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New Green Bo A couple of questions

ko1 Jun 29, 2006 04:22 PM

I've been perusing the menu on menupages. Which of the many dumplings listed are soup dumplings? When people say to only order 3 dishes for 2, does that include the appetizers and special cold dishes? If we get soup dumplings and scallion pancakes, should we then split a single entree? TIA. You guys are great. Last time I was up, my buddy who has lived in Manhattan for 15 years wanted to know how I found all these great places that he's never heard of.

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    Peter Cherches Jun 29, 2006 04:28 PM

    I'd say first go with some soup dumplings, then add: 2 mains, or 1 main & several cold dishes, or possibly 2 mains & 1 cold app. Don't count the scallion pancake as a dish. It would be like counting bread. Or, order more and leave some over. It's cheap enough.


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      wingman Jun 29, 2006 05:40 PM

      sticky buns = soup dumplings

      i'd also recommend the yellow fish appetizer and the chow fun with shredded beef and perserved cabbage (not on menu)

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        Peter Cherches Jun 29, 2006 06:29 PM

        I assume you meant to say "steamed tiny buns"!

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          jungirl Jun 29, 2006 06:49 PM

          i always get suckered into ordering the pan fried pork dumplings too. they're a different shape than traditional ones, long and thin, not resembling dumplings at all. they are perfectly crisped to a brown on the outside, and juicy inside. yum

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            prunefeet Aug 16, 2006 02:15 PM

            Yeah, I love their fried dumplings. I bought a bunch of food to take home to bkln several months ago, and I ended up eating half the dumplings on the subway platform, grease running down my chin. I just could not help myself!

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            jkahana Jun 29, 2006 07:09 PM

            The portions are quite large at NGB. Two orders of dumplings and an entree could do it; but the (happy) problem at NGB is that there is a kind of relentlessness to dumplings, and after 2 or 3, you're ready to taste something else. So take everyone's advice: order more than you need and take the rest home. It's very cheap.

            Don't miss the Shanghai Kau Fu in the cold dishes: it's like nothing you've ever eaten. Looks like pieces of foam insulation that got soaked by a leaking pipe, tastes like - well, just order it. Mushroomy and smooth.

            1. csw Jun 29, 2006 07:40 PM

              Go for the crab meat dumplings. Share one pancake as you would want to save space. I personally like the Pork W. Bean Curd Skin, Preserved Cabbage & Soy Bean dish. goodluck and enjoy!

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                HLing Jun 29, 2006 07:44 PM

                For soup dumplings, order "Steamed tiny buns".

                For something you probably won't get elsewhere (outside NY), get "Fried Tiny Buns" - the "tiny buns" here are not the same in shape nor dough as the ones in the "Steamed tiny buns". They are not too tiny, and are sort of like steamed bao cooked potsticker style...with perfectly crisped underside. (Sheng Jian Bao)They can be quite fillng..probably something you'd want to take home rather than get filled up on.

                Get an order of the "Shanghaiese Vegetarian Mock Chicken" - the most delicate, silky, and mildly smokey tofu I've had. In the summer time, its coolness is a special treat. They are made by New Green Bo. The Kau Fu is a totally different experience: dark, spongy, black forest mushroomy...also good, but a bit too sweet for my taste. Better yet, order "Two kinds of Cold Dish" and chose the mock chicken and another item of your choice.

                Of course, if you like duck like I do, order a Peking Duck the minute you sit down. The menu says "order in advance", and that's usually advance enough. NGB has the least expensive, yet most flavorful Peking Duck. Can't beat that.

                The "squash" on the menu is the young loofah squash, another unusual veggie that's become much more popular the past few years, but still no something you would be able to get easily outside of Chinese communities.

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                  wingman Jun 29, 2006 07:53 PM

                  yeah that too :), been a long day at work

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                    Peter Cherches Jun 30, 2006 10:18 AM

                    Kau Fu is wheat gluten puffs with black mushrooms, avaliable at most Shanghai restaurants. I'm not sure what the sauce/marinade is precisely, but I'm guessing sesame oil, soy, star anise & maybe some rice wine, and some sugar among the flavorings.

                    1. designerboy01 Aug 27, 2006 05:06 AM

                      Try the soup dumplings at Shanghai Cafe on Mott Street north of Canal Street. I think their soup dumplings are the best in Chinatown. But at New Green Bo. If I got to lunch with a friend we usually get one order of dumplings and we go for the Pork Chop Rice (which is one of their most popular). Its about $3.75 and it has two thin slices of pork chops, spinach (I heard they grown their own, but don't know if that is true), ans some brown sauce which I think has some tofu all on top of rice. You will be full. This is a big guy telling you this. Their food is so cheap does it really matter how much you order. You can brown bag it if you don't finish it.

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