That Food Cray !!! http://www.thatfoodcray.com Get Into It !!! Thu, 17 Sep 2015 17:00:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 California Cray !!! Pho 79 in Little Saigon http://www.thatfoodcray.com/california-cray-pho-79-in-little-saigon/ http://www.thatfoodcray.com/california-cray-pho-79-in-little-saigon/#comments Thu, 17 Sep 2015 17:00:03 +0000 http://www.thatfoodcray.com?p=16622&preview_id=16622 I have a confession guys, I love Vietnamese dishes, that’s my phokin’ problem. Ok, that was lame. But seriously, I have a major pho addiction. I grew up with a ton of Vietnamese people and had pho literally every other day. Since moving to Hong Kong, I’ve been deprived because the pho phokin’ sucks here. Everytime we travel anywhere, I have my phodar on pho strength. As soon as we booked our tickets to LA, I mapped out exactly how to get to Little Saigon with a hit list of Vietnamese restaurants. Within two hours of landing, we were cruisin’ down the street in my 6pho through traffic just to get our pho fix. In retrospect, we should have just stayed in Little Saigon since we just kept going back pho more.

One of my favorites was Pho 79. It’s a cheap, no-thrills, cash only type of joint, which is exactly what I like. As soon as you pull up, you can smell that delicious broth from the parking lot. The menu consists of the usual suspects so we wasted no time since we already knew exactly what we were going to order. As we were waiting for our food, we noticed that almost everyone had a bowl of oxtail on their tables, so we followed suit. Good thing we caught on because the oxtail was TASTY AF, super flavorful and mad tender. The pho was no joke, the broth was on point and the noodles had a nice bite to them. I also ordered an avocado shake made with sweet buttery California avocados! I strongly suggest you do the same. <3

9941 Hazard Ave

Garden Grove, CA 92844

United States

p: 1 (714) 531-2490

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Zoku Popsicle Maker Product Review & Recipes http://www.thatfoodcray.com/zoku-popsicle-maker-product-review-recipes/ http://www.thatfoodcray.com/zoku-popsicle-maker-product-review-recipes/#comments Tue, 15 Sep 2015 16:01:33 +0000 http://www.thatfoodcray.com/?p=16598 While working on another MISSDISH recipe with MISSBISH and Pastry Chef Tracy Wei, I finally got to test out the Zoku Popsicle Maker! The popsicle maker was actually a gift that my friend’s kids had received and we thought it would be fun to come up with healthy popsicle recipes for the summer. We teamed up Tracy to come up with three simple popsicle recipes. These recipes have no added sugar and use all natural ingredients. They’re refreshing, healthy and super easy to make. We used the Zoku Single Quick Pop Maker, but if you have regular popsicle molds, that works too.

I’ve seen Zoku’s products at Williams-Sonoma and have always been curious about Zoku’s products. We were working with the Single Quick Pop Maker which essentially makes instant popsicles. The only catch is you have to leave the popsicle maker in the freezer for at least 24 hours prior to using it. Overall, it was extremely easy to use! It only took about four minutes to freeze each popsicle! The only downside is, I wanted to make more!

Yogurt and Raspberry Popsicle
What You Need:
2 cups Greek Yogurt
2 tablespoons Honey
1 Cup Raspberries

What To Do:
1. Mix the greek yogurt with honey.
2. Place the six raspberries into the popsicle molds.
3. Then pour the yogurt mixture into the molds.
4. Freeze overnight.

Notes:
– Serving size: 6 popsicles
– You can add any fruits that you’d prefer.

Other Yogurt & Fruit Combinations:
– Peaches, Apricots and Yogurt
– Mango, Pineapple and Yogurt
– Blackberries and Yogurt
– Nectarine and Yogurt

Red Beets, Carrots and Dragon Fruit Popsicle
What You Need:
2 Cooked Red Beets
1 Carrot, cut in pieces
1 Dragon Fruit

What To Do:
1. Peel and chop up the red beets and carrots.
2. Cut the dragon fruits into cubes.
3. Put everything into a juicer.
4. Pour into popsicle mold and freeze overnight.

Notes:
– Serving size: 6 popsicles
– Any type of juice mixture is perfect for popsicles.
– It’s the perfect way for children to have all the nutrients inside a juice but in a fun (slightly deceiving) popsicle form.
– Add some chia seeds to the mixture before pouring into the popsicle molds.

