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Jay Friedman

Jay Friedman

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Jay Friedman is a Seattle-based freelance food writer who happens to travel extensively as a sex educator. An avid fan of noodles (some call him "The Mein Man"), he sees sensuality in (almost) all foods, and blogs about it at his Gastrolust website. He's also the co-editor/author of the Fearless Critic Seattle Restaurant Guide.

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  • Location: Seattle, WA
  • Favorite foods: Xiao long bao, ma po tofu, uni, chocolate, Asian noodles, and offal, of course.

Gung-Ho About Taiwanese Breakfast? Try Kung-Ho, Near Seattle

If you didn't know to ask, chances are you'd never see the breakfast menu at Kung-Ho, in Bellevue, WA. It's a menu worth requesting, though given the reasonably low prices, more intrepid diners can always just randomly select a number of items and have a good chance of enjoying most everything. But let me steer you to a few of my personal favorites (and where to point should you decide to give them a try). More

A Tale of Two Fried Rices in Seattle

Sometimes all I want is simple fried rice. Cold, (preferably) day-old rice hitting a hot wok results in grains that are soft and fluffy, not to mention a great vehicle for other flavors. Fortunately for me, Seattle's International District has a host of Chinese restaurants that fire up fried rice. Two of the most-touted are virtually back-to-back, so I decided to visit both to compare their offerings. More

Flipping Out for Filipino "Flip Sum" at Isla Manila in Seattle

Yes...they are deliberately trying to turn a negative into a positive.

Burmese Salad Days and More at Laksa King in Vancouver

@zorazen: Good question! I haven't noticed any effect, but other people do. Maybe someone will have a scientific answer to this?

Butchering Beasts and Firing Up the Grill at Miller's Guild in Seattle

@magtured: While many of us ("enlightened" folks!) understand the concept related to wood, other people (at this restaurant, and others) have thought it was a different type of coal.

7 Places to Find Great Fried Chicken in Seattle

@twinsue and @MsAlyM: Thanks for the suggestions. Added to my to-do list!

Are Din Tai Fung's Soup Dumplings Worth the Wait?

@kittyirene: Very few places in Seattle do soup dumplings. I definitely recommend you go up to Vancouver/Richmond and try Long's Noodle House and Shanghai River!

Are Din Tai Fung's Soup Dumplings Worth the Wait?

@missmochi: Their red bean dumplings are fun if you like that kind of thing for dessert. (I do.) But if you ever get to Jin Din Rou (mentioned in the article), definitely try the plum paste dumplings. I've never seen them anywhere else...and they're amazing!

@mufflekid: I've been "attacked" for saying this before, but I prefer the crab and pork soup dumplings at Joe's Shanghai to the ones at Din Tai Fung.

7 Places to Find Great Fried Chicken in Seattle

@Prawo Jazdy: Thanks for mentioning HSFC. I know a number of people who prefer it, but I've had better luck at Ezell's.

@Debbymmmmm and @ob1canobeans: No love for the chicken on biscuit?!? As I wrote, the batter was cooked pretty dark (yes, too dark), but fortunately the meat was still moist.

The Best Ramen in Seattle: 6 Bowls to Try

NoExit, a lot has changed in the Seattle ramen scene, with Boom taking a terrible fall. That's why we did a revisit one year later, if you want to check out the update.

Karaoke, Cosplay, and Excellent Hot Pot at Twilight 7 Near Seattle

Teahlo, so glad you liked Noodle Boat! Twilight 7 is a little "offbeat." I'll soon be making another visit to sample even more of the menu, so I'd enjoy it if you share your impressions after you go, and perhaps compare it to any of the other recommended Sichuan restaurants in the area (link in the story above) that you've tried.

Must-Order Soup Dumplings and Wine Chicken at Long's Noodle House in Vancouver

@QuinnO, thanks for the recommendation. Will keep in mind!

@Vaneats, those are good choices. Next time here, though, I recommend you try Huong Binh. Not as "upscale" as GL and TT, but after Vietnamese friends recommended it, I find it has my favorite Vietnamese food in the city. Cheap, hole-in-the-wall, and delicious.

