I wasn't an hour on the ground in Taipei before a pancake was shoved in my face and I was tearing into its oily belly, clumps of egg and chewy dough funneling down my throat.
You don't take Parmesan to a pizza joint. The fancy restaurant will not appreciate your dime bag of finishing salt. But one of the other pacts you make with a diner is that as long as you don't set the place on fire, you're pretty much free to do whatever you want. Which is why I've started bringing my very own maple syrup.
In a market bloated with golden calves and unearned praise, this California company makes some of the few great American chocolate bars.
The secret to toasted nutty ice cream couldn't be simpler: Treat nuts like any other ingredient and steep them in your ice cream base.
Here's a crazy thought: What if bottled tea tasted like real tea? No sugar, no weird flavorings, just pure warm weather refreshment.
There's a lot of Taipei that you can eat in the three or so hours you'll devote to waiting on line and eating at Din Tai Fung. Here are four great places near the restaurant you can visit in that stretch of time, including some soup dumplings I actually enjoyed more than the supposed gold standard.
It's strange how a fast food menu that's inspired parody videos about endlessly recursive foodstuffs and redrawn mealtime taxonomies has never ventured into serving something as simple as a torta. But we deserve some Taco Bell sandwiches to call our own. Fortunately, with a quick supply run to the grocery store, you can make that happen with the chain's very own menu.
Take away my fancy olive oil, my spices, the peppers I've been air-drying in my fridge. Take my copper-lined sauciers and vintage cast iron. You can have it all, as long as I get to keep my chipotles in adobo.
New England scoop shops are some of the country's best, in part because they tend to specialize in dense, rice ice creams with little added air and a distinct pleasant chewiness. Now you can MacGyver a batch of your own.
The road to drinking great tea, even at its most simple, gets complicated fast. On the one hand, you need some thorough guides to navigate the overwhelming diversity of styles, growing regions, and cultivars to have some sense of what you're drinking. But on the other hand, you just need to start drinking some damn tea. Here are five great ones to get you started.
This is an ice cream for the chocolate fans. The hardcore fans. The ones who shy away from chocolate desserts because they're always too light on the chocolate. The people who take their chocolate like goth kids take their souls: dark, moody, and bitter.
Pair gin with vermouth and you get botanicals on top of botanicals. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but bring sherry into the mix and you'll find something both more smooth and electrifying, with hints of marcona almonds and a wonderful savory bite.
Most of us get that high quality, boutique things generally cost more than their lower grade commodity alternatives. But for Westerners, tea often occupies a blind spot, and people who wouldn't blink at spending $25 for a bottle of wine can't fathom spending $10 for an ounce of tea that may last them weeks. Here's what goes into the price of those leaves.
Do you remember how, when you first started drinking beer or wine, it all tasted more or less the same? Eventually you figured out which beers were more or less bitter, or what lies beyond those fruity grape flavors. And after a while you picked out a few styles that you really enjoyed. It's the same with tea. Developing a palate for it takes time—and practice.
In the realm of "things I'd like to do on a Saturday," cleaning out my spice rack ranks just higher than doing my taxes and washing my third-floor apartment windows. But keeping your spices organized and fresh matters. Doing so may not automatically make you a better cook, but it will make you a more effective one.
Last year I reached the vegan ice cream summit: A master recipe that scoops, melts, and feels the way ice cream should, and doesn't require any stabilizers or specialty ingredients. Now I have some new flavors to show just how versatile that base really is.
It's all too easy to become overwhelmed when buying tea online—who can you trust when you can't take a taste? Here are 15 sources for everything from robust black teas to obscure aged oolongs.
If you're just starting to fall in love with tea, you might be overwhelmed by all its varieties and the terms used to describe it. This post is here to help explain it all.
The are hundreds of Chinese restaurants in New York City, and they're only getting better. That's why I've compiled over 60 restaurant recommendations for destination-worthy Chinese restaurants, noodle- and dumpling-making experts, brunch-ready dim sum, quick, delicious snacks, and then some.
The Romantic Holiday Which Shall Not Be Named comes around again this weekend, which is as good an impetus as any to remember how much we love chocolate. And if you're ready to get serious about your chocolate, we got you a little gift.
The best gin I've had in years isn't made by an American or British distillery. It's Spanish, an ultra-premium gin flavored with basil, thyme, rosemary, and, for a killer dose of savory, oily richness, arbequina olives. It's a gin that makes the case for sipping yours neat.
Every year I'm left in the lurch wondering when tea will get its due. Delicious, ubiquitous, nourishing, gently stimulating, and rich with history and lore, to say nothing of glossy tools to drop money on, tea has everything you could want in an obsession-worthy drink. Here's why I'm so into it, and why I think you should be too.
Next to dumplings, I don't know a better gateway dish to other cultures than meatballs. So if you're looking to expand your culinary horizons, take yourself on this meatball world tour of New York, the tastiest non-Italian meatballs I can find.
Let's talk about ful (pronounced "fool") for a minute, because you might find you like it even more than hummus. Where the chickpea is a wan wallflower, the fava is proudly, robustly funky. And with its mashed-up beans and rich broth, ful takes common ingredients like cumin, garlic, and tahini to bolder places than hummus ever could.
There's bad white chocolate and good white chocolate, and the good stuff, when treated right, is one of the most versatile and useful ingredients in the pastry kitchen. What does fantastic white chocolate taste like, and where can you find it? We tasted over 20 varieties to find out.
Step into Serious Eats and get ready to forget everything you know—or thought you knew—about what should and shouldn't go in the refrigerator. Ed's number one rule? Never, ever refrigerate fresh mozzarella. It ruins the texture. My question this week: can anything be done to rescue it?
I saw a tree-shaped cake pan at the grocery store and, naturally, thought it'd be pretty cool for baking bread. Then I figured I could make a pull-apart loaf into a free-form tree shape instead.
I couldn't help but think of the stereotypical fiery Latin temperament when I was making this recipe. Arroz con leche (riz au lait or rice pudding), is such a languid, drowsy, gentle thing, so tender it's even suitable for those with smooth gums and weak constitutions, and yet, it is among the most well-liked and frequently made desserts throughout Latin America. Maybe we're all bark and no bite.
It continues to baffle me how little attention is given to spices today. Maybe it's because we're told to eat local (they rarely are) or organic (they're usually not). Spices seem to still have a reputation of being slapdash cover-ups for mediocre chicken—and far too often they are—but they don't have to be. Yes, spice hunting requires a little time, effort, and money (though less than you think), but once you start using fresh spices in you're cooking, you may just find yourself addicted.
Just reading through the thread re: Anthony Bourdain. And saw some vegan and vegetarian SE's saying how good the "mock/faux" meats are, even in one case saying how they are better than the real thing. What about you folks... is...