the food truck scene in boston has been growing exponentially and food trucks have been my major source of lunch ever since my office moved away from chinatown.
there’s some food truck ive tried recently:
Fugu Truck – Asian
my favorite food truck in boston, but unfortunately they are no where near prudential during lunch hours.
what i like about them: everything is exquisitely and expertly prepared. quality of the food is def top notch among food trucks. menu changes quite often, always something new to try. did i mention everything is absolutely scrumptious and beautiful to the eyes?
Bon Me – vietnamese
my 2nd favorite food truck of all and my most go-to one since they are always near prudential. i probably eat bon me 3 times a week.
what i like about them: ingredients always so fresh as advertised. i hate carrots in general, but i really enjoy their pickled carrots. very light and refreshing but still very tasty. good portion, doesnt give me food coma after lunch.
chocolate rice pudding – didnt taste so good maybe because of the presentation.
Mei Mei Street Kitchen food truck – “asian”
what i like: outstanding service, super friendly, cute looking staff, always puts a smile on my face. a very well run business
what i dont like: food, small portions – one item is never enough for lunch, super over-priced for what it is.
double awesome- overly salty, super greasy, the cheese is too overpowering, not housemade scallion pancakes. they do promote organic locally sourced ingredients, but how can it be organic and locally sourced when they dont even make their own?
momogoose food truck – asian
the worst food ever, all around terrible. i usually can still shovel it down my throat when the food tastes bad, but this bowl of ‘ramen’ from momogoose was so terrible that i couldnt even swallow my 3rd bite. absolutely disgusting, the broth tasted like dirty greasy dish fluid, the meat was not fresh at all, the veggies had absolutely no flavors. the noodles werent ramen noodles and had no textures whatsoever. i felt like i should get paid to eat food that’s this terrible. they should be shamed to serve food like this.
i made a reservation online for 5:30pm because no later seatings were available, but the restaurant was pretty empty til 7:00pm. i hate talking to people even on the phone, but i suggest you call the restaurant for reservations instead of doing it online if you dont see the time you want.
EGG IN A JAR
duck egg, hen of the woods, pomme puree, crisp skin
one of the most popular dish at west bridge and i can see why. i especially appreciate the contrast between the crisp skin and the soft and creamy potato puree and the duck egg adds more depth and richness to the entire dish.
west bridge is a pretty popular restaurant in boston and i can see why. a lot of the dishes we had were fried and there is a pattern of ‘nuts being a component of a dish’. nuts really add flavors and nothing tastes bad when (deep) fried. some of the non fried dishes were gamey. i do appreciate the creativity of the use of ingredients, however, im not a fan with too much fried food and nothing we had was too memorable for the taste buds. the service was OUTSTANDING and super friendly and i would probably come back for drinks and light meals just because of the excellent service.
Categories: Bars, American (New), French
1 Kendall Sq
Cambridge, MA 02141
Neighborhood: Kendall Square/MIT
when im in boston, i dream about all kinds food in beijing day and night, but when im actually in beijing, i dont eat much other than bbq and hot pot. i prefer my food grilled, steamed, boiled, jus not so much stir fried. the food i eat most often when im in beijing is lamb skewers or bbq.
the ‘al fresco’ dining scene is huge in beijing on summer nights. no, its not what you just pictured: a romantic dinner with candle lights on a patio outside a fancy restaurants.
when you are in china, dont trust anything you eat especially meat. the meat you get will very unlikely to be what they advertised. if they say its lamb, its probably cat, mice, dog, beef or some other animal. but dont you worry, they will still be delicious and taste like lamb with all that brushed on lamb fat and marinate.
my dad recently moved to an area that surrounded by a huge muslim community. as we know, muslims are super strict about what they eat and how their food prepared. there are a lot of muslim restaurants in the area and they would be the last restaurants that serve fake meat. so if you are looking for real lamb skewers, you ll have better chances getting real lamb near muslim community or restaurants.
with couple of good friends talking about our dreams and life and death while savoring these heavenly seasoned and beautifully grilled and charred meat on sticks and wash down with some ice cold beer. my life is so complete.
whenever i post up chinese food, i feel like its super boring for my ‘audience’ because i pretty much eat the same stuff wherever i go. sometimes when i eat out i tend to (or feel pressured) order more food or some stuff that i dont normally eat just for the sake of blogging. i have to keep reminding myself that this is not a competition or a showcase. i try not to think i have an ‘audience’ and what they wanna read about so i can purely be myself. i started the blog with a naive enthusiasm for food and photography and im not expecting to generate any monetary returns from it. my enjoyment is the biggest factor why im doing this blog and im so thankful that ive met so many awesome ppl thru my blog. although i do admit that i enjoy some of the perks i get from doing the blog, but i shouldnt let that to be my incentives. i really want to keep this blog simple and honest and purely out of enjoyment. i dont wanna be the ‘foodie’, someone super pretentious. someone judges you for liking or eating certain things like truffle oil, shepherd’s pie, or brunch. they’d be like ‘did you know truffle oil doesnt actually contain any truffles blah blah’ because foodies dont fuck with anything that isnt real. or they’d be like ‘did you know shepherd’s pie is made of all leftover food?’ WHO GIVES A FUCK. its freaking delicious. they dont eat out of pure enjoyment of food. sometimes it feels like a competition or a measurement of their social status how much awesome food they have eaten, they are all about that fine dining life. the love for food is not that sincere after all. maybe i am everything i just described and i probably sounded like it sometimes unselfconsciously, but i really dont mean to be ‘pretentious’. when i dont like the food, i really just dont like the food, its not because im not supposed to like it. food is a very personal endeavor and anyone can decide what tastes good, so i find it ridiculous when someone tries to argue with me what tastes good what doesnt. this is my blog so do i really need to explain that this is just my opinion? i just simply wanna document my experience, if you find it helpful, great! if not, sorry i wasted your time. i cant stress more than enough that food is simply personal. and just chill out, eventually it ll all be shit. so stop judging.
