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foodcritik Jul 11, 2007 08:19 AM

I want my family to try cultural / ethnic small dishes or snacks. Please reply you input.
One of my favorite snack is the (JOONG) Sticky rice with pork wrapped in Leaf.

  1. FoodieKat Dec 12, 2007 09:05 PM

    Any snacks with wasabi. Edamame- fresh, dried or otherwise. Bombay snack mix (love those spicy fried noodles). Ditto on that dried squid 'jerky'. And did someone also say red bean pancakes (or any other pastry with red bean filling for that matter) and anything made with marzipan or almond paste? Glorious stuff!

    1. madgreek Dec 11, 2007 03:37 AM

      Well, I grew up eating Greek food, so some of the things I always find myself buying/making are dolmathes (stuffed grape leaves-always better homemade http://greekfood.about.com/od/appetizerssalads/r/leavesmeatrice.htm ), yigantes plaki (butter beans in a thick tomato, garlic, and onion sauce - Zanae makes a tasty store-bought version http://greekfood.about.com/b/2007/10/03/yigandes-plaki-baked-beans-with-tomato.htm ) and taramosalata (carp roe dip - Athenos brand is easy to find, but needs some good ev olive oil and fresh lemon folded in IMO http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taramosa... )

      As far as non-Greek snacks, I love sushi, and always find myself craving good homemade guacamole (or really anything made with fresh hass avocado)

      1. fmed Dec 10, 2007 09:59 PM

        My dad's garlic peanuts.
        Dried anchovies.
        Dried cuttlefish (cuttlefish jerky)

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        1. re: fmed
          juster Dec 12, 2007 05:53 AM

          Garlic peanuts ---- shareable recipe??

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            fmed Dec 12, 2007 06:09 AM

            It's quite simple (it's all in his technique):

            Heat oil in a wok for deep frying.
            Cut up peeled garlic cloves (lots of it) in a bias..about 1/4" thick.
            Add the raw peanuts and garlic into the oil at the same time.
            Stir continuously.
            When the garlic slices are golden brown, it's done.
            Scoop it all out into a wire sieve to drain.
            When cooled, salt to taste.

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          1. ilovegobo Sep 4, 2007 09:05 PM

            1. Buche tacos from any authentic stand
            2. Vietnamese meatloaf baguette sandwiches- with plenty of pate, butter and cilantro
            3. Gobo! (hence the name!) Aka: burdock root- excellent on salads or as a potent little treat on its own.
            None of these are likely to be found in the same place, but all are worth the effort.

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            1. re: ilovegobo
              chilicrema Dec 10, 2007 03:25 PM

              Dark chocolate and natural peanut butter.
              Campari and parmigiano reggiano.

            2. John Manzo Aug 30, 2007 09:17 PM

              DOUBLES with "light spice" and cucumber chutney!
              ALOO PIES wih channa and tamarind chutney!

              1. boogiebaby Aug 30, 2007 03:05 PM

                Satay from a street vendor in Malaysia
                Bhel Puri (indian)
                Vegetable Pakoras on a rainy day (indian fried fritters)
                Curry puffs in Singapore
                Japanese rice crackers
                Chutney sandwiches (indian mint chutney spread on bread with some butter or mayo, sliced cucumber and cheese (optional: tomato, carrot, sprouts)

                1. Nuray Aug 30, 2007 02:29 PM

                  Roasted chickpeas - especially if they are spicy.. Turkish style.
                  Dried apricots
                  Dried figs filled with raw hazelnuts

                  1. WCchopper Aug 29, 2007 10:26 PM

                    hot and salty boiled peanuts

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                      smartie Aug 29, 2007 05:24 PM

                      matzoh with butter and strawberry jam.

                      gefilte fish but it has to be fried (British style) - boiled is just bleh.

                      1. Rubee Aug 29, 2007 05:14 PM

                        I'm a salty-crunchy snack fan, and those tiny dried whole crabs are strangely addictive. They're Japanese, I forget what they're called.

