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Page 8-The Michigan Daily - Weekend etc. -January 16, 1992

Biting the
Most students satisfy themselves
over winter break by enjoying the
classic cooking of their parents. While
I still appreciate my mother's lasa-
gna, this vacation, I needed some-
thing more. My family was travelling
east for the holidays, so I decided to
plan a culinary adventure: a three-day

Bi~g Apple
Without an experienced guide, you'll
spend most of your time stumbling
around tourist traps, and probably end
'up at the McDonald's across the street
from the Empire State Building.
One of the most vivid memories
from my trip was not a sight, but a
smell. And no, it was not garbage; it

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the beginning.
I was ready to go with an old
reliable entree, like sweet and sour
chicken or stir-fried beef and toma-
toes, but my roommate insisted I try a
dish called "Chow Fun." I quickly
agreed, simply because of the cool
name. This dish of fresh rice noodles,
shredded pork, chicken or shrimp with
chinese vegetables in a spicy sauce
definitely lived up to its name.

better the second night. In fact, I was
so amazed at their Hot and Sour Soup
that I called the waiter over to ask for
the recipe. I have reprinted his in-
structions below as best as I can re-
member. But I hope you give it a try.
It doesn't take very long, and will
really warm you up on these cold and
dismal late winter nights.
Unfortunately, that exhausts my
culinary tour of the Big Apple. I real-

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selves, but I like them with mustard. I
saw one woman drown hers in both
mustard and ketchup- she must have
been from New Jersey. Whateveryour
tastes, be sure to indulge them.
Another thing that struck me about
The City was the number of sidewalk
fruit markets. These stores have in-
credible selections of fruits, veg-
etables, and freshly cut flowers, and
some even have well-stocked salad
bars inside. They sell all the basics -,
apples, oranges, and pears-butmany
carry more exotic fruits and vegetables
that you can't find in grocery stores
such as persimmons and mangos.
Whatever your tastes, fuel up on
the fruit of your choice while you're
exceeding the limit on your credit
card in New York's wonderful shops.
You'll feel good knowing that you're
enjoying a inexpensive and nutritious
snack, andhelping some of America's
newest residents establish an eco-
nomic foothold in the big city.
I knew that no trip to New York
would be complete without sampling

expedition into the foods of New York
City.
I was lucky enough to have two
great tour guides for my quest - a
pair of friends born and raised in
Queens, who'd been stalking the
streets of Manhattan since their early
teens.
This is my first piece of advice to
midwesterners contemplating their
virgin tour of New York: Go with
someone who knows the territory.

was roasted almonds. On every other
corner, there were vendors selling
roasted almonds, walnuts, peanuts,
and my personal favorite, hot pret-
zels. Two bucks buys a monster pret-
zel or enough nuts to keep your hands
warm for an hour.
These are New York delicacies
that are impossible to pass up - the
smell will drive you crazy until you
finally break down and buy some-
thing. The pretzels are great by them-

the pizza. We stopped in at two differ-
ent pizza joints - the famous Ray's
and the charming Mama Mia! What a
Pizza! - one day while window-
shopping and people-watching in
Greenwich Village. All the places sell
pizza by the slice, ranging from $1.50
to $3.00 depending upon the toppings.
The huge slices had crispy crusts and
the perfect ratio of sauce to cheese.
If you really want to try something
different, buy a slice of "white pizza."
With a crust covered only with moz-
zarella and slices of ricotta, these to-
mato-free pies are a new experience
in pizza - definitely worth trying.
After listening to my native room-
mates complain for three years about
the dismal quality of Ann Arbor's
Chinese food, I was determined to
taste the Asian cuisine that had spoiled
these boys. I wasn't disappointed. Few
of Ann Arbor's Chinese restaurants
can hold a candle to the most meager
egg roll shack in New York's
Chinatown on the lower east side.
My first night in the city, I de-
manded to be taken to Chinatown.
We ended up at the Wo Hop restau-
rant on Mott Street. This place had the
best food and - more importantly -
the best service I have ever experi-
enced.
Even before we had taken off our
coats, there were glasses of water and
tea on the table. The waiter showed up
soon after with baskets of wide, crispy
deep fried noodles and bowls of duck
sauce for dipping. But this was only

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POETS
Continued from page 4
over into the band's live show. They
do a really cool cover of The
Jeffersons theme song and at last
Friday's show at the Blind Pig, they
covered "Sweet Home Alabama"
with lyrics made up on the spot. So

Usually they are extremely
adept at satisfying the audience they
play for. As Lorenz says, "We go
with the reaction of the crowd
mainly. We try to play to what the
crowd is feeling. If they're up and
dancing, we want to do something
that they can relate to. And if
they're laying passed out drunk we

can play like that, too."
the second verse consisted of "Bah
bah bah bah bah bah", and the third
verse went something like this:
"Back home in Alabama/ We all
drive 4X4's and drink beer/ We're
all married to our sisters or our
cousins or our uncles/ none of that
shit matters down here."

After the Chow Fun, we moved to
stir fried chicken in black bean sauce,
the hottest substance I haveever tasted
that wasn't on fire at the time.
The next evening, we found our-
selves in Chinatown again, but I
thought it would be best if we tried a
different restaurant, in the interests of
culinary diversity. We walked into-
and out of - two other restaurants
before returning to Wo Hop. The oth-
ers just couldn't compare.
The food and the service was even

ize that I have missed several impor-
tant New York institutions: I didn't
experience the ecstacy of the bagels,
nor did I sample a real hot pastrami
sandwich. But I was only there for
three days.
New York is a fantastic place to
visit; you can see and eat things there
that you can find nowhere else. If you
plan to be in the New York area soon,
whether for the first time or the fifti-
eth, keep my suggestions in mind. I
guarantee it will spice up your trip.

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