Koku in Armonk, NY – Asian Fusion and Chinese Dialects at Their Best from Fuzhou, China

There is a new restaurant in Armonk, NY. As a resident of Armonk, I am so delighted that I now have more options on Asian Fusion restaurants. Koku took over Made In Asia next to the CVS in town. The restaurant is modern with hip designs that are comparable to those in the City.  I walked in with my 12-year-old and the brainless hostess sat us right in front of the bar where it was loud and child-inappropriate. Of course, I declined and sat ourselves at the sushi counter and watched the actions.

The friendly sushi chefs were absolutely amazing behind the counters. I couldn’t figure out what language they were speaking and I decided to ask.

“What language are you speaking?”
“Chinese!”
“That’s not Chinese!”

I exclaimed in both English and Mandarin, the official language of China and Taiwan. They then quickly switched into Mandarin and conversed with me. They were speaking the Fuzhou dialect.  I am slightly surprised because the Fuzhou dialect is close to the Min Nan dialect which is also known as Taiwanese. Yes, I can also maneuver in Taiwanese. Confused, I looked up Chinese Dialects in Wikipedia… OMG. This is a moment when having the 5,000 years of Chinese heritage means the world. We really should be more proud as a people. Grilled squid with Teriyaki sauce. Although this dish was in the menu in the restaurant, it is not listed on their website. That’s unfortunate because it was excellent. It was done the authentic Japanese way. The squid was still tender. It was so good that my picky small human changed her opinion on the squid and ate a lot of it! She used to reject eating squids. Salmon roll. Respectable. This is also not on the menu. My new sushi chef friends decided to treat us and made this crab and guacamole appetizer for us.Nabeyaki Udon: Noodle soup w. shrimp, chicken, egg, fishcake & vegetable. Sadly, this is the only dish that under-delivered. The broth was too young. The noodle did not absorb any of the goodness from the broth.

The restaurant appears to be staffed by people, other than the bartender and the hostess, from Fuzhou. They are the friendliest bunch I have ever known in Armonk. They all commute from Flushing; one of the chefs moved from Virginia for this job. They were so eager to please and to make sure that we like the food. They were so eager to deliver high customer service. I don’t think I could ask for more from a restaurant. Koku has great pricing, excellent food, wonderful staff, and a lively atmosphere. Highly recommended it.

This was a completely opposite experience than my recent trip into Chinatown. There was no belittling of me, click here to read my Chinatown post.  Koku’s people are young, vibrant and want to do the best they can. Chinatown is of the past and Asian Fusion in Armonk represents the future!

This experience took place at

Koku
454 Main St
Armonk, NY 10504
Phone:(914) 730-0077

Fujinoya in Hartsdale, NY – Take Two, Chef’s Special

Fujinoya in Hartsdale is a great Japanese restaurant. Hands down no questions asked. It is authentic and the food across the board is made with care and high standards. I frequent this restaurant and this is the second post on Fujinoya. To read the last post, click here.

This time, we asked for the chef’s special on sashimi and sushi which is depicted below.

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The list of fish Chef chose from to create the special for us.

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Every piece of sashimi and sushi was beautifully cut, fresh, delicate, and harmonized with the rest of the dish. Perfect meal. Highly recommend it.

This experience took place at

Fujinoya Restaurant

26 S Central Ave, Hartsdale, NY 10530
(914) 428-1203

Fujinoya in Hartsdale NY – Tastes Like Asia

Exactly three weeks after I returned from Taiwan, I went to Fujinoya in Hartsdale, NY. This is a small place that always has a long line (45 mins+) for lunch on Saturdays. They don’t take reservations. I was lucky this past Sat and the food did not disappoint. The dishes taste like they should in Asia! 🙂 It really made me smile.  Happy twirl!

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This is my cold soba noodles with tempura. The soba and the shrimp tempura were good. I did not care for the vegetable tempura. It was a little too greasy for me.

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This is the Nabeyaki Udon, my goto. Always good, hot, and yummy. Look at the egg! The broth was authentic and delicious.

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This is the salmon carpaccio.

I highly recommend this Japanese restaurant. I go there often and they are always consistent. The sushi chefs never speak English and I have seen the owner shop at the local Japanese grocery store.  I cannot say enough good things about this place.  Really happy that it did not disappoint.  Two thumbs up!

This experience took place at

Fujinoya Restaurant
26 South Central Avenue
Hartsdale, NY 10530
Phone: 914-428-1203

Most Favorite Tonkatsu Place, 日式豬排

Purple and white rice. 紫米和越光米。When I asked the lady what 紫米 is because I simply repeated her pronunciation of the phrase without comprehending it, she looked at me stunned and said, “purple colored rice.” Felt illiterate.

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Tea to pour onto the purple rice, mixing in a sour plum and a small spoon full of wasabi into the saucy concoction.Tonkatsu is served on a hot plate of sizzling hot cabbage, garnished with shredded nori.  Miso soup with kombu and picked 小黃瓜 on the side to complete the ensemble.

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Picked dikon as an appetizer.

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Sesame seeds that you grind at the table to add to the Tonkatsu sauce.

This experience took place at the 九州杏子日式豬排日本餐廳 at 106, Section 3, Zhongxiao East Rd, 300號10樓, Taipei. 02 8772 9822