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PDX: Good, old-fashioned Chinese lunch specials? (or buffett)

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comewhatmay Nov 29, 2006 05:25 PM

You know the ones where you get soup and an eggroll and fried rice with your entree - all for 6 or 7 dollars

but im looking for a place thats actually good, not just one thats cheap and loads up your plate

or, actually, if theres a TRULY good chinese/asian buffett in portland, id be very interested in hearing about it!!! when i say good buffett, im not too picky - it just has to be fresh and the meat has to be of decent quality (white meat chicken, no gristle, etc)

thx in advance!

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    FoodGroupie RE: comewhatmay Nov 30, 2006 05:18 AM

    That doesn't sound like Chinese food to me. Or rather, a very stereotypical concept of Chinese food.

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      surfer dude RE: comewhatmay Nov 30, 2006 06:30 AM

      Sorry, comewhatmay, other people don't seem to have a true understandiong, and appreciation, of your perfectly good question. I have enjoyed Chinese food in New York, San Francisco, and Beijing, and yet, I often crave that classic American Chinese lunch buffet too.

      I recommend the Szechuan place on Barbur, right where Multnomah Boulevard crosses under Barbur. The hot and sour is good, and they usually (but not always) have a nice broccoli with tofu. Also the General Tsos is as good as anywhere, but ideally, you get it as the guy brings it out from the kitchen, so the chicken chunks are still crispy. You know what I'm talkin' about!

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        comewhatmay RE: surfer dude Nov 30, 2006 09:20 AM

        "Also the General Tsos is as good as anywhere, but ideally, you get it as the guy brings it out from the kitchen, so the chicken chunks are still crispy. You know what I'm talkin' about!"

        LOL - I know EXACTLY what you're talking about! Thanks for the recommendation. Such fare is total comfort food for me.

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          amopdx RE: surfer dude Dec 8, 2006 08:48 PM

          mY family used to Szechuan on Barbur every Saturday night in Jan and Feb (we did a ski bus on Sunday Morning) General Tso's and Sesame beef were my fav dishes there. The place kinda scares me now (especailly with the boom boom down below) so I haven't ate there in a few years.

        2. JillO RE: comewhatmay Nov 30, 2006 07:41 PM

          Not a buffet, but a good inexpensive lunch (specials like you are talking about) can be found at Thien Hong up on Sandy around 67th.

          I am not a tofu fanatic, but their General Tsao's tofu is even better than the chicken. Other good stuff there includes the salt/pepper squid, fried tofu w/shrimp paste, whole fried fish and moo-shu pork. These might not be on the specials menu at lunch, but are worth "splurging" for anyway.

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            jeff_pdx RE: comewhatmay Dec 5, 2006 04:16 AM

            My favorite such place in Portland metro area is Shangri La on TV Hwy and 198th in Aloha.

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