- lilliput Dec 13, 2001 01:29 PM
I'm wondering if anybody is familiar with Tiger Lily, the Malaysian place around Symphony Hall. Any suggestions will be appreciated. Thanks.
Yes, I've eaten there half a dozen times. It was always fine, if not revelatory. I remember a dish with fresh mango that was very good, also a beef dish served in a banana leaf that was spicy and good. It is very reliable for nights you plan to go to the symphony but I wouldn't seek it out otherwise.
re: Julie S.
Beware that mango dish!! Sounds good, but arrives covered with red sweet and sour sauce....My friend ordered it, and I was glad i hadn't...I do however, quite enjoy their grilled sea bass in banana leaf...That's about the ONLY thing tho, I think the rest of their menu is a little heavy and boring...I'm down there a lot because of the Huntington, and I like to eat RIGHT THERE, so our new favorite is the Thai place right next door to Tiger Lily, who's name I will post the next time I go by....
you said "arrives covered with red sweet and sour
sauce" like that was a bad thing. OK, it probably was.
but I wanted to mention that one time in my life I
was served a fresh, homemade sweet and sour, at the
home of a professional Chinese chef: it was really
good, one of the most exciting and exotic dishes
I've ever had.
the trick to "real" or "good" sweet and sour is the
vinegar. the dish needs to be served immediately
after the vinegar is added so it is still tangy and
aromatic while you eat it, making an enticing steamy
updraft that you just have to smell, but which makes
you cough it's so pungeant. You put a piece in your
mouth and you salivate involuntarily from the sweet,
and then as you bite there's a gush of lightly
sweetened hot juice gushing over your tongue... an
people around here rave about "authentic" chinese
restaurants... I don't know of a restaurant that
can pull this off, but it's a painful experiment
when it fails so I don't often try to order it.
The mango dish is exactly as galleygirl described. I hate the food at Tiger Lily. I live around the corner and it's the only sit-down restaurant besides Movenpick that's open til two. So, I've been there a few times: shrimp dumplings were practically inedible, the coconut rice is gritty and mushy, the mango chicken tastes like it came out of a gumball machine, and the Tom Yum soup is just plain bad.