Stir Fry on Sandy Hook

Last week, my chef friend Walter (featured on this blog here and here and maybe a few other places) went all out to whip up the following meal on Sandy Hook. He had said a week earlier that he wanted to have my mom, Justin, and I for stir-fry on the beach. However, he ended…

Restaurant Review: Sichuan Cottage (Marlboro, NJ)

I wanted my 200th restaurant review to be of a solid restaurant. As an avid reader and contributor to the Hungry Onion message board, I have noticed a love affair with a particular Chinese restaurant. That place is Sichuan Cottage in Marlboro. While the board is a place for debate over dining, there seems to…

Restaurant Review: China Star (Bethlehem, PA)

Bethlehem on a Monday night is sleepy. Bethlehem on a Monday night after 10 PM after a few hours at the casino is dead. We searched online and drove around trying to find something. Anything. When it seemed like our only option was a Perkins, we did one more search and found a nearby Chinese…

Photo of the Day: July 10, 2018

When was the last time you saw a Pu Pu Platter with sterno? Not since the glory days of Ruby Palace have I been served one in a Chinese restaurant. And yes, it makes a difference when giving the ribs and beef on a stick a little extra char. This one is from House of…

Photo of the Day: June 26, 2018

A slightly odd but delicious dish from Little Szechuan: chicken tossed in a spicy sauce with peanuts, edamame, cucumbers, and water chestnuts. It could have done without the cucumbers, as I am not a fan and the menu did not list them, but no big deal as I removed them. The textures present here were…

Restaurant Review: Edison Noodle House (Edison, NJ)

It looked like a total dump on the outside. The picture I have of the place in the sidebar of this article does not do it justice. As it happens, moments before we ended up walking into the Edison Noodle House, I had remarked that we needed to find a hole-in-the-wall, authentic, dumpy-looking place. That’s…

Photo of the Day: June 14, 2018

The Japanese take on the Chinese takeout stalwart Crab Rangoons. Rather than heavy clunkers, these were crisp and light. The perfect way to start a meal before digging into some sushi, or even a spicy curry.

Photo of the Day: June 3, 2018

Back-to-Back spicy shrimp dishes featured in the Photo of the Day column. This is named (simply enough) “Hot and Spicy” Shrimp, from UJ’s Asian Bistro. It had wonderful flavor, but despite the sinister look with all those chili flakes, really failed to deliver on the heat.