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Abadan_lady Jan 6, 2006 09:10 AM

Has anyone tried Gan Asia and if yes what would you recomend? ( also I hear that they serve Thai food, has anyone tried their Thai dishes? )

Thank you

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    sarah RE: Abadan_lady Jan 6, 2006 09:18 AM

    Most of the food is pretty good. It does have a tendency to be too sweet though. The cold sesame noodles and the sweet & sour dishes are particularly cloying.

    it isn't quite up the the par of treif szechuan valley (b'way between say 94th & 102nd) but not bad.

    restaurants...but it isn't bad

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      Abadan_lady RE: sarah Jan 9, 2006 02:53 PM

      Thank you everyone for your reccomendations. Unfortunately, I didn't
      realize that you can't eat there... (that kinda sucks!) But maybe if I'm
      hanging out in the area one of these days I'll pick up some the stuff you guys reccomended.

      Thanks for your responces everyone!

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      Debbie RE: Abadan_lady Jan 6, 2006 10:56 AM

      It's the most reliable (and reasonably priced) kosher Asian food I know of. Lunch specials are a real bargain, but regular menu is fairly priced

      Favorites I have ordered:
      Hot and sour soup--very good, usually not too overly thickened with corn starch
      Moo shoo beef (nice and dry, not greasy)
      Orange chicken/sesame chicken/General Chow's chicken--all pretty much the same--chunks of deep fried chicken in a sweet and spicy sauce with about 2 pieces of broccoli for garnish. Good when you're in that mood...
      Thai food--the red curry with beef is my favorite

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        masteraleph RE: Debbie Oct 20, 2009 06:06 PM

        I don't think I'd call it reasonably priced at this point- many of the entrees are $17-18, which is up substantially from what they were even a few years ago (I'm talking up a good $5 in the last 3 or so years).

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          craigcep RE: masteraleph Oct 21, 2009 05:00 PM

          I didn't realize how expensive it was until I checked out the menu. Wow. For a place that only does take-out/delivery, it is way too expensive, even given the kosher and Manhattan price bumps.

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        matzohrella RE: Abadan_lady Jan 6, 2006 11:16 AM

        gan asia is the best of its kind in the area. much better than esti hana and eden wok (not really a difficult feat).

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          Tamar RE: Abadan_lady Jan 7, 2006 07:29 PM

          Gan Asia was a staple of mine and other kosher students while at Barnard/Columbia. Their food is amazing but the unfortunate part is that it is take out only. They have pretty quick delivery to the area however and their web-site is gotothegan.com .

          Some Thai favourites include Cashew Chicken and Basil Chicken. (I guess the Thai part is their "sweet Thai sauce" but I personally don't like other dishes with peanut based sauces.) Friends of mine would get Singapore or Drunk Man noodles and Volcanic Chicken. The mei fun noodle dishes were also pretty good.

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            Lilsysweety RE: Tamar Jan 7, 2006 10:22 PM

            It is good for American style Asian food. But if you are used to authentic style, or even non food court Asian food, you may find it very boring. Basically if you ask for the spicy, all they do is add red chile flakes. I would call it average. It's good for kosher Asian, but if your non kosher friends eat in China town, this is not the place for them.

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            Lindy RE: Abadan_lady Jan 27, 2006 01:50 PM

            It's very average. Estihana is far far better!

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              addam RE: Abadan_lady Oct 17, 2009 04:53 PM

              Just apologizing on behalf of my friend who after eating his entire dish, bowl clean, called up the place to complain about the dish. I had the same dish, pad thai chicken, I have it every week, I never have an issue with this place, great food, fast delivery, their delivery guys never bitch about the amount of tip. They apologized right away, very civilized, and very nicely explained themselves, they told him, they wouldn't mind giving him something else, but they need to have the original food back, because they had instances in the past, where people have lied to get free food. (same here!) my friend is a jackass. --- once more sorry to the Gan people - I love your food, just my friend is an idiot! ( I will Try to post this as many places as I can, I am greatly sorry.)

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                addam RE: Abadan_lady Oct 17, 2009 04:57 PM

                It's good food, very fast delivery - I get delivery after 1030pm twice a week, I pay with my cc they have it to me in 20 mins usually. The best is that their delivery guys don't bitch about the amount tip I give them. sometimes I tip a dollar, but usually 4-5 bucks.

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