Other fruit juice combinations:
– Carrot, Ginger and Orange
– Grapefruit, Lemongrass and Honey
– Spinach, Kale, Green Apple and Coconut Water
– SHORTCUT: Purchase any press juices and pour into the popsicle molds.

Coconut Water Popsicle
What You Need
1 cup of Coconut Water
½ Kiwi, sliced
½ Dragon Fruit, sliced
½ Pomegranate

What To Do:
1. Pour the coconut water into the popsicle mold.
2. Let it freeze for about 30 minutes.
3. Then place the fruits into the mold. Only fill up 80% to make room for the fruits. That way, you are able to place the fruits throughout the mold and instead of all of the fruits being in one place.
4. Freeze overnight.

Notes:
– Serving size: 6 popsicles
– Substitute coconut water with coconut milk for something creamier.
– You can use any combination of fruits.
– Add some toasted shredded coconut to the mixture for texture.
– Add a little honey for some sweetness.

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Portland Cray !!! P.R.E.A.M Pizzeria http://www.thatfoodcray.com/portland-cray-p-r-e-a-m-pizzeria/ http://www.thatfoodcray.com/portland-cray-p-r-e-a-m-pizzeria/#comments Sun, 13 Sep 2015 15:59:53 +0000 http://www.thatfoodcray.com/?p=16551 I’ve heard nothing but great things about the food scene in Portland. I had compiled a massive list, but I had the hardest time deciding where to go first. One spot that was at the top of my list though, was P.R.E.A.M, which is clever acronym for “Pizza Rules Everything Around Me.” I could not miss out on a restaurant inspired by a Wu-Tang classic.

As the name of the restaurant suggests, P.R.E.A.M is dedicated to all pizza everything. The menu is cleverly laid out starting with “Intro” dishes or appetizers, a selection of P.R.E.A.M’s “Chorus” pizzas, “Verse” or salads and desserts to finish, known as “Outros” of course. The pizza selection is on point consisting of essentials such as the Margherita along with next level pies with toppings including lardo, meatballs, fennel sausage, smoked mozzarella and more.

We mixed it up a bit, ordering a little bit of everything from the menu. We were off to a great start with delicious intros and salads. The pizzas were on point as expected. Just to give you a heads up, the pies are cooked in a wood-fired oven and are meant to be slightly charred, to the point where some people would consider the crust to be borderline burnt. Don’t be afraid of the appearance, this stuff is delicious as fuq and doesn’t carry a bitter burnt aftertaste.

2015-07-18-pdx-77Mixed berry salad with cucumber, almond, crumbled feta, fennel and fermented sausage ($10 USD). This was my favorite dish at P.R.E.A.M. The salad was refreshing, tasty, and well balanced.

2015-07-18-pdx-78Meatballs with arrabbiata sauce, fried shallots and parmesan. The meatballs were packed with flavor, but could have used more of that garlicky, spicy tomato sauce.

2015-07-18-pdx-89Kale pizza with lardo, smoked mozzarella, onion, honey and chile ($17 USD). The kale pizza had a nice smoky flavor with a hint of sweetness and a bit of heat.

2015-07-18-pdx-88Tomato Leaf Pizza with tomato, red onion agrodolce, roasted garlic and parmesan ($17 USD). I preferred the tomato leaf over the kale. There’s a myth that tomato leaves are toxic, but this pizza proves that myth wrong since I stuffed my face with this ridiculously delicious pizza and I’m doing just fine.


P.R.E.A.M.
2131 SE 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97214
p: 1 (503) 231-2809

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Hong Kong Cray !!! 10 Local Late Night Dessert Spots You Need To Know About http://www.thatfoodcray.com/hong-kong-cray-10-local-late-night-dessert-spots-you-need-to-know-about/ http://www.thatfoodcray.com/hong-kong-cray-10-local-late-night-dessert-spots-you-need-to-know-about/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 17:00:18 +0000 http://www.thatfoodcray.com/?p=16522 There are a plethora of dessert spots in Hong Kong. These joints get pretty bumpin’ right after the dinner rush at about 9pm to midnight. Dessert culture is huge in Hong Kong. Albeit, it’s more of a social thing if anything. Getting dessert is essentially a means to extend conversations and spend a little more TLC with friends and family.

