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Oct 22, 2001 10:26 AM

A Best Egg Roll Debate

  • d

I'm voting for Canton's egg roll as the best in NYC. Had one last night and I'm still thinking about it. Love to hear your thoughts and other suggestions.

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  1. Not even close -- Canton wins hands down. I have an obsession with egg rolls, and have searched far and wide for a true Cantonese egg roll that's not too greasy, not too much like a spring roll, etc. The only place I've found that can really pull it off is Canton. Funny that you were just there, I very recently sampled a couple myself. They are phenomenal, as is just about everything else there.

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    1. re: GangGreen
      Jessica Shatan

      Where is Canton--never heard of it. Do enlighten me!

      1. re: Jessica Shatan

        45 Division between Bowery and Market. I suggest a reservation. Also the steak (as weird as this may sound) is fantastic, as is the peking duck with almost no fat and just about everything else I've had has been great. Listen to Eileen when you get there and you'll love it.


        1. re: df

          Does Canton still do the minced squab/lettuce wrap? sigh

          1. re: Suzanne Fass

            Yes! Thanks for the reminder. Delicious!

            1. re: Suzanne Fass

              One of my favorite dishes. Phoenix Garden also does a fantastic minced squab w/lettuce leaves. If you have not been, it's on 40th between 2nd and 3rd.

          2. re: Jessica Shatan

            I'm definitely a fan of the egg rolls at Canton. I tried it on your recommendation and was pleasantly pleased. The egg roll was perfectly crispy, with almost no greasiness. Thanks for recommendation.

          3. re: GangGreen

            "I have an obsession with egg rolls, and have searched far and wide for a true Cantonese egg roll that's not too greasy, not too much like a spring roll, etc. ..."

            How are you differentiating Egg Rolls and Spring Rolls?
            In Chinese(Mandarin) we call the deep fried wrapped rolls "Spring Rolls".

            When you say "Egg Rolls" I think of the crisp and light cookies that are rolled up, sort of like those "pirouettes".

            1. re: HLing

              Most spring rolls I've had are vegetarian and are slimmer than eggs rolls. The pastry is more flaky and less crispy -- I'm not a fan. A good egg roll has meat in it (pork and shrimp I believe), and has the very crispy outside. The thing about Canton's egg roll is that they manage to have the delicious crispy (and thick) outside without it being greasy.

          4. Now that Canton is closed, can anyone suggest some fantastic eggroll purveyors?

            Please help me... I'm stuck in LA where people just don't know what real eggrolls are!

            Mr Taster

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            1. re: Mr Taster

              I really like the egg rolls at Sung Chu Mei On Hudson in the West Village. Big, fat rolls with plenty of cabbage mixed with a bit of roast pork and dried shrimp.

              1. re: tazerowe

                Just moved from the Chicago area and really need help finding a great egg roll...can't believe this thread's been dormant for almost four years.

            2. I'm curious how people like their egg rolls? I prefer a decent mix of lean and fatty pork, along with crispy cabbage. I don't mind some grease. Szechuan Delight in Brooklyn used to make great egg rolls. I kind of remember Hop Kee having very good egg rolls as well. But I haven't been there in quite a long time. So! are there any places that make 'em the way I like them anywhere in the Five Boroughs?

              Hop Kee
              21 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

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              1. re: David11238

                I think Grand Sichuan on the West side is the best I have had in a long time...Well cooked, not greasy and filled with good stuff. A must try.

                229 Ninth Ave., New York, NY 10001
                at 24th St.