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At Joule: Spicy Rice Cake with Chorizo and Pickled Mustard Greens

Side dish of the year is this stunner from Rachel Yang’s and Seif Chirchi’s sleek redo of Joule: nickels of sliced Korean mochi, or rice cake, sauteed to crisp on the outside and chewy within, tossed with pickled mustard greens and chunks of fiery chorizo—then bound in a smoky Korean chili sauce that unites all these offsetting textures into a single declarative force. Perfect with the pot roasts and short ribs of this modern Korean-fusion meat house… just as perfect all by itself. 

Here are more of my favorite dishes of 2013

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