Chinese desserts can be underwhelming to say the least. My husband thinks they’re boring as fuq, especially “Tong Sui”, which directly translates to “sugar water.” If you’re unfamiliar with Chinese desserts, most are typically sweet soups made from blended beans, black sesame seeds, various nuts, silky tofu and boiled Asian delicacies. Sounds delicious huh? Other desserts include jellies, blended fruits, tapioca, and drinks.

New dessert spots have been popping up in Hong Kong that experiment with both traditional and modern Asian desserts. I do not discriminate. I love all kinds of desserts. So here’s a list of 10 of my favorite late night spots for Asian desserts – old and new school.

hong-kong-cray-10-local-late-night-dessert-spots-you-need-to-know-about-11) Heart’s Dessert 甜入心, Sham Shui Po
This is the one I go to the most, just because it’s literally two blocks from my house. Heart’s signature dessert is an entire coconut in which its natural coconut water has been congealed into a coconut jelly then topped with crème caramel submerged in a pool of coconut milk !!! The coconut jelly is genius – it’s natural, refreshing, and pure coconut water goodness. Their other desserts are aight, so I recommend sticking to the coconuts.

G/F, 57 Fuk Wing Street, Sham Shui Po
福榮街57號文昌閣地下B
p: +852-5598-1186

2) Mammy Pancake, Multiple Locations
If you’re in Hong Kong, you’ve got to eat the Egg Waffles or Eggettes (Gai Daan Jai 鷄蛋仔). Egg Waffles are essentially waffles composed of small detachable mouth-sized balls served in a paper bag to be eaten with fingers and no utensils. The batter consists of eggs, sugar, flour and evaporated milk. Mammy Pancake has mastered the Egg Waffle and definitely has the best in town. Their waffles are always fresh to death and they have different flavors to choose from including chocolate chip, sesame and regular. There are multiple locations now with the OG location in Hung Hom.

Shop K1B, G/F, 36 Man Tai Street, Hung Hom
紅磡民泰街36號地下K1B舖

G/F, Carnarvon Mansion, 8-12 Carnarvon Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
尖沙咀加拿芬道8-12號嘉芬大廈地下

Shop 17, G/F, Leishun Court, 1-5 Haven Street, Causeway Bay
銅鑼灣希雲街1-5號禮信大廈地下17號舖

Shop G23, G/F, Young City Zone, 1 Kwong Wa Street, Mong Kok
旺角廣華街1號潮流地域G23號地舖

hong-kong-cray-10-local-late-night-dessert-spots-you-need-to-know-about-33) Yee Shun Dairy Company, Multiple Locations & Australia Dairy Company, Jordan
I’ve been hitting up Yee Shun with my parents since forever. This spot is legendary and is known for making legit silky smooth milk pudding and egg custard. They also do flavored milk puddings including red bean, coffee, chocolate, lotus seed and my personal fav, ginger. Australian Dairy Company makes dope milk pudding and egg custard as well, but their service sucks and getting a table can be a bi*ch.

G/F., 506 Lockhard Road, Causeway Bay
銅鑼灣駱克道506號地下

63 Pilkem St, Jordan
佐敦庇利金街63號

513 Nathan Road, Yau Ma Tei
油麻地彌敦道513號地下

244 Sai Yeung Choi Street, Prince Edward
太子西洋菜南街244號

Australian Dairy Company
G/F, 47-49 Parkes Street, Jordan
佐敦白加士街47-49號地下

hong-kong-cray-10-local-late-night-dessert-spots-you-need-to-know-about-54) Via Tokyo, Causeway Bay & Sweets House Cha Cha, Multiple Locations 
OK, I cheated a little bit. Via Tokyo isn’t a Chinese dessert spot, but locals LOVE it. There is a constant line here on events and weekends. The cafe is tiny so getting a table is nearly impossible, unless you don’t mind waiting for about an hour. Via Tokyo specializes in Japanese soft serve ice cream. They offer three flavors of “soft cream” including matcha green tea, Hokkaido milk and a seasonal tea-based flavor along with traditional Japanese desserts. Fresh fruits, okome (rice puffs – think Japanese version of Rice Krispies but triple the size), shiratama (sweet dumplings similar to mochi), anmitsu (jelly made of red algae, seaweed, water or fruit juice), and azuki beans (red beans) are just a few of the plethora of toppings Via Tokyo has to offer. If you don’t feel like waiting in lines, Sweets House Cha Cha is a good alternative, also serving rich and creamy Japanese soft serve.

