Frozen Food Review: Wellsley Farms Cocktail Beef Franks Wrapped In Puff Pastry

Details: More information can be found at https://www.bjs.com/product/wellsley-farms-cocktail-beef-franks-wrapped-in-puff-pastry-60-ct/3000000000002467771

Score: 6.9/10

These are just your average cocktail beef franks. Nothing special, nothing terrible. The only complaint I have about these things is that after you bake them, they are not visually appealing. The instructions state to place each beef frank on the baking tray seam side down. This is likely to prevent the puff pastry separating from the beef frank. Unfortunately, there were almost always about half my beef franks were not fully wrapped by the puff pastry after baking, even though I followed the instructions and they were all fully wrapped before baking. This is likely due to an insufficient amount of puff pastry used in wrapping each beef frank.

This is admittedly a minor complaint and does not take away from the product as a whole. If you want beef franks and don’t care about how they look, this will do just fine.

Snack Review: Caribbean Food Delights Jamaican Style Spicy Beef Patties

Details: More information can be found at https://cfdnyinc.com/

Score: 7/10

When I was growing up, they’d serve these things in elementary school and I mostly hated them. As I got older, the nostalgia around this food item grew and nowadays, I’ll even pay to eat one. It’s mostly the nostalgia that attracts them to me.

Jamaican style beef patties is basically spiced beef in yellow, flaky dough. I don’t want to say it’s puff pastry, but it’s flaky enough. It’s basically in the same food group as a pasty or an empanada.

Whether you will or will not enjoy this will vary. If you grew up eating these things, then you will know what you are in for and possibly enjoy it. What I like about these specific patties is that they somehow figured out how to make the outside flaky. You microwave it within the bag and the bag somehow makes it flaky instead of soggy. It’s kind of impressive because I was expecting soggy mush. The spice isn’t immense, but it’s there.

The price is a bit high though when considering that this is a frozen food and frozen foods lack for taste. I paid $1.25 per patty in the package I bought. I’ve seen local pizzerias sell these things for about two dollars, so the price I paid wasn’t that different from the marked up price local business sell them for.

Overall, I really liked these things. They are a convenient, quick snack that somehow maintains the flaky aspect of the dough. I’m not sure I could recommend these to anyone who has never had them before. I think you need to have had this before and know what it tastes like before making the purchase. This isn’t gourmet, it’s just convenient and relatively tasty.

Food Stall Review: Kingwuu

Details: Located at 135-45 Roosevelt Ave, Flushing, NY 11354. A claimed Yelp page can be found at https://www.yelp.com/biz/kingwuu-%E7%B2%BE%E6%AD%A6%E9%B8%AD%E8%84%96-flushing

Score: 6.5/10

Kingwuu are two food stalls right next to each other. One has been selling things like marinated chicken feet, wings and organs for a while (I imagine these food items are more appealing to people from China rather than Americans). The other stall used to sell fried chicken, but I guess that failed. Now they sell braised and marinated meats. This is a review of the braised meat stall, not he organ and chicken feet one.

I’ve walked by this stall a couple times and I was entranced by the smell coming from this stall every time. The food smells damn good. They have these big pots on display where meat is bubbling and stewing all day.

I’ve ordered from here twice. The first time I got the Taiwanese braised pork over rice which cost about eight dollars. You get a big bowl of rice, a decent portion of bok choy, half a stewed egg and a mountain of braised pork over your rice. This was very good, though it was slightly more expensive than I’m used to paying for Taiwanese braised pork over rice. Then again, the portion was larger than I’m used to.

The other thing I ordered was the braised beef over rice which costs about twelve dollars. This was also good, except that the portion was really small. You get five or six pieces of beef and like the Taiwanese braised pork, half a stewed egg, a decent serving of bok choy, all over a large serving of rice. The taste is there, but the portion was not.

What’s really unfortunate is that besides the Taiwanese braised pork, almost everything here is priced at about twelve dollars, which is not competitive when compared to the other take out businesses in the area. Seven to eight dollars is about right. If they served a larger portion, I would suggest they shrink the portion size and lower the price to something competitive. Unfortunately, the serving size of the meat is already small and shrinking it even more would make the meal more of a snack rather than a meal.

Overall, the food here is good, but the price is not. I would come back here again, but the only thing I recommend ordering is the Taiwanese braised pork over rice. There are some other things that I did not see the price of like the stewed tripe. If those other items are priced and portioned similarly to the Taiwanese braised pork, then they may be worth getting.

Snack Review: Wuxianzhai Spicy Hot Vegetarian Beef

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Details: More information can be found at the official site at http://www.wuxianzhai.com/index.php?m=content&c=index&a=show&catid=17&id=94 and at https://www.yamibuy.com/item/1019011241?id=17248

Score: 5.9/10

I was wandering around a Chinese supermarket looking for a snack when I saw this and decided to give it a try. I’ve had similarly packaged snacks before and they are freaking spicy. This was as spicy as I expected.

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Food Cart Review: The Halal Guys

Details: There a number of carts here that are Halal Guys and a number that are imitators. The one cart that is undoubtedly a genuine Halal Guys cart is on the southwest corner of 6th Avenue and 53rd Street, New York, NY. The official site is http://thehalalguys.com/

A number of years ago I came here once under the pretense that this was the best halal cart in New York City. To my recollection, I paid around five dollars for what was arguably the best halal in the city, though not by a wide margin. Fast forward to the present day, and while I can say the food is about the same as it was the last time I had it, the price isn’t.

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