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ChinaTown Reccomendations

janzu Sep 12, 2007 12:39 PM

I'm sure I've seen postings on here before concerning ChinaTown, Philadelphia. I have not been out in that area before though. Any reccomendations for this weekend? Good food....nothing greasy

  1. saturninus Sep 12, 2007 12:49 PM

    Shiao Lan Kung
    Lakesdide Deli

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    1. re: saturninus
      phillyjazz Sep 13, 2007 10:54 AM

      DO NOT miss the thousand layer bread !! OOPS ... that is pretty greasy....

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      Buckethead Sep 12, 2007 01:33 PM

      Rangoon, get the house noodles.

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        sailbadthesinner Sep 13, 2007 07:25 AM

        Lee How Fook, Sang Kee

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          Gertie McDowell Sep 15, 2007 07:53 AM

          Seconded: Lee How Fook and Shiao Lan Kung.

          1. arizonagirl Sep 15, 2007 08:06 AM

            Rangoon and the Imperial Inn are my 2 favorites


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              cwdonald Sep 15, 2007 04:35 PM

              I second the Lakeside Deli for Dim Sum (its a la carte.. not steam carts.. pun intended)

              Szechuan Tasty House is the other great option in Chinatown.

              Rangoon which has been sighted is NOT chinese, but rather Burmese. It is wonderful.

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                MothaTucker Sep 17, 2007 05:45 AM

                What do you guys and gals order from Lee How Fook? Do they have something that can't be missed?

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                1. re: MothaTucker
                  Gertie McDowell Sep 17, 2007 06:52 PM

                  My favorites are salt baked squid, chicken hot pot, and sui mai (sp?) dumplings. Oh, and duck noodle soup. And steamed whole fish. Mmmm.

                  1. re: Gertie McDowell
                    pamd Sep 18, 2