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Pintchow

Another food-obsessed city dweller, happy to connect and break bread with other fellow nutters.

  • Location: Portland, OR
  • Favorite foods: Mum's braised black vinegar pigs' feet, Hokkien prawn mee, gooey Soumaintrain cheese with crusty baguette, a warm steamed char siu pau (or three), Nuvrei's pretzel bagel and sesame croissant.
  • Last bite on earth: Market Table's impossibly succulent lamb shank with just perfectly done, potato gratin. To start, a dozen Hog Island Sweetwater oysters with a dab of Tabasco sauce, and let's finish with a simple affogato.

12 Must-Eat Breakfast Sandwiches Across America

Back in the day, nothing was better than two slices of English back bacon, an oozy fried egg, grilled tomatoes, splash of Worcestershire sauce, ketchup smooshed between two slices of lightly toasted thick cut farmhouse bread (with a smear of salted English butter).

We Eat Every Single Pastry at Crumble & Flake, Seattle's Best Pastry Shop

The pistachio croissant sounded irresistible until you compared it to baklava. I'm not sure I can queue up for anything, but I've stalked SF's The Sentinel pre-opening, for their oven-fresh muffins.

The Best Bakeries for Cookies in Portland

I'm not a cookie monster but Two Tarts do amazing morsels. The baci is delectable, and the lemon bar is heavenly. fyi - If you're looking for ethereal crunch and texture, then head for Tabor Bread. Haven't tried their cookies, but their scones are amazing, let alone their house-milled breads.

Staff Picks: The Best Things We Ate in May

Simplicity rules with Italian food - that mozzarella looks divine. Question, isn't Jamon Iberico, Spanish? I thought Spiaggia was an Italian joint.

Salt-Cured, Soy-Marinated, and Fertilized: A Guide to Asia's Amazing Eggs

@kimthaism: Re: salted whites in brownies - I was looking at a goat cheese brownie recipe, and thought I would bring out the savoriness with the salted whites. Turned out well, considering.

Salt-Cured, Soy-Marinated, and Fertilized: A Guide to Asia's Amazing Eggs

I've made salted duck eggs - super easy - brined with star anise/spices for a month. I even worked the salted whites into a brownie recipe! The yolks are delicious mixed with deep fried squid.
Century eggs must be savored with pickled ginger, in my opinion. I haven't found a decent packaged one in the US.
The balut…indeed with live palm grubs, on my never-to-do list.

This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

So how did Daniel pass the Hambone interview?

Poll: Pineapple on Burgers: Way or No Way?

It would seem a tad overwhelming for a pineapple slice. Perhaps a tropical relish with some heat. Otherwise I prefer my burger neat, just shredded lettuce and thin slices of tomatoes, thank you. (and mustard).

Tasting Report: Everything You Need to Know About Dominique Ansel's Milk and Cookie Shot

Outrageous - though I'd fill it with ice-cream instead - preferably rum and raisin…or swill in some liqueur (Amaretto or Kahlua), then top with said ice-cream.

This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

I'm sorry but what is that cat doing, taking the spotlight away from the Hambone/Yuba show? Though Kenji's nephew is invited. Get rid of the bear/s already.

Is This the Most Beautiful Babka in New York?

Gorgeous (except for the price).

Staff Picks: What's Your Least Favorite Dessert?

I have a sweet tooth but anything with meringue is just horrid (too sweet). Also diner jello with whip, eeww! Lurve rice pudding though. Basically detest antyhing that goes OTT on creamy toppings/whip/frosting.

Staff Picks: Our Go-To Drinks

That'll be a G&T with a slice, thanks. Translation: Oxley gin with Fever Tree light tonic, lime wedge, 1 giant ice-cube. (not lemon, please).

Behind the Scenes in Momofuku Milk Bar's Kitchen: Making Strawberry-Lemon Layer Cake

@boohoo - that metal cake mold is what I call the tub..keeps all the mess together when I dive in with the ladle.
If there really is a need to remove the mold, I believe you just jiggle it from side to side upwards, and the acetate inside facilitates the lift. I don't think it's one of those molds with a quick release.

Behind the Scenes in Momofuku Milk Bar's Kitchen: Making Strawberry-Lemon Layer Cake

Just leave me alone with a big mushed up tub of cake scraps, liquid cheesecake and the milk crumbs - perhaps a topping of the s'berry jam.

Zabar's Introduces a Cronut Knockoff of its Own

@Niko, I'm disappointed you're following the Cronut craze. All that good work on the lemon pie and galette des rois undone, sigh.

