On September 27, 2018, I had the privilege to win the Yelp/ Instagram contest to attend the Sip for the Sea event at the Central Park Zoo to benefit the Wildlife Conservation Society and New York Aquarium. The mission of the event was to promote marine conservation and education at the New York Aquarium. The event featured 22 sustainable dishes and wine pairings from various restaurants. The food and wine options were overwhelming and unfortunately had only seven of these items so I can’t have favorites, but they all tasted good and the wine pairings complemented each bite.
I can’t wait to visit the restaurants that participate at this event. Thank you Yelp, Instagram for everything. Thank you to the organizers at Sip for the Sea for accommodating me and my guest for this great event.
Six weeks ago we decided to check out Saigon Casa, Vietnamese restaurant in Port Jefferson Station in Long Island.
The menu has limited options in comparison to what I’m used to seeing in other Vietnamese restaurants in Queens.
One of the dishes that we had to order was the pho. There were many types of pho, but we ordered the Pho Tai Nam Gau, which a beef soup containing rare steak, brisket and flank steak with noodles on the side.
The soup tasted good and we loved the fact that we can add the noodles at our discretion to our small bowls. I am still in search and experimenting recipes that replicated the best one I’ve had to date at the Pho Bang in Elmhurst.
Another dish I had was the Vietnamese Sizzling Crepe called Bang Xeo. This crepe was sold as a special item at this restaurant. The dish was huge and it is made of rice flour and tumeric stuffed with shrimp and pork. The dish was delicious and I want to make this dish.
I would like to return to this restaurant to try their other dishes.
Since the temperature plummeted last week, I’ve been having cravings for noodle soup made from Chinese handmade noodles or homemade ramen specifically. What I love about these noodles is that I don’t have the knowledge that the noodles are processed, what I mean is that it does not contain the durum wheat, which has been documented as a source for weight gain and obesity. In addition to the healthy appearing noodles, the broth is made to perfection especially on a cold winter night.
Below are places I’ve had ramen and or homemade Chinese Noodle soup that it’s worth the money spent and it’s filling.
Mixed Lamb Noodle Soup $8 Uncle Zhou Elmhurst
Spicy Chicken Ramen Soup – $6.95 Cafe Water Water Street NYC
Beef Stew Hand Drawn Noodle Soup – Lao Bei Fang Dumpling House – Elmhurst
Wonton Hand Drawn Noodle Soup – Lao Bei Fang Dumpling House
Kuu Chili Ramen $14 with House Sake $6 during happy hour – Kuu Ramen – Financial District NYC