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thegolferbitch Mar 23, 2007 10:30 AM

I am staying at a hotel near the Mall of New Hampshire tonight....where is the best place for me to get some good, quick Chinese takeout, come back to my room and read reams of paperwork? Thanks in advance.

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    gryphonskeeper RE: thegolferbitch Mar 23, 2007 12:30 PM

    There is a place on So.Willow St called New Yee Dynasty. It is about 1/2 mile from the Mall, and it is not that bad for price.

    1. whs RE: thegolferbitch Mar 23, 2007 01:22 PM

      Chen Yang Li is the best Chinese restaurant in the Manchester area. It's easy to get to from MoNH area--just take 293 to Bedford exit--about 5 minutes:


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        Ratatouille RE: whs Apr 3, 2007 02:57 PM

        Beggar's Chicken Or Noble Chicken (Beijing) $49.95

        This justly famous Beijing dish derives its name from a folk tale about a homeless beggar who stole a chicken and without utensils to cook it, he covered it in mud, made a fire in a hole in the ground and baked it. Some people feel the chicken is too rich for such a story and call the dish rich and noble chicken. The whole chicken is thoroughly rinsed, then marinated in blend of spices and stuffed then encased in clay and baked. An incredibly succulent chicken. Three days advanced notice required.

        Three days notice. That's awesome. :-) I gotta try this place.

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          Ratatouille RE: Ratatouille Apr 5, 2007 07:03 PM

          Well, I just got back from eating at Chen Yang Li. It is across the road from Macy's.

          Best Chinese in the Manchester Area? Well...

          If you're willing to drive a bit, the Lilac Blossom in Nashua is about 20x better.

          At Chen Yang Li's I ordered the Chicken Amazing, because the first time I had it was at the Lilac Blossom, and it truly was amazing there, but I have yet to find another place that makes it so well. And that includes Chen Yang Li. The Chiken Amazing here was merely decent.

          As for decor, Lilac Blossom again takes the win. Lilac Blossom is a really nice restaraunt. Chen Yang Li on the other hand has been there 14 years according to my server and they haven't rennovated the place in that time.

          If you don't care about the decor, but you want good chinese, try Aloha off Hannover St. Their food is just as good. Their restartaunt hasn't been updated since the 1980's, but if you don't care about decor, it's good food. :-)

          But if you want to take your family someplace really special on a birthday or something, go to the Lilac Blossom. Chen Yang Li is like that chinese place you take the kids to once a week.

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            whs RE: Ratatouille Apr 6, 2007 08:57 AM

            That's interesting, because I find the food at Lilac Blossom sort of lackluster...
            I guess it's a matter of taste. BTW, the 3 course Peking duck at CYL may change your mind about the food. It's always available--the first course is the skin served with plum sauce and scallions wrapped in pancakes, the second course is a stir-fry and the third course is duck soup--WOW.

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          lovewine2 RE: whs Jul 22, 2009 07:55 AM

          Oh yeah, Chen Yang Li is THE BEST... in the area.

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            gryphonskeeper RE: lovewine2 Jul 22, 2009 06:21 PM

            I fell in love with Chen Yang Li the last time I went.

        3. thegolferbitch RE: thegolferbitch Mar 26, 2007 09:24 AM

          Thank you gryphons keeper and whs. I actually didn't get to stay online long enough to get these recs but I ended up going to Yee Dynasty. Here's my story. My first stop was a BBQ place I remembered, Sante Fe Smokehouse? They're closed (as you know and I now know). I went back to my original plan for Chinese and tried a small strip mall place called "Taiwan Garden". They had a chalkboard advertising a salt "Salt and Pepper Shrimp" special which sounded great. I walked in--no one was dining and tried (operative word, tried) to order the S&P shrimp. The young and very nice girl behind the counter told me to point to what I wanted on the takeout menu. Well, it wasn't there. Finally after 2 minutes of stupid gesticulating on my part, I got her to come out side to see the board. I ordered it and said "how long til I can pick it up" figuring I'd stop into CVS for advil, come back. She said "45 minutes" I said "4 or 5 minutes?" She said NO, half hour, 45 minutes. Sadly, this was longer than I cared to wait so I just went to Yee Dynasty and got a surprisingly great pu pu platter. I ate half and saved half for breakfast/lunch the next day since I was lucky to have a micro/fridge in the room. I really want to try Chen Yang Li now, though. Maybe this weekend. Manchester's not far from home.
          Thanks, both of you

          1. whs RE: thegolferbitch Aug 7, 2007 06:15 AM

            We stopped by Chen Yang Li last Thursday--you'd be hard pressed to find another place to have a bowl of shark's fin soup at 9pm in Manchester. The soup had that nice, gelatinous fin thing going on, with flavors of ginger and soy. We also had minced chicken and shiitake mushrooms served in iceberg lettuce "cups", crispy calamari with black pepper and Peking duck. The duck was excellent--its skin and meat is carved off at the table, and served wrapped in little pancakes with scallions and plum sauce. WOW. Overall, CYL is still a reliable destination, though the dining room is looking a little tired. The hostess can be a little abrupt, but the waitstaff is very professional.

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              devgolfs RE: thegolferbitch May 14, 2009 03:32 PM

              Chen Yang Li and Lilac Blossom are both great Chinese places, but they are also more "upscale" options and are pricier. If you are looking for great Chinese, go to New Taiwan Garden. It is also on South Willow Street in Manchester, however, it is far superior to anything else in the area. It isn't much to look at (in a strip mall), but the taste is amazing. Best crab rangoons you will find ever.

              (By the way, not sure who recommended New Yee Dynasty, but that food is absolutely horrendous.)

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                gryphonskeeper RE: devgolfs May 14, 2009 06:32 PM

                I am ashamed to admit I suggested it , but I was going on what I knew YEARS ago. Yee is now a total pit, and I would not feed it to my dog.

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                nhkat RE: thegolferbitch May 15, 2009 10:43 AM

                Sad to say I would never recommend Chen Yang Li to anyone after a bartender working there saw me take a bite out of a decorative carrot (what can I say I like raw carrots!) on my plate and then she explained I shouldn't do that because they "recycled" the plate decorations!!!!!!
                Obviously, neither of us could eat another bite and got outta there pronto!

                1. whs RE: thegolferbitch Jul 21, 2009 06:58 PM

                  Has anybody tried New Happy Garden in Northside Plaza where Hannaford's is? They deliver.

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                    Lady Godiva RE: whs Jul 22, 2009 07:14 AM

                    It's close to home for me, so I tried it back in December with my DH. We ate in on a weekend during lunch time. The buffet was small and nothing looked promising, so we ordered off the menu. Gloppy sauces and a lack of veggies (which is a more serious crime in my book). I wasn't impressed and won't be back.

                  2. Johnny Nodepth RE: thegolferbitch Sep 8, 2010 02:47 AM

                    Best Chinese restaurant in the greater Manchester area (circa 1975) was: The China Dragon in Hooksett. The Al Sirat lounge had a section of ceiling that would drop down and a belly dancer would hop off and perform. I'll never forget "The Fabulous Diana".

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