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where to find kreplach?

hilbux Oct 1, 2006 02:38 AM

Hi there- this is very last minute, but if anyone can give me any leads as to where to find good kreplach, it'd be much appreciated! I have a holiday dinner on Sunday evening...I considered just wandering through Brookline but if anyone has any specifics, that'd be a timesaver. Thanks!

  1. peregrine Oct 1, 2006 02:49 AM

    Try the Butcherie, if you can get near the place tomorrow. It'll be a mob scene, I'm sure.

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      grapester Oct 1, 2006 02:51 AM

      I have a menu from China Sails in Salem circa 1965 (where Fantasy Island now sits) which lists "Kreplach" in the appetizer section! Which I can only assume meant peking ravs.

      Lo mein is rendered "Chinese Spaghetti". And there's a lengthy explanation about what "the Chinese Egg-Roll" is.

      Can you believe there was actually a time when we didn't know these terms?! It boggles the mind.

      Sorry for the aside. Not many times I get to use a kreplach anecdote....

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      1. re: grapester
        finlero Oct 1, 2006 03:04 PM

        Interesting story.

        > "Which I can only assume meant peking ravs."

        Seems likely, but also worth noting that I doubt today's denizens of Peking are sitting in restaurants thinking of their dumplings as "raviolis" either (or for that matter thinking of their city as "Peking").

        1. re: grapester
          Allstonian Oct 2, 2006 02:19 AM

          Not ravs, but wonton. When I was a kid (also mid-60s) it was not uncommon for Boston Chinatown restaurants such as House of Roy to list "Wonton (kreplach) soup" on their menus.

          The folklore has it that Joyce Chen christened potstickers "Peking ravioli" to put a more familiar face on another no-longer-exotic item.

          And wasn't there another thread here on Chowhound about non-Italian restaurants calling squid "calamari" on their menus? I know I was bemused to order "salt and pepper calamari" at Jumbo.

        2. peregrine Oct 1, 2006 03:03 AM

          oy, kreplach!!!


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            poho Oct 1, 2006 04:58 AM

            Butcherie on Harvard St. is open from early morning until 1 or 2 pm pre-Kol Nidre, so get there early...not sure if Ruth's Kitchen across the street will have kreplach as well.
            G'mar hativa tova--

            1. h
              hilbux Oct 1, 2006 12:50 PM

              Thanks everyone-- we'll give it a try. A happy, healthy new year to all!

              1. h
                hilbux Oct 1, 2006 12:51 PM

                p.s. that China Sails menu is priceless!

                1. galleygirl Oct 1, 2006 03:16 PM

                  hey have all kinds of frozen dumplings at Bazaar International, and some fresh. I'm sure either pierogi or vareniki are the same, it's just in how you fry them, right?

                  1. hiddenboston Oct 2, 2006 02:07 PM

                    Definitely The Butcherie...

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