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Lo-Fatt Chow nr. Flemington, NJ

I cannot believe anyone would name their restaurant Lo-Fatt Chow but there it was just south of Flemington on Route 31 (can't remember if it's north or south of Ringoes).

Has anyone eaten at this place? It's in a tiny strip mall on the southbound lane.

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    1. My wife works in Flemington, and has brought home from Lo-Fatt a few times. Don't stay away because of the name - I think it's more about trans-fats than oil as a whole.

      Only marginal in taste. Out of a handful of dishes (forgettable to the extent that I've forgotten most of them), only a shrimp in curry is something I'd ask for again.

      Oh yeah, I remembered one - the mu shu vegetables were surprisingly and distractingly spicy.

      Crap - it's all coming back to me. One of my wife's veg and tofu sauces - sorry again, not sure what it was - had a very strange taste. And there's a beef appetizer that I never pulled back out of the fridge to finish.

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      1. re: fpatrick

        There was an article about this place in our local paper. I seem to recall that the restaurant is intended to be the first of several in NJ. Don't know if they're all going to carry the same name. The guy behind it (them?) is a marketing guru from Toronto. All I can say is that he sure picked a strange location for the first restaurant. I was looking for it yesterday and almost missed it.

        I've never been a big fan of take-out Chinese food. I may try Lo-Fatt for an in-house lunch if I'm driving by but I doubt if I'll go there on purpose!

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        1. As fate would have it, I had to go to Doylestown yesterday so I decided to stop at Lo-Fatt-Chow for lunch (that's the correct name of the restaurant).

          I needn't have bothered. It was hugely disappointing. Although the restaurant claims to offer "authentic Chinese cuisine", I immediately became suspicious when I noticed chop suey and egg foo yong on the extensive menu. I was in China three years ago and people there laugh when you mention these Americanized dishes.

          I had one of the lunch specials - beef with peppers and mushrooms - and the best thing I can say is that it was hot. It was also bland. The ubiquitous spring roll wasn't bad while it was hot but as it cooled down it acquired a decidely greasy taste. The steamed white rice was good but virtually impossible to eat with chopsticks. Why can't Chinese restaurants here do rice properly?

          The name of the restaurant is supposed to be a play on words but, as mentioned above, it also refers to the fact that the restaurant cooks in trans fat free oils. And finally, the restaurant is primarily a take out/delivery place. Even though I ate in, the meal was served in a container with a rubber band around it. I guess they're hoping to entice commuters on the way home (to Pennsylvania?) to pick up dinner for the family. If the food was exceptional, this might work. It isn't. I was there during the prime lunch period and a total of four customers came and went. The phone rang once and it was a friend of the guy taking orders.

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          1. re: ambrose

            Ambrose, I finally made it to this place last week and my experience mirrors yours. I had the sesame chicken with brown rice and I have to say it was the blandest chicken dish I've ever had. The brown rice was really strange, virtually tasteless. I have no idea how it was prepared but they really need to find another supplier.

            The spring roll was so hot that I could not eat it for almost 10 minutes. As a result, I have no idea whether its taste changed as it cooled down. I have to say though that it did not seem greasy, as yours did.

            I was in the restaurant for almost 40 minutes and during that time not one other person came in. The fellow who took my order was very pleasant but after I got my lunch he spent the entire time working on his laptop at one of the adjoining tables.

            I really don't understand how this place has survived. I can only assume that it does a fair amount of take out business in the evening. Even more astonishing is that there is soon to be a second Lo-Fatt-Chow farther north near Clinton.

            1. re: mountebank

              mountebank, I'm LOL at your comments! Earlier this year I made my second visit to Lo-Fatt-Chow and it was just as you described. The food was incredibly hot and basically inedible for the first few minutes. When I was able to eat, there was just no taste there - a really peculiar sensation. I also had the brown rice this time and it was beneath contempt. The best part of my "dining experience" was the note I found in my fortune cookie. It said "you may be hungry soon: order a takeout now"! Er, I don't think so.

              Note to CompareFranco: the point I was trying to make in my year-old post was that this place claims to be authentic but includes items like chop suey and egg foo young on the menu. As for the rice, I was given chopsticks the first time I went there and could not eat the fluffy white rice that accompanied the dish. I resorted to a fork but ended up leaving most of the rice on my plate.

              As for chopsticks, I don't frequent many Chinese restaurants but in Japanese restaurants I find nearly everyone, Asian and non-Asian, uses chopsticks. Of course, I don't use chopsticks in Thai restaurants though I have seen some non-Asians requesting them (Thai people do not use chopsticks).

            2. re: ambrose

              ambrose

              don't judge a Chinese restaurant's "authenticity" by chop suey, egg foo yong, etc. Everyone knows - or should know - that they're Chinese-American inventions just as evryone knows - or should know - that spaghetti & meatballs and most pizza variations - are American inventions.

              You're right about the rice. But remember, Americans can't take sticky rice. Most American rice companies brag that their product is NOT sticky! Good for forks, but not chopsticks. But how many non-Asians do you see using chopsticks? I've been in Chinese restaurants with groups where I'm the only non-Asian using chopsticks - probably you are, too (unless you are Asian!).

              Never eaten at Lo Fat Chow (personally, I think it's a great name - although I'd rather have Lo Fat Absoultely Fantastic Chow!) I understand that Lo Fat Chow # 2 is planned to open in the Annandale-Clinton area. As you and others have mentioned, the economy might not be best for new food ventures so I'm saying (and only me) that seems the opening of # 2 has been pusshed back.

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