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The Fresh Ramen Kits From Sun Noodle Will Knock Your Socks Off

I've been buy two-packs from the H-Mart here in Atlanta for over a year now. They are the best packaged ramens ever. And the noodles are great for a build your own ramen.

A Day in the Life: J. Kenji López-Alt, Chief Creative Officer

What a lovely day. I was with you until the hands in the nachos. I think you might have managed to turn me off cheese sauce, and I'm a nacho-at-the-movies kind of guy. Cheers to you and the pups!

The Food Lab: This is How Hot and Sour Soup Should Taste

Kenji I'm with you always siding with even mediocre wonton soup over hot and sour, but I've come to really like it on occasion . Your broth looks amazing, but please don't hate me if I use Better Than Bouillon.

Staff Picks: What's Your Recipe Deal-Breaker?

Max. Better than bullion is a solution for small (or even large) stocks. I've used it to add flavor to stir fries (mixed with water) or entirely for a pot of soup.

We Try All the Vietnamese Snacks at Saigon Sandwiches in San Francisco

Definitely pan fry your Banh Tet in really thin slices. Then serve with Maggi or soy sauce with scallions and chilies.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Thermapen Thermometer

Smoked pork shoulder

Cook the Book: 'Pasta Modern'

Had black spaghetti with an "XO" type sauce at a restaurant here in ATL. It was the best pasta dish ever.

Dear Restaurants: Please Stop Playing Live Music

Because the last thing I want is to HAVING TO SHOUT AT MY DINNER GUESTS IN ORDER TO HAVE A CONVERSATION!!!

The Food Lab: How to Make Jerk Chicken at Home

I made this last night and it was AMAZING. I've made a few versions in the past but smoking with bay and allspice have a wonderful aroma and made it perfect.
Just a couple things. I actually placed unlit charcoal underneath and added lit charcoal on top. I didn't like the idea of having to add more on top.
Also, Kenji, do you think it would benefit from injecting the marinade? I used a jacquard to simulate jerking but didn't really penetrate that far. The meat was perfectly seasoned but the far inner parts of the chicken when eaten without the skin lacked the jerk flavor.
Thanks so much!

Video: How To Cook Steak In A Cooler With The Food Lab

Kenji as much as I love all the modern and food science techniques I feel this is not the most expedient of ways to cook a steak. I think some good grill/fire/cast iron pan skills would go a lot further to cooking a great steak than jury rigging a sous vide cooler to bring a ribeye to temp. It's one thing if you have an immersion circulator but the bang for the buck in this technique is not worth it for a steak. For other proteins certainly.

Steaks are easy to master. It just takes a little time.

Father's Day Giveaway: Win a Baking Steel!

Definitely sausage and spinach spicy yet balanced kind of guy.

Father's Day Giveaway: Win a Baking Steel!

Definitely sausage and spinach spicy yet balanced kind of guy.

Father's Day Giveaway: Win a Jumbo Cowboy Chop Steak

Made this two nights ago served with braised spinach, collards, beet greens and a glass of malbec.

Want Real Eggs at McDonald's? Just Ask!

It would be amazing if you could order it with an over easy soft fried egg. I want to bite into it and have yolk ooze out.

20 Vietnamese Dishes You Should Know

On the Banh Chung / Banh Tet you can get them from your local Vietnamese market and the best way to eat them is to cut them into thin slices (use a greased knife) and pan fry them until they are crispy. Serve with a little soy sauce or Maggi preferably.

Cook the Book: 'Vietnamese Home Cooking'

Finest dining experience in Saigon of course. But which meal I can't decide.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Korin Knife

Holiday Giveaway: The Amazing Thermapen Thermometer

Holiday Giveaway: The Amazing Thermapen Thermometer

Smoked Duck on thanksgiving day. I have a $30 knock off scientific "traceable" thermometer that works just fine.

Quick and Easy 1-Hour Pho

@kenji @Leo_G I think the point is if you are making more than just one bowl e.g. for a family of 4 or more you should always make your own except for special occasions. Growing up we never went out for Pho except for last minute decisions.

The Food Lab: The Best Korean Fried Chicken

@kenji I've been adding corn starch to your oven fried wings recipe and I think it makes a difference. What do you think?

Does Anybody Else Put Potato Chips in Sandwiches?

Better yet are potato STICKS!!! Better coverage and the stay in your sandwich better and break apart better.

