Potluck Cafe 三菜一汤 is one of my favorite lunch spots in chinatown when i used to work in downtown. it’s located in an alley in chinatown that might look sketchy even during the day. if its not too ghetto for you or you are feeling adventurous, potluck cafe def offers the best deal in chinatown and good quality food for the price. the set up is similar to panda express but with more choices and better tasting authentic chinese food. any 3 entrees of your choice with soup and rice/noodles for only $6.25!!!!!!! (used to be $5.75) the best part about it is their food is not as greasy/oily as other places.
anyways, this post is NOT about their ’3 entrees deal’. potluck cafe also serves malatang ‘麻辣烫’, a super popular spicy street food especially in beijing which originated from sichuan spicy hot pot.
in beijing, you can pick out whatever you would like to eat and they boil the ingredients in numbing and spicy broth.
at potluck cafe, you dont get to pick out every single ingredient, but you can choose a set of ingredients
ok, for those of you that dont read chinese, i ll translate for you since im so nice.
from left to right
vegetables combo: green vegetables, potatoes, seaweed, vermicelli, tofu bean curd, mushrooms, fried tofu, crab stick (fake), peanuts
lamb combo: lamb with green vegetables, potatoes, seaweed, vermicelli, tofu bean curd, mushrooms, fried tofu, crab stick (fake), peanuts
tripes combo: tripes with green vegetables, potatoes, seaweed, vermicelli, tofu bean curd, mushrooms, fried tofu, crab stick (fake) peanuts
beef combo: beef with green vegetables, potatoes, seaweed, vermicelli, tofu bean curd, mushrooms, fried tofu, crab stick (fake)，peanuts
seafood combo: shrimp, squid, fish balls with green vegetables, potatoes, seaweed, vermicelli, tofu bean curd, mushrooms, fried tofu, crab stick (fake), peanuts
you can see steams coming out in this picture. a cold winter night, nothing is more satisfying than wolfing down a hot soupy spicy tasty malatang, not to mention it’s super cheap and reminds me of home. $8 no tip, no tax.
hours: 10am to 10pm
7 Knapp St
(at Beach St)
Boston, MA 02111
pork belly likes okonomiyaki which i dont care much for. he dragged me to gaja japanese restaurant for our 3rd lunch one day we were in cali. gaja japanese restaurant is a grill-it-yourself okonomiyaki establishment where the server brings a bowl of raw ingredients then the customers mix and grill at their tables.
there is an instruction sheet. if you dont feel like making it yourself, you could have them make it for you in the kitchen, but it’s relatively easy to make and the servers are pretty helpful if you have questions.
so lets make some okonomiyaki.
here’s some cooking in action
it was fun to make our own okonomiyaki. they do have pretty good looking desserts but we were too full to try it out. the owner and waitress were super helpful and friendly. draft beers were tasty. it’s worth to check it out if you like okonomiyaki.
Gaja Japanese Restaurant
2383 Lomita Blvd
Lomita, CA 90717
we go to the boiling crab every time we visiting LA. it’s a Cajun style seafood joint and probably everyone on the west coast knows about it.
the seafood didnt taste the freshest that night; however, i still love boiling crab. i dream about the whole shabang sauce; it’s just divine. it’s so garlicky that your fingers will smell like the sauce for a day or two unless you wipe your fingers will lemon.
The Boiling Crab
Categories: Seafood, Cajun/Creole
742 W Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91803
uni is one of my favorite things to eat and i had always wanted to eat a live uni in the shell. we headed to redondo beach cuz i heard i could get some live uni there.
uni actually doesnt taste that good when its still in the shell due to the salty sea water. you need to make sure they rinse it very well so the saltiness goes away, otherwise all you taste is super salty uni.
here’s a clip showing the uni was still moving
Categories: Restaurants, Seafood Markets
130 S International Boardwalk
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Neighborhood: Redondo Beach
pork belly in slow motion
Pacific Fish Center & Restaurant
Categories: Seafood, Korean
131 Fishermans Wharf
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Neighborhood: Redondo Beach
ive never been a fan of shake shack. i just think their burger is very average especially for the price. patty is rather dry. not sure what the hype is all about. ive tried 20 different burgers in one night at 2nd Annual BATTLE OF THE BURGER 2013 | Boston Magazine event, and shake shack was probably one of my least favorites.
i used to like their custard from the new york location; however, the custard from boston harvard square isnt as good as the ones in new york. their is a very significant difference in consistency and taste. i dont know how could this happen since they are a chain?
if you were a fan, do come to boston harvard square. they are never busy and rarely a line.
Categories: Burgers, Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt, Hot Dogs
92 Winthrop St
Cambridge, MA 02138
Neighborhood: Harvard Square
pork belly came visit me during lunch so went to grab some ramen at snappy sushi. now they have a ramen bar that serves ramen and some steamed buns.
the pork wasnt nearly as good as the roasted pork udon/ramen from douzo few blocks away. it was porky and NOT juicy and tender.
i wouldnt come back again for ramen. i highly recommend roasted pork udon from douzo in the area for much better pork and cheaper price.
*all pix were taken with iphone
Categories: Sushi Bars, Japanese
108 Newbury St
(between Clarendon St & Dartmouth St)
Boston, MA 02116
Neighborhood: Back Bay