Category Archives: Market

Update: New Oriental Market

Can you guess the dish? It's leftover samgyetang broth with kimchi, gochujang sauce, and rice. The things we do with leftovers...

I recently visited New Oriental Market and they’ve updated themselves quite a bit. If you haven’t seen my review of the place from last time, please check it out here. It’s a Korean place I would definitely recommend that is very affordable and deliciously fair for the price. It’s a pretty long bus ride from campus, but a reasonable 10-15 minute drive by car. It is near Austin Karaoke, but be careful not to miss it as it is pretty deep inside the strip mall near the railroad tracks.

Slick and printed, but also higher prices

As for the update, it is still located at New Oriental Market and the grocery store is as nice as before. However, I was first surprised when I entered to see a nicely printed menu on the wall. Yet with the better menu, I felt a loss of their spontaneity of dishes and there were also higher prices. Now the average price of a meal is $5-6 (bibimbap is still $5!) instead of the $5 before, but it’s not that big of a deal to increase the price a little considering inflation and all. The bulgogi, in fact, has gone down in price by about $5 so there is definitely some streamlining of prices. It is also still cash only and $0.25 for a take-out box. Be Asian and bring your own Tupperware?

Over easy egg on delicious bibimbap. If only the meat was marinated...

This time, I tried out the bibimbap I was eyeing last time. It was really good and the vegetables were definitely fresh. However, I was a little disappointed that the meat is not very well seasoned. It tastes like beef, but I was kind of expecting a bulgogi marinade that was not there. Just FYI.

I come with rice to help soothe your burning tastebuds

One friend got the spicy tofu soup (#6, soon du boo bak pan). She enjoyed her meal, but it was definitely on the spicy side. However, as she was my discerning taster from A Love-Cake Relationship, it was important that she deemed it a worthy enough dish to entice her to come try out more dishes at New Oriental Market again.

Can you see the whole chicken in there? You can imagine the bowl took over the tray.

Another friend tried the samgyetang soup, which is basically a whole chicken, stuffed with glutinous rice in our case, in a slightly seasoned ginseng broth. It is supposedly good for you, especially in hot weather. However, I feel like it’s a hearty meal for anyone who’s hungry and apparently both my friends who have had it have been able to eat it all with rice. The soup is pretty good, but also more on the bland side as the ginseng is not a very strong flavor. Actually, the only flavor seems to be the chicken. But that satisfied my friends perfectly well and they enjoyed their meal.

Aren't you looking delicious? The sauce was a soy sauce with green onions that went perfectly with the pancake.

Also, tried the seafood pancake. They also have kimchi pancake available. It is just like the green onion pancake available at Coco’s Cafe (which I will do a review on next) in that it is a sort of flat bread that is fried with ingredients like green onion or squid inside. It is surprisingly delicious, but also on the oily side. It is a good appetizer to split among people and we saw many other parties doing the same thing. At $7, this is a dish you want to share, and the pancake was deemed pretty good. It was warm, tasty, with lots of squid (but no shrimp sadly). However, it was also quite salty and not well-seasoned.

Wait, where are my sides? 😦

Finally, for extra info, the soups are still available and great as appetizer or to fill in any spaces in your stomach. I personally feel like you definitely get enough to eat and I usually have room to take stuff home. The sides also seem to be reduced to just kimchi now instead of the multiple sides they had before. And I never realized, but the New Oriental Market uses its resources well and uses ramyun from next door as well as its crockery. Want New Oriental Market dishes at home? You’ve come to the right place!

Rating: 😛 😛 😛 😛 1/2. I would still recommend the place for people interested in Korean food at the right college student price, but if you want the full Korean experience, you might want to go someplace else.

Have You Ever Dreamed of More Cream In Your Milanos? Think Milano Melts!

Ooh, ahh. You're definitely new around here.

Hey everyone! While shopping around in the college market, I saw a new product in the cookie display: Milano Melts! Yum! 😛

Eager to try something new, I couldn’t resist buying a bag. Oftentimes, I will admit, I eat a Milano cookie and think, “Wouldn’t it be just a little more perfect if there was more chocolate in this?” And I’m not talking about the chocolate cookie Milano’s type of adding chocolate. Now there is a product to answer that need.

Just FYI for those of you who have never tried Pepperidge Farm cookies and in particular the Milano cookies, it seems to be one of their signature cookies that are great to bring to a party or as a small gift to a friend. The Milano cookie is basically a sandwich of sweet oval crunchy cookies (more like biscuit cookies) with a thin layer of chocolate to stick the cookies together. It is a balance of cookie and chocolate, though I have always felt the ratio was more like 60% cookie and 40% chocolate. Now here is where Milano Melts enter the arena.

Ooey gooey chocolate filling waiting to decorate your fingers and face.

First impression: interesting. More than interesting, the Milano Melt does fulfill its duty as having a lot more crème in the middle. The chocolate filling is revealed to be, though, not the best chocolate in the world. However, I would say it is a chocolate that is better quality than Hershey’s chocolate and it is certainly a thick filling inside the crunchy cookie that makes the ratio of taste now 60% chocolate and 40% cookie.

The cookie part is a normal Milano cookie, but instead of a cookie sandwich, you get lots of chocolate crème in the middle. This change of structure, though, appears to have made the cookie less flaky.

