Food Alert: Thai Rolled Ice Cream

There’s a new food trend to Washington DC, Thai Rolled Ice Cream! So far there’s only one in DC, called Icy Code in DuPont circle. I was lucky enough to stumble upon it as I was looking for a cool place to wait for the DC Pride Parade to start a couple weekends ago.


This is the Matcha Honey Ice Cream. Half the fun is watchhing them make the ice cream in the first place. The ice cream roller takes the milk mixture and pours it onto a cold metal surface, mixes items into the cream, and then rolls it into beautiful and delicious ice cream rolls! Icy Code has pre-selected ice cream flavors with pre selected toppings as well. 

While there’s only one in DC proper, there’s another Thai rolled ice cream shops in the DC metro area. Class 520 is in Rockville, Maryland. 


Mad Mango has is mango and strawberry ice cream with a choice of 3 toppings. I had to go with pocky sticks, what self respecting pocky lover wouldn’t? Same process as Icy Code, you order first and then they make it in front of you. It’s a show and food rolled into one! 

If I had to choose who was better, I wouldn’t be able to. Both Icy Code and Class 520 are great in showmanship and flavor. I hope Thai rolled ice cream is here to stay because it is delicious!

Icy Code

2029 P St NW, Washington, DC 20036

http://www.icycode.com/

(202) 659-0808

Class 520 

(Various Locations)

5 Dawson Ave, Rockville, MD 20850

https://www.class520icecream.com/

(301) 637-9791

Hello! It’s been a while, I know

It’s been a long time since I posted on this blog. A lot has happened in 4 years, gasp, I know. Between changing careers and growing up, life just moves so fast for me. If you’d like to see what I was up to, you can check out my food instagram where I kept posting and getting better in terms of food pictures. My instagram is ewongfood.

So what have I been up to? Well there’s that pesky thing that keeps me afloat called a job. I also moved the Great Nation’s Capitol, Washington D.C. It makes it possible for me to take pictures of awesome food like this:


This is a Smoked Salmon biscuit from ButterCream, a little bakery on 9th st NW in Mount Vernon Square next to the Washington Convention center. It’s a quaint little place to grab breakfast or a snack and some coffee. You’ll find me enjoying the wonderful food and coffee in peace and quiet on Sunday Mornings. They serve Compass Coffee, my favorite.

I got this lovely little thing as my breakfast along with the medium roast from Compass to get me started and awake enough for a wonderful day at Awesomecon! I geeked out all day!

ButterCream Bakeshop

1250 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

http://www.buttercreamdc.com/

(202) 735-0102

Honey Pig Germantown

So have I ever mentioned how much I love Korean BBQ? I have? Well, here we go again. Today I’m going to highlight Honey Pig, which in the DC Metro area, is the king of Korean BBQ. The place I went to is rather new. They just opened a couple of months ago and got horrible reviews. However, when I went everything seemed fine.

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Banchan – Korean Side dishes

The Banchan were simple but tasted great. I really love the potatoes. The radish is always a favorite as well. For the main meal, we got the usual, delicious meat!

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Korean BBQ Meat

What you see here is the Kimchi, Pork Kalbi and Bulgogi. We also ordered Spicy Pork Bellym, but our waitress didn’t put that on til last. The reason why I like going to Honey Pig rather than always doing it at home is that even though it is expensive, at least my house won’t smell like barbeque for a week.

Honey Pig has 4 BBQ locations, 1 Izakaya and I think it has a dumpling house somewhere too. This new Germantown location is smaller than the other 3, but cleaner and less smokey than the Ellicot City location and a LOT closer to me than the Annandale or the Centreville location. I think even if I do get rude service, I’d still come here. Check this place out!

 

Honey Pig Gooldaegee Korean BBQ

19743 Frederick Rd Germantown, MD 20876

(301) 972-2436

East Pearl Chinese Restaurant

Today we went to East Pearl Restaurant in Rockville. It was a special occasion because my mother’s birthday is coming soon and she loves Chinese food. This means my sisters and I were paying!

