Archive for the ‘Asia’ Category

#0 Kuala Lumpur night market: duck tongue, century eggs, and a random bottle of snakes and scorpions

Share   As a white boy who loves to travel, I absolutely live for the moment when a friendly foreign host gets that evil glint in their eye at a street stall.  It’s a mischievous glimmer that says, “heh heh heh, it’s going to be hilarious to watch the white American boy eat this.”  Previous […]

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#120 Tajikistan: hm, this food closet smells like pickled cabbage

Share   At a glance, one might assume that Salute Kosher Restaurant (sometimes listed online as “Salut 2000” or “Restaurant Salute”) is just another Uzbek-Bukharian place, much like Cherburechnaya or Tandoori or Aladdin. The word “Uzbek” appears twice on the menu, and the restaurant was featured in a 2006 New York Times article, which specifically […]

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#116 Mongolia: bring on the fermented mare’s milk!

Share   OK, fine.  I admit it:  sometimes, I totally stalk people.  But only if I think they might be able to feed me something interesting. Once upon a time, I was hungry, and tried really hard to stalk real Mongolians in New York City.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any.  (In case you’re wondering: corner-store […]

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#115 Kazakhstan: sidewalk Kazakh ziplock pilaf

Share   In case you haven’t noticed, I’m not really a huge fan of fancy restaurants with fancy table settings.  Once, I happily ate tasty Honduran beef out of a large, black trash bag in a park in the Bronx.  One of my all-time favorite New York meals is served in a parking lot in […]

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#34B Uzbekistan: bring on the horsemeat!

Share   I went to Sheepshead Bay, looking for Armenian food.  Instead, I found tasty dried horse meat.  And fake pet birds.  Life is good. Aladdin, a six-week-old Uzbek restaurant in the spot formerly occupied by Armenian-owned Garden Bay Café, serves all sorts of classic Uzbek awesomeness:  a colorful version of lagman (noodle) soup, solid […]

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