Author Archives: Irwin Chen

July 30, 2007

tmonkey’s Guide to Cookware on the Cheap: Pots and Pans edition

by Irwin Chen

This guide is for all the busy city-dwellers who “don’t have time” to shop for kitchenware or are moving out after a traumatic breakup and can’t be bothered to divvy up who owned what. And don’t want to “go all out” in the price department. But “like to cook.” With this set of cookware, you […]

July 27, 2007


by Irwin Chen

Every morning, Bobby Fish parks his busted up maroon Dodge van at the edge of a Hess Express parking lot on West 207th Street. He unloads his signs and opens his Coors Light umbrella. “Bobby Fish,” the signs proclaim, “El Rey Del Ceviche.” People call him the King- it’s not just his own posterboard. (from […]

June 24, 2007


by Irwin Chen

Aya: Hey Tmonkey, boo tmonkey: hey have you recovered from The Banquet? Aya: um I don’t even know what you’re talking about because I’ve had my memories from Friday night removed from my brain. tmonkey: nooo ok the movie was painful but the ramen at Setagaya! Can’t forget that! Aya: hmmm seem to have a […]

May 28, 2007

Grandmothers ROCK

by Irwin Chen

What’s Cooking Grandma is a site about following around grandmothers and getting them to cook awesome food on camera. Almost better than watching reruns of The Golden Girls. Watch Jackie throw down some scone. You can tell she’s made them a zillion times by the way she sticks her hand in the butter bowl and […]

May 17, 2007

The Manifold Path to Lasagne Enlightenment

by Irwin Chen

It all started with this recipe in 101cookbooks, which I love, but whose hype I had never succumbed to until one day last weekend, when I decided to make Aya a bon voyage lasagne (my girl loves her some lasagne) before her trip to Wiener-ville. It’s a masochistic lasagne, a fact we learned later in […]

May 11, 2007

Burrata + Oysters? A Match Made in Puglia (story at 11)

by Irwin Chen

*TI went to Murray’s Cheese Shop on the way home from work today and walked out a lot lighter in the wallet. Who knew cheese could do that? One of the things that caught my eye was the package of “Burrata Di Andria”, apparently the latest import from Italy’s Puglia region that is making gastronomes […]

March 31, 2007


by Irwin Chen

(Editor’s note: This post was co-written by Aya and Tmonkey. All opinions and typos are theirs.) Aya: I am always hungry. But Tmonkey, you are always always hungry. What’s up with your metabolism? Tmonkey: I burn a lot of chi doing kung-fu. Also my massive brain controlled by alien maggots requires about 3 times more […]

March 28, 2007

Brooklyn Fish Camp

by Irwin Chen

I’ve walked by Brooklyn Fish Camp many a time, and the few times I’d tried to just “drop in” I’d been turned away either by the charming hostess or the long lines (or the hours of operation). Last night, I stumbled there, weak from low blood sugar (lunch sushi from Sunrise Mart never seems to […]

March 26, 2007

The Best Soup Dumplings in Manhattan

by Irwin Chen

I made this little video this weekend. Check it out and let me know what you think! It’s the first in a series… The Best Soup Dumplings in Manhattan I was inspired to take some photos and make a regular ol’ blog post, but then I decided to mess around and try to distill it […]

March 18, 2007

Best. Chicken. EVAR.

by Irwin Chen

This is not me, it’s a quote from Michael Ruhlman’s blog post about Yakitori Totto, which was recommended to him by none other than his good buddy and best chef in the world, Thomas Keller. He gushes uncontrollably about the chicken here. Can anyone back this up? I want to go there now for many […]