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Monday, May 6, 2013

Wild Ginger, for four

G and I had dinner with his folks the other night at Wild Ginger in Williamsburg. I’ve posted about the place before. Pretty consistently solid.
I got something new this time: curry noodle soup, which was really great even if I would have been okay with fewer noodles. Great spongy pieces of tofu, though, and very well spiced. Huge portion too.

Greg got orange seitan and said it was his favorite dish he'd had there. 

He says he is a “seitan rights activist,” and refuses to consider it a “meat substitute.” He also got a Sapporo beer but will not be attending any Sapporo rights rallies anytime soon.
His mother got lemongrass soy protein dish with zucchini, bell pepper, and carrot alongside plum wine. It came with a miso soup, brown rice with peanuts and a salad.

And his dad got a spinach wonton soup and an eggplant-string bean dish in basil-garlic sauce.

IT WAS FUN. That's all I have to say about that.

26 comments:

  1. I can understand how seitan rights activists need to make sure that any seitans are given a good send off. Like being all wrapped up in sticky sauce. Lemongrass seitan also suitably respectful of seitan's rights.

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    1. Yes, I think the restaurant is well aware of the need to rightfully allow seitan to shine.

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  2. Although it would be super if G would adjust his cheese attitude, I fully support his seitan rights campaign. Seitan is real, not fake. Of all the tempting dishes you've shown us, I think I want the curry noodle soup — and all the noodles they care to add.

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    1. Agreed! Let's all three of us go there and we can split Maud's "extra" noodles.

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    2. Seitan is a very interesting entity. And yes, Andrea, please continue the noodle obsession.

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  3. What an awesome meal. Do they really put actual Orchids on the corner of each plate?

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    1. Aren't they pretty? I wonder if they're edible?

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  4. Ah, another oldie but goodie that I've been wanting to try for years... Thank you for the delicious reminder! I'm thinking about doing a staycation and exploring NYC more this summer, eating through my "must try" list of restaurants at last.

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    1. Yeah, they appear to have multiple spots. You could even do an exploration of each!

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  5. Oooh, the curry noodle soup sounds so good. I don't believe I've ever had anything like it. Glad to hear you had a good time.

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    1. Yeah, it was really delicious. Recommend.

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  6. I'm glad you had a good time! All of the food looks really good! I remember enjoying WIld Ginger when I was there. The orange seitan looks really delicious as does his dad's meal! I would shovel that spinach wonton soup in my face so fast and I love eggplant cooked like that! Mmmm. I'm hungry.

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    1. The soups all do sound really good. I don't know that I've ever had eggplant in that fashion but I am a fan in general, so I would imagine it's very good.

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  7. I am a big fan of both tofu and seitan (though tofu wins in my heart every time). And I say 'go Greg' because people try to play their hate on seitan all the time, it definitely needs some defending.

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    1. Personally, seitan is not my favorite protein but it is usually cooked very nicely. I'm team tempeh, which needs its own defense fund.

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  8. Definitely adding this place to my must visit list next time I'm in NYC. I need that seitan!!

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    1. And the seitan needs you. It's nice to feel wanted.

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  9. That soup looks amazing! It reminds me of something that I enjoyed at Pukk but forgot what it was :-(

    I can't figure out the deal with the peanuts in the rice, but it's a pretty restaurant to impress non-Vs.

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    1. I have never been to Pukk but everyone raves. I dunno about the peanuts either. I didn't get any :(

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  10. looks like an amazing restaurant!! I'll have to try it...gives me a reason to venture over to Williamsburg!

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    1. There are tons of good food reasons to go the Williamsburg! Hit it!

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  11. I am so envious that you have such a fantastic eatery where you are, just have to drool over your photos - agree the seitan should be considered in its own right not as a meat sub.

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    1. One of many, I'm realizing. We are spoiled. I'm sure you do well enough :)

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  12. Oooh, I haven't had plum wine since I was in Japan singing karaoke in the back room of a small-town izakaya. Yay memories!

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    1. I can't say I ever have or will experience such a thing. The wine part sounds good though.

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