I had a craving for my favorite type of Thai curry - massaman curry. I bought a big tub of massaman curry paste from 555 and used it as the base for curry. One day perhaps will strive to make it from scratch, but with the amount of spices involved, it doesn't really seem cost-effective. We did add chicken breast, green bell peppers, onions, baby red potatoes, and dry roasted peanuts and topped with some fresh basil. I also made some jasmine rice. Overall, I think it was pretty awesome. I would legit rank it up there with curry I've had at nice Thai places, minus the fact that we didn't make the paste from scratch.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Had a craving for some sweet Korean meat so decided to check out So Kong Dong in Fort Lee. Anthony Bourdain went there and the prices were decent compared to some other Korean BBQ places in the area. Their method of seating and taking orders were quite efficient but a little cold, but fortunately it also meant that almost as soon as we got seated, our food came out ready. The meat was delicious - super tasty and piping out. Our various soups were also good, and probably the best Korean soup in the area as many claim, but my carnivore tendencies made it less memorable than other soup (i.e. pho in JC). Overall though worth the wait and glad we came.
|Various appetizers i.e. Banchan|
|Kimchi Beef Tofu Soup|
|Pork Tofu Soup|
|Korean BBQ Ribs a.k.a. K/Galbi. SO GOOD|
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Hudson County Restaurant week! The merchant had a $25 dinner deal for three courses. Considering we picked some of the more expensive items on the menu it was a great deal. We were STUFFED afterwards.
|Panko Crusted Buffalo Chicken Tenders|
|Bang Bang shrimp|
|BBQ Ribs with sweet potato fries and corn-on-the-cob|
|Flank steak, asparagus, tater tots and onion rings|
|Chocolate banana bread pudding - good but nothing has beaten Soul Flavor's bread pudding yet|
|Deep fried snickers bar with vanilla gelato - I almost DIED after eating this. So good but so bad at the same time|
Post bar celebration at RL. Haven't been there in over 20 years haha. Had the 4 courses for $14.99. Soooo much food but I think the best part about it was still the free unlimited cheddar bay biscuits. We were so stuffed from the biscuits, soup, salad and entrees that we had to take our desserts to go - brownie a la mode and apple crostada.
|Cheddar Bay Biscuits|
|Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup and New England Clam Chowder|
|Garlic shrimp and scallop pasta. A ginormous plate of food that lasted for several meals afterwards|
|Dan got breaded shrimp|
I attempted to make bread pudding after scouring the internet and making some adjustments to different recipes. In the end, the pudding was good but not sweet enough for my taste. It helped when eating it later to microwave for like 30 seconds and add maple syrup. It added the necessary sweetness and juiciness.
Had to take a bar study break one night to make a summer dinner. Using the crockpot made more pulled pork from pork shoulder. Also I made a watermelon cucumber salad and Dan roasted corn in the oven and rubbed with garlic butter.
|Watermelon cucumber salad with feta and red onions|
|Pulled pork sliders with red cabbage slaw|
|Garlic buttery roasted corn|
Happy 4th of July! One month later
|Quintessential 4th food - hot dogs and mini cheeseburgers|
|Salad to pretend to be healthy|
|Home-made goulash of sorts - rice, jalapenos, tomato, beans and chicken|
|Or maybe better classified as a burrito bowl type a la Chipotle since we ate it with rice chips|
|Home-made watermelon vodka drink + oven-roasted corn with garlic butter. DELISH|
Inspired by Thomas Keller and Anthony Bourdain, Dan decided to make roasted chicken along with root veggies and garlic green beans. The chicken was nice and juicy but the veggies were the best part. Cooked in all the yummy chicken juices.
|Everything set up before going in the oven. Notice how nicely the chicken has been tied up haha|
|French garlic green beans|
There's a new bistro called Modern American Eatery in JC that has really excellent and inexpensive food. The place is in a shady part of JC on Communipaw Ave, which likely accounts for the low costs. The menu is really eclectic and has some delicious though super unhealthy items. Definitely want to head back for brunch one weekend.
|House-made Pork Rinds - crazyyyyy good. P.S. Have you ever seen home-made pork rinds on a menu? I didn't think so|
|Jimmy Changas - basically mini chimichangas with flat iron steak, ny cheddar and tomato-avocado sauce|
|Charlie's Fried Chicken - open faced on home-made biscuit, coleslaw and fries|
|Baja Fish Tacos - salsa de tigre, guacamole, and cabbage. This was my least favorite dish. Not a fan of all the sauciness|
|Salt & Pepper BBQ Lamb Ribs - so delicious but much fattier than normal beef or pork ribs|
It's tough to find authentic Filipino breakfast food anywhere. I figured Max's might be decent even though it's a chain. I think it was better than Mahlarika in the city but still not as good as hole-in-the wall places in the Philippines, or my dad's cooking. Pretty inexpensive though so that was nice. Also only available Sat and Sunday from 9-11am. Likely won't get there again anytime soon haha.
|Garlic fried rice, beef tapa, fried eggs, and atchara|
|Garlic fried rice, pork tocino, fried eggs, and atchara|
HP is back after a two-month hiatus. Thanks Bar Review!
Anyway, months ago we went to Mompou for Tim's birthday. The food took a really long time to come out (probably cause there were over a dozen of us) but generally was good.
|Special dish with chorizo, potatoes and steak|
|Calamari A La Pomodoro|
|Albondigas de Pollo - chicken meatballs|