ErinGoScratch Recipe- Northern Southern Asian Fusion Oven Fried Chicken

Fried chicken is loved and well respected across the USA and around the world. Korean’s have a double fry method that makes for great crunch and wild flavor. Japanese Tokyo fried chicken uses smaller pieces and their brining method adds a sweet soy flavor to the lightly coated, nearly translucent skin. My travels bring me…

2018 The Year of the Dog, Happy Chinese New Year!! updated

“When the mid-night bell rings tonight, Let it signify new and better things for you, Let it signify a realization of all things you wish for, Let it signify a year of courage and wisdom, Wishing you a very, very, very prosperous new year.”  Chinese New Year Wish     Just when you though the…

Chinatown Chronicles- Volume 4

“Is it not delightful to have friends coming from distant quarters?” -Confucius Ringing in 2018 on New Years Day with friends and food on a day too cold to do the Coney Island Polar Bear plunge. This year, I brought Chinatown home. We huddled inside and enjoyed good cheer, music and homemade dim sum. A…

Chinatown Chronicles- Volume 3

I learned my way around Chinatown in the early 1980’s by following my nose. I was burning shoe leather walking around the small and curving side streets; Pell St., Division St., Bayard St., all around the foot of the Manhattan Bridge. It was always a fun day poking around the shops and stores that were…

I Started Cookin’ in Brooklyn

A New York Foodie’s Bonafides and Particulars Hi, I’m Jim. I am a big man, recreational fisherman, home cook in a tiny kitchen in my native New York. I hook it and cook it, buy it and fry it and I know my way around The Big Apple. My love of food has driven me…

Chinatown Chronicles-Volume Two

“Chinese food tries to engage the mind, not just the palate. To provoke the intellect.”  Nicole Mones If I said “who wants to drink tea and eat chicken feet, shrimp, sticky rice and dumplings for brunch”, I might not get many takers. If I say who wants “dim sum” it is pretty easy to gather…

ErinGoScratch Recipe- Five Spice Green Tea Chicken

Love good BBQ chicken and want to add a little exotic flavor? Want yardbird you can be proud of and impress your family and friends? Live in the city and can’t grill like you want to but still want that summer flavor? This simple recipe will help you achieve that great BBQ grilled  flavor without the…

The Chinatown Chronicles- Volume One

I love Chinatown in NYC.  All three of them- Sunset Park in Brooklyn, Flushing in Queens and the original in downtown Manhattan. I hope this series provides you with some tips that will help you discover some true culinary treasures of your own in your Chinatown. My high school friends and I started coming into…