食 (shi) 86 and Bay Parkway (hot pot; chinese dishes; noodles) Captive Tongue Liberated at
The Chinese eat strange things and I find this actually, not so strange. It is the American who eats a diet absent of not only the delicacies of the Chinese, but the delicacies of the Europeans, Hindi, Eastern Europeans, and the Latin Americas.
I took to liberating my captive American tongue last evening, by placing my physical form in a region that has come to be dominated to some extent, by Chinese emigrants. In the venue I entered I was surrounded by these emigrants, who according to the average American, "eat strange things".
This liberation of my tongue, was celebrated with fried fish skin, which was so delicious, I dare say, makes the ubiquity of the American potato chip or french fry a crime against human diet and health, leaving to waste the human taste buds.
This fish skin is crispy, not incredibly oily, and delicious.
Chinese is a monosyllabic language.
The name of this restaurant consists of one syllable. It is on the lighted sign over the establishment. It means 'food' or 'to eat'.
食 pronounced shi in the second tone, this place is a modern establishment, serving hot pot and Chinese dishes, up just northwesterly from the intersection of Bay Parkway and 86 Street (D Train Station).
I had presented a review of their hot sauce, some weeks prior:
86 Super Star (老地方)http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/928681
They really do not have a visible English name, unless one grabs the TAKE OUT menu.
I do have to say, the hot sauce this time around, was not as exhilarating as my first visit. This visit gave me more of the clue as to their excellent expansive menu. Hot pots seemed to be what all other customers were engaged with.
They do not have beer, and have not asked whether this, like at many places, can be carried in and drank. The menu consists of many delights.
>It is the American who eats a diet absent of not only the delicacies of the Chinese, but the delicacies of the Europeans, Hindi, Eastern Europeans, and the Latin Americas.
It's inaccurate and unfair to generalize so broadly about Americans. Americans who post on this site have reported on numerous Chinese hot pot restaurants in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan. To provide some helpful context, how does this one compare with Hou Yi, Mapo Szechuan, Mister Hotpot, Little Pepper et al.?
Besides which, I find that in most people--the vast majority'--throughout the world are not curious or open to other peoples' cuisine. What is weird for an American is normal for a Chinese, but often the reverse is also true. I fully agree that the daily diet in many places is richer, fuller, and better than the average American diet'--but I would add that it is easier to find Americans ready and eager to try other cultures' "weirdness" than almost any where else in the world.
I beg to differ here.
It was the leveling of the diversity of diet, as homogenous manifestations evolved with industrialism, and post WWII America, that saw diets from Italians to Scans, to Germans, here in the US, become something quite different. That happened with the rise of the supermarket.
This happened while leaving those respected diets to older folk, or regions that retained some semblance of the ethnic diet in stores small grocers etc.
TV ads are dominated by Applebee's, TGIF, and Pizza Hut, and these are cable national.
So, commonly, people from the interior such as a from Ohio, eat game meat, but turned the nose to liver, hardly eat seafood, until post college brought him out of the interior.
Sushi has been popularized by the Fuzhounese, and this gives those timid offspring of the GI Billers, and their children, more variety. That is because the Fuzhounese, like the cantonese before them, go all over america opening these places and employing their fellow province people.
So, diet in america is meat of chicken, pig and cow, with some lamb and other birds if you can find them.
Meat gets boring after time, if that is all one eats.
Kidney, liver, brain, beans and lentals, on and on.
So, it is not their fault. It is just the what occurred due to progressions of industrial food development, markets for restaurants and chains, the migration of people from the farm to the suburb.
With that, I think showing others the sheer delight of eating such things as these organ meats, etc, is the key to enlightenment.
I had cow feet the other night.
It was from south american restaurnat, Ecuador. I was in heaven. There might have been MSG in it, but even without it, the mouth gains a delight with this delicacy.
re: squid kun
My values and principles often become infused in my reports about restaurants, similar to ways flavors are infused in cooking oils.
On that note, I think all cooking oil should be infused during the cooking process, not before.
Further, I have to say, no regrets with Mister Hotpot.
鍋大爺 (guo daye) Mister Hot Pot has a wonderful selection of material both vegetation and flesh, to add to the hot pot the is infused with their special house broth or their mala (麻辣) .
Lengua, or 舌頭 shetou, tongue, of the cow or bull, was so delicious, I thought that the beef should have been replaced with simply another order of tongue.
鴨掌 duck feet is best in hot pot, it is simply a shame that duck's blood, 鴨血, is not found here in New York hot pot places.
To compare this with the hot pot at 食 (shi) 86, is difficult for me for I require beer with my hot pot.
If I happen, if future, to court a woman who abstains from alcohol due to ethnic or religious mandates, I might venture to 食 (shi) 86 for a hot pot.
Those things are not strange.
But they remain designated as strange due to Bizarre Foods America with Andrew Zimmern.
Such a show could be called Unique Foods found within contemporary human cultures.
But, the 'Bizarre' sells and keeps people in their comfort zone.
The food in China, alone, has regional uniquities, that some are seldom know about outside their respective regions.
I will head back soon and explore their dishes more. That is 食 (shi) 86.