Via Tokyo
Shop nos. 1A-1B, G/F., Leishun Court, 106-126 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay
銅鑼灣禮頓道106-126號禮信大廈地下1A-1B號舖

Sweets House Cha Cha city’super
Harbour City Mall, Tsim Sha Tsui
Time Square, Causeway Bay
New Town Plaza, Shatin
Maritime Square, Tsing Yi
Tai Po Mega Mall, Tai Po

hong-kong-cray-10-local-late-night-dessert-spots-you-need-to-know-about-65) Atum, Causeway Bay
Dedicated strictly to desserts, ATUM Desserant steps up the dessert game in Hong Kong taking an unconventional approach to satisfying that sweet tooth. Straying from traditional Hong Kong dessert spots, ATUM introduces innovative contemporary desserts using flavors familiar to the Chinese palate. They use modern techniques, mainly molecular gastronomy, along with artistic plating and table theatre. With only a handful of bar stools surrounding the dessert bar, a personal dessert specialist is designated to each group for the duration of your meal. ATUM constantly experiments with ingredients and strives to surprise customers with unexpected flavors such as bamboo charcoal, corn, beetroot, truffle and foie gras. Call in advance to make a reservation!

16/F, The L. Square, No. 459-461 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay
銅鑼灣駱克道459-461號The L. Square 16樓
p: +852-2956-1411

hong-kong-cray-10-local-late-night-dessert-spots-you-need-to-know-about-76) Hanbing 韓冰, Tsim Sha Tsui
Hanbing is the bomb. This is the closest thing Hong Kong has to the real Korean shaved ice deal. Its shaved ice is light, airy, fluffy, sweet and creamy all at the same time. Choose from blueberry cheesecake, mango, green tea, Oreo, black sesame and injeolmi red bean!

Shop 4201K-4202K, 4/F, Gateway Arcade-Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui
尖沙咀海港城港威中心4樓4201K-4202K號舖

hong-kong-cray-10-local-late-night-dessert-spots-you-need-to-know-about-87) Cong Sao Star Dessert 聰嫂私房甜品, Causeway Bay
If you’re down with durian, Cong Sao Star Dessert has got your back. I was never into Durian until I tried the desserts at this place. The menu offers both cold and hot desserts consisting of coconut, mango, durian, tapioca, longan, jellies, purple rice and more. Cong Sao’s most popular dessert  is the Durian Ice which is essentially a creamy durian shaved ice topped with tapioca pearls.

G/F, 11 Yiu Wa Street, Causeway Bay
銅鑼灣耀華街11號地舖

hong-kong-cray-10-local-late-night-dessert-spots-you-need-to-know-about-168) Smile Yogurt & Dessert Bar, Multiple Locations
Hong Kong-based Pastry Chef Tony Wong of Tony Wong Patisserie decided to do froyo a little differently. It’s definitely not the healthiest frozen yogurt on the street, but it’s cot damn tasty and pretty to look at. Tony incorporates a combination of chocolates, fruits, pastries, sauces, and more that often resemble parfaits. This is not your average froyo with toppings such as mango granita, sweet lychee, apple chips, passion fruit, Mikados (chocolate covered biscuits), strawberry meringue, osmanthus jelly, lychee rose sauce, puff pastry nets and more.

Original location
65 Lion Rock Road, Kowloon City 
九龍城獅子石道65號地下

Mall Locations
K11 Mall, Tsim Sha Tsui
Mongkok New Century Plaza, Mong Kok
Harbour City Mall, Tsim Shai Tsui
Hysan Place, Causeway Bay

hong-kong-cray-10-local-late-night-dessert-spots-you-need-to-know-about-159) 發記甜品 Lucky Dessert, Sham Tseng (picture from Cong Sao Star Dessert 聰嫂私房甜品)
Lucky Dessert is another dessert spot I used to always hit up with my family. They live in Sham Tseng, so we would stroll down to Lucky Dessert after dinner to cop dessert. There are locations everywhere now, but I only like going to the location in Sham Tseng. This is one of the more traditional dessert spots on the list offering sweet soups (hot and cold), shaved ice, glutinous rice balls, stuffed crepes and drinks.

