Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Allen & Delancey

Before I was surprised with the Momofuku Cookbook, we had an early Christmas dinner at Allen & Delancey before heading down to Virginia for the holidays.

LOVE LOVE LOVED everything EVERYTHING about the restaurant. Great date spot! The Lobster Salad, Octopus Confit, Tagliolini with Rock Shrimp and the duck were TDF (to-die-for), though the dessert was not. Felt like the Banana Pavlova with banana cream, passion fruit and toasted coconut was burning a hole through the roof of my mouth.

Still. I'd go back in a heartbeat.

Update: Did I mention they had a bacon-infused dinner roll that they offered us before the meal? Yes, bacon people, bacon!

***Allen & Delancy: 115 Allen Street New York, NY 10002 nr. Delancy St.

For Christmas my true love gave to me...

So deliciously blunt and almost autobiographical. The book really captures the essence of the man himself and how he came to be. It's true that the cookbook speaks to only the most experienced of cooks, with many dishes requiring several steps, but I think I can take on what Chang calls the "Sandra Lee-simple dish" - Maine Jonah Crab Claws with Yuzu Mayonnaise. Or maybe even the Bacon Dashi with Potatoes & Clams.

It even has his trademarked recipe for Cereal Milk!

Monday, December 28, 2009

The World's Best Chef - My Umma!

Sunday: Mee Yuk Gook (Seaweed Soup)

Monday: Sang Sun Kka Ssu (Fried Fish Cutlets)

Tuesday: Dak Dori Tang (Spicy Chicken)

Wednesday: Kimchee Fried Rice

Thursday: Oh Deng Tang (Fishcake Soup)

Friday: Yoo Bu Cho Bap (Sushi)

Saturday: Bo Ssam (Steamed Pork with Pickled Radish)

Everyday. Ahh Ahh.

Umma is back in Korea. No longer eating like a little piggie. And the holidays are (almost) over.

Back to slaving in the kitchen!