginger sauce hot spicy,” whatever that is. As the menu brags “It’s all in the sauce.” Available at Best House Pizzeria, […]

    Martha Stewart Segment is Re-Airing on August 6

    Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

    The producer of my Martha Stewart segment just let me know that my segment is re-airing August 6. It was taped originally live-ish in late February. In it, we make fried turkey dumplings. If you look closely, you will be able to see my mom!