92-93 Castle Peak Road, Sham Tseng
深井青山公路深井村92-93號地下

10) Kei Kee Dessert 佳記甜品
Kai Kee is known for its massive bowls of grass jelly topped with mounds of fresh fruit. They also have a huge selection of old school Chinese desserts and street food snacks as well. Kei Kee is mad far, located all the way up in Yuen Long, New Territories. Is it worth the trip? If you like grass jelly, yes. I love grass jelly, but I usually only go to Kei Kee if we’re already in the area. Just to give you a heads up, this spot is always busy and the service is absolutely terrible, but it’s a classic.

Shop 7, Chi Fu Centre, Yuen Long
元朗又新街置富中心7號舖

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Los Angeles Cray !!! Guisados Mexican Restaurant http://www.thatfoodcray.com/los-angeles-cray-guisados-mexican-restaurant/ http://www.thatfoodcray.com/los-angeles-cray-guisados-mexican-restaurant/#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 09:14:23 +0000 http://www.thatfoodcray.com/?p=16429 The traditional taco as you know it is not what you’d get at Guisados. The Los Angeles-based taco purveyor took an unorthodox approach to tacos; Exchanging dry proteins in favor of tender, moist braised options. In traditional Mexican fare, braised meats are served on plates alongside tacos and other side dishes. What’s different in Guisados’ approach is to put the braised meats onto tacos themselves. The braises are inspired by Armando De La Torre Sr. & Jr.’s homestyle cooking they grew up eating. While hot sauce is always customary, you could easily opt-out thanks to the tasty sauces from the braise.

One other cool thing about Guisados is a dedication to handmade corn tortillas that are made in-house. Step into Guisados and it’s hard to miss the huge spinning disc where tortilla upon tortilla are placed and prepped.

The menu at Guisados can be difficult for a first-timer or a non-Spanish speaker. The goal is for customers to engage with the people behind the counter and get some insight into the options. The usual protein choices are available, from your flank steaks and chicken to chorizo and shredded pork. Start with your favorite proteins and then work from there and you’ll be good to go. The braising makes for a consistency each time that’s tender and flavor-packed. In fairness, the undecided can go for the Taco Sampler which allows you to try a few different ones. One of the non-taco options is the Quesadilla con Chorizo which is something you should get alongside a Stumptown Coffee-infused Horchata.

There are a few different locations across Los Angeles, but we happened to visit the Downtown LA one. Click here for the other locations:


541 South Spring Street #101, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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That Restaurant Cray !!! Where to Eat in Taipei http://www.thatfoodcray.com/that-restaurant-cray-where-to-eat-in-taipei/ http://www.thatfoodcray.com/that-restaurant-cray-where-to-eat-in-taipei/#comments Sun, 16 Aug 2015 16:01:55 +0000 http://www.thatfoodcray.com/?p=16480 Taipei is all about the FOOD. We generally hit up Taipei at least once a year just to stuff our faces. People usually spend no more than three days in Taipei, so I compiled a short list of my favorite spots. If you have limited time in the city, these are the spots you have to visit. If I missed out on anything or if you have recommendations, please let me know in the comments =)

that-restaurant-cray-where-to-eat-in-taipei-1林東芳牛肉麵 (Lin Dong Fang Niu Rou Mien)
林東芳牛肉麵 has that beef noodle game on lock. The menu is straight forward serving a limited selection of beef noodle counterparts including beef tendon, tripe, and other offal. Small cold side dishes such as cucumbers, bean sprouts, vegetables are also available in the self-serve fridge in the back. This spot serves its beef noodle soup with fairly thick slices of mad tender beef shank that literally melt in your mouth.

No. 274號, Section 2, Bādé Road, Zhongshan District
Taipei City, Taiwan 104
p: +886 2 2752 2556

that-restaurant-cray-where-to-eat-in-taipei-2Da-Wan Yakiniku Restaurant 大腕燒肉專門店
Da-Wan is without question, the CRAYest yakiniku restaurant in Taipei. This spot is Taipei’s holy grail of yakiniku and is always bumpin’. This Japanese BBQ-centric restaurant, is notorious for serving the crème de la crème of Wagyu beef and pork. If you’re planning a trip to the city, make sure you make reservations far in advance.

