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Tangra Asian Fusion CuisineTangra Asian Fusion Cuisine
Asian / Chinese / Asian Fusion / Indian / Halal

Ever tried Indian-Chinese Food? This signature cuisine was created by Hakka immigrants who settled in a place called Tangra in Calcutta, India over a century ago. Over generations they customized their food to suit the Indian palate by adding spices and heat to their wok cuisine.

 

Tangra Asian Fusion Cuisine

 

One of the first, and still the best restaurants to try Indian Chinese at is Peter Lo’s Tangra Masala in Queens (trust me – I’m a Calcutta born girl). Chef Lo is the grandfather of Indian Chinese cuisine in NYC and opened his first restaurant in 2001. He hasn’t looked back since! Although there have been a smattering of others who opened serving the same cuisine, none come even close to the fiery, bold and authentic flavors that Chef Lo bestows.

 

Tangra Asian Fusion Cuisine

 

There are two locations for Tangra Masala. One is the original one in Sunnyside and the other is a much larger, grander version in Elmhurst called “Tangra Asian Fusion Cuisine”. We ate at the latter one and the meal we had took me back to some of the best Indian Chinese meals I’ve had growing up in India.

 

So what do you order at an “Indian-Chinese” restaurant?

 

I would start off with either a “Hot or Sour” or the “Manchow” soup. This version of the “Hot and Sour” soup is much spicier, full bodied and tangy versus what you try at regular Chinese spots. The Manchow is similar but has added crispy ginger and fried noodles served on top.

 

Tangra Asian Fusion CuisineTangra Asian Fusion Cuisine

 

One of Chef Lo’s signature appetizers is the Lollipop Chicken. His version of these deep-fried drumsticks served with a chili mayonnaise sauce are really addictive.

 

Tangra Asian Fusion CuisineTangra Asian Fusion Cuisine

 

Other favorites to try are the “Manchurian” dishes or the “Chili” dishes. You can choose your meat or vegetable to go with these sauces and can get the wet or dry versions.

 

Tangra Asian Fusion Cuisine

 

The Hakka noodles are always a good option to cool you off from some of the spicy entrees and the “Fish w/ hot garlic sauce” is a must do.

 

Tangra Asian Fusion Cuisine

 

Tangra Asian Fusion Cuisine

 

There is so much that is good at Tangra Masala that I am practically salivating just writing this review. All that means is that I need to find my way back there as soon as possible.

 

Here is some of what we ate:

 

Chicken Hot & Sour Soup  Tangra Asian Fusion Cuisine Chicken Manchow Soup

Tangra Asian Fusion Cuisine

 

Lollipop Chicken

Tangra Asian Fusion Cuisine

 

 Tangra Asian Fusion CuisineGobi Salt & Pepper Tangra Asian Fusion CuisineTangra Asian Fusion CuisineChicken/Mutton Pakora Tangra Asian Fusion CuisineTangra Asian Fusion CuisineSizzling Beef Tangra Asian Fusion CuisineTangra Asian Fusion Cuisine   Chili Chicken Tangra Asian Fusion Cuisine   Fish w. Hot Garlic Sauce Tangra Asian Fusion CuisineTangra Masala Chicken Hakka Noodles Tangra Asian Fusion Cuisine

Tangra Asian Fusion Cuisine

 

 

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There’s a new Japanese Brasserie in town that is definitely worth a visit. ROKI Le Izakaya is Chef Koji Hagihara’s new venture, branching out from over 8 years of experience of being at Hataka Tonton (one of NYC’s Japanese sweet spots).

 

Roki Le Izakaya

 

Roki Le Izakaya

 

Disclaimer: I was invited as a guest to this establishment for a complimentary meal. All opinions expressed in this post are my own

 

I was recently invited for a preview dinner where we sampled a range of offerings from the menu. I have to say that I was very impressed by everything we tasted.

 

We began with a selection of their “canapés” which are combinations of meats/fish/ vegetables served atop crispy sushi rice. They were delicious.

 

Roki Le IzakayaRoki Le Izakaya

 

One of my favorite dishes of the evening was the “Pork Belly Bun”. Melt in your mouth pork belly was served in perfect steamed house made buns with cucumbers, mustard and mayonnaise.

 

Roki Le Izakaya

 

Roki Le Izakaya

 

I was also really impressed by the “Chasu Shoyu Ramen” – the broth was really flavorful and the noodles had the perfect chewiness to them.

