The WSJ blog, Metropolis reported about how cupcake places are still all the rage despite a down economy. They cite the expansion of CRUMBS, and smaller bakeries like Butter Lane doubling their employee count. Meanwhile, the Planet Money blog wishes that all of this is just part of a big cupcake bubble. Just like a housing bubble I guess. And then one day it'll burst and we'll have legislation to guard against future craziness in cupcake exuberance. Why can't we have like a cool bubble? We have cupcakes. We have bacon. But I want something that Chinese restaurants would make because then it can be a savory thing and also cheap. Bacon is not cheap anymore and cupcakes cannot substitute for regular food 3 out of 7 days. I want a pork chop or a fried chicken leg bubble. Who's working on that?
The Fried Chicken Leg over rice at Excellent Pork Chop House is the bomb. They serve it with some minced pork sauce and pickled mustard greens. Seriously, that stuff makes rice taste so good. Very addictive too. You could probably cure skin cancer if you rubbed it all over yourself.
The classic is of course, pork chop over rice. I think it's an excellent pork chop, but I also grew up eating this stuff. Maybe you didn't and prefer big juicy pork chops without five spice powder. I like both. Some people prefer the Wah Mei pork chops, but I like the Excellent Pork Chop House version because the five spice comes through more. Also, since you can actually sit down in EPCH, it's better when you wanna escape the heat and relax while you eat your pork chop.
You should finish your meal with some Taiwanese shaved ice. Serious Eats talked about their shaved ice briefly during their roundup. And it scored as the best one in Manhattan. I think it's pretty decent. The ice isn't shaved fine as snow, so it has a little crunch to it. We got some sort of jellow, red beans, and condensed milk for the topping. It's a great way to escape the heat.
See, why can't the city see an uptick in fried pork chop or chicken leg places? Or Taiwanese shaved ice? Come on people, the margins has to be better than gelato or ice cream. There's no milk, eggs, or cream involved! The main ingredient is frozen water. Someone has to get on this shit ASAP.
Excellent Pork Chop House
3 Doyers St.
New York, NY 10013
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