I have been trying to up my google rank for the word “foodie.” One of the sites that’s been above me every time I look is Josh’s – NYCFoodie.com. Of course, it’s way better than my gigantic WanderingFoodie.com. I think Lawrence (NYCFoodGuy.com) is still ahead of me, too. I got in touch with Josh and he was willing to be adventurous and met me in Elmhurst out at Taste Good.
Pickled string beans, carrots, cucumber, carrots, and cabbage tossed in a sesame oil and sprinkled with crushed peanuts, served cold. It came out on this plate not suitable for food pictures, so I told Helen (the owner) and she served the rest on white plates. This is a great start to the meal and one of the dishes that James recommended.
Singapore Curry Laksa
The Singapore Curry Laksa was James’ must order. My notes say: HOLY CRAP – one of my favorite bites this trip. Josh describes it in the video. Spicy, sweet, salty, hot, refreshing, filling – it’s tough to find the words to ascribe to this deliciousness.
This was similar to the Singapore style but it wasn’t as spicy. It came with this fish and pork paste sandwiched between two pieces of eggplant and fried. Now that doesn’t sound too appetizing, but it was also one of my favorite bites of this tour. The way the curry flavored the eggplant was just spectacular.
Crispy Fish Cakes
I believe this is the same fish and pork paste fried to a crisp outside and served with some sweet and sour sauce. I guess this is their golden gun. How many recommendations have you gotten for fish and pork paste this year? Please, take mine. You won’t be dissatisfied.
Very crispy beef in a peanutty, garlicky satay sauce.
Char Kway Teow
This was just a chinese stir fry. This and the beef satay were the only things that didn’t blow the roof off the mother like the other dishes. They were both very good.
Love Me Tender Beef
I forgot the name of this dish in the video and it caused for an interesting clip. I left it in – I don’t think anyone is going to take offense. This stuff tasted EXACTLY like the street meat beef skewers in Shanghai but had a different consistency. I had initially wanted to save room for Danny Brown Wine Bar and Kitchen (the next stop) but couldn’t help eating much more than I should have here. This dish was amazing. Spicy, tender … I ate more than one spoonful of just the sauce.
Josh is a magician. He has a few tricks online, but watching the stuff in person is cool as hell. He pulled out a few card tricks that were just confusing to Helen and I. I asked him if he’d seen Lennart Green (I don’t remember if he had –link to video). It’s funny, as I was trying to read Josh to see what he was doing, he faked putting something in his pocket and I knew I’d missed the real slight-of-hand that made the trick work. Misdirection.
I told Josh at the end of the meal that this was my favorite stop on 93 Plates. It turned out that later on that day in Queens, another restaurant would take that title, but Taste Good Malaysian remains my cheap eats favorite and was my second favorite meal of 93 Plates. This is a must eat in NYC and should be your first stop in Queens if you decide to explore this fabulous foodie borough.