So you may see the size of the cookie. Same size as a normal Milano cookie.

Overall, great if you like Milano cookies and have a strong desire to have more crème in the middle. However, don’t expect to have the normal Milano cookie taste and experience because this cookie just is not a Milano cookie. It is a Milano Melt cookie. It may be the overindulgence of chocolate crème or the cookie structure not being quite right. Whichever it is, the cookie also seems to lose a bit of its sophistication when you get that crème all over your mouth and fingers.

Rating: 😛 😛 😛 1/2 for achieving the goal of more crème, but leaving the sophistication and cookie structure behind.

Korean Food…Called New Oriental Market

Hi everyone!

I’m sorry this is so late, but I’m back in Austin and ready to reboot this blog. I am now presenting the post that I promised a while back and it’s full of yummy food and pictures for a new place to try. Thank you for reading!

Super hungry and free for an evening, my friends and I decided to have a foodie adventure and went to a Korean restaurant a little ways up and across from Austin Karaoke. The restaurant is attached to an Asian supermarket and all put under the same title: New Oriental Market.

The New Oriental Market Sign

So what's the name again?

I don’t even know if the restaurant is called New Oriental Market or has no name. Either way, the food is way yummy and the food you eat can be slightly walked off looking around the grocery store part and walking to the bus stop.

So what makes this place different? It seems many a Korean restaurant has been found attached to an Asian market with a counter to order from, a board full of foreign-named foods, and pick-your-own seating. What makes this place different is the food and their prices.

Video Walkway

Video Walkway

Entering into New Oriental Market, you walk into the grocery store part full of classic Asian grocery store stuff from Pocky to ramen to…sake sets? Yes, sake sets, sushi boats, all sorts of Asian crockery that may appease your tastes for a time. There are also Korean goodies like kimbap available as well. Walking past the endcaps, you see a strange passageway of video tapes and enter into a bright and windowed dining room. A huge TV is set up in a corner and you see people sitting and enjoying their food at the mishmash of Asian-looking chairs and tables. You won’t be losing weight walking around the place, but there are little goodies to linger over and contemplate opening your wallet for.

Menu

Menu in both english and hangul. Click for close-up of the menu!

At first glance, the menu can be overwhelming with its many dishes and those that are only described in hangul. There is a basic menu of dishes like jjangmyun and galbi and then some extras for the people in the know (or can read hangul :)). My friends and I were having a hard time deciding what to get. Some of us had been there and some of us had not. I was the “had not.” Some popular choices are the ‘bi bim bab’ and ‘bul go gi.’ If you have a feeling for carb overload, there is always the noodle and rice choices like ‘jab chae bab.’ There is also a nice variety of soups such as the kim chi soup and seafood soup. What really catches the eye is that all the entrees are $5! Including tax! Now, granted, it is cash only and there are some dishes that are more than $5, but that’s because these are the dishes that are a little harder to make yet super tasty as well. Overall, the price is definitely right and you get great value for your $5. The food is yummy and portion size is large.

Carb overload! There's actually rice underneath those noodles.

Now, onto the food! One of my friends ordered the cold buckwheat noodles and found it quite tasty, a dish that would be refreshing in the hot summertime of Austin. Next was another friend who got bibimbap and it looked so yummy! What made it different from others I have seen is how fresh it looked. The egg was fresh off the pan and sat upon the top in all its crowning glory. The veggies beneath were colorfully arranged with the green shining beneath. A third friend got a sort of soup dish that came in a quaint pot and was deemed rather tasty. I personally got the noodle and rice dish, total carb overload. It was yummy though and I appreciated the clean slate of the rice against the rather greasy noodles. There were also a lot of vegetables, which was good since I had been missing some for the last few days.

Egg Drop SoupAfter ordering, the cashier gives you a number that is called when your order is ready. The entrée, with its three side dishes, are put onto a tray to be carried to the bright dining area full of a mishmash of Asian-looking chairs and tables. The place seems to be generally clean and the side dishes checked on regularly for temperature control. That leads me to what must surely be noted: the side dishes and extras available in the dining area that come complimentary with the meal. First, to quench your thirst, there is a tank for water and a tank for hot tea. Next, there is a pot full of egg soup as either an appetizer or an accompaniment for the meal. Finally, there is a cooler further to the side full of a sweet bean soup that could also be an appetizer or a dessert.

Overall, New Oriental Market is a very interesting place to waste a few hours eating and then walking around the market, which is a decent size. You won’t be losing weight walking around the place, but there are little goodies to linger over and contemplate opening your wallet for. The food is delicious and the price is more than fair. The place seems to be generally clean and other than the somewhat confusing walk and bus ride there, this would be a cheap and easy way to satisfy your Asian food fix.

If you want to learn more about the different food options available, some good places to look at are the official Korean visitor’s website or Wikipedia. The rest of the food pictures are at the bottom! 🙂

Rating: 😛 😛 😛 😛 ½ for $5 entrees that are awesome and lots of food options. If you have a craving for Korean, I strongly suggest trying this place!

Here are the cold buckwheat noodles.

Here you can actually see the noodles. A refreshing summer meal.

What a cute pot! 🙂

The Bibimbap!!!