106, Taiwan, Taipei City, Da’an District, Lane 177, Section 1, Dunhua South Road, 22號
p: +886 2 2711 0179

that-restaurant-cray-where-to-eat-in-taipei-3Muteki Japanese Yakiniku 炭火燒肉無敵
If you need a good yakiniku back-up plan, hit up Muteki. The quality of beef and service does not compare to Da Wan, but it definitely hits the spot.

105, Taiwan, Taipei City, Songshan District
市民大道四段183號
p: +886 2 2578 9797

that-restaurant-cray-where-to-eat-in-taipei-4Din Tai Fung 鼎泰豐
Din Tai Fung started from the bottom in Taipei and now has branches globally including Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, the United States and Thailand. You have to visit the OG Taipei location, where its delicious soup dumplings made history.

No.194 Second Section, Xinyi Road, Taipei 111-0021, Taiwan
p: 02-23218928 

that-restaurant-cray-where-to-eat-in-taipei-5彭記蚵仔麵脆皮臭豆腐
This is my favorite stinky tofu spot! Don’t knock it until you try it. I never liked stinky tofu until I tried it in Taiwan. This particular style of stinky tofu has a huge crater in the center of the tofu block which is meant to hold Stinky Tofu condiments such as soy sauce, pickled cabbage on the side, minced garlic and hot sauce.

110, Taiwan, 30 Yongji Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Lane 177, Lane on the 1st
p: +886 2 8787 4628

that-restaurant-cray-where-to-eat-in-taipei-6Elixir Health Pot 無老鍋
Elixir does not fux around when it comes to hot pot. Elixir’s hot pot is so good that trying to get a reservation will be your only complaint about this restaurant. Everything including atmosphere, décor, price, service and taste is on point. I used to think hot pot was simple and self-explanatory until eating at Elixir. There are specific instructions and techniques to eating almost every dish so that everything you eat meets optimal deliciousness.

No. 143, Section 3, Shìmín Boulevard, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan
p: +886.2.2731.7928

that-restaurant-cray-where-to-eat-in-taipei-7Addiction Aquatic Development (AAD)
AAD is essentially the Tsukiji fish market of Taipei. The island of Taiwan is surrounded by fresh delicious seafood which is why you have to hit up AAD.

No. 18, Alley 2, Lane 410, Minzu E Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 104
p: +886 2 2508 1268

that-restaurant-cray-where-to-eat-in-taipei-8Mitsui Cuisine
Mitsui holds a reputation of being one of the best Japanese restaurants in Taipei. I definitely recommend making ressies as Mitsui is pretty popular, especially on the weekends. The menu consists of all the Japanese essentials including an assortment of sushi, sashimi, rolls, beef, hot pot, grilled and fried dishes. We went with the special lunch sets and a few à la carte items!

B1, No.108, Sec. 1, Dun-hua South Road, Taipei City
p: +02.2741.3394

that-restaurant-cray-where-to-eat-in-taipei-9瞞著爹三店 Japanese Donburi Restaurant
This little Japanese gem specializes in donburi, Japanese rice bowls served with a variety of toppings including bluefin tuna, salmon, hokkaido scallops, squid, conger eel, shrimp, flatfish, salmon roe, caviar, and snow crab.

105, Taiwan, Taipei City, Songshan District, 八德路二段346巷9弄17號
p: +886 2 2751 7345

that-restaurant-cray-where-to-eat-in-taipei-10車輪釣蝦場
If you like fishing and shrimp, you need to go shrimping. You can either catch/cook your own shrimp from a massive shrimp pool or order pre-made shrimp. Either way, it’s delicious and so much fun!

No. 485, Section 2, Zhìshàn Rd, Shihlin District
Taipei City, Taiwan 111
p: 886.2.2841.4226 ‎

that-restaurant-cray-where-to-eat-in-taipei-11Monster Ice or Smoothie House 永康街思慕昔
I personally prefer Monster Ice, but Smoothie House isn’t too shabby. Shaved Ice is kind of a big deal in Taipei. Nothing beats a huge mountain of light fluffy ice surrounded by fresh fruits, topped with a giant ball of ice cream and drizzled with fruity sizzurp.

