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Dave Cook
I maintain a website called Eating In Translation about interesting, usually inexpensive food in and around New York.
Interests: Classic films, fiction, travel (even if it's an extended day trip), poker (friendly games only), collecting (mostly flat things, since my apartment is small), trivia (covers most everything else).
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Doraon is the rare restaurant in New York that serves dak galbi, Korean spicy stir-fried chicken. The triple order shown above — bulked out by the pleasing contrast of sweet potato, and by rice cakes — took a seeming eternity to cook at the table. (Can't rush raw chicken.) While... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Eating In Translation
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Have I mentioned that I like poppy seeds? Schreiber's Homestyle Bakery 2924 Ave. M (Nostrand Ave.-East 31st St.), Midwood, Brooklyn (one of several locations) 718-258-2720 Closed Saturday Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Eating In Translation
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At brunch, this Vietnamese restaurant serves two variations on bánh căn, grilled rice muffins with quail egg. The first is accompanied by pork meatballs swamped in nước mắm, a fish sauce that's also splendid for dunking the muffins; the second (shown, and comped) exchanges pork for a mix of mushroom... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Eating In Translation
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Someone forgot to tell a tankful of large gaping fish, but everyone else seemed to have pretty much cleared out. This food court, which replaced a mini-mall in the basement of the Super HK market, opened in November 2018 with some two dozen stalls. The original vendors served food from... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Eating In Translation
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Immigrant Home Cooking Is Women's Rights Thursday, January 16, 6:30-??? Tenement Museum, 103 Orchard St. (at Delancey St.), Manhattan www.Tenement.org/events/immigrant-home-cooking-is-womens-rights Free admission; online RSVP appreciated Re-Setting the Table: The Future of Chinese Food and Drink in America Thursday, January 16, 7:00-9:00 Museum of Food and Drink, 62 Bayard St. (Lorimer-Leonard... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Eating In Translation
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In biteaway view this bhapa pitha, a steamed rice cake, showed off its jaggery core. Pitha, which are native to eastern and northeastern India as well as Bangladesh, generally are prepared from rice flour or wheat flour. They can be fashioned in many shapes and sizes, filled or unfilled, savory... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Eating In Translation
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"Snow white" is a base for many Hong Kong-style desserts. As best as I can gather, it combines coconut milk and evaporated milk. For this bowl, which featured scoops of black glutinous rice and durian pulp, sago pearls added chewy contrast to the slushy snow. Me Do Desserts 3 Bay... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Eating In Translation
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Already two lunches to the good, I passed up an attractive steam table — I'll return for the mixed-offal curry called pachownie — but spotted a curious dessert. Vermicelli cake, like Indian payasam and similar sweets in Pakistan and Trinidad, is prepared with noodles that have been simmered in milk... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2020 at Eating In Translation
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When it comes to cookies, I prefer all-vanilla to black-and-white, not only for flavor but also for texture — the fondant cleaves much more cleanly. Crack a smiley? I've never tried; help yourself. Kaff's Bake Shop 2944 Ave. J (Nostrand Ave.-East 29th St.), Midwood, Brooklyn (one of several locations) 718-676-0361... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2020 at Eating In Translation
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Corned beef (and coarse-grained mustard) on a roll, after a serpentine neighborhood walk that delayed my arrival till after the lunch rush. For a poppy-seeded roll, next time I'll make a beeline. H/T Jason Sherman, South Brooklyn Food and Drink Elaine's Avenue M Deli 2924 Ave. M (Nostrand Ave.-East 29th... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2020 at Eating In Translation
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Vegan Shop-Up Saturday, January 11, noon-5:00; repeats monthly Pine Box Rock Shop, 12 Grattan St. (Bogart St.-Morgan Ave.), Bushwick, Brooklyn www.VeganShopUp .wordpress.com /2020/01/05/here-we-go-again-vegan-shop-up-january-11th Free admission; attendees under age 21 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian Indonesian bazaar at the St. James Parish House Saturday, January 11, 11:00-5:00;... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2020 at Eating In Translation
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Tacos al pastor and a big, cold glass of jamaica, from the tail end of a much warmer day. H/T Jared Cohee, Eat the World NYC Mi Armadillo Grande 1569 Castleton Ave. (Port Richmond Ave.-Faber St.), Port Richmond, Staten Island 347-861-7245 www.Facebook.com/pages/Restauran-mi-Armadillo-Grande/485574311612042 Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2020 at Eating In Translation