Must-Order Soup Dumplings and Wine Chicken at Long's Noodle House in Vancouver

@Vaneats, I actually ate a banh mi right after my last meal at Long's! Pretty good, and I'm definitely interested in trying more of the menu there. I don't get a sense that the banh mi is better than what we can find in Seattle, whereas there's nothing in Seattle that compares to Long's.

The Great Big Plate of Rabbit at Uncle Zhou

Jealous. I love that restaurant! We need a Seattle version.

8 Great Sweets to Savor in Montreal

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8 Great Sweets to Savor in Montreal

LOL, Le Savage! Maybe not those literal words (my French is admittedly not the best), but menu after menu I happened to on encounter on my last trip in particular had a line item on the menu with foie gras as a "suggestion," often as a supplement to a particular plate. And at one restaurant, the server actually used those exact words. It reached the point where I couldn't resist the (admitted) generalization in a playful way. (And welcomed way, as foie is a great recommendation!)

Fous Desserts: The Best of Five Quality Croissant-Makers in Montreal?

So glad to get these suggestions! I actually returned to Montreal and tried more croissants, which I may write up at some point. The one at Paltoquet was small but good, with good crackle but a little too spongy inside. It was also one of the least buttery croissants I've eaten in Montreal.

In contrast, the one at les Co'pains d'Abord was extremely buttery (a little too much for my taste), such that my camera was a little oily after taking a photo. Still, a good croissant.

Eight Great Bowls of Ramen to Slurp in Tokyo

@Kanger: Thanks. Added to my consideration list for the future!

@eatitatlanta: The broth is a bit bitter!

The Serious Eats Guide to Ramen Styles

Fantastically comprehensive article. I'm especially glad you tackled the challenge of classifying types of ramen.

Regarding vegetable toppings, I'd argue that one of the things that makes ramen better in Japan than the U.S. is the use of negi instead of scallions. Negi is a little sweeter, and less harsh, than green onions. Sadly, negi is expensive here--if you can even find it!

Where to Drink Coffee in Portland, Oregon

Nice list. I've enjoyed most of these places, though my current favorite is Courier Coffee.

Snapshots from Tokyo: Eight Japanese Sweets Worth Savoring

I love comments that help build me list for next time! Actually, I've had ohagi, but had to limit the list, otherwise it would be endless. Will have to try matcha kakigori next time I'm there in warm weather...

Snapshots from Japan: Grilled Brains, Genitals, and Other Offal in Tokyo

@janixes: Thanks! I don't own the book (?), but I've occasionally stumbled upon the website and it looks like a good resource.

Snapshots from Japan: Grilled Brains, Genitals, and Other Offal in Tokyo

@Leisureguy: See slide #10. They were out of them the day I went, but I've eaten them elsewhere in Tokyo.

3 Things to Try if You Make it to the Front of the Line at Coyle's Bakeshop, Seattle

@jmarden: I guess the last sentence of my comment didn't convey the humor enough. Just playing with the words and looking to enjoy the flavors of the foods. ;-)

3 Things to Try if You Make it to the Front of the Line at Coyle's Bakeshop, Seattle

@RaptorEsq: Well, Coyle artistically creates many sweets. Before each pop-up, she sifts through her recipes and pulls from her repertoire the ones she wants to make and sell. Ultimately, she figures out the best way to present them to the public. And, yes, I'm creatively playing with the language.

Coffee in Japan: Seeking Perfection at Cafe Use in Tokyo

@phillamb168: Typical pour-over grind.
@deliciouslymeta: Yes, paper filter.
@clayb: It's a Kono system (from Japan), similar to Hario. My ratio is similar to yours. Just a tad stronger, perhaps.

Snapshots from Korea: Smashing Pastry at Schneeballen in Seoul

Katie, I suspect that smacking it on the counter might cause the bag to break. Besides, a mallet is much more fun. (It's brittle and breaks easily.)

Celebrating Japanese Food at the CIA's Worlds of Flavor Conference in Napa

The 39 Japanese chefs who came to the Culinary Institute of America's Napa Valley campus joined other culinary experts to sell their love of Japanese food. Panelists included Ruth Reichl, Harold McGee, David Chang, Iron Chef Morimoto, and many Japanese culinary legends. Food is clearly serious business in Japan, particularly seafood. We learned that while Japan is smaller than California, due to its coastal jaggedness, it has fifty percent more coastline the entire United States. More