Cantonese-style pan-fried noodles in Orlando?
- Covert Ops Aug 30, 2006 03:52 PM
OK, I always just called these "pan-fried noodles," but I think this is what they're actually called.
I'm dying without this dish. One of the first places I go after stepping off the plane when visiting family in New Jersey is to drive right over to Staten Island to our family Chinese place and gorge myself.
These are THIN noodles, NOT lo mein style (which is what they tried to serve me at PF Cheng's, the jerks), fried so they're kind of crispy and tangled together in what I imagine a bird's-nest dish would look like. Served with sliced chicken and vegetables in your average soy-based sauce, so that in the places where the sauce touches the noodles they soften and take on the consistency of angel hair pasta.
I NEED this dish. I'm so hungry just thinking about it.
So much so that I'll even drive from Daytona to Orlando (because I've already resigned myself to the fact that there is no Chinese in Daytona that's even EDIBLE, forget specialty stuff).
I'd go to Brevard, too, or St. Augustine if necessary. If you can figure out what I'm talking about, please help! (Note: Ambiance not required. Takeout place with a few crappy chairs is fine.)
If you can't find it at a specific restaurant, there is a HUGE Pan-Asian supermarket in Orlando's ViMi district that would surely have the exact kind of noodles you crave, so at least you could make it at home to your exact specifications.
The name of the place is Super Oriental Market, located at 2100 E. Colonial Drive, at the edge of a neighborhood teeming with Vietnamese restaurants, shops, and markets. Their phone number is 407-898-6858. If you love Asian food in general, it might actually be worth a trip from Daytona, so you can stock up on essentials to last you weeks or months at a time. The place is as large as a Publix, and the size and selection totally blew me away the first time I ever went there.
There are at least a couple of Cantonese places over by Mills and Colonial which is more well known for Vietnamese restos and groceries. However, it's a good starting point geographically. You can try Lam's Garden which is in a shopping center east of Colonial and Bumby. They should have it as it is a fairly authentic place i.e. tanks with live fish. I can't vouch for if it's good or not because I end up getting the beef chow fun instead as it is a family favorite.
You can also try Ming's Bistro which is on Woodward St. Woodward is like 1 or 2 blocks north of Colonial off of Mills. Ming's was recently reviewed by the Orlando Sentinel food critic.
Here's where I would send you:
Chinatown Seafood & BBQ Restaurant
1103 N Mills Ave
Orlando, FL 32803-2538
This five year old restaurant , which stays reasonably clean -- as it includes a fresh seafood market next door to the restaurant -- specializes in Cantonese food,
They do have the dish on the menu. At least they had it the last time I ate there. Before driving over, I'd make a call and confirm. Most everything on the menu is quite good. Seafood is most fresh ! I favor the salt and pepper shrimp myself.
Let us know how it goes.
hey! just wondering the name of the restaurant you frequent in Staten Island that offers the delish noodles. thanks!