Harlem Comfort: Lee Lee's Lemon Mini-Pies

Nick, you cover some drool-worthy treats!

Sugar Rush: Apple Cranberry Muffin at Réveille Coffee Co., San Francisco

A muffin imposter! My ideal would have no topping (crunch/streusel should be reserved for coffee cakes) and filled with berries with a slightly crumbly texture, not too rich. Perfect prototype is at Little T American Baker in Portland. They have a wicked buckwheat berry muffin with a nice crust, sturdy but moist interior with just the right sweetness.

Nathan Wyburn, Pizza Portraitist Extraordinaire

Just like marzipan mice and pretty cupcakes, I detest my food being messed around. The artistry should be in the cooking and coaxing of the flavors. Leave my food alone!

Caribbean Bakewell Tart

I've made a version with marmalade, but why didn't I think of boozing it up and making it tropical. Thanks for the tip!

I Tried My First King Cakes in New Orleans, and They Were Awesome

Amazing contrast to the French version (galette des rois) that Nick was reviewing in NYC. The New Orleans version is not appealing at all.

Pantry Essentials: All About Marmite and Other Yeast Extracts

I never liked it as a schoolgirl in the UK, but now I always have a jar handy for savory dishes like Marmite ribs or chicken (popular Malaysian dish), and indeed, it's a great secret ingredient for bolognese. Must see how it pairs with cheese, great idea…(though I did see a jar of Branston pickle the other day).

Bouchon Bakery Gets Into the Canele Game

King cake yes, canele NON! Don't like that chewy crust, and interior. It's a textural thing.

More King Cake: Individual Galettes Des Rois at Maison Kayser

Don't tempt me to sniff up the full size cake. That cross section is food porn to me.

This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

Big hand for digestives. A mainstay when I lived in the UK. Love the choc ones, though I hanker after the plain ones now. Not that hard to find in the US, but not enough options. I'd compare the UK adulation for it, to the US love for choc chip cookies. Don't get me going on Rich Tea's and custard creams...

Traditional British cakes and tarts, anyone, anywhere?

Following the several threads about nostalgic British sweets, but not specifically on classic baked fare made popular by dear Mr Kipling - who brought us the Bakewell slice, Cherry Bakewells, jam tarts, Battenburg cake, treacle tarts etc:

- does anyone here, expat in the US crave these tea treats, opinions?
- know of a bakery in the US that sell these esp. the Bakewell tart?

Nothing beats a warm slice with thick custard...

Ta!

Mega Millions - If I'd won, I'd celebrate by...

Unless you're still recovering from the New Year (or the North East blizzard) in a ditch somewhere, or not from the US, you'd be aware of the $355 Million jackpot that was finally won this week.
Before you quit your job, and solve world hunger, what decadent foodie adventure would you celebrate with?
I'd be excited about the accessability of great food around the world...in my new private jet :)
So I'll fly back to the Far East to get my family, and celebrate at this hole in the wall seafood restaurant, where you pick out live seafood and choose how you want them cooked. Then off to San Sebastian in Spain to dine at Arzak, stop for a pintxos or two, and then perhaps stop by the UK to meet more family and take over the Fat Duck for another lavish meal...etc, etc..
(fyi, I'll have my personal trainer in tow to work off the pounds!).

How would you celebrate your millions?

You're the star - which food show?

If you harbour (or not) ambitions to be on any of the current TV food shows, which would it be and why?

I'd jump at the chance to experience Spain and good conversation with Mario, Bittman, Claudia and Gwyneth on Spain, On the Road Again.
What could be better than driving along a coastal seafront in an open-top Merc and then sampling seafood a la plancha!

Go on, what's your secret TV ambition?

What are your morning coffee gripes?

I'm generally in a foul mood until I get my morning joe. So when I hit my local coffee place (it's a chain, not S'B#$%), 15 mins after it opens, I'd expect everything to be all set for paying customers.
So when my coffee of choice is not even ready, and they don't get my bagel toasted just so (I do request), it's a bad start to the day - despite the well-meaning smiley staff.

What are your early morning gripes?

Best non-beef burger in Manhattan

I know this leaves some burger purists cold, but as a non-beef eater for religious reasons, and for the sake of other non-red meat eaters out there, please pass on the word of the best turkey burger or 'other' pattie between a bun, with good fries, in the City.

I don't think I've come across anything worth reporting, hence the need for some advice. I find that at the top beef burger places, the 'other' burgers are usually an after-thought.

Much appreciated, people!

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