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The Scent of Chili Oil Rises

The Scent of Chili Oil Rises

by Zach Mann August 1, 2012

Sometimes I glance at a clock and retroactively feel hungry. This happened often when I worked from home in San Francisco, when the sun would fall low enough to stab me in the eyes before I remembered to take my lunch break. Then I’d open […]

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Single Serving: Spicy Seafood Salad at Koo Zee Doo in Northern Liberties, Philadelphia

Single Serving: Spicy Seafood Salad at Koo Zee Doo in Northern Liberties, Philadelphia

by James Boo April 11, 2012

What exactly makes a meal memorable? The New York restaurant scene is full of concepts, plates and experiences that are mostly devoid of personality. Going on my fourth year in the city, I still have the gnawing feeling that New York restaurants are often more […]

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Single Serving: Yak Chili at Tara's Himalayan Cuisine in Culver City, Los Angeles

Single Serving: Yak Chili at Tara’s Himalayan Cuisine in Culver City, Los Angeles

by Zach Mann January 4, 2012

Don’t be so modest, Tara. You can take that question mark off the sign. Yak is the enlightened meat. It’s lean like buffalo but juicy like beef. It’s raised at high elevation in the Himalayas and in Colorado, this mystical creature that exists, in my […]

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Single Serving: Bokkumbop (Fried Rice) at Tong Samgyeop Gui in Flushing, Queens

Single Serving: Bokkumbop (Fried Rice) at Tong Samgyeop Gui in Flushing, Queens

by James Boo October 27, 2011

Rice is rarely this audacious. Jinro is rarely the right choice. At a modest Korean restaurant in the far reaches of Queens, the rare thrill dormant in both staples springs to life in one sizzling sitting. Containing white rice soaked in a spicy marinade, a […]

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Hand-Pulled Hit Parade

Hand-Pulled Hit Parade

by James Boo July 21, 2011

He went from zero to vermicelli in 60 seconds. With two small white cords buoyantly stretched between his hands, a quick turn of the wrist swung one end towards the other. Fingers silently grappled the dough, producing strands that swept over the table below. Strands […]

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Chicken A La Prince

Chicken A La Prince

by James Boo November 23, 2010

“You eat with your eyes first.” Fair enough. Here’s another one: “What game was the ref watching?” I’ll accept pride in plating, but when I order a tray of carne asada fries, a fistful of fried dumplings, or a Jack-in-the-Box taco, I calibrate my visual […]

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Welcome to the Jungle Curry

Welcome to the Jungle Curry

by James Boo October 19, 2010

Since moving to New York, I’ve had the feeling that Thai food in this town lags behind its California counterparts. On average, I’d still bet that this statement is empirically true. In the Bay Area, I can get a very decent Thai curry or noodle […]

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Eating With Boykji: A Dining Diary in Five Parts

Eating With Boykji: A Dining Diary in Five Parts

by James Boo September 16, 2010

In mid-August, my great friend and epic eating comrade Boykji visited New York for a whirlwind tour of the city’s eats. The five days I spent sharing meals with Boyk reminded me of how lucky I am to live in New York, where one can […]

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Ramen Road Rage

Ramen Road Rage

by Zach Mann January 8, 2010

JDC has been a close friend of mine for over fifteen years. He’s spent his last two years in Kochi, Japan, living off of ramen, curry and tall cans of beer while killing centipedes and mutant wasps in his spare time. For the ringing in […]

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Getting in Touch With My Baba Roots

Getting in Touch With My Baba Roots

by James Boo January 7, 2010

This unscheduled post is part of the 93 Plates project. You can read Hagan Blount’s post on this meal here. At 8:00 p.m. on a January night, the stretch of Utica Ave. between Foster and Clarendon is a bleak row of auto repair shops, huge, […]

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