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Jan 12, 2001 03:03 PM


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I've been eating at Hong Min, Emperor's Choice, and Phoenix, for ages. [It has been at least eleven years in the case of Hong Min.] Its time for me to branch out. Does anyone have recommendations?

I noticed that Lao Sze Chuan made the most recent Zagat Survey. Anyone tried it?
N.B. My leanings are toward the exotic. I'm not squeamish.

Erik M.

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    David Silberberg

    I eat lunch in Chinatown a couple of times each week. My current choices are:

    Seven Treasures (the one on Wentworth) for noodle soups and war mein. Very un-fancy, but good soups.

    Three Happiness on Cermak - good dim-sum.

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    1. re: David Silberberg

      David and Bruce,

      Thanks very much for the suggestions. I'll give them a try.

      Erik M.

    2. When I'm visiting Chicago, I try to hit Moon Palace, north side of Cermak just a little past the firehouse for a simple repast of well-seasoned hot & sour soup, steamed dumplings (the crescent shaped ones), and I also like "laun mein in special sauce" (i.e., hot noodles in a spicy, sticky peanut/sesame sauce). This is not too exotic, but delicious for workaday fare.

      --Bon Appentit.


      1. If you're looking for something that tends towards the unfamiliar, try Kim Yen on Cermak. Really delicious Chinese-Vietnamese food, great clams, and lots of really unusual REAL Chinese and Vietnamese food (chives in blood and other unusual stuff). The staff can help you select stuff if you're unsure what to look for (choose from the Chef's specials at the beginning of the menu for the unusual dishes). Plus, it's a great value, many things on the menu are very substantial and range around $6.--Jeremy

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        1. re: Jeremy


          This sounds great. Thanks alot.

          Erik M.

        2. Lao Sze Chuan is one of my favorites. I hired them to cater a wedding rehearsal dinner. Tony Hu and all the other owners are great. I highly recommend it. You will not be sorry.

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          1. re: Anne

            What would you recommend?

            1. re: Anne

              Only after reading zim's post, today, did I notice that you'd recommended Lao. Thanks. I'll give it a whirl.
              I look forward to yr answer to zim's question.