No. 297, Section 4, Zhongxiao E Rd, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
p: +886 2 8771 3263

Night Markets
It’s practically a crime if you go to Taipei and don’t visit the night markets. There is a ton of delicious and cheap street food to be eaten here. My favorites are listed below.

that-restaurant-cray-where-to-eat-in-taipei-12Shilin: Shilin has a rap as being the biggest and most popular night market in Taipei. You’ll find all the usual suspects here including oyster omelet, giant fried chicken steak, stinky tofu and “Big Cock Cakes.” Mmmmm…

Raohe: Raohe Street Market is one of the oldest night markets in Taipei conveniently located in the Songshan district with practically every classic street food item you would want to eat. Its most popular stall is 福州世祖胡椒饼 serving piping hot pepper meat buns. These buns have a crispy crust filled with steaming hot green onions and seasoned meat.

Tonghua: Tonghua is another great night market located in the heart of Taipei City close to Taipei 101. It’s smaller than some of the other night markets, but it has all the night market essentials.

Shida: Shida Night Market is situated between two of Taipei’s largest universities so most of the foot traffic is made up of students and tourists. It can get pretty packed so expect some minor pushing and shoulder checks. Shida has all the night market usual suspects as well as some new trendy takes on street food.

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Recipe Cray !!! Chocolate Chia Pudding by Tracy Wei http://www.thatfoodcray.com/recipe-cray-chocolate-chia-pudding-by-tracy-wei/ http://www.thatfoodcray.com/recipe-cray-chocolate-chia-pudding-by-tracy-wei/#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2015 16:01:59 +0000 http://www.thatfoodcray.com/?p=16407 We linked up with MISSBISH and pastry chef Tracy Wei again to make another variation of chia seed pudding. Chia seeds are a super food containing healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants and calcium. When added to liquid, the seeds expand creating a pudding-like texture. Making chia pudding is easier than making real pudding and is way better for you – all you really need is milk and chia seeds! The last time we linked up Tracy Wei of CHINO restaurant in Hong Kong, she whipped up a batch of coconut chia pudding. This time, she takes it to another level and shares her chocolate chia pudding recipe!

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What You Need for the Chocolate Chia Pudding:
360 grams Almond Milk
53 grams Chia Seeds
25 grams Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
½ teaspoon Cinnamon
¼ teaspoon Salt
1 tablespoon Vanilla
5 tablespoons Honey
2 Bananas

What To Do:
1. Mix everything together except the honey.
2. Let sit in the fridge for at least 3 hours.
3. Add honey after to sweeten.
4. Spoon into a cup.
5. Add some sliced bananas on top.
6. Add a dollop of cashew cream.

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What You Need for the Cashew Cream:
200 grams Raw Whole Cashews
30ml Water
½ teaspoon Cinnamon
1 tablespoon Vanilla

What To Do:
1. Soak cashews in water overnight.
2. Strain all the water and pour cashews into a blender.
3. Add additional water and blend until you’ve achieved desired consistency.
4. For a smoother texture, add more water.

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Notes:
– You can use raw almonds instead of cashews.
– Alternatively, you can blend the chocolate chia pudding. This gives the pudding a smoother velvety texture.

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Paris Cray !!! Caractère de Cochon http://www.thatfoodcray.com/paris-cray-caractere-de-cochon/ http://www.thatfoodcray.com/paris-cray-caractere-de-cochon/#comments Mon, 10 Aug 2015 16:01:15 +0000 http://www.thatfoodcray.com?p=16457&preview_id=16457 Ohhh lard. I can’t even begin to tell you how badly I miss Caractère de Cochon. Located in Le Marais right next to the Marché des Enfants Rouges, Caractère de Cochon is a small boutique devoted to all things ham. The shop owner, Solo has done an incredible job curating his shop with every inch of the store’s space covered in ham. Jambon and sausages dangle from the ceiling and the walls lined with an endless selection of cured meats, pâtes, terrines and antipasti. It’s amazing.

