restaurant review: simply vietnamese in tenafly, nj

Simply Vietnamese 1 Highwood Avenue, Tenafly, NJ I love pho noodles. Every few weeks or so, I get an intense craving for them, especially if it’s cold or rainy out. The best place in North Jersey to get some vegan … Continue reading

recipe: plain rice congee

I have been sick lately and therefore, why the lack of posts. My mother recently made me some plain rice congee (we call it “jook”) to calm my stomach and help me feel better.

It’s just rice, water and salt. It’s amazing because you can add whatever you want to it. I like extra white pepper, scallions, and cilantro in mine normally. My parents often add thousand year old eggs and chicken or ribs into it (obviously my parents aren’t vegan).

It really helps warm you up and make you feel better. Enjoy mother’s simple recipe.


9 Cups of Water

3/4 Cups of Rice

Salt / Soy Sauce


  1. Cook the rice in the water until it’s at a boil.
  2. Then put the heat on a medium setting while lifting the top off a bit so it can let some steam out.
  3. After about an hour and the rice water mixture looks like a porridge, add salt and soy sauce to your liking.
  4. Add any additional toppings as you’d like.
  5. Serve and feel better!

restaurant review: teaneck sushi buffet

972 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ The first time I came here when it recently opened, it wasn’t the greatest experience. However, since then, the owner really turned things around. Their sushi buffet ranges from $22 (weekdays) to about $24 … Continue reading

restaurant review: mausam indian cuisine in montclair, nj

379 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair, NJ The first thing I noticed on their menu is that “v = vegan”! I love menus that clearly denote what’s vegan friendly versus just vegetarian friendly. This made ordering so easy for me. … Continue reading

restaurant review: penang in lodi, nj

334 N. Main Street in Lodi, NJ I have loved Penang for over a decade now. I even wrote about their East Hanover location in my college entrance essays (titled, “How I Love Thee, Malaysian Food!”) and got into … Continue reading