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Anyone know of anygood restaurants that make Scallon Pancakes?

French Oct 19, 2006 11:54 PM

I was taken to an asian restaurant in the plymouth area area and loved them, but it's too far away any one know of any places in the boston area that make them ?


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    fenian Oct 20, 2006 12:15 AM

    I think it's fair to say that most Chinese and Thai restaurants in Boston have them on the menu. My favorite may be at Zoe's in Somerville, but I don't necessarily recommend you go there.

    Have you tried Brown Sugar Cafe (a nice Thai place)? They have scallion pancakes.

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      Zatan Oct 20, 2006 12:17 AM

      Lots of them around in Chinese restaurants. I think Taiwan Cafe and King Fung Garden have really good ones (or did last time I had them.....a long time ago). I think almost anyplace in Chinatown will make them though quality varies.......I bet you'll get some good replies.

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        DoubleMan Oct 20, 2006 12:25 AM

        Really like King Fung's---it's a greasy guilty pleasure. I'd be willing to bet that the OP finds better versions in Boston than in Plymouth.

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          BJK Oct 20, 2006 11:35 AM

          I third (or fourth!) King Fung Garden. If you ask me, it's no accident that they call their version "scallion pie" as compared to the more ubiquitous scallion pancake. Somehow it just seems more toothsome, layered with flavor and texture, and goes especially well with the little dish of sambal for dipping.


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        RemDawg Oct 20, 2006 12:41 AM

        The Wok on route 9 in Wellesley has very tasty scallion pancakes. You might give it a try.

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          GrowingBoy Oct 20, 2006 01:51 AM

          Peking Cuisine on Walnut Street in Newton makes tasty ones.

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            Ed4 Oct 20, 2006 02:22 AM

            I really like the scallion pancakes at Mary Chung's in Central Square, Cam bridge.

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              yumyum Oct 20, 2006 10:20 PM

              I think these are my favorites in the area -- King Fung's are good, but when Mary's are on, they are really on.

            2. bitsubeats Oct 20, 2006 02:54 AM

              they have them at buk kyung II in allston, but they are different than the chinese versions. They are not as doughy and are more crispy around the edges and thinner. The dipping sauce is different too. I believe it consists of: soy sauce, rice vinegar, gochu garu (red pepper flakes), sesame seeds, and maybe some sugar.

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                bee Oct 21, 2006 12:28 AM

                Yes, and the kimchi scallion pancakes (I've had them at buk kyung in somerville) are yummmy.

              2. limster Oct 20, 2006 05:32 AM

                I'd look for them at places that serve cuisine from NE China. King Fung's version is good, and i would have high expectations for Wang's Fast Food and Qingdao Garden (haven't been to latter 2 in a while).

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                  gini Oct 23, 2006 12:31 PM

                  I like the ones at Qingdao so much that I ordered a carton of them for dinner last night. They are thick, yet flakey.

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                  P. Punko Oct 20, 2006 07:19 AM

                  Lucky Wah, a takeout place in Brookline (Coolidge Corner) has good ones, that are usually pretty great, but can be spotty. Thing is almost every place I know in Boston has them, but in SF nobody does, and when they do they are more like thick parantha or roti tellur. My experience with places in Boston is that they are crispier, thinner, but with some chew, although if you order at a Korean place it will be totally different. I really miss them. I haven't found a single one that matches the ones described in this thread.

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                    hargau Oct 20, 2006 09:57 AM

                    I think most places just fry them up, but dont make them in house. There is a place in chinatown in a basement that makes nothing but Peking Ravioli and Scallion pancakes for the restaurants in the boston area. They will actually sell you a bag of them that you can fry up yourself at home if you like. It isnt open as a retail place but if you stick your head in the door one of the chinese ladies covered with flour will sell you a bag of either one. The bags are huge though, but very very cheap. Cant get any fresher!

                    It is on the small side st by the fortune cookie factory, forget the name of the st. Another great secret is to go to the fortune cookie factory and buy a bag of the reject cookies for $1! HUGE bag and the cookies are very tasty but deformed, either flat/not bent up or broken. Nothing like the ones you get after your meal. These are fresh and tasty! Once in a while the machines mess up and they get these rejects.

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                      DoubleMan Oct 20, 2006 11:13 AM

                      That's the shit I love to read about on this site. Thank you.