                        1. bitsubeats Aug 29, 2007 01:43 PM

                          I like dried squid a lot. My mom brought back about 30 of them from korea for me and I only have 3 left. She came back at the end of June. I like to run the squid over a gas flame, tear into strips, and eat with peanuts or dip into kewpie mayo. I also like dried cuttlefish strips or korean fish snacks that are in the shape of large circles (forget what it's called....maybe jipyo or something like that).

                          I also like japanese dried baby fish sprinkled with sesame seeds and sugar and other dried fish snacks.

                          I'm all about the meat/savoury snacks. When I was younger, I used to love these chicken flavored drumstick shaped snacks that were awesome. They were korean and I wonder if they are still around? Another favorite growing up was korean cheetos and koraebap in spicy flavour or seaweed

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                          1. re: bitsubeats
                            bkhuna Aug 29, 2007 05:08 PM

                            Japanese dried squid dipped in Kewpie mayonnaise. One of my all time favorite snacks to have while drinking down a cold Yebisu beer.

                            I'm returning to Japan for a visit soon and will be living next to the Oden counter of my local 7-Eleven (located next to the shelves of liquor; gotta just love Japanese --Eleven's).

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                            looloopoo Aug 28, 2007 08:43 AM

                            Num... Roti Canai at Nyonya is great.

                            The one and only spot I'll go to for meat on a stick is in Flushing - Northern Chinese barbecued lamb is out of this world flavorful (41st and Kissena).

                            Any of the buns in a Chinese bakery (<3 milk custard and red bean fillings). There's a great bakery for pineapple buns (kind of a misnomer) on Catherine St. 2 blocks east of E. B'way.

                            Also, I love the Taiwanese for toast topped with butter and condensed milk. Oh MAN it's good.

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                              foodcritik Aug 28, 2007 08:14 AM

                              turnip cake usually $1.50 - 2.00 is a great addition to chinese enthic snack. Pan fried at the corner of Mott / near bayard. (not sweat) It can serve as brunch/lunch/or snack.

                              You can get it as part of dim sum. (lor bot goe)

                              1. byrd Aug 1, 2007 04:30 PM

                                being born, living, and raised a yankee, give me good ole' zapps jalapeno or cajun potato chips.

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                                  MobyRichard Aug 1, 2007 10:24 AM

                                  Agree with a lot of the snacks I've seen listed and want to add one of my own: pasteles.

                                  1. hotteacher1976 Jul 31, 2007 09:00 PM

                                    Fried noodles (the kind you get at chinese restaurants that are dried)

                                    1. monalisawoman Jul 30, 2007 07:15 PM

                                      what are those crunchy spicy chickpea turds, that are baked & look like they were squeezed from a cheeze wiz can? They used to serve them hot from the oven at events at the Asia Society. i LOVE those.
                                      TJ's thai chili cashews
                                      wasabi peas
                                      stuffed grape leaves
                                      hamachi kama
                                      marinated artichoke hearts
                                      veg or seafood dumplings
                                      cold sesame noodles
                                      egg rolls
                                      dried stingray
                                      lox on pumpernickle squares

                                      1. JungMann Jul 27, 2007 08:06 AM

                                        1. Empanadas (Spanish- or Argentinean-style)
                                        2. Chicharon bulaklak (deep fried ruffle fat)
                                        3. Fish balls with hoisin and Sriracha
                                        4. Bings
                                        5. Dinuguan (pork blood stew with rice cakes)
                                        6. Tea sandwiches

                                        1. thenurse Jul 27, 2007 07:22 AM

                                          Bahn Mi
                                          Chaat Papri
                                          Grilled corn w/ hot indian spice
                                          crepes on the streets of Paris
                                          'meat on a stick' (aka Satay) in Malaysia
                                          Roti Chanai

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                                          1. re: thenurse
                                            bulavinaka Jul 27, 2007 07:24 AM

                                            Throw in some curry puffs as well...

                                          2. Veggietales Jul 26, 2007 09:30 PM

                                            Shrimp Chips in the pink and yellow bag.

