Warm lunch on rainy windy day

It’s raining and blowing in blustery Manhattan.

On such a day I am glad that the rectory is so close to one of the best Chinese restaurants on the island.

Thus as I wait for the main I am enjoying some Hot Sour Soup.


Beef and bamboo and black mushroom and ginger and hot peppers with spinach.

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  1. Dr. Eric says:

    Wu Long or Orange Pekoe tea?

  2. Will D. says:

    Hot and Sour soup, another proof of a benevolent God. Delicious.

  3. Mike says:

    Cooking turkey soup here in a rainy MD, with a nice white wine, and a freshly baked bagette.

    There is fog; dripping eaves, melting snow–not very inspiring, but that’s just fine. The Lord is with us!

  4. MargaretMN says:

    Hot and Sour Soup! My favorite. Makes me want to brave the snow and find an asian grocery right now to get the ingredients. Wood Ears are good for high blood pressure too.

  5. Dr. Eric: Tastes like oolong.

  6. irishgirl says:

    What’s in it?

  7. Art says:

    It usually has shredded tofu, pork, wood ear mushroom, and bamboo shoots.

  8. catholicmidwest says:

    Father Z,
    I’m glad you are enjoying that. I’ll have a ham sandwich and pie, myself.
    Leftovers from yesterday =)

  9. lucy says:

    Fr. Z – thanks to your conversation about the Keurig home brewing machine, and my subsequent conversation about it to the family, I received one for Christmas !! I’m enjoying a medium Italian roast coffee made minutes ago. I have only had this machine for 24 hours, but I love it ! My kids all love hot tea and hot cocoa and now we can all have just what we would like at any time. Works great !

  10. Dr. Eric says:

    My wife makes the best Hot and Sour Soup- she adds and subtracts from a Martin Yan recipe.

    By the way, there is also an herbal medicine in which the main ingredient is Wu Long tea. The prescription is for the diagnosis of “fatness.” The Chinese have a way of calling a spade a spade.

    As an aside, my wife works for The Republic of Tea and Wu Long Cha is her favorite. If you call them, ask for Amber.

  11. techno_aesthete says:

    Can you share with us the name of the Chinese restaurant? I would like to try it out.

  12. Maltese says:

    The “Beef and bamboo and black mushroom and ginger and hot peppers with spinach,” looks fabulous? What kind of “hot” peppers, may I ask? This is a recipe I’ll try to reconstruct! The best Chinese food I ever had was in Los Angeles’ China Town–an establishment in business since the Second World War. The food there was just unreal. Maybe the food–along with his thirst for souls–was why St. Francis Xavier set out for China…

  13. The restaurant is the Grand Sichuan on 9th Ave and 24th St.


  14. lucy: glad to be of help.

    This is a full service blog.

  15. Heather says:

    The absolute best Chinese restaurant in Manhattan is Au Mandarin in the World Financial Center. It’s sorta fancy. If you are not able to on this trip, make a point of visiting on your next.

  16. Heather: Thanks for the suggestion!

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