 

Roki Le Izakaya

 

ROKI Le Izakaya is a wonderful addition to the New York dinning scene. I can’t wait to go back for more.

 

Here is some of what we ate:

 

Japanese Canape

Roki Le Izakaya

 

Roki Le IzakayaRoki Le IzakayaRoki Le IzakayaRoki Le IzakayaRoki Le IzakayaROKI Quinoa Salad Roki Le IzakayaRoki Le Izakaya   Kanpachi Carpaccio Roki Le IzakayaRoki Le IzakayaRoki Le IzakayaPowdered Foie Gras over Duck Charsiu

Roki Le Izakaya

 

Roki Le IzakayaRoki Le IzakayaRoki Le IzakayaROKI Shrimp Steamed Gyoza

Roki Le Izakaya

 

Roki Le Izakaya

 

Pork Belly Bun Roki Le IzakayaRoki Le IzakayaRoki Le IzakayaClassic Chasu Shoyu Ramen  Roki Le IzakayaRoki Le IzakayaRoasted White Sesame Seed Ice Cream Roki Le IzakayaRoki Le IzakayaRoki Le Izakaya

 

 

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Pelicana ChickenPelicana Chicken
American (Traditional) / Korean / Chicken Wings

Pelicana Chicken was one of the pioneers in the fried chicken craze in Korea. They now have two outlets in New York City in Sunnyside and Flushing.

 

Pelicana Chicken

 

They are known for their boneless fried chicken with over 40 unique flavors such as garlic, BBQ, Hot Chili, Sweet & Sour, Honey Garlic, White snowing cheese (Camembert), scallion w/ scallion sauce, sweet & spicy to name just a few.

 

Pelicana Chicken

 

They have also won top awards at wings festivals in the tri-state area, including Time Out New York and Best Wings L.I.

 

Aside from their wings they also offer a range of crispy chicken burger, Korean style grilled chicken tortilla and more.

 

Pelicana Chicken

 

As for beverages, they offer the usual cadre of Korean beers, frozen cocktail beers and the frozen mojito cocktail soju’s.

 

Pelicana Chicken is expanding its reach into the Korean fried chicken craze that has caught on here in New York City. I really hope it continues to grow.

 

Here is some of what we ate:

 

French Fries w/White Snowing Cheese (Camembert) Pelicana ChickenFrench Fries w/Truffle Oil Pelicana ChickenSpicy Wings Pelicana ChickenWings – Crispy, yellow snowing cheese (cheddar) Pelicana ChickenWings – Original, Sweet & Spicy Pelicana ChickenBoneless – Crispy & Boneless – Marinated (half/half) Pelicana ChickenPelicana ChickenCrispy and Spicy Chicken Burger w/ Kimchi Mayo

Pelicana Chicken

 

Pelicana Chicken

 

Sweet & Spicy Shrimp Pelicana ChickenPelicana Chicken

 

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Hao Noodle and Tea by Madam Zhu’s Kitchen, has been an instant sensation since the time it hit the New York City. Having received two stars from Pete Wells and being put on Eater’s ‘Best New Restaurants of 2016’, Hao Noodles is certainly on its way.

 

Hao Noodle and Tea By Madam Zhu’s Kitchen

 

Started by Zhu Rong, a successful Beijing based restaurateur, Hao Noodles asserts a more contemporary identity in both look and taste.

 

The space is just gorgeous with the bar area elegantly decorated with foliage whilst the backroom has a long community table along with individual tables.

 

Hao Noodle and Tea By Madam Zhu’s KitchenHao Noodle and Tea By Madam Zhu’s Kitchen

 

The menu showcases pan-regional tastes of China with dishes you don’t ordinarily find on menus across the city.

 

Take for example a ‘Cherry Tomato w/ Plum Consommé’ which was served as a salad – it was really refreshing with really delicate flavors.

 

Hao Noodle and Tea By Madam Zhu’s Kitchen

 

One of their standout dishes was ‘Madam Zhu’s Spicy Fish Stew’. This is a dish that only those who can really handle heat should attempt. The balance of spicy, sour and along with other spices was just perfect in this dish.

 

Hao Noodle and Tea By Madam Zhu’s Kitchen

 

Another dish I really loved was the ‘Eight Spice Crispy Tofu’. Spiced cubes of melt in your mouth creamy tofu covered with a batter with just eh right crunch. This dish surprised me as these tiny cubes of tofu were just bursting with flavor.

