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Chinese New Year's Dinner, Tues @ 7:30

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Okay, this is it!!!!...We have room for 6 hounds at Peach Farm Seafood, in Chinatown, at 7:30 Tuesday night, for a New Years banquet...

They are MY favorite seafood place, and they're offering 5 or 6 special dishes that are special for the New Year. These include dried oyster w/lettuce,(symbolizing wealth), black sea moss,not sure if that was part of the above,(I was on the phone--I'll have more info when the manager calls back.), but it IS traditional..a dish of wood mushrooms and lettuce, and pan fried dried oyster...They also offer the awesome chicken stuffed w/rice that Melanie Wong wrote up on the SF board...I guess it's a whole, boned chicken, stuffed w/sticky rice..Not that I eat that stuff, but I am a voyeur..

That said, Peach Farm does superlative seafood, more reasonably than some of the other places in Ctown...I would suggest we get one of the dried oyster dishes, a whole fish, clams w/black bean sauce, or whole scallops(another trad new Year food) w/ginger and scallion, another of their best dishes. Perhaps their lobster w/ginger and scallion, or crabs..They do great pea pod tendrils, and we shold choose a soup..

Luckily, none of these things need to be ordered in advance.(except the chicken)..We COULD arrange the menu in advance, because I know we'll have adventurous eaters, and then we'd know what the cost was in advance..The manager is going to call me later, and I had floated the idea of $30 per person for food, which should be pretty easy to stay under, because that's what we paid for my birthday seafood pigout, and I can't imagine it going higher..However, if we had 6 people(min. for a reservation, which would be great for tues nite!!),we could GET a res., but not have to make our choices til we get there...Either way...

I know 9lives wants in, and Rubee...Ben and Steve were up in the air... Everyone's welcome; the more people, the more fun it will be!! Hope this whole post hasn't been too confusing...To sum up, we need 6, or more...I'm doing preliminary planning, but we don't HAVE to choose any dishes in advance...Who's interested?? If you have more questions, just substitute "@" for "AT", and "." for "DOT" on my email address

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  1. amazing..great chowhound minds think alike..I just made a res for 6 at Jumbo Seafood..was about to post snd invite a crowd..GG count me in..Let's do Peach Farm..I'll cancell Jumbo.

    1. I am, as they say, _so_ there. Wild horses and all that...

      I am also conducting extensive investigation of an authentic and distinctly panty-twistingly good Sichuan style chinese place in Brookline for complete disclosure in the near future. I hope to make amends for not mentioning that the lamb at King Fung is gamey before the intrepid fellow hounds donned their best gustatory trowsers and made the trip. :)

      all, always, in every weather, gloriously, absorbingly yours,
      Psmith

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      1. re: Psmith

        7:30 at Peach Farm...see you there...we can trade Sichuan ideas...a few months ago, a group of us went to King Fung..loved the Peking duck and dumplings..were universally unimpressed by everything else.

        1. re: 9lives

          Yeah I know, I wrote the Peking duck post that launched the expedition. What I failed to do was adequately describe the other highlights and numerous pitfalls on the menu thus leaving the group tragically, bordering on criminally, under-briefed.

          See you tuesday!

          -Psmith

          1. re: Psmith

            Is there room for one more? I'd love to join you guys.

            1. re: Lindsay B.

              About time you showed up! :) Sure!

              1. re: galleygirl

                Awesome. I'll be the short 20-something with red glasses and blond hair.

      2. OOO!! OOO!! I am in!! =)

        This will actually be a new experience for me since I do not recognized most of the dishes being part of a new year meal when I was growing up in Taiwan... must be a regional(HK) thing =p

        1. Is there room for one more? I'd love to join you guys!

          1. I'm in, if there's still room at the table. I have missed two CH events now due to work (and personal) travel, and I can't bear missing another.

            . Especially after the delicious meal I had last night at the fab thai place in cc. I would never have known without GG and Rubee and I must bow down at the altar of their houndliness.

            Let me know if I still have time to join in.

