Pho in Washington D.C.

So it’s not a big secret that there isn’t really many places to go for Vietnamese food in D.C. One of the most known places is Pho88 in Chinatown. At roughly $13 a bowl, it’s kind of on the steep side.

I took my girlfriend on her actual birthday, since she had been wanting to try it and she loves Vietnamese.


These are pan-fried dumplings. They look delicious don’t they? They could have been a little crispier but I was satisfied.


This is Pho #1. It has rare beef, well-done brisket, meatballs, tendon and tripe. Don’t be afraid for those of you who have never tried pho! The rare meat continues to be cooked by the broth as it comes to the table, causing it to be fully cooked by the time it gets to you! And tendon and tripe is delicious, try it!

For the non-adventurous people, they have less crazy toppings too.

Pho 88

608 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001

202-735-5282

Celebrating a birthday: a restaurant and bakery

So, July is a special month because both my special loved one and I have July birthdays. We celebrated hers this past weekend by going to our favorite bakery, ButterCream to get a cake and having all our friends out for dinner at Old Ebbitt Grill.

 

Just look at this cake! Purple water color, red velvet in the middle, it’s delicious!


And a cream cheese filling too??? Oh yes, please! Needless to say, I am a huge fan of this cake. They’re also a favorite for the great way they handled an Interesting situation earlier this year. 

And their breakfast pastries! My partner I come here often come here on Sunday mornings for breakfast and cofffee!
Another place that is quickly becoming a favorite is Old Ebbitt Grill. Old Ebbitt has been around for years and is a well known restaurant in DC, being right across from the White House. Look at those beautiful Kusshi oysters, yum!


Being that this place pretty much specializes in seafood, I had to get the scallops and they were delicious. This is Maryland Dayboat Scalloops, with summer squash, zucchini purée, farro, tomato chutney, and salsa verde.

Old Ebbitt is quickly becoming our go to place to eat for both special and casual occasions.

ButterCream Bakery

1250 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

tel:2027350102

Old Ebbitt Grill

675 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

tel:202.347.4800

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!