Category Archives: Lunch

Favorite Fried Chicken Joint: Rudy’s Chicken

If anyone were to ask me what my favorite food in the world is, it would be fried chicken. And if they were to ask me where I would go for said favorite fried chicken, it would be Rudy’s.

Rudy’s is located in the heart of Oak Cliff and the last time I was there, it really was just a sketchy stand-alone shack. You ordered your 2pc dark basket from a window while standing outside. No seating, no patio and cash only.

After such a long hiatus, I finally had a chance to make it back for one heck of a cheat meal. I got 3 whole birds (legs, thighs, wings, breasts) and a fried gizzard and liver basket for my friends to try. Total to feed 9 people – $30. Cheap. Oh so wonderfully cheap.

The skin is exquisite. Crunchy, seasoned well, and quickly induces a food coma from the sodium overload. I always have an issue with their larger pieces because sometimes the flavors don’t quite get through, but for anyone and everyone, I would recommend getting wings. You get that great balance of crunchy skin and meat. Ask for extra seasoning and Rudy’s sauce. *drool* I’m still dreaming about it.

 

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Who Serves Up the Best Pad Woon Sen?

Recently, I’ve had this obsession with Pad Woon Sen, a Thai dish made up of stir fried glass noodles (made out of beans, not glass), a variety of veggies and meat (preferably shrimp for me).

Si Lom Pad Woon Sen
Si Lom Pad Woon Sen

So I’ve been on the search for the best in Dallas and I was recommended to visit three different places: Si Lom on Oak Lawn, Ruang Thai in Plano, and Malai Kitchen in West Village. Continue reading Who Serves Up the Best Pad Woon Sen?

New Pho Restaurant in Saigon Mall Touts Homemade Noodles

Pho is the cure all for everything. Warms you from the cold, perfect for when you’re sick, and awesome for hangovers. Regardless of my reason for craving pho post 4th of July festivities, I decided to grab lunch with a girlfriend at Noodlelicious, the new pho restaurant that took up shop where Pho Que Huong used to reside in Saigon Mall. It was their grand opening weekend.

photo 2 (1)For an appetizer, we ordered shrimp spring rolls. Pretty standard starter and it was disappointing. Like seriously…there’s only 3 ingredients in there. The roll may have been a large size, but it was 95% noodles and veggies and maybe one shrimp, cut in half. The dipping sauce wasn’t your usual peanut sauce, but I liked it. Still sweet. I just really hate it when they skimp on the shrimp! Come on, don’t cheap out on me over one shrimp! Lame.

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Regular sized pho with meatballs and flank steak

As for the pho,  they supposedly they make their own pho noodles(not confirmed, but here’s hoping), which for the most part is unheard of for most pho restaurants and I could actually taste a difference. I am not Vietnamese so I can’t truly speak to the authenticity or quality of pho, but I really liked their broth. It was clear and didn’t seem as cloudy as some broths that are overloaded with MSG. The soup and noodles were delicious and the portion for the regular size is pretty decent. At least they didn’t skimp on the noodles. I was a little disappointed that they did however skimp on the amount of meat they served though.

The service was pretty non-existent, so I’m hoping after a month or so they’ll all get their shit together. All is forgiven. Staff was friendly, but hopefully they’ll learn the ropes and are more knowledgeable about the menu. Everything just took much longer than it normally would anywhere else.  I would come back if it wasn’t so far from me. Promising. Pho was good, but they need to step up the service if they want to cater to anyone other than old Asian people.

Anniversary Dinner at Knife Modern Steakhouse

Knife, a modern take on steakhouses, opened mid May and I have been dying to try this place out. There has been so many openings recently of trendy modern American cuisine and wanna-be exotic or fusion restaurants all over Dallas,  so I was very happy to know a more exciting contender has entered the foodie arena. Finally. Some good ole fine dining. Originally my two year anniversary dinner was set for Nick and Sam’s Steakhouse, but I begged for Knife instead and I was not disappointed. We both loved it. All for the sake of the blog! Tsk tsk.

The restaurant is located inside the Palomar Hotel off Hwy 75 and Mockingbird and I liked it there. Valet parking is complimentary. The layout of the restaurants is pretty open and sectioned off nicely. A lounge-y bar area, a dining area with bar-like seating right in front of the chefs (including John Tesar himself), and a nice outdoor patio with a cozy fire for summer nights like these. It’s upscale enough to be a great destination for occasions like mine and at the same time casual enough to stop by for some drinks and splendid food. I’m going to apologize in advance for some of my photos. I’ve broken my food porn photo rule for you guys. I can only do so much with flash and taking pictures in a dim room.

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Sorry this picture sucks. Wasn’t worth bringing out the flash.

Service was impeccable as it should be. Attentive, polite, and timely. We were presented with iPad tablets for the drink menu, which I thought was pretty cool. Each wine had a small history of its origin and I decided to have an Italian blend to start the night. The waiter brought out their version of a complimentary “veggie basket” to start. It’s quite unusual. There were radishes, baby carrots, celery to dip in their ranch sauce and beef jerky and then the waiter came by soon after to offer up a basket of different breads to choose from. So far so good.

Heirloom tomato, watermelon and sea salt salad
Heirloom tomato, watermelon and sea salt salad

For our appetizer, I wanted to try the heirloom tomato and watermelon salad with sea salt, rice wine and olive oil powder. The presentation was beautiful, and the salad comprised of three different kinds of tomatoes. The savory and saltiness of the tomatoes with the sweet watermelon was refreshing, but you have to really love tomatoes to love this dish. Didn’t love it, didn’t hate it. Next time, I’d probably opt for something more exciting. Bacon tasting, perhaps?

Crispy pork belly. Photo cred: Charlie Lang
Crispy pork belly. Photo cred: Charlie Lang

Side note: my friend Charlie checked out Knife the week before and submitted a photo of the pork belly, which by the looks of this photo is beautifully plated and he gave it his two thumbs up.

Continue reading Anniversary Dinner at Knife Modern Steakhouse

Malai Kitchen is only good for Thai

Pad Woon Sen- Stir fried glass noodles with chicken
Pad Woon Sen- Stir fried glass noodles with chicken

I haven’t been back to Malai Kitchen since it opened years ago in West Village. My first impression then was not a great one. I thought it was overpriced, faux-vietnamese cuisine and at $12 for a bowl for pho…totally whack.

This time, I skipped anything wanna-be Vietnamese and went for the Thai food. The glass stir fried noodles with chicken or Pad Woon Sen was delicious. It wasn’t too sweet or too tangy. You can also sub out for shrimp at no extra cost. I definitely like it enough to come back again. Soon.

Drunken Noodles with Shrimp
Drunken Noodles with Shrimp

My friend got the drunken noodles with shrimp which I also really liked. A bit on the salty side, but it didn’t bother me too much. I hear their brunch is something to check out. Since West Village is saturated with so much Tex-Mex, Malai was a nice reprieve.