When it first opened it was one of the most exciting delicious new places that all the Chinese people in the area went to. The food is still pretty good, but respectfully, when the Chinese people are slowly being replaced with others…the restaurant tends to go down hill. Or maybe it’s the restaurant going downhill that is bringing in all the non Chinese people?

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The food was all delicious. Except for the Sizzling Chicken in Casserole Dish. I never want to put something like that in my mouth again. But, I had to be adventurous and try something I had never tried before. Big Mistake! I will never do that again. This chicken dish was salty, had way too much garlic in it and was just not a tasty dish in the least. Unfortunately, since we didn’t want to take it home, nor leave it on the table, it was eaten until there was only a little left. My poor stomach is still complaining about the taste.

Come here for good Chinese food, but avoid the Sizzling Chicken at all costs.

East Pearl

838 B Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852

(301) 838-8663

Fagers Island @ Ocean City

The family goes to Ocean City in October almost every year so that we can take our dogs to the boardwalk and the beach. It’s a beautiful time for the family to bond and laugh at our dogs. This year, my oldest sister decided we just HAD to go to Fagers Island to see the sunset. Too bad it was raining so we didn’t see the sunset at all.

Fagers has two sections. There’s the fine dining section and the lite fare. The lite fare has sandwiches, a raw bar and other regular bar food that you would expect to see in Ocean City. The fine dining section is truly fine dining in prices, nicely dressed servers and food.

Anyway, now for the important part of any restaurant, the food!

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My family and I made reservations for the fine dining section. We started out with two appetizers, Fresh Crisp Calamari and Fresh Eastern Shore Fried Oysters. The oysters were my favorite. The calamari on the other hand, I’ve had better. But the three sauces that came with the calamari would delicious!

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The meals were all delicious. I had the prime rib and it was just divine. It was the tenderest, juiciest, best prime rib I have ever eaten and the fresh shaved horseradish was a treat. Although I think I prefer grated horseradish. I got to eat a bit of the duck and that was my favorite dish of the night. It was so succulent! Mm, still dreaming of that duck!

If you are ever in Ocean City for a special occasion, go here!

Fager’s Island
201 60th St
Ocean City, MD 21842
(410) 524-5500

New Fortune Chinese Restaurant

New Fortune has been around since 1998 and my family has been coming here for almost longer as I can remember.  My first memories of dim sum are here and even to this day we still come here. I have seen the food here ebb and flow and unfortunately, this restaurant is in an ebbing mood as of late, but the food is still decent.

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Some of the dim sum that we usually get and the staples of any dim sum experience. There’s har gow or crystal shrimp dumplings, siu mai or pork dumplings and beef dumplings. The har gow and siu mai have been my favorites since my first bite of dim sum and it’s not a great dim sum experience without them.

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This is called wu tau kau or taro dumpling. It’s not for everyone, but it’s awesome and delicious. I say it’s not for everyone because the main ingredient is taro, and not many people like taro. These are my middle sister’s favorite. She eats one whole order just by herself and if I want any, I have to get another order to share with my family.

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 This is one of my favorite dishes, ha churn fun or shrimp noodle roll. It is shrimp wrapped in long rice noodles drenched in soy sauce. Delicious!

It’s not the best food, but I certainly love it. If you want good service, go with someone who speaks Chinese. It’s sad but usually true that you get better service if you know the language.

New Fortune

16515 S Frederick Ave
Gaithersburg, MD 20877

(301) 548-8886

Homemade Korean BBQ

New Grill and Pork Marinade

We just got a brand new grill for our portable butane burner a few days ago. I couldn’t wait to try it out, so we bought a Pork butt (it’s cheaper and leaner than pork belly) and tried it out the very next day! I was so excited I took a picture of the box! It’s really easy to do Korean BBQ at home too!