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            1. re: Amy

              Yup just changed the res. to 10 people...

              (BTW, I consider it my houndly duty to keep that Thai place in business; that's been a bad luck spot..Only WE can break the spell!)

              1. re: Amy

                Hey Amy I was there last night too, around 8:00 - 3 of us. We had the shrimp pad thai, "pad ped moo pa" (pork with eggplant, vegetables, HOT chili sauce) and the whole fried fish with spicy sauce -- all delicious. The waiter and waitress recognized me from Friday, which is always a good sign for a restaurant, and because of that (I think) the food was appropriately spicy - there was a lot of eyes watering and sniffling at the table!!! I also tried the
                "roam mit" dessert. Coconut jelly, palm seed jelly, and slices of young coconut and other fruit in a thin, creamy coconut milk topped with ice. Very good.

              2. I just called and changed the reservation to ten people..They have some of those big, round tables, so hopefully we get one....So far, 9lives, Amy, Jujubee, Ben, Psmith, LindsayB, rubee, and me...Still room for 2!

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                1. re: galleygirl

                  What name is the reservation under?

                  1. re: Jujubee

                    Leslie...
                    Peach Farm 617-482-1116
                    4 Tyler St., down a flight of stairs....

                  2. re: galleygirl

                    Are we getting the stuffed chicken? I kind of curious of how it is done...

                    1. re: Ben

                      I called today to change the res., and it was all I could DO to get my message across..The chowhound passport doesn't work on the phone!! I think that was the only thing that had to be ordered in advance..Doesn't float my boat, and it IS a seafood place...I was hoping to just order when we get there, but...

                      1. re: galleygirl

                        I definitely want to order the stuffed chicken also....

                        1. re: Rubee

                          Me too, sounds yummy...

                          1. re: Rubee

                            Okay, okay....I AM the galleygirl..(g)..I called back, and tried to order the chicken...The person this time said that there WAS a special chicken dish, but it WASN'T that one, that that's not trad. for New Years, and they couldn't do it tomorrow...She said there's a different one, Fai Tai (sp???) chicken, that I had to order today..It's translated as "yellow-skin chicken",it's a whole chicken and they have to do something to it a day in advance...Or maybe they're just ordering it from down the street (g)...Anyway, it was $20, so I ordered it..I begged, really!! Send a white girl to order New Years dinner..... ;)

                            Ya know, Shark Fin Soup is $140.....There are a lot of us...hmmmm....

                            1. re: galleygirl

                              Chicken problem has been taken cared of...
                              we shall have the stuffed chicken.

                      1. Count me in! =)

                        1. I don't know much about Chinese New Year so I found this website interesting....

                          Link: http://www.c-c-c.org/chineseculture/f...

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                          1. re: Rubee

                            Thanks, Rubee. So did I.

                          2. Just got back from the gym, in my hot little hands is the first draft of the menu..(I had them knock off a few things, and add some others...)

                            Cold Cut Plate: (roast duck,boneless duck feet,preserved beef and pork)

                            Sea Conch and Scallop in a Nest

                            Steamed Oysters on the half-Shell w/Black bean sauce

                            Fat Choy Oysters; Preserved oysters w lettuce and Black sea Moss (fat choy) ( The guy on the phone was thrilled I gave him the English translation!! Thanks, Melanie Wong..)

                            Whole Steamed Cod, we're still talking sauce...

                            Stewed Abalone with Mustard Greens (I am wetting my pants!!)

                            Stri-Fried pea pod stems, and

                            (Big drum roll please!!) Thanks to Ben's intervention......
                            THE WHOLE CHICKEN STUFFED WITH STICKY RICE!!!!!!!!!!

                            Finalized menu and finalized cost to follow..It was a little up, so changes should bring us back down to the estimate..I'll keep you posted!!!!

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                            1. re: galleygirl

                              Oh, and tapioca w/cocnut milk for dessert!

