March 7, 2011

ReCPY Redux: Peking Duck

by Moto Yamamoto

About a year ago, Dickson’s Farm opened up a shop in Chelsea Market and I often go there to get my meat. It’s fresh, and sometimes you can see the guys butchering huge chunks of cow. It’s nice to buy meat where you can see it being cut up. Also, their prices are pretty decent […]

September 17, 2010

Umamiventure #28: San Tung Restaurant (SF)

by Kayoko Akabori

Sometimes, I pick a place for an Umamiventure just to regroup with friends, their friends, and loyal Umamimart readers. That’s what these trips are for, afterall: to meet + eat. Choosing a place, however, it is never an easy task– the restaurant must be delicious, relatively cheap (ideally $20 per person) and can handle a […]

June 18, 2010

Viva La Food Truck: Chairman Bao (SF)

by Kayoko Akabori

With all this garbage talk from NYC to LA about city officials revoking food truck permits, I decided to go out and support SF food trucks yesterday. Supporting them, meaning, EATING LUNCH. It’s the best kind of support, right? Viva La Food Truck! Since my friends Travis and Claire had told me about Chairman Bao, […]

May 19, 2010

The Chicago Ten: Wow Bao (#9)

by Kayoko Akabori

We stumbled across this place, Wow Bao, on the ground floor of a huge, blingy, 80’s-style mall on Michigan Avenue. My friend Ido had mentioned it to me, so I was ecstatic that we randomly came across it. A fast food joint of exclusively Chinese steamed buns! Their tagline is Hot Asian Buns, which is […]

April 9, 2010

Meat Watch: Lap Cheong aka Chinese Sausage from Mow Lee Co.

by Kayoko Akabori

One of my loyal Monday night regulars brought me these on the other week. A bag full of Chinese sausages! YAY! He grew up in  San Francisco and swears that this one butcher in Chinatown, Mow Lee Co., makes them the best (774 Commercial at Grant, 982-5767). He brought me the regular pork kind, and […]

February 25, 2010

XLB at Nice Green Bo (NYC)

by Kayoko Akabori

Had a chance to go see my acupuncturist in Chinatown while I was in NYC. My body is falling apart on me these days from being on my feet all day, everyday. Dr. Wu on Baxter– he’s the best! So as is my Chinatown/Dr. Wu ritual, I went out for my XLB fix. There’s nothing […]

October 19, 2009

WHO IS IT VERSUS?: Hong Kong Noodle vs. Village Wok (Minneapolis)

by Kayoko Akabori

So I’m back in the metropolitan New York area from my travels in the Midwest, where I had a little too much time to nosh. Along the street I lived on were several Chinese food joints which tempted me in the times I’m not already eating banh mi. I decided to visit, er, frequent some […]

October 8, 2009

Umamiventure #18: Din Tai Fung (LA)

by Kayoko Akabori

Trailing on the coattails of Yoko’s earlier Umamiventure post to the SAME EXACT RESTAURANT in Tokyo, I am finally ready to unveil the greatness that was Din Tai Fung (DTF) in LA. The only outpost in the U.S. of this legendary Taiwanese restaurant!! As you’ll see, the dumplings look suspiciously similar to the ones they […]

August 26, 2009

XLB Love: Shanghai Dumpling (Bay Area)

by Kayoko Akabori

I have a new obsession- they come in these little bite-size sacks, filled with pork, crab and a touch of soup. Xiao long bao, aka XLB, soup dumplings!!! In NYC, I loved the dumplings at Shanghai Cafe, and have finally found a place that are just as good. Actually, they are BETTER. I haven’t been […]

May 20, 2009

Chinese Wedding Banquet Extravaganza

by Kayoko Akabori

Scrolling through my camera card, I just found pictures of Ayagwa and Tmonkey’s Chinese Banquet Wedding!!!! I’m sorry I am super tardy on this, but it was seriously one of the best wedding meals I’ve ever had (the other being Leslie’s Siena wedding), so I need to share it here. You all witnessed Yamahomo’s CAKE […]