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                                              fara Jul 25, 2007 02:12 AM

                                              there are many of these hong kong snack places in chinatown manh, and flushing. a good one is across from ping's on mott and pell. all types of dried fish/meat and dried sweet.salty fruit snacks. my fav is the "shrimp rolls' which are these dekicious tiny rolls. all manner of dim sum are great for snacks - i currently like "oriental seafood" on elizabeth. for tahe out pork buns, wonton garden on mott. for xiao lang bao, there's a place in flushing...help me w. the name-
                                              gefilte fish -home made or zabar;s has good gf.
                                              snacks from italian market in chelsea market: wine crackers with fennel, pepper, or plain, buffalo mozz cheese at a good price! as well as fresh stracchino which is hard to find. good prosciutto and mortadella from di palo's. try their olives too, probably better than what youve been buying.
                                              real baba ganoush,hummus, and falafel requires a trip to queens-el rawshweh on steinway, or yonkers.

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                                              1. re: fara
                                                foodcritik Aug 1, 2007 08:30 AM

                                                Wow! Thanks for the list!

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                                                phant0omx Jul 20, 2007 12:53 PM

                                                i love joong. i could eat them all day. it's fun making them too. a couple years ago i made one with like 6 leaves, thats like half the size of your head. haha.

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                                                  foodcritik Jul 24, 2007 07:46 AM

                                                  I can eat 2 of them and still want more!

                                                2. the_MU Jul 20, 2007 10:52 AM

                                                  Sweet, spicy dried anchovies, aka "crunchy fish".
                                                  Hot Mix or just sev.
                                                  Alu papri chat.
                                                  Nori squares
                                                  Ting Ting Jahe

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                                                  1. re: the_MU
                                                    foodcritik Jul 24, 2007 07:46 AM

                                                    that one beats my sandwich!

                                                    1. re: foodcritik
                                                      the_MU Jul 24, 2007 09:22 AM

                                                      Ack! I like those snacks, but not all at the same time!! ;)

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                                                    foodcritik Jul 20, 2007 09:33 AM

                                                    throw fresh pepper, celery, onions with tuna or left over chicken (can be dry as hell) in a magic bullet or blender [caution! don't over blend!]. add mayo.

                                                    toast your bread crispy and while it's still hot, lay a piece of swiss chess over and
                                                    VOILA....your chicken or tuna salad served with cold and hot. ENJOY!!!!

                                                    add mustard or salad dressing and a slice of lettuce.

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                                                      foodcritik Jul 16, 2007 09:08 PM

                                                      Please continue to upload more of your input.

                                                      I figure i want to share two more....

                                                      Grill cheese, chicken salad on toast with swiss cheese

                                                      1. mrsmegawatt Jul 13, 2007 09:42 PM

                                                        Sweet/Salty dried preserved plum. I've been eating them since I was a kid. The good ones are hard to find. I remember my tongue getting raw from sucking on them when I was little. I don't think they're all that good for you. They were always a treat that we didn't get too often. Now...as adults, my sister and I will pick them up when we got to SF and mail them too eachother. mmmmmmmmm. my mouth is watering!


                                                        1. Amuse Bouches Jul 13, 2007 04:32 PM

                                                          Okonomiyaki. And I'll second whomever said pupusas. And dumplings covered in tapioca I've seen only at a little Japanese deli in NYC's Greenwich Village and at the Wat Thai Temple in L.A.

                                                          1. Sam Fujisaka Jul 13, 2007 06:32 AM

                                                            1. BBQ chicken feet, Philippines
                                                            2. Balut: steamed 18 day duck embryo/duck egg, Philippines & Vietnam
                                                            3. Deep fried sparrows; eaten whole, Burma
                                                            4. BBQ rice field rats, Burma
                                                            5. Mochi, toasted on the outside, molten inside, served w/soy sauce & sugar, Japan
                                                            6. Musubi, rice balls with ume boshi inside, Japan
                                                            7. Meat on a stick, everywhere

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                                                            1. re: Sam Fujisaka
                                                              QueenB Jul 13, 2007 06:58 AM

                                                              Meat always tastes better on a stick...wonder why that is?

                                                              1. re: Sam Fujisaka
                                                                hannaone Jul 13, 2007 07:52 AM

                                                                Balut is one thing I could never get into my mouth. Almost anything else.