                              1. re: galleygirl

                                Just wondering what some of the options you knocked off were, out of curiosity. I'm thinking of attending and would hate to have one person decide for everyone what to eat.....(said in a nice way)

                                1. re: Nick

                                  One of the things I knocked off was the chicken and shark-fin soup..I was dying to try the sharkfin, but it added $140 to the aggregate, almost half...I also removed the shrimp in mayonaise, a VERY controversial dish that's either hated or loved..I wasn't willing to go to bat for Peach Farms's version, because I've never had ANY version that I liked..I'm sure others have, but it's not very traditional, and a LOT of people don't like it..Instead, I substituted MY personal favorite from Peach Farm, IMHO, their best dish, the steamed oysters in black bean sauce...It's amazing, and they say what you eat at new year, you'll eat the rest of the year! All the more reason! So, those were the only changes.When ordering for a group, I felt I had to keep the cost down in some way, and since I had thrown out $30 as a good number for food, I didn't want to make the jump to $40 just for the shark-fin soup...I thought we get a better selection for less. No offense whatever taken..

                                  In every other chow-dinner, ordering has been a totally communal thing...In speaking to the other hounds, I really felt that this should be a "special" New Years dinner, and not just another great Chinese seafood meal..If any one has something they GOTTAH have, we can ALWAYS add a dish or two, no problem!

                                  1. re: galleygirl

                                    Thanks, GalleyGirl, for the information and I acquiesce to your chowhoundliness, sounds like perfect decisions! (also, besides the cost, eating shark fin can be "envirommentally" inappropriate to some). On the other hand, I will not be able to make it tomorrow night after all, so I will go back to lurking until the next gathering. Have a great meal one and all.

                                    1. re: galleygirl

                                      Good choice - I actually really like the shrimp in mayo, but the oysters in black bean sauce are in another league altogether! Can't wait to try the version at Peach Farm...

                                      1. re: galleygirl

                                        I wouldn't mind paying a bit extra for the sharks fin soup. Never tried it and have wanted to..maybe a smaller portion, any one else have thoughts?

                                        1. re: 9lives

                                          I know, I really wanted it too! I tried, there IS no smaller portion, ( it would have still been $140 when only 4 of us were going!) so it was kind of an all or nothing deal..

                                          1. re: galleygirl

                                            wow...anyone ever had it? is it that good? what does it taste like?

                                            1. re: 9lives

                                              Sharkfin has no taste what so ever... they are cartilages... so if you ever had the soft bone near fish head, you know what it taste like...
                                              the shape is like small pointy bean sprouts (a bit skinnier)...

                                              The flavor of the soup comes in whatever stock it was cooked in... much like how sea cucumber gets all the flavor form the sauces..

                                              If I recall, it is uaually cooked in a broth (cured ham gives the body and saltiness of the soup or chicken...), as well as other dry goods such as mushroom and dry scallop. Then black viniger is added for the tang. The gelatin in the shark fin will give it a slight gooey consistancy...

                                              I have had some impressive "whole" shark fins (the bigger the piece, the more expansive it is..) for a rather large sum of money...

                                              conclusion: TOTALLY not worth the money at all. I rather take that money that buys me a bowl of soup to buy a whole meal elsewhere.

                                              I really don't see what the attactions are..

                                              And then there is the ethical issue. To get the most amount of shark fins per fishing trip, some fishermen will catch the shark, cut off the fin, and toss the rest of the shark to the sea. Now I have no problem with them fishing sharks, and some shark meats are very tastey. I do, however, believe that the shark should be used fully. This is much like the Sturgeon situation, where they are mostly hunted for the roe only...Though not as bad as the sturgeon, some spicies of shark population are dangerously low... I like food, but I don't want my food to become extinct =p

                                              1. re: Ben

                                                Thanks Ben, A chowhound search of sharks fin says pretty much the same thing.

                                                1. re: Ben

                                                  I second you, Ben. Even if folks wanted to toss ethical considerations aside, you'd need to pay something like $40-50 per PERSON for the best quality shark fin to have any idea of what it should taste like. Low quality shark fin has an unbearably fishy taste that needs vinegar and spirits to cover it up.

