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Photo courtesy of Chopsticks + Marrow
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It’s Kare Kare time!

The Queens Dinner Club’s next eating adventure is a 14-course, family-style Filipino feast at Tito Rad’s in Woodside on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 p.m.

That’s right, 14 courses. Here’s the menu:

  • Appetizers: Lumpiang Shanghai, miniature egg rolls filled with vegetable, ground pork, and shrimp served with a sweet-and-sour dipping sauce; Ukoy, a fritter of bean sprouts, shrimp, and veggies; and Fresh Mango Salad, fresh cut mango with tomato, onion, and shrimp paste.
  • Soup: Sinigang Baboy, pork and tamarind with Asian vegetables.
  • Entrées: Adobong Manok, chicken braised in soy sauce, vinegar, and garlic; Bistek, steak cooked in soy and lemon sauce served with sautéed onions; the aforementioned Kare Kare, oxtail cooked in a peanut butter sauce served with Asian vegetables and shrimp paste; Belly Lechon, slow-roasted whole pork marinated in lemon grass spices; Tortang Dilis, silver fish omelet; Pinakbet, vegetables and pork sautéed with shrimp paste; Spicy Laing, taro leaves cooked with shrimp and pork in coconut milk gravy served with spicy green peppers; Pancit Palabok, steamed rice noodles topped with a shrimp sauce served with bacon, shrimp, crushed pork rinds, and hard boiled eggs; Pancit Bam-I, sautéed egg noodles and thin rice noodles cooked with vegetables, pork, shrimp, and Chinese sausage.
  • Dessert: Turon with Ice Cream, plantain and jackfruit fried in a lumpia wrapper.

The price for all this is $37.50. Participants can bring wine and beer, if they want to consume such products.

Tito Rad’s (aka Uncle Rad’s) is particularly popular in the Filipino community for its familiar food, ambiance, and low prices. Tropical themes fill the walls, televisions broadcast news from the Philippines, and Tagalog, the country’s main native language, flows freely through the air. It’s best know for Inihaw Na Panga (tuna jaw), which features smoky hunks of grilled tuna marinated in a tangy, spicy soy sauce.

The Queens Dinner Club is an informal, all-inclusive group of gourmands who visit a different borough restaurant each month. Because they offer many orders and good exposure for owners, they get good prices. The club’s inaugural banquet was at Tangra Masala, a Chinese-Indian fusion restaurant in Sunnyside in April. Then it was off to La Flor in Woodside for Mexican/European dishes, followed by Rego Park’s Marani Glatt for kosher Georgian fare, and Mothership Meat Company in Long Island City for smoked and barbecued goodies.

The October outing will be announced soon.


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