                                                                1. re: Sam Fujisaka
                                                                  janethepain Jul 13, 2007 08:17 AM

                                                                  Deep fried sparrows?!?! wow. They definitely weren't on the menu when I ate at a Burmese resto this past weekend.

                                                                  I'll add Korean dried cuttlefish (the soft kind) to the list. I can eat it all before my aunt has a chance to make them into banchan. And kick me out of the kitchen.

                                                                  1. re: janethepain
                                                                    Sam Fujisaka Jul 13, 2007 09:48 AM

                                                                    Both the rats and the sparrows were sold along the highway in a remote rainfed rice growing area of Burma...might not make it your restaurant too soon.

                                                                  2. re: Sam Fujisaka
                                                                    bulavinaka Jul 26, 2007 09:27 PM

                                                                    Those deep-fried sparrows make my dad's mouth water... As a teenager in WWII Japan, he'd catch them and fry them up - he was especially fond of the little skinny legs that got crunchy!

                                                                  3. QueenB Jul 13, 2007 06:22 AM

                                                                    Pierogie (potato and cheese)
                                                                    Pocky! (black sesame, whatever the chestnut one is, chocolate)
                                                                    Chicharon (sp?) - sooooo very bad for you
                                                                    Arancini - I could eat tons of these just as a meal
                                                                    Char siu bao

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                                                                    1. re: QueenB
                                                                      cayjohan Jul 13, 2007 11:51 AM

                                                                      QB - I think chicharones have much less fat than potato chips (is is because the frying cooks off the fat from the protein, rather than absorbing it into the carbos as in the case of potato chips?). Sorry, can't cite sources other than making the comparison on bagged-snack versions. I would hope the rinds in the Latin markets have a similar fat content as their bagged brethren. Wishful thinking, perhaps - but check out labels on the bagged and maybe absolve yourself! :)

                                                                      1. re: cayjohan
                                                                        bkhuna Aug 29, 2007 05:05 PM

                                                                        I love the home made chicharones from the Mexican grocery stores, you know, the ones that the size of a sheet of notebook paper and about an inch thick. Apply a liberal amount of Tapatio and munch away!

                                                                      2. re: QueenB
                                                                        juster Dec 11, 2007 02:27 PM

                                                                        Chicharrones -- I went through a brief phase as a kid for the kind in the bag. Haven't had those in years, but man, I could eat a _good_ chicharron burrito every darn day. (I don't, tho!) Some, like the one I had yesterday, are lousy, but when the meat's fresh and crispy and a little chewy with that light, airy fat-crunch on some of the bits, beans, green chile, cheese, and sour cream....... oh my.

                                                                      3. WCchopper Jul 12, 2007 03:16 PM

                                                                        Samosas, and Korean seaweed

                                                                        1. revsharkie Jul 12, 2007 02:14 PM

                                                                          Somen. I learned to make it years ago from a Japanese friend.

                                                                          1. vvvindaloo Jul 11, 2007 08:48 PM

                                                                            Cocos bullar- a Swedish chocolate/coconut confection consisting of cocoa and rolled oat crumbs mixed together with palm oil (or some other trans fat, such as margarine!), coconut flakes and sugar... a rare treat, in more ways than one!

                                                                            1. Eric in NJ Jul 11, 2007 08:34 PM

                                                                              Pickeled Herring in Wine sauce

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                                                                              1. re: Eric in NJ
                                                                                cayjohan Jul 13, 2007 11:57 AM

                                                                                Mmm...AND in mustard sauce or sour cream and dill sauce, maybe with some black bread, shavings of cooooold butter. Pickled beets on the side? And don't forget about the onions included in the herring brine. Very lovely.

                                                                                1. re: cayjohan
                                                                                  Eric in NJ Jul 13, 2007 04:27 PM

                                                                                  Oh Man now I have to go buy some :)

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                                                                                kkak Jul 11, 2007 03:19 PM

                                                                                I can hear the yucks...but I love Gefilte Fish!
                                                                                Add a little horseradish..mmmm.

