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A Few Excellent Bites from the Weekend

February 3, 2014

A trip to Chinatown Saturday morning… not for dim sum though.  Instead, we went searching for some Chinese style fried pork chops at Excellent Pork Chop House on Doyers Street.  

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Two chilled appetizers to start.  The first is a cucumber salad with a biting garlic dressing and a julienned radish and jellyfish salad.

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The second, a seaweed salad with marinated bean curd.

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Of course, I can’t resist an order of Chinese fried chicken.  No excess batter – just simply crispy skin and moist drum stick.

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And finally, the star of the meal, the whole reason we found ourselves at this little hole in the wall, a big bowl of rice topped with fried pork chop and pickled cabbage.  The meat was crispy around the edges and dusted with a five spice for flavor.  So satisfying for just a little more than 5 dollars.  What else can you ask for?

Dinner took me to a brownstone in Clinton Hill to Daniel and Alicia’s kitchen for a Mexican themed meal at NY Bite Club.  More to come on the delicious meal a little later…

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Sunday morning was an early one.  It has to be one if we wanted to brunch at Shopsin’s where lines start at 10AM and even though we were only 3 minutes past the hour, we still had to patiently wait for a seat.  To make up for the wait, we might have overindulged just a little too much starting with mini chicken tender slides with buffalo sauce and sauteed onions on top of mac and cheese pancakes.

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Just to make it even more delicious, a drizzle of maple syrup right in between the pancakes.

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Not to be outdone by the starter, we followed up the sliders with tupelo three part happy breakfast.  And happy we were indeed.  Part one were a small tiny stack of slutty cakes made with caramelized bananas and stuffed with peanut butter and bacon.  Part two were mini maple pumpkin donuts and finally part three was a little something savory, a spicy and smokey chorizo pimento scramble.  This three part breakfast tray kind of fulfilled everything I want for brunch, something sweet and savory.  Now, why can’t all breakfasts be this well balanced?

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Finally, the weekend ended with a home cooked meal of seared duck breast served with ginger scallion sauce with SB and KC.  To accompany the medium rare duck, I roasted broccoli and kabocha squash finished with a drizzle of maple syrup and toasted walnuts.  This is now my second time making canard de magret and I am happy to say, practice does make indeed makes things just a little closer to perfect.

 

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Excellent Pork Chop House | 3 Doyers Street, New York, NY 10013 | http://excellentporkchophouse.com/

Shopsin’s General Store | 120 Essex Street, New York, NY 10002 | http://www.shopsins.com/

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