To get that great slow-cooked smokiness, the spiced and rubbed pork belly or butt is grilled over smoldering coals and wood chips until it gets all pull-apart-y. Tossed in a sauce of sweet-tangy cider vinegar, hot sauce, and chile flakes, our pulled pork is pretty darn close to the real-deal, even more so when topped with finely chopped coleslaw and served on that perfect kind of squishy white bread bun.
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A good sticky bun (and we're not talking about the mall variety) can be a transcendent experience, just ask our own Ed Levine who had his mind blown by a roadside bun at Knaus Berry Farm in Homestead, Florida. It's pretty much impossible to read Ed's tale of this incredible sticky bun in the Serious Eats book without needing to try one out for yourself.
Dipped in an eggy batter and rolled in paprika-spiked flour, these little oysters fry up golden, warmed through but still briny and fresh, not losing one ounce of that oceanic depth. And that tartar sauce? Well, it beats the old mayo-relish mix by miles. Chopped cornichons, capers, lemon, and Worcestershire keep it tart, chunky, and make for the ideal dipping companion for straight-out-of-the-fryer oysters.
Our recipe for Bacon Banh Mi brings our favorite Vietnamese sandwich home, swapping out the usual array of cold cuts and charcuterie for bacon but staying true to the other elements that make this sandwich so balanced and irresistible.
Today we've got a Corned Beef Hash recipe for you courtesy of the Serious Eats book that we want to eat pretty much anytime—yes, even on a desert island. For this recipe Kenji has taken the hash staples (cubed corned beef and diced potatoes) and added poblano chile, a sizable squirt of ketchup or chile sauce, and runny yolked eggs that nestle right into the pan. It's a one-dish morning wonder that covers all of your breakfast bases.
Manhattan is home to many smells, but perhaps the most delicious is the chicken-y, savory scent that emanates from from the city's countless halal carts. Serving lunch to late-night, these carts dish up a container full of chicken rice that tastes like nothing else, crave-worthy and totally singular. To taste this particular chicken and rice you can get yourself to Midtown or try the home version, Kenji's Halal Cart-Style Chicken and Rice with White Sauce, a spot on rendition of the street food classic.