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                                                                                1. re: kkak
                                                                                  Steve Jul 11, 2007 08:18 PM

                                                                                  No yucks from our house, I've gotten my kids to like it, and now gefilte fish is our go to meal in a pinch.

                                                                                  That and fried tofu, of course. $1 worth is a great family snack.

                                                                                  1. re: Steve
                                                                                    weinstein5 Jul 11, 2007 08:23 PM

                                                                                    I agree with the gefilte fish - and good matzah ball soup

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                                                                                      pamd Jul 20, 2007 01:01 PM

                                                                                      I actually don't care for gefilte fish as is, but use it in a recipe for a gefilte fish loaf & really like it prepared that way- if any of you g.f. lovers want the recipe I can post it in home cooking. It's baked in a square pan & cut like brownies.

                                                                                      I love knishes & falafel...and plantains (prepared all ways- soft & crunchy!)

                                                                                  2. re: kkak
                                                                                    theannerska Jul 11, 2007 09:32 PM

                                                                                    After years of trying and re-trying gefilte fish in my attempts to like it, I had a really tasty version in Spain, of all places, as I (definitely a shiksa) had accompanied my Jewish friends to services on Good Friday. It was homemade and so good that I didn't even recognize it at first...but it exists! Have faith, hounds!

                                                                                    Another fun snack: litchi gummies, sold individually wrapped by the bag. About the size of dried apricots and much more addictive.

                                                                                    1. re: theannerska
                                                                                      moh Jul 12, 2007 08:01 PM

                                                                                      Love gefilte fish!

                                                                                      The litchee gummies are my favorite also, but the muscat gummies are a close second, grape flavoured, but somehow slightly different than the regular grape flavoured candies that you usually get in north america. There is also a great marshmallow candy filled with various fruit flavours, a different take on marshmallows.

                                                                                      I also like dried squid, but this may be an acquired taste if you weren't brought up in Korea.

                                                                                      And Wasabi peas!

                                                                                      1. re: moh
                                                                                        theannerska Jul 12, 2007 08:19 PM

                                                                                        I used to get dried squid in Chinese supermarkets every time I went food shopping with my mom - ah, the craving's back.

                                                                                        Also, there's spicy preserved bean curd, which comes in cubes in a jar, though I don't know whether it qualifies as a snack; I put it in everything, but there's nothing quite like some mixed into steamed white rice.

                                                                                        1. re: theannerska
                                                                                          SomeRandomIdiot Jul 13, 2007 05:47 AM

                                                                                          Do u mix ur bean curd cubes with sugar before it goes into the rice?

                                                                                          I like most of the snacks in a chinese supermarket: wasabi peas, pocky, the peanuts with the crackerlike coating, the crunchy anchovy things, dried preserved seedless plums, the dried squid and of course the beef jerky.

                                                                                          1. re: SomeRandomIdiot
                                                                                            Pat Hammond Jul 13, 2007 06:02 AM

                                                                                            I always kept a supply of the tiny dried shrimp in my desk at work, until my office mates complained. They really are habit-forming!

                                                                                        2. re: moh
                                                                                          weinstein5 Jul 12, 2007 11:27 PM

                                                                                          I love the wasabi soybeans as well -

                                                                                          1. re: moh
                                                                                            purple goddess Jul 12, 2007 11:34 PM

                                                                                            wasabi peas!!!

                                                                                            **insert Homer drooling noise**

                                                                                            I love grass jelly from the little viet markets, and that weird coconut jelly block stuff, too!!!

                                                                                            1. re: purple goddess
                                                                                              puppymomma Jul 13, 2007 06:55 PM

                                                                                              Oriental Rice Cracker snacks - especially the ones with wasabi!


                                                                                              1. re: puppymomma
                                                                                                twh1475 Jul 26, 2007 05:05 PM

                                                                                                I haven't been able to find them lately, but I love the seaweed flavor rice crackers.


                                                                                            2. re: moh
                                                                                              mlgb Jul 13, 2007 08:18 AM

                                                                                              Dried squid are good even if you haven't grown up with them. They take a nice long time to chew and are high in protein so I don't feel guilty. They taste much better than you think they will by looking at them.