Our homie, Julien of Fricote Magazine put us on this spot. We literally went HAM and sampled Solo’s finest cuts and his delicious sandwiches. His jambon beurre sandwiches are available throughout the day for €5. Made to order, Solo gives you a choice of bread, butter and ham. Choose between different hams flavored with mirabelles, black chanterelle mushrooms and rosemary. My favorite was the truffle flavored mortadella (bologna). I barely skimmed the surface of Solo’s shop, but I will definitely be back!


Caractère de Cochon
42 Rue Charlot
75003 Paris
France
p: +33 1 42 74 79 45

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NYC Cray !!! My First Ramen Burger at Ramen.Co http://www.thatfoodcray.com/nyc-cray-my-first-ramen-burger-at-ramen-co/ http://www.thatfoodcray.com/nyc-cray-my-first-ramen-burger-at-ramen-co/#comments Wed, 05 Aug 2015 16:01:31 +0000 http://www.thatfoodcray.com?p=16443&preview_id=16443 It’s been a minute since the ramen burger epidemic hit. I’ve been avoiding this food trend for years, but I finally had to give in. If you’ve been sleeping under a rock like I have, the ramen burger is essentially a burger patty sandwiched between ramen “buns.” Chef Keizo Shimamoto, the mastermind who conceptualized the burger debuted his now trademarked burger at Brooklyn’s Smorgasburg market in the summer of 2013. This viral food trend stemmed from his Japanese-American roots, bringing together two of his cultures’ beloved fast food favorites – ramen and burgers.

The ramen burger not only changed Keizo’s life, but his idea became a global phenomenon. I thought it was only appropriate to have my first taste of the Ramen Burger™ from the originators. Ramen.Co offers its signature burger in four flavors, the Original, Yakitori, Shredded Beef and Tofu, all served with house-made ramen buns. I opted for the OG burger made with a certified Angust beef patty, arugula, secret shoyu sauce and scallions.

I’m pretty good at managing my expectations, so I wasn’t expecting this burger to be life changing, and it wasn’t. The beef patty was basic, a little thicker than your average fast food burger patty slathered with a salty soy-based sauce. It would have been interesting to see some pork slices or something in the burger considering pork is almost always paired with ramen. The ramen bun was interesting, slightly rubbery in texture and bland in flavor. I would have preferred the ramen noodles to be al dente or have a crispy crust. Overall, not bad, but definitely overrated. Albeit, gotta give Keizo some credit for putting two and two together.


100 Maiden Ln
New York, NY 10038
p: +1 (646) 490-8456

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Recipe Cray !!! Coconut Chia Pudding by Pastry Chef Tracy Wei http://www.thatfoodcray.com/recipe-cray-coconut-chia-pudding-by-pastry-chef-tracy-wei/ http://www.thatfoodcray.com/recipe-cray-coconut-chia-pudding-by-pastry-chef-tracy-wei/#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2015 16:01:04 +0000 http://www.thatfoodcray.com?p=16395&preview_id=16395 It’s that time of year again! Summer is in full swing, meaning it’s time to get that booty in check, and making healthier choices is a start. If you have a sweet tooth, stay the eff away from ice cream and pastries. Try switching it up with desserts that are actually good for you, like chia pudding! Chia seeds are a super food containing healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants and calcium. They have a mild, nutty flavor and can be added to cereal, vegetables, rice, yogurt, drinks and baked goods. When added to liquid, the seeds expand creating a pudding-like texture. Chia pudding is extremely simple and makes the perfect dessert substitute. All you really need is milk and chia seeds! We linked up MISSBISH and Tracy Wei of CHINO restaurant in Hong Kong, who shares her healthy and delicious coconut chia pudding recipe.

What You Need:
250 ml Coconut Milk
40 grams Chia Seeds
Honey to taste
1 Fresh Ripe Mango
2 Fresh Kiwis
100 ml Coconut Cream

What To Do: 
1. Mix the chia seeds and coconut milk together.
2. Let the mixture sit in the fridge for at least 3 hours.
3. Refrigerate the coconut cream in the fridge overnight.
4. Use a whisk and whip coconut cream until preferred consistency is achieved.
5. Mold chia seed and coconut milk mixture into a cup.
6. Place mango and kiwis on top.
7. Add a dollop of whipped coconut cream.

Notes:
– If the fruits are sweet enough, you don’t even need to add any honey.
– After you whip up the coconut cream, make sure you keep it chilled.
– You can keep the pudding in the fridge for up to 3 days.

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