Tia Kim

Maniacally food-obsessed New Yorker who lives to explore, experiment, and eat.

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  • Location: East Village | NYC
  • Favorite foods: Pizza, xiao long bao, ramyun (ramen), sea urchin, steamers, samgyupsal (pork belly), cheese (the runnier the better), and gopchang (cow intestines).
  • Last bite on earth: Can't bear to think about it.

The Call of Khachapuri at Oda House, Georgian Food in Alphabet City

Can't agree more about the Pkhali Trio! Eggplant was great but the other two balls tasted "too healthy." Not sure why the waiter recommended it. Khachapuri was amazing though.

Best places to buy fruit in Chinatown?

I like the stand on the corner of Grand & Chrystie and also the one on Grand & Forsyth. Both on the North side.

Xixa in Williamsburg: Makings of a Great Restaurant, With Some Ways to Go

Had a cheese tortilla in Mexico and I loved it! Must try the fricco-dilla! And I hate it also when plates aren't paced out well. It gets chaotic and the food gets cold. Not good.

Slurped: Are the Noodles at Dumpling Shops Any Good?

I agree, I like the boiled dumplings at Prosperity better, specifically the veg and pork dumplings. Will try the noodles!

Manhattan Special Espresso Coffee Soda

Oh, I love these! They have them at Iggy's Pizzeria on 1st in the East Village.

The Best Soup Dumplings In Chinatown, Manhattan

I've been told by the hostess at Joe's that Joe's Ginger is related. On busy days, they even hand out Joe's Ginger business cards and direct people there.

Holiday Giveaway: David Lebovitz's Paris Pastry App

almond croissant

The Best Macarons in New York City

I've been waiting since last week for this! Yes!

Win Tickets to a Six-Course Dinner (With Pairings) at Empellón

Spicy margaritas. Note the plural.

Tacos Morelos Now Open 24 Hours in East Village

One night I was passing by the cart and there were 2 guys in front of me. One guy wanted to stop at the truck, but his friend didn't want to. At the end the friend convinced him to go to Chipotle instead. Hilarious!

Soft Tofu Restaurant (So Kong Dong) in Fort Lee, New Jersey

I agree, So Kong Dong in Pal Park is better, food & service-wise. If you like the Fort Lee one, you should check out the Pal Park one. They opened up a BCD in NJ too, but I still prefer So Kong Dong.

Pizza-party catering menu? Help me with my 'pizza playlist'

What about an egg pizza? It'll be good if it's during brunch.

Koronet: Jumbo Pizza Slices Bigger Than Your Head

In college I use to eat one easily & then follow-up with a hot dog from Mike's Papaya. Miss my college metabolism...

Sugar Rush: Ushiwakamaru's Zenzai

Oh yes, love the zenzai at Ushi. Haven't been in a while, thanks for reminding me!

Taste Test: Cabbage Kimchi

Leftovers = kimchi jigae or kimchi jun (kimchi pancakes)!

Sugar Rush: Praline Parfait at Pearl Oyster Bar

I'm a fan of the parfait as well. Love how generous they are with the butterscotch.

Ten Margaritas We Love in New York City

Glad to see Barrio Chino's margarita on the list. It's completely killer.

Flushing: Korean-Chinese at Guh Song

Agree with @jkaww, Bayside is not Flushing. Sorry Chris.

Mono+Mono in the East Village: Where the Space Trumps the Food

Went to Mad for Chicken on 32nd a few weeks ago and noticed they changed their name to Mono+Mono. Rebranding I guess. As usual, outside of the chicken and ddukboki everything else was bad. It's best not stray from the Korean items at Korean restaurants.

Finding a decent sammich in Flushing

If you're looking for sandwiches of the Boar's Head variety, check out Cherry Valley Deli in Whitestone (close to Flushing) - They have a huge selection - 48 sandwich combos and also makes a prosciutto hero on request.

Use a Panini Press to Reheat Slices

In the past I've used a George Foreman with a salt shaker to keep the grill open. Waffle irons work too.

Canteen 82: Quality Chinese from a Dumpling-Espresso Bar?

Who would have thought you could get good dumplings at a place called Canteen 82? Interesting.

Win NYC Food Film Festival Tickets to Brad Farmerie's Southeast Asian Street Food Market

Such a broad area. To keep it simple, I would say Pad Kee Mao.

Smörgåsboard: Euro-Asian Sandwiches, Lamb Burger

Best kept secret?

The Best Bread Baskets in New York City

I'm going to Commerce just for the bread basket! Love this post. And btw, Rayuela also has good cheese bread.

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What to Eat in Flushing's Golden Shopping Mall's Basement

If you thought the first floor of the Golden Shopping Mall (profiled yesterday) in Flushing, Queens, was cramped, try heading downstairs. Trying to eat the entirety of that basement food court is like descending into madness. There are just so many choices—diced rabbit seeped in red oil and dusted in white sesame, the springy bite of Lanzhou hand-pulled noodles, chewy-skinned dumplings and thick bones full of bone marrow to slurp. How to make sense of it? Here's our guide. More

What to Eat on Flushing's Golden Shopping Mall's First Floor

Flushing, Queens, in many ways, is its own world. While only two stops away from Manhattan on the Long Island Railroad, this is a land of $900 one-bedroom apartments and brilliant $4 bowls of noodles. You know you've stepped foot in the right place when the signs are covered in symbols and the pavement jostles with immigrants. But with so many menus only in Chinese, and so many wonderful shop owners lacking a command of English, the food scene can be difficult to navigate. Here's our comprehensive guide to Flushing food courts, Part I: translated menus, clickable maps, and more! More

Dinner Tonight: Ginger and Cilantro Baked Tilapia

Mostly I was just interested in the sauce in this recipe, which is an aromatic combination of garlic, ginger, and cilantro. Added to that is a nice punch of jalapeno and some depth from soy sauce, white wine, and sesame oil. After blending all these ingredients up, you pour the mixture over the tilapia, place it all in a baking dish for ten minutes, and there you have it—dinner is done. How easy is that? More

How to Make Fresh Pasta

Fresh pasta is made from a few simple ingredients, using a straightforward method. But getting it just right requires some coaching, a lot of practice, and a few good tips. This primer from expert pasta-making chef Anna Klinger of Al Di La in Brooklyn can help get you started or put you back on track, and inspire you to make this recipe for casunsiei (beet and ricotta ravioli). More

Making Cheap Hard Cider From Scratch

[Photograph: The Paupered Chef] Serious Eats contributors Nick Kindelsperger and Blake Royer explain how they made hard cider on the cheap over at The Paupered Chef. They made four batches using two kinds of apple cider and yeast, and found that Whole Foods' apple cider was great for making easy, cheap hard cider: "It's cheap ($6.99), comes in perfectly sized bottles for fermenting, and makes a balanced, refreshing beverage in about 7 to 10 days." Start a batch soon and you'll have a great beverage for Thanksgiving. Related Snapshots from the UK: Brothers Toffee Apple Cider, a Caramel Apple-Flavored Beverage How to Make Apple Cider Hard Ciders at Thanksgiving, So Underrated... More