                                                                                          2. re: kkak
                                                                                            ilovegobo Sep 4, 2007 09:00 PM

                                                                                            Yay for gefilte fish!!! I look forward to Passover all year long!

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                                                                                            chilicrema Jul 11, 2007 03:13 PM

                                                                                            Pupusas - Imagine fresh hand made tortillas thjt are extra thick filled with savory black beans and cheese or pork and then cooked on the griddle. The are served with a cabbage slaw and a salsa. I think they hail from El Salvador.

                                                                                            1. hannaone Jul 11, 2007 03:04 PM

                                                                                              ice cream mochi
                                                                                              korean melon bars (ice cream)
                                                                                              shrimp chips
                                                                                              Korean rice crackers
                                                                                              smoked sweet squid (kind of like jerky)
                                                                                              Korean red bean pastries
                                                                                              a small Korean pancake filled with a brown sugar syrup

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                                                                                              1. re: hannaone
                                                                                                mlgb Jul 12, 2007 03:12 PM

                                                                                                Sweet DDUKK any kind. I'm not even Korean.
                                                                                                And I love those krispy ginger cookies, the ones rolled into a cigar.

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                                                                                                missfunkysoul Jul 11, 2007 02:55 PM



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                                                                                                  Coreanita Jul 11, 2007 12:21 PM

                                                                                                  korean crackers or chips are my favorite-- try the shrimp or sweet potato chips. (They're shaped like fries). There are also these delicious sesame seed balls glazed with honey. crunchy and fabulous :)

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                                                                                                    lrostron Jul 11, 2007 12:31 PM

                                                                                                    chinese steamed bao, savory chopped pork wrapped in a roll-like dough. I could use a few right about now!

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                                                                                                    Todd Jul 11, 2007 12:19 PM

                                                                                                    Roti at Roomali on 27th and Lex


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                                                                                                      theannerska Jul 11, 2007 12:13 PM

                                                                                                      Bullet cakes in Chinatown!

                                                                                                      1. Gluttonous Prime Jul 11, 2007 09:52 AM

                                                                                                        Takoyaki from Otafuku; such lovely octopus balls. And samosas. At Sukhadias on 45th between 5th and 6th, they have those, as well as desserts (like ghulab jamun, dough balls in syrup) and cakes made with almond paste. They also have bags of fried chickpea/lentil snacks.


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                                                                                                        1. re: Gluttonous Prime
                                                                                                          drumwine Jul 11, 2007 11:58 AM

                                                                                                          creamy spicy shrimp at Nobu....major yum

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                                                                                                          lucyis Jul 11, 2007 08:31 AM

                                                                                                          Potato knishes, the round ones that are baked, not the square ones that are fried, are delicious eastern European snacks. They are basically seasoned mashed potatoes wrapped in a dough crust.

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                                                                                                          1. re: lucyis
                                                                                                            foodcritik Jul 11, 2007 08:34 AM

                                                                                                            I use to pay 50 cents in elementary school yard from street vendor that sells it to us! It's the one of my favorites too!

                                                                                                            1. re: lucyis
                                                                                                              williej33 Jul 11, 2007 08:43 AM

                                                                                                              Chocolate-covered matzoh-- get it at the Streit's matzoh factory on Rivington at Suffolk.

                                                                                                              Another good matzoh snack: Toast a piece of plain Streit's matzoh very lightly and cover it with Fairway's hot horseradish cream (or any creamy, savory spread). Toast the matzoh very lightly (on the lightest toaster setting) or it will burn.

                                                                                                              And no, I do not work for Streit's, but their matzoh is superior to other store-bought brands.

                                                                                                              1. re: williej33
                                                                                                                Emme Jul 12, 2007 04:41 PM

                                                                                                                Love potato knishes, but sadly the frozen ones from Mrs. Stahl's in the blue box.

                                                                                                                Love Caramel Crunch Matzah too, as well as the Egg'n'Onion matzah w/ a little butter on it.

                                                                                                                For sweet, alfajores and bunuelos!

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