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The bowl is there to catch the grease and runoff. We did find that the difference between cooking it at home and getting korean bbq at a restaurant is we have to clean the grill between each meat.

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Above is all the ingredients used. We ate:

2 Green squash

1 Yellow Squash

1 Baby Eggplant

1 Homegrown Cucumber

1 Red onion

Potatoes boiled and sliced

3 New York Strip Steaks cut length wise (so they were thin)

1 Pork Butt sliced to 1/4 inch slabs

All of our meat were seasoned in salt, pepper and garlic powder.

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Doesn’t it look beautiful? The problem with 1/4″ pork is that it takes so long to cook. What we did was cook 1 round of steak first, then some veggies. While we were eating that, we cooked the pork. It helps to cut up the pork as it’s cooking so that it cooks faster.

Bring Cooking scissors to the table to cut the meat fast.  And tongs.

This was one of my mother’s best ideas, to buy this grill. I was so excited that we had to use it pronto! The marinade we bought from the local H Mart (Asian Market) and it wasn’t bad at all!

Of course, it wasn’t strictly Korean bbq the Korean way. There wasn’t any banchan, I used oyster sauce on my meat (I love oyster sauce), we forgot the lettuce and my family wanted potatoes over rice. But it was totally Korean bbq Homestyle!

Bugolgi JunGol – Moa Korean Restaurant

Bugolgi JunGol - Moa Korean Restaurant

This is Bulgogi in a Spicy Korean Stew. It has tofu, rice cakes (not the american kind), bulgogi (korean beef) and noodles. There’s veggies and other stuff in there too. If you like sharing, this is a korean dish for you because it can serve up to 4 people. It costs about $30 too.

It made me sad though, because this was a farewell visit to this restaurant for a good friend of mine. She used to come here every week for two years, now THAT is loyalty! And it also means GOOD food!

Moa Korean Restaurant

12300 Wilkins Ave
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 881-8880

Iron Age – Korean BBQ

All you can eat (AYCE) Korean BBQ. Honestly, If you have never had Korean BBQ, it’s like a whole other world if you aren’t used to it. Even my parents, seasoned Asians, told me once that they felt like they were in a foreign country when I took them to try it (not this place though).

Iron Age is expensive for my “eat less than $5 if you can” bred nature. $18 for Set A AYCE and $22 for the larger set B. Your whole table also has to pick the same thing, you can’t have half-a-table set A and half-a-table set B.

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The Setup

You start out with Korean side dishes (banchan). Most Korean restaurants will have banchan. You also receive 4 dipping sauces, which you will need because most of the meat here is served unflavored. The exceptions being the pork belly and the marinated meat. Yes, that is a burner in front of me because the food cooks on the table.

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Raw Steak

The meat comes raw, but it cooks rather quickly.

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Cooked meat

And when cooked, inhaled quite quickly. The waiters will come cook the meat for you, but as a seasoned goer, I tend to cook my meat myself because I like my meat just right and not overcooked, which can happen if the waiter has many tables.

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Raw Pork Belly

The pork belly is my favorite. It comes in two different flavors, garlic and pepper paste. I like the pepper paste the best. The pork belly is so flavorful on its own that you can always request pork belly without seasoning too, if you like. 

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Pepper Paste Pork Belly and Cow Stomach

On the left, delicious spicy pork belly and on the right, not for the squeamish cow stomach. This is not tripe. It is actually quite delicious, I had never tried it before but the taste was delicious! The cow stomach is rather chewy though, so eat at your own risk.

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Cooked Cow Stomach

This is a much tastier looking picture. But there is a lot less meat there than in the raw picture because the meat was being devoured as I was taking the picture. It also shows what the grill looks like after you finish cooking. The burned black side is where we cooked the pork belly and the slimy brown side is where we cooked the cow stomach. I recommend letting the waitress cook the cow stomach and getting it with something else as it takes a long time to cook.

Iron Age
1054 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852

(301) 424-1474