From the monthly archives:

October 2009

Nha Trang

by Peng Li on October 17, 2009

This section of Baxter St is loaded with nice ethnic restaurants, Viet, Thai, Malaysian. However, keep in mind they are all Chinese owned. Service is on par with all Chinese restaurants, and I noticed a lot of tourists.

The spring rolls are very nice and crispy, especially wrapped in lettuce.

The pork chops were very tasty and tender.

The seafood rice could have been better, did not really have a Vietnamese twist too it. I felt it was far too ‘Chinese’.

Vietnamese vegetable dish was very good, the sauce was a little spicy but not overboard.

For the price point, I can definitely see it’s appeal. I usually just order the noodle soup at these types of restaurants. However, since I’m writing a blog I figured to try some other dishes.

Pros: price, spring rolls, pork chop
Cons: certain dishes did not have much appeal
Retry Index: 4/10 too many other Viet restaurants around, this did not particularly stand out
Nha Trang One on Urbanspoon


Ping’s (Chinatown)

by CS on October 6, 2009

One of the best traditions is family style dinner. Several dishes are ordered, depending on the number of people you have, and is shared amongst each other. We usually pick a different restaurant for each occasion, like birthday’s, gatherings, new years, or celebrations. Most of the restaurants in Chinatown, like Ping’s, have great entrees to choose from.

Entrees ordered (not the exact title on menu):
Jellyfish: served with sesame, white carrot (tastes sweet and sour), and carrots. Smooth texture and great bounce!
Ping’s famous fried rice: has slices of beans, egg, bits of crunchies that add great taste to it.

Clams with black bean sauce: came to the table sizzling

Veggies “dow miew”: one of the more pricey veggies in the market, stir-fried with broth and

Deep fried pork: breading is very tasty, however, a lot of the pieces were fatty

Roasted Chicken: skin was crispy and not too fatty, dark meat was tender, white meat was
tender but a little too bland
Each dish ranges from $12-18.

Desert is free. Usually it is red bean soup and oranges. Ping’s red bean soup also have little clear tapioca balls in it, which is distinct to other restaurants. It wasn’t too sweet, just the right amount.

Paying: Chinese tradition is to fight for the bill. This usually goes on for about 5 minutes. Usually the men gets up and say, “I’ll pay.” “No, I’ll pay.” “No, seriously, I get this one.” One of them would have to fake it and lose the bill. Whoever wins the bill wins some face and dashes to pay. He would come back with a smile and everyone would thank him. “O, you are too kind.”

This would usually happen with family.

Younger generation: Split the damn bill, because it is too pricey for one person, or take turns paying.

Tip: Do not pay with debit/credit card. Some, not all, Chinese restaurants will overtax you on the check. Pay with cash!

Positives: entrees and red bean soup were great
Negatives: Staff wasn’t too enthusiastic, pathway to kitchen can be seen

Ping's Seafood on Urbanspoon


Nyonya of Brooklyn

by Peng Li on October 2, 2009

You’re probably wondering, why Nyona again? I really wanted to compare them with the Chinatown counterpart.

Food is great as always, and expect prices to be on average $1 cheaper. Roti Canai is just $2.50 and very tasty and crispy. If you enjoy soggy roti then I suggest to soak in the curry sauce a bit longer.

We had two of the most popular dishes. Chow Keow Teow and Hunan Chicken with rice (your choice of dark or white meat). The first dish came out extremely spicy, so if you don’t eat spice then make sure you tell the waiter no spice. I still stomached it, but with the help of a lot of water. The good amount of shrimp and squid made it very fulfilling. None of the above dishes are priced over $6, so its very reasonable by any standards.
Dessert you can have ABC which is layers of shredded ice, beans, corn and coloring.
Pros: Decor, open storefront during warm days, great use of wood on the walls
Cons: Water tasted a little like soap, certain “AA” wait staff could be rude
Make sure they give you free oranges after you get the check.
Nyonya on Urbanspoon

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Happy 60th Birthday China!

by Peng Li on October 1, 2009

October 1 The People’s Republic of China celebrates the 60th Anniversary.

Happy Birthday!


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