 

Hao Noodle and Tea By Madam Zhu’s Kitchen

 

I have to say that I had two very different experiences at Hao noodles. One was at a press tasting event where I was literally blown away by the food. Practically every dish was stunning.

 

However at a more recent visit with friends our entire experience was rather lackluster. The service was indifferent bordering on appalling and our food was served for most part lukewarm to cold. We waited a minimum of ten minutes each time, to even grab the attention of our waiter and there was no one overseeing the operations to complain to. Dishes I loved like the crispy, creamy fried tofu seemed to have been fried in rancid oil – making a dish I loved almost inedible.

 

So I present to you the two sides of Hao Noodle and Tea by Madam Zhu’s Kitchen that I experienced. I guess that you will just have to try for yourself and I hope you have the same experience I had the very first time I went.

 

Here is some of what we ate:

 

Cherry Tomato w/ Plum Consommé Hao Noodle and Tea By Madam Zhu’s KitchenHao Noodle and Tea By Madam Zhu’s Kitchen   Thinly Sliced Marinated Beef Shank Hao Noodle and Tea By Madam Zhu’s KitchenHao Noodle and Tea By Madam Zhu’s KitchenHao Noodle and Tea By Madam Zhu’s Kitchen   Chinese Chives With Clams Hao Noodle and Tea By Madam Zhu’s KitchenHao Noodle and Tea By Madam Zhu’s KitchenClay Pot Dumplings Hao Noodle and Tea By Madam Zhu’s KitchenHao Noodle and Tea By Madam Zhu’s Kitchen   Fish Fritters Hao Noodle and Tea By Madam Zhu’s KitchenHao Noodle and Tea By Madam Zhu’s KitchenEight Spice Crispy Tofu Hao Noodle and Tea By Madam Zhu’s KitchenHao Noodle and Tea By Madam Zhu’s Kitchen   Madam Zhu’s Spicy Fish Stew Hao Noodle and Tea By Madam Zhu’s KitchenHao Noodle and Tea By Madam Zhu’s Kitchen   Dan Dan Noodles Hao Noodle and Tea By Madam Zhu’s KitchenHao Noodle and Tea By Madam Zhu’s Kitchen   Pork and Vegetable Wonton Soup Hao Noodle and Tea By Madam Zhu’s KitchenHao Noodle and Tea By Madam Zhu’s Kitchen   Pan Seared Pork Dumplings Hao Noodle and Tea By Madam Zhu’s KitchenHao Noodle and Tea By Madam Zhu’s Kitchen   Taro Soup Slush Hao Noodle and Tea By Madam Zhu’s KitchenHao Noodle and Tea By Madam Zhu’s Kitchen   Rosewater Jelly with Nuts

Hao Noodle and Tea By Madam Zhu’s KitchenHao Noodle and Tea By Madam Zhu’s Kitchen

 

 

 

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I was recently invited to a “Fall Into Chocolate Dipping Party” at Roni-Sue’s Chocolates co-hosted by Jackie Gordon of Divalicious Chocolate Events, Fountains & Tastings.

 

Roni-Sue's Chocolate Shoppe

 

Rhonda “Roni-Sue” Kave is the chocolatier and owner of Roni-Sue’s Chocolates downtown who has been open since October 2007 she has been making chocolates for over twenty-five years.

 

Sourcing her chocolate from a single origin source, Rhonda often spends time in Belize with the farmers who grow the cacao beans for her chocolate. She has partnered up with MOHO Chocolate Company where 60% of the dark chocolate is made by local artisans using organic Mayan cacao.

 

At the Chocolate Dipping Party there were chocolate fountains, one of which was Matcha – green tea white chocolate and the other was 60% MOHO semi-sweet chocolate

 

There were over 25 kinds of treats in the fountains including pumpkin spice cream puffs; caramel lady apples; cranberry pepita popcorn balls; apple cider donut holes, etc. as well as classics like strawberries, marshmallows, rice crispy treats and more.

 

The event was super fun. Thanks to Rhonda and Jackie for hosting and inviting me.

 

Roni-Sue's Chocolate ShoppeRoni-Sue's Chocolate ShoppeRoni-Sue's Chocolate ShoppeRoni-Sue's Chocolate ShoppeRoni-Sue's Chocolate ShoppeRoni-Sue's Chocolate Shoppe

 

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