All The Things I Eat

Teriyaki Balls

By on Monday, July 16th, 2012 at 6:28 am

I often seek out the oddest foods. Sometimes the results are marvelous.

Smorgasburg is a food lovers paradise on the East River waterfront in Williamsburg. Venders from across the six boroughs and beyond descend. The weekly event is a lot like Googa Mooga, but with less music, more food and a regular schedule.

The Mimi and Coco food stand stood all alone while pasty, chunkers lined up for burgers or tacos or other more recognizable foods. I spent a minute watching as a woman, presumably Mimi or Coco, sat turning over small balls in an iron dumpling griddle. Yes, obviously I would have to try these things.

Six balls plopped down on the cardboard plate and then topped with various garnishes. The most striking thing when Mimi or Coco handed me the plate was how stunningly colorful the little balls were.

I quick snapped a few photos eager to wrap my teeth around these things that now smell delicious. The sauces topping the balls are sweet and spicy. The ball’s exterior crispy with soft dough on the interior followed up with the savory sausage. These balls hit all right notes for Asian influenced cuisine: balanced flavors and textures. But they also had the sort of flavor profile that appeals to the American flavor palette.

In short, stop lining up for over priced cheeseburgers and local sprouted tacos, all of which I’m sure are very good, and get some Teriyaki balls.

the interior of a teriyaki ball

Mimi and Coco
North 7th Street

Filipino Hot Dog

By on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 at 6:36 am

The best tasting dish I sampled at Googa Mooga, the Filipino hot dog hit the sweet, savory, spicy notes in all the right places.

Earlier in the day, a friend had recommended the Filipino hot dogs as one of the best foods available, and he was right. Based on that recommendation, we decided to brave the modest line and in a few minutes were rewarded with the fusion hot dog.

The whole thing was remarkably sweet, with hints of spice and the crispy skin of the sausage link.

111 1st Avenue

Fennel Pork Sausage

By on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Sausages were a big part of the Googa Mooga festival like this fennel pork sausage from Char No. 4.

By late in the afternoon, after a few beers a bunch of smaller items like a foie gras donut and roasted spring onion, I was ready for something meatier, like this fennel pork sausage.

This was a fairly average sandwich improved with a thick pile of coleslaw. The coleslaw was refreshing after a heavy dose of fats and sugars earlier that afternoon. Still, it was ultimately just a sausage topped with cabbage.

Char No. 4
196 Smith Street

Thai Sausage Roll

By on Monday, May 21st, 2012 at 9:06 am

Thai Sausage sandwich from DGBG at Googa Mooga

And then I had thai sausage roll from DBGB.

The Googa Mooga food festival featured mostly long lines. After two beers and a foie gras filled donut, I was ready for something savory. My friends and I were huddled in a small patch of shade when the line at DBGB suddenly seemed to shrink to a reasonable length.

A hint of hot sauce and thai spices turned what would be an ordinary sausage sandwich into a good first lunch.

The two rolls didn’t last very long between a half dozen friends. It was a quick bite before we headed off for another vender.

299 Bowery Street