Tough: Dae Ji

“How’s your pork cutlet?” “huh?” “Your pork cutlet? How is it?” “Can you stop with the food questions? All you talk about is food.” “Well YOU ARE eating the pork cutlet right now. I just want you to tell me if it’s good or not.” “The breading is crispy but not crunchy, and the meat is tough – like a Korean.” “And you have personal knowledge in that department?” “What department? Tough meat? Plenty. I’ve had my share of overcooked pork cutlets.” “No. I mean Koreans. You have personal experience of their toughness?” “Yea, sort of.” “Sort of? How?” “There … Continue reading Tough: Dae Ji

Food Trucks: Vij’s Railway Express

I haven’t been keeping up with my plan of getting more intimate with local food trucks – which is rather regrettable considering that they are fast becoming a major part of the local food scene. I fear that if I don’t start getting a move on sampling the food from more local food trucks, I will miss out on this important culinary movement entirely. So I thought that I’d start immediately. Immediately meant today. I started with Vij’s Railway Express because it was at the top of my long-forgotten list of food trucks to try. Since almost everyone and their … Continue reading Food Trucks: Vij’s Railway Express

What ‘Chinese food’ is to the average citizen of a landlocked, non-diverse North American city, ‘Indian food’ is to me

Handi –  I’m as much an expert on Indian food as the average citizen of Fargo, North Dakota is on Chinese cuisine. Although I’ve eaten Indian food several times yearly for the last decade and a half, I’ve never gone further than plain naan, plain jasmine rice, tandoori chicken, butter chicken, chicken tikka masala, and a few other ‘westernized’ staples of the North American Indian restaurant lunch buffet. These dishes have so satisfied me that I’ve never felt a need to travel outside this comfort zone even when I’m ordering a la carte at an Indian restaurant. It’s like a … Continue reading What ‘Chinese food’ is to the average citizen of a landlocked, non-diverse North American city, ‘Indian food’ is to me

At Least They Do One Thing Right…

Kita no Donburi – I visited Kita no Donburi on a day when I wasn’t particularly craving any specific type of food. I was in the neighborhood and it was a restaurant that I haven’t tried before, so I decided to try it. Walking in, I noticed that it was one of those order-and-pay-first-counter-service-like restaurants. The lineup for ordering was quite long; there were more people in line than there were empty seats in the restaurant. I noticed that most of the people in line were ordering for takeout, which was a relief for me because I planned to sit … Continue reading At Least They Do One Thing Right…

Taipei: My Favorite Thai Restaurant in Taipei

Sukhothai restaurant, located in the Taipei Sheraton Hotel, is my favorite Thai restaurant in Taiwan. Its combination of decent service, best-in-genre atmosphere, and impeccable food has made it the only Thai restaurant that I would visit whenever I’m back in Taipei. Thai food in Taiwan, like the Thai food in North America, has been generally adapted to suit the local palate. The food at Sukhothai is no different in this regard. But the tweaks it has made to its food are different from every other local Thai restaurant in that the food has stayed true to its Thai roots and … Continue reading Taipei: My Favorite Thai Restaurant in Taipei

The Punishment for a Glutton

Donburiya – Donburiya is one of those places that I’ve been to, disliked, and revisited and disliked again. With more than one unenjoyable experience at the restaurant, you would think that the restaurant would be one of the last places that I would want to visit. But that would just be applying a logical pattern to erratic human behavior. Call me weird, but sometimes there is a fundamental need for me to have a reliably bad meal. And there was no time better for an soulless, prepacked-then-reheated, and bland-tasting meal than after several consecutive decadent, gluttonous, and sinful meals. I … Continue reading The Punishment for a Glutton

Trying To Come Up With A Better Picture Of The Food

Applause Japanese Restaurant- After reviewing the pictures that I took of my family’s lunch at Applause Japanese Restaurant today, I have to say that they are truly awful. There were so many items on our table that I couldn’t take a picture of one item without five other items also making it into to the picture. Our table wasn’t crowded because it was too small. Quite the contrary, the four of us were given a table that could’ve easily seated six. Our table was crowded because there was a lot of food included in each of the four lunch specials … Continue reading Trying To Come Up With A Better Picture Of The Food