Archive for the ‘Pork Belly’ Category

Overall CID rating 2.50 out of 5

Thumbs Up: gyoza skin
Thumbs Down: retched-smelling bamboo shoots, heart-attack pork belly

Recommendations: Customize your order, “No smelly bamboo for me, please!”

“CID Highlight” – Pork Gyoza: CID Rating 3 out of 5

This dish was the highlight of my meal tonight though still nothing to write home about. The gyoza skin was thin, light, and crispy on one side. The filling however needed a bit more seasoning. I still prefer the pork gyoza at Sapporo.

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Overall CID rating 4 out of 5

Thumbs Up: bbq pork, lumpiang, fresh melon juice, value for the dollar

Thumbs Down: closes early, doesn’t accept amex, not much in decor

Recommendations: Order the dessert to go if you get too full on dinner!! It’s not worth missing.

“CID Highlight” – Pork BBQ: CID Rating 5 out of 5

I have a new love of sweet marinated pork. The Pork BBQ definitely takes the cake over my long time love, the grilled porkchops at Pho Bang (in Elmhurst). The only thing missing was that delicious carrot citrus dipping juice that Pho provides. That would absolutely make this dish complete. Coming in at $2.25 per stick, this dish was a steal!! The pork melts in your mouth leaving a sweet after-taste from the delicious marinade.

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After many battles and much hesitation, I found myself at the front door of Momofuku Ssam Bar last night. Countless negative reviews from my trusted friends that have been to the Momofuku Noodle Bar have kept me away. But the never ending praise for the Momofuku Ssam Bar from top notch critics and magazines kept me wondering, “Could there really be such a difference between two shops that are owned by the same chefs and have the same influence?” I’ve never been to the noodle bar and don’t plan on it. The opinions are unanimous and I don’t have the luxury of spending $$$ just to confirm for myself that a place is bad. As for Momofuku Ssam, I had to try it not just for myself but for my fellow cids that are always kicking themselves for trying a place for the hype. Let me save you the time and money by going myself. Yes, I am a bit sadistic.


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Alas, it’s that time again when the senses in our bodies are awakened while our bank accounts can take a breather. For our first experience of Restaurant Week, we chose EN Japanese in the West Village. The tantalizing and traditional menu whispered sweet little words in my ear, “come and experience”.

As we entered the unassuming glass doorway, we were presented with high ceilings and an open kitchen that would make even the savviest of chefs shy away. Though it seemed a bit cluttered with a variety of serving dishes piled high, it actually added character to the atmosphere. There was a hum of quiet chatter from the already seated guests. Some were there for business, others for a birthday, or just enjoying good food with good company. We were the latter.


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