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Henan brunch? Egg and tomato over hand-ripped nood... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2020 at Eating In Translation
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With all respect to poethek, the pop-top communal Tibetan beef pie, give a thought to shak trak. But don't think long — at our table, the juicy, stir-fried beef was quick to take its leave. For more photos from Khampa Kitchen, see my collection on Flickr. Khampa Kitchen 7515 Roosevelt... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2020 at Eating In Translation
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Galette des Rois Celebration Tuesday, January 7, 6:30-8:00 French Institute Alliance Française, 22 East 60th St. (Madison-Park Aves.), Manhattan http://events.FIAF.org/event/2020-01-galette-des-rois General admission: $35 A Renaissance in Heritage Poultry: One Farmer’s Story Tuesday, January 7, 6:30-8:00 NYU Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, 411 Lafayette St., (West 4th St.-Astor... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2020 at Eating In Translation
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Hazelnut, in gold, surrounded by equally fancified éclairs, and a raspberry tart. Happy New Year! Eclair Bakery 305 East 53rd St. (First-Second Aves.), Manhattan 347-515-2122 www.EclairBakery-NYC.com Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2019 at Eating In Translation
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Invader is a French urban artist whose discreetly installed mosaics evoke the low-rez look of early video games. Owing to the lack of resolution, it's hard to be sure what's on the patty — perhaps lettuce, tomato, pickles, and cheese — but there's no mistaking the sesame-seeded bun. Space Invader... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2019 at Eating In Translation
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The chef is proud of his chicken, too: Smoked pork from Al Cilindro de Javi, one of several restaurants that traveled from Peru to headline this New Jersey festival. Above the charcoal, but below the hanging meat, was a grill (shown empty) on which unwrapped sweet potatoes took up flavor,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2019 at Eating In Translation
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Haitian trio: fried turkey, black rice, crunchy spicy pikliz. Tania's Kitchen Various pop-ups and catered events 347-946-1594 www.Facebook.com/TaniasKitchen This turkey left over, not from Thanksgiving, but from the Queens Night Market, returning in spring 2020 Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2019 at Eating In Translation
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The faint topping, so thin it might have been brushed on, is crumbly, sweet, and reminiscent of a concha. What this Cantonese bakery calls a "Mexican bun" tells a story of exile and return between Old World and New. Why this Chinese shop took its "Malay" name is another story... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2019 at Eating In Translation
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Székelykáposzta (Say-keh-lee-kah-pohs-tah), pork-rich cabbage stew. Idle at noon, the ladles were busy minutes later, when services concluded at the Hungarian Reformed Church down the block. Hungarian House Christmas Fair Hungarian House of New York, 213 East 82nd St. (Second-Third Aves.), Manhattan www.Facebook.com/events/784703778669241 (The 2019 fair was held on December 8) Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2019 at Eating In Translation
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Congolese sampler: catfish on rice, plus spinach; fumbwa, sometimes called wild spinach; chikwangue (she-Kwahn-gah), a cassava "bread"; and safou, large-pitted, soft-fleshed sour fruit. Chikwangue, bobolo (curled atop it, in the photo below), and the still-thinner miondo (not available this day) all are made from pounded, fermented, steamed-in-a-leaf cassava. Unwrapped and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2019 at Eating In Translation
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Snake gourd with egg, and hilsa in mustard sauce, from a 24-hour Bangladeshi steam table. It's provisioned by an adjoining market, whose delivery trucks are some of the most colorful in the city. Ittadi Garden and Grill 7307 37th Rd. (73rd-74th Sts.), Jackson Heights, Queens 718-429-5555 www.Facebook.com/Ittadi-Garden-And-Grill-2091931027705954 Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2019 at Eating In Translation
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Mine were meant to be burdock rice rolls, but perhaps Jin Ma was running short of the root crop; for the same low price, lots of beef was piled on, too. When I took a breather, a fellow customer offered that this shop serves homey, "country" cooking of a sort... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2019 at Eating In Translation
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Please note: This is the final roundup of food events till next year. Any can't-miss events that come along in the meantime will be announced on the EIT page on Facebook. Candyland, Jersey City Thursday, December 19, 6:00-10:00 Liberty Science Center, Liberty State Park, 222 Jersey City Blvd., Jersey City... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2019 at Eating In Translation