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CatalinaCupcake Jul 26, 2007 11:53 AM

Hi there,

Am heading to Peach Farm tonight, have never been but I know lots of you on the board are big fans. I've been reading the posts and people recommend all kinds of stuff...the clams in black bean sauce come to mind. Was wondering if those of you who've been there many a time or those who just remember a great meal could recommend anything. I am willing to be adventurous.

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    mwk RE: CatalinaCupcake Jul 26, 2007 01:26 PM

    I think that Peach Farm's hot and sour soup is about the best in Boston, so if you like that, get a cup for starters. If you like flounder, the Peach Farm house special Flounder (which is in the little yellow menu they give you along with the main menu) is excellent. Shrimp and Walnuts is great if you like Shrimp without a lot of sauce around it. Their Spinach in Garlic Sauce is excellent. The Orange Crispy Beef is one of the best renditions I've had, as well.

    Do yourself and stay away from any of the "traditional" American-Chinese dishes, like fried rice, sweet and sour anything, General Tso's anything, etc.

    Also, I usually look at what the Chinese people are having, and if it looks good, I'll ask my waiter about it. Sometimes those items aren't on the English menu.

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      CatalinaCupcake RE: mwk Jul 26, 2007 01:30 PM

      great, thank you! The flounder interests me, I don't usually order fish at chinese restaurants but know that this is a different story, so I kind of want to.

      thanks again!

    2. galangatron RE: CatalinaCupcake Jul 26, 2007 02:18 PM

      they make a great half roast duck. tons of meat

      1. Dax RE: CatalinaCupcake Jul 26, 2007 02:20 PM

        They are pretty good with the fryer so anything fried tends to be cook. S&P shrimp comes to mind. Some like the giganormous steamed oysters in black beans sauce but they taste like gross and sand to me.

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          chilibaby RE: Dax Jul 26, 2007 02:37 PM

          I agree - the S & P seafood dishes are great. I've also had good lobster (e.g., wiht scallions and ginger) and they make some nice whole fish preparations.

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          9lives RE: CatalinaCupcake Jul 26, 2007 02:47 PM

          I'd recommend any of these...also the stir fried pea pod stems, squid w/ginger scallions.

          They do do a good job with frying..s&p shrimp, squid, soft shell crabs if they're still in season.

          http://flickr.com/photos/61246842@N00...

          1. coookie RE: CatalinaCupcake Jul 27, 2007 06:34 AM

            the clams in black bean sauce are great.
            also loved the "spicy dry fried salted squid" which we rechristened "four-adjective squid."
            we tried the lobster in ginger and scallion, which was ok. i think we erred in skimping on the weight (got a 1.5 pounder) which meant a pittance of meat. While good enough, it reminded me of a less delectable version of the giant dungeness crab dish at Thanh Long in SF.

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              Westy RE: CatalinaCupcake Jul 27, 2007 06:38 AM

              I would have to agree on the spinach in garlic sauce. I have had it other places, but theirs really sets the standard.

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                wittlejosh RE: Westy Jul 29, 2007 05:24 AM

                Love the S&P everything, and the fish with ginger and scallions is terrific. Agree on the pea pod stems, though don't count that as your "healthy and light" item.

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                wags RE: CatalinaCupcake Jul 29, 2007 02:13 PM

                My favorites: the salt and pepper squid, the scallion pancake, the hot and sour soup, the pea pod stems, and the szechuan string beans. haven't tried the lobster yet, but it's next on my list. They also do incredible things with fresh king crab, in season.

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                  jvish RE: wags Jul 29, 2007 06:14 PM

                  If you like Eel they do a version of it "Mei King" (loose translation) that is fabulous. It is not on the menu, but it is one of the best dishes I have had anywhere. It is always a fresh eel wok fried a little bit sweet, a bit salty and sprinkled with fried garlic and cilantro.

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