Traditional Beef Pho

Is there a way to adapt this to a pressure cooker? Would be nice to get broth in under an hour.

McDonald's Debuts Mighty Wings in Atlanta, They're Actually Mighty Good

So I made a special trip to McDonald's just for these after seeing your post. They are quite delicious and pretty well done. I recall the wings from Miami Subs were breaded and fried before tossed in sauce. They were delicious. Hooters also does breaded but I abhor their sauce, it has that smell I can't stand.

If you're just going for fried wings, I would just as well venture to Publix and order just the plain fried chicken wings (not the sauced wing halves) and then add your own sauce. It is the PERFECT fried wing. At McD's they're 3 for $3 halves. At Publix they're 3 for $3 whole wings.

The Food Lab: How to Make a Chick-Fil-A Sandwich at Home

I've seen a lot of CFA sandwiches and they actually look more like the one on the right (not crispy). Well done Kenji.

Perfect Martini - Gin to Vermouth to Water ratios

So I heard Booker and Dax makes a "perfect" martini and that the key is really just the proper ratio of gin and vermouth to water, since all you're doing in a shaker is chilling and diluting. So they premix and and chill it, (i'm sure in some sort of space aged laboratory chiller) but couldn't we do the same thing at home?

I would like to fill a mason jar with a martini and stick it in the freezer. What is the proper ratio of gin to water to vermouth to reach that perfect balance?

Video: How To Cook Steak In A Cooler With The Food Lab

There are countless good ways to cook a steak. So long as you start with good, high quality meat, season it properly, don't overcook it, and get a good sear on it, you can't really go wrong. But if your goal is the ultimate in tenderness and juiciness, a steak with a crisp, crackling, dark brown crust that cuts open to reveal flesh that's perfectly pink from edge to edge, then you're going to want to cook your steak sous-vide. Sound expensive? Think again. Watch the video or read the transcript to see how you can cook the best, most consistently foolproof steaks of your life, all in a $30 beer cooler. More

Dinner Tonight: Pasta with Pork Loin, Chinese Eggplant, Baby Bok Choy, and Spicy Miso Sauce

I've had incredible success with every recipe I've tried from Takashi's Noodles, written by the celebrated Chicago chef Takashi Yagihashi. His instructions for soba, ramen, and udon have all been authentic, utterly delicious, and relatively easy to prepare at home. But the same level of authenticity disappears in the back of the book, when he starts dishing out wacky recipes for Italian pasta that are blessedly free of tradition. More

Chinese Appetizer Recipe Week: Soup Dumplings

So we've been through guo tie (fried dumplings), the thick-skinned, crisp-on-the-bottom potstickers from Beijing, but what about their Shanghai counterparts? I'm talking the delicate xiao long bar of Shanghai; the ones that appear to be your standard dumplings, but miraculously burst open in a mouthful of savory broth with a tender meatball floating inside as you bite into them. More

Chinese Appetizer Recipe Week: Fried Dumplings

Of all the foods off the A1 through A24 section of your local Chinese takeout menu, fried dumplings (that's Peking ravioli to you Bostonians) are perhaps the ones that benefit most from some home treatment. Unless you're really lucky, takeout dumplings are thick-skinned and greasy, any crunch having left them in the long steamy bike ride from the kitchen to your door. More

How to Make Potato Gnocchi

Though the whole process of making potato gnocchi from scratch may sound a little daunting, once you get rolling, it's really not hard and is actually kind of fun. Check out the slideshow tutorial to see how easy it is to make light, tender, and delicious homemade gnocchi. And then take a look at a few suggestions for simple sauces to go with them. More

Behind the Scenes at the Nathan Myhrvold's Modernist Cuisine Cooking Lab

If you've already had a chance to look at the photos insane dinner I had at the Modernist Cuisine Cooking Lab in Seattle a couple weeks back, you may be interested in knowing what goes into preparing all that food, and the book. Before the meal, we took an extensive tour of the massive warehouse space that houses the Cooking Lab. Ever seen a microwave cut in half? More

Ramen Hacks: 30+ Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Instant Noodles

As a half-Japanese kid in the '80s, I grew up eating instant ramen at least once a week, and it still holds a special place in my gut. That said, my tastes have changed and expanded considerably over the years, and sometimes that little flavoring packet just isn't enough. As such, I've spent a lot of time devising ways to upgrade my ramen in cheap, easy ways. Ghetto gourmet, if you will. More