A group of us were walking the streets of Hudson (NY) going in and out of antique shops when we got hungry. Right next to the shop we were in was a funky area that looked inviting.
We sat at one of the outside picnic tables, without even looking at the name of the place or menu. On each table was a checklist of items we could order. Once I looked, I announced to the group to expect really good food as I noticed it was one of Zak Pelaccio’s places.
The flavor of each of the mostly Malaysian dishes was remarkable. Just the right balance of spice (although some of our group found a couple of the dishes almost too spicy for their palates. Not mine!). Between the eight of us, we sampled most of the menu. That included cucumbers with mint in a chili sesame vinaigrette ($9), dry-fried green beans in black bean sauce ($12), steamed kale and veggie dumplings, barbecue pork bao buns (3 for $8) and crispy beef and broccoli dumplings (4 for $9). Yum!
Don’t miss those or my favorites: the spicy eggplant, celery and cilantro salad in a honey vinaigrette ($12), rice-flour coated fried chicken thighs in Sichuan buttermilk ($12), cumin lamb dumplings in a house sambal with Thai basil (5 for $10) and the classic Sichuan dish dan dan noodles with pork ($16).