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Izakaya Ida Closed

After a roughly one and half year run it appears that Izakaya Ida has closed.  I discovered Ida a year ago and really enjoyed there entrees, but at that first visit their dumplings offerings were restricted to Takoyaki, but man … Continue reading

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Big Wong, New York City

Big Wong (sometimes referred to as Big Wong King) has been a fixture in New York City’s Chinatown for decades (a picture here from 1978) and has been racking up good reviews the whole time (GrubStreet, SeriousEats, NY Times, Eater).  … Continue reading

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Return to Shanghai Asian Cuisine, NYC

In a prior review (5 years ago) I harshed on Chinatown’s Shanghai Asian Cuisine for shorting us on our change, but I did point out that their dumplings were amazing.  When it was operating under a prior name, this was … Continue reading

Posted in Bao, Buns, Crab, New York City, Pan Fried, Pea vine, Pork, Potsticker, Sheng Jian Bao, Shrimp, Sichuan Dumplings, Soup Dumpling, Steamed, Wontons, Xiao Long Bao | Leave a comment

Arata Vegan Japanese Closed

I just found out that Matthew Kenny’s Japanese vegan concept, Arata, closed in late 2018, coming and going in less than a year.  While I like Kenney’s nearby vegan restaurants, I was not impressed with Arata.  We tried three or … Continue reading

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Vegan Dumpling Update

I noticed recently that my local Xi’an Famous Foods no longer lists its sensational Spinach Dumplings in Hot and Sour Sauce as being vegan.  The staff confirmed that they haven’t added added egg or shrimp to the fillings but told … Continue reading

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MaLa Project, New York, NY

Everything old is new again.  Mongolian BBQ, which was very trendy in the mid-90s in NYC, seems to have been reborn as the now trending Dry Hot Pot.  Both meals involve selecting meats, vegetables, tofu products and noodles from a … Continue reading

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Izakaya Ida Mini Review

I originally tried Izakaya Ida a little while after it opened and at the time the only dumplings they had were Takoyaki, which were excellent.  I recently returned and discovered that they had added pork gyoza and shrimp shumai to the … Continue reading

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Shizen Vegan Sushi Bar and Izakaya, San Francisco, Ca

Shizen Vegan Sushi Bar and Izakaya regularly gets mentioned as one of San Francisco’s top vegan restaurants and has a laudable mission statement, but I think this restaurant is completely over-rated.  First of all, it has a reservation and entry policy … Continue reading

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IndoChine, San Francisco, CA

IndoChine Vegan’s website makes the claim of “fine dining”, and while the restaurant is not a high-end, fine dining experience, this small funky, pan-Asian restaurant serve some really, really good food.  The menu includes dishes from a range of Asian … Continue reading

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Thrillist Round up of Eastern European Dumplings

The Thrillist just posted a round-up of 13 Eastern European dumplings styles. It is a good, hunger inducing read.  I have tried most of the styles of dumplings discussed, but I haven’t yet tried the Georgian soup dumpling known as … Continue reading

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