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                        Karl S Oct 20, 2006 12:46 PM

                        Yes, most places seem to buy theirs premade, frozen. You can see a number of brands at Super 88...

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                          galleygirl Oct 20, 2006 12:52 PM

                          where's the street with the fortune cookie factory???? wwhat else in on that street?

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                            hargau Oct 20, 2006 12:57 PM

                            Sorry for the vague directions! If your standing at the Arch gate, facing down beach street into chinatown. You have Imperial seafood on your right and to your left you have that really great bakery everyone loves. It is your first right. It is a small side street. The left of the street is residential, the right has in the basements this factory for scallion pancakes and peking rav. im talking about, a small ice cream joint, a barber, also has a not so great market further up the street. It comes out on Essex street. The Fortune cookie factory is on the corner of this street and essex, next to the small 88 which is next to chau chau city. The fortune cookie factory also makes noodles too which are very tasty. I should mention you can buy the non-deformed cookies as well-for more $. I like the flat unfolded ones though, much easier to eat. They dont always have them.

                            Edit: I just checked google maps and its called Oxford st.

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                              galleygirl Oct 20, 2006 11:25 PM

                              Oh, the street with taiwan cafe! I'l have to check for the scallion pancakes next time I go. Thank you.
                              I've always liked the ones at taiwan Cafe; I'll bet they get them there.

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                                hargau Oct 21, 2006 12:17 AM

                                Yea thats the street. The place isnt well marked but its one of the basement shops and it will say something to the effect of noodle factory or something. I have not been in a while but I assume it is still there. Get a bag of peking ravioli too. Thats all they have, those 2 items. And the packages are huge yet cheap. Its the closest thing to buying crack that most will experience. With the language barrier not much is said and cash only.

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                          F.F.C Oct 20, 2006 11:45 AM

                          I had some good one's at SATO in waltham.

                          1. MaineRed Oct 20, 2006 12:26 PM

                            You can also buy them at Super 88

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                              F.F.C Oct 20, 2006 12:34 PM

                              good tip. will have to try.

                            2. Ali G Oct 20, 2006 04:13 PM

                              As everyone else said, you can get them at almost any Chinese place. Here are a couple of other options. I had a very tasty scallion pancake at Mr. Sushi in Brookline way back. This one had chopped up shrimps in it I believe and was one large pancake cut into sections. Seemed home made, but this is going back a year. I also had decent pancakes at Beijing Star in Waltham. They offer the "pie" style as well, which was what most of the Chinese patrons seemed to be eating.

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                                P. Punko Oct 21, 2006 11:40 PM

                                I think the Mr. Sushi style is more the korean style (or what I seem to get at Korean Japanese places. These tend to be softer, and not really crisp at all. they are very good, but different.

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                                mwk Oct 20, 2006 04:58 PM

                                My favorite version of Scallion Pancakes locally is at Little Q Hotpot in Quincy Center. They are really crispy, not greasy, have a lot of scallion in them, and are a bit thicker and "meatier" than others I've had.

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                                  Velda Mae Oct 20, 2006 06:18 PM

                                  I like the scallion pancakes at Hong Kong Eatery on Harrison Street in Chinatown because they are full of fresh scallions and fried perfectly. Lots of places are heavy on the pancake but short on scallions and these are the best I've had around here.

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                                    P. Punko Oct 21, 2006 11:42 PM

                                    Also, Dok Bua on Harvard in Brookline has a version with cilantro instead of scallion. It is good, but if you don't like cilantro you will HATE this. I love cilantro and these pancakes still taste a little "soapy" to me. They are still OK, though.

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                                      chowda Oct 24, 2006 02:41 PM

                                      I believe Wang's in Somerville makes their own, and it's very good IMO. While you're there, pick up some dumplings, which are great too! (you can also buy them frozen to take home).

                                      509 Broadway
                                      Somerville, MA

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                                        SEH Oct 24, 2006 05:25 PM

                                        How are the Wang's ones on the grease factor. Not a fan of too much grease!

                                      2. steinpilz Oct 24, 2006 04:01 PM

                                        I saw last night that Mr. Sushi in Coolidge Corner makes these, as mentioned above, but I haven't tried them yet.

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                                          tamerlanenj Oct 24, 2006 04:41 PM

                                          Are scallion pancakes for eating as is, or are you supposed to wrap something up in them?

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