                                                  1. re: Melanie Wong

                                                    I doubt I'll ever taste the real thing, but I love living vicariously. Those of you who've tasted the best shark's fin soup hold forth!

                                      2. re: galleygirl

                                        sounds awesome! think I'll have a light lunch.

                                        1. re: galleygirl

                                          That sounds delicious!

                                          1. re: galleygirl

                                            We have one more addition, a combination seafood soup, because it wouldn't be a banguet w/out soup!!

                                            1. re: galleygirl

                                              Kudos gg for picking such a great menu -- and Ben for helping to secure the bird and for weighing in on the sharks fin soup. This looks like a feast! I'm just trying to decide which stretchy trousers to wear for the evening.

                                              I can't wait! See you all there, and hopefully at J. Wirths first to get things going (depending on work).

                                              Thanks again for organizing the celebration.

                                            2. re: galleygirl

                                              Happy New Year! Your menu looks splendid, what a feast you'll have!

                                              1. re: Melanie Wong

                                                Gong Hai Fat Choi!! Hope so; your tales of New Years delights was our inspiration!!
                                                ("Those West coast hounds have too much fun!!)

                                                Now, if we could find a good taco truck.....

                                            3. Was hoping to join you until just now, when I broke a tooth on an almond. I'll be seeing my dentist on Wednesday and probably won't be up to eating much that night, so I'm counting on your report for a "virtual dinner"...enjoy, everybody!

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                                              1. re: C. Fox

                                                I can't believe you'd let a little thing like a broken tooth stop you (see, being a vegetarian can be bad for your health ;) ); don't worry, we'll go back!!

                                                1. re: galleygirl

                                                  Yeah! Suck it up! (just kidding =p)
                                                  I strained my jaw (pop it while chewing, pulled something that made chewing relaly hurts now =(...), but I intend to eat with my pain!!

                                                  1. re: Ben

                                                    Well, you've got a few hours to recover, just don't do anything unnecessary, like talking!!! save it for chewing!!

                                                    1. re: galleygirl

                                                      Actually it really hurts when I first start to chew, but after eating for a bit (streching the muscle?), it becomes more bearable... =p

                                              2. m
                                                Ms. Bluebirds

                                                Ok, Rubee has convinced me... so I will be joining. And NOW I understand the concept of "Chowhound", so don't worry I will not order any low mein :)

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                                                1. re: Ms. Bluebirds

                                                  Okay, we got 10!!!!

                                                  1. re: Ms. Bluebirds

                                                    how about "fish belly lo mein?"

                                                    1. re: 9lives
                                                      c
                                                      chief of poweshiek

                                                      Is there room for one more? Too late to sign up?

                                                      1. re: chief of poweshiek

                                                        Can I email you tonmorrow? I'm sure we could order more food, but I want to call them tomorrow, to see if their round tables are big enough..I'd hate to hate to split up!!

                                                        1. re: galleygirl
                                                          c
                                                          chief of poweshiek

                                                          Sorry for absence from discussion. Yes, you may email me any time today at address listed in header. Thanks.

                                                          1. re: chief of poweshiek

                                                            Maybe you missed the other post; we called, there's room, we'll see you there!!

                                                        2. re: chief of poweshiek

                                                          9lives called them, we can fit 12; so see you there!!!

                                                    2. Is anyone going to be in the area before 7:30? I work pretty close by and don't want to drive all the way home and back, but that does leave me with some time to kill.

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                                                      1. re: Jujubee

                                                        I am free earlier..what time?..Jacob Wirth's is nearby..or pick something else.

                                                        1. re: 9lives

                                                          Me too! I'll just be down there looking for Chinese pastry...Jacob Wirth's is great...

                                                          1. re: galleygirl

                                                            Great! Let's meet at Jacob Wirth's, and then either sit or look for Chinese pastry (galleygirl, I'd love to know which places you prefer!). I can be there anytime after 6PM.