i love food because it’s what brings my family and friends together. i hope this blog and my love for food stay genuine.
hey its new golden gate again! one of my fave chinese restaurants in boston. we come here quite often.
everything’s so satisfying. i could eat this everyday!
New Golden Gate
66 Beach St
(between Hudson St & Oxford St)
Boston, MA 02111
ribelle is one of the new openings ive been excited about. the alumnus of David Chang’s Momofuku empire, chef tim maslow, embarked his 1st solo venture after Strip T’s. we made a reservation a week ago and ribelle received 4 stars from boston globe a few days before our reservation. boston globe is weak but the recognition got me more curious.
i had to agree with boston globe; the 4 star rating was well deserved. the food was inventive and delectable. all dishes reflected the chef’s passion for reimagined ingredients and everything worked out surprisingly well. each plate and every component was perfectly seasoned and executed.
ribelle’s menu changes pretty frequently. now they have a super good deal: if you dine there before 6:30pm, you can get any 3 dishes for $30. you can mix and match or even get 3 all meat dishes if you wanted to. it’s a really good deal considering most of the dishes are on the full price menu as well.
1665 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02445
pork belly and i went to l’espalier last saturday and we opted for the Chef McClelland’s Tasting Journey.
so were the menu and silverware, i was a little disgusted. the silverwares looked like they were 100 years old which countless marks on them. i know im being picky, but im paying hundreds of dollars eating here hello?!
85% Apple Street Farm: Heirloom tomato, honeyed goat yogurt, geranium scented peach and lemon basil with chilled Maine lobster – overall refreshing. the lobster was fresh, tender with a hint of sweetness.
Maine beef tenderloin with chanterelles, ravioli, parmesan water and olive oil poached tomatoes
pork belly asked for rare and i asked for medium rare but somehow both of our dishes came out the same. the sauce felt old and been left out for a long time. sous-vide is def not my fave cooking method when it comes to beef.
from left to right:
goat’s milk: bonaparte, lazy lady farm, westfield, VT – least fave one. not a fan of goat cheeses.
sheep’s milk: manchego, la mancha, spain
sheep’s milk: summer snow, woodcock farm, weston, VT
cow’s milk: dorset, consider bardwell farm, VT
cow’s milk: gouda, aged five years, holland. – my fave one, sweet, nutty, crunchy.
mixed milk: valdeon, castilla-leon, spain
L’Espalier vs. menton:
L’Espalier and menton are often regarded as two best restaurants in boston. after dining at both places, i believe menton is superior in any single way and i am not talking about kristen kish here.
decor/ambience- although menton is on the minimalistic side, it def felt a lot more lavish than l’espalier. furnitures and silverwares are shabby and unpolished at l’espalier.
service – service at l’espalier was professional but generic, just lacking personal touches and something to be extraordinary.
when we opted for tasting menu, the waiter did not ask about our likes/dislikes or dietary restrictions. the service at l’espalier felt unnecessarily slow as the same waiter was servicing 5 other tables. the service at menton is on a whole different level. it felt like a whole troop was serving us. everything was just absolutely impeccable.
food – food quality at l’espalier was not the best. some components of several dishes did not taste the freshest. food wasn’t exciting or cutting edge but rather generic or cliche. every dish had touches of powders, gels, or puree and im not sure if everything went well together. on another hand, food at menton was way tastier, a lot more elaborate, memorable, exotic, and well executed. all the components of the dishes were complementing each other, nothing felt out of the place. food quality is also superior.
price- menton is cheaper than l’espalier based on tasting menu prices.
a la carte vs. seasonal degustation vs. chef McClelland’s Tasting Journey
the tasting menu was a waste of money. it’s pretty much everything from the seasonal degustation. nothing more interesting, special, or adventurous. if i were to choose again, i’d go with the seasonal degustation. def better value.
with such high price tags, food and service were mediocre at the best. neither food nor service showed they trying to impress the guests at all. they didnt go above and beyond to to make the experience extraordinary. i would save my money and dine at menton or o ya instead or any good (michelin starred) restaurants in new york city. my experience at l’espalier was a total disappointment.
774 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02199
Neighborhood: Back Bay