                                                            1. re: Jujubee

                                                              Here at work in the back bay I'm in the same situation regarding the twilight between work and banquet this evensong.

                                                              I can show up at J. Wirth's earlier as well but won't know how to recognize you guys. If a consensus is reached around a pre-dinner J. Wirth's time then I'll be the guy (25, white male) who walks in wearing white cargo pants, a black sweater with a white horizontal stripe, and a long black coat. Needless to say, I will also be notable for _not_ wearing a gardenia in my buttonhole.

                                                              waiting to chow,
                                                              Psmith

                                                              1. re: Psmith

                                                                I'll be the asian female wearing black pants, a lavender sweater, and a long black coat. Since no one else has thrown out a definite time, I'm going to say 6PM. Is that okay with everyone?

                                                                BTW, my name is Julie so you don't have to call me Jujubee in public. =)

                                                                1. re: Jujubee

                                                                  around 6 works for me. Good point about the name situation -- my real name is aaron with nary a Smith, silent P or no, in sight.

                                                                  -Psmith

                                                                  1. re: Psmith

                                                                    I should be able to get there between 6 and 6:30..short dark hair, brown coat, black glasses.

                                                                    David

                                                                    1. re: 9 lives

                                                                      I'll be there around 6:30, tall, dark hair, glasses, shearling jacket...Drool in the corner of my mouth..(g)..

                                                                2. re: Psmith

                                                                  Hey Boston 'hounds, haven't you outfitted with ChowWear yet? Granted you can't wear t-shirts all year round like we do out here, but the buttons are an easy identifier for Chowdowns or spotting like-minded 'hounds on the eating trails. Don't be left behind, order now for the next event and help Chowhound.com stay alive.

                                                                  Link: http://chowhound.com/chowmarket/index...

                                                                  1. re: Melanie Wong

                                                                    I'll be wearing mine..and the tshirt under my sweater.

                                                                    1. re: Melanie Wong

                                                                      I plan to pass around my passport tonite, to inspire envy among the other hounds...9lives will surely draw envious gazes, when he once again reveals that he is the undercover super-chowhound!!!
                                                                      (Thanks, Melanie!).

                                                          2. Save a seat for me for dinner, not the pre dinner, maybe the post dinner, just the dinner. Chow!

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                                                            1. re: chuck s

                                                              Hey Chuck s, great you'll be there!!! 9lives just called the rest., we can fit 12!! So we'll be looking fwd to seeing you!!

                                                              1. re: galleygirl

                                                                I tell you, reading all this chow dinner planning excitement, you had me checking my frequent flyer miles and flight schedules and bus schedules but I guess I already promised a client I would be in Manhattan tomorrow.

                                                                Looking forward to the report. Maybe I can guess which table they will seat you at. When you step into the main dining area, to the immediate far left corner. Those peach colored walls. Even if I guess wrong, your excitement is electrifying, I can imagine the conviviality that will reign in Peach Farm tomorrow night.

                                                                Cheers.

                                                                1. re: wrayb

                                                                  hey wrayb, they actually painted the walls this summer..They're pinker now....How do I know? I was sitting there eating oysters; they saw no reason to STOP after the lunch rush!! It would be an honor to have that table; it's the one that always seems to be ordering the good stuff! We'll raise an oyster in your honor!!! Sorry you couldn't make it.

                                                                  1. re: galleygirl

                                                                    Thanks.

                                                                    Here is another site to explore Chinese New Year.

                                                                    Link: http://www.chinapage.com/newyear.html

                                                            2. Tuesday 12th February 2002 - Gun hay fat choy (Happy Chinese New Year!)

                                                              Chinese people around the world will today be celebrating the Year of the Horse.
                                                              The Chinese new year is a lunar celebration and falls on the second new moon after the winter solstice.

                                                              Horse years, according to Chinese astrologer Shelley Wu, present:“A spirited, fiery, heedless time to move forward and to advance causes.”

                                                              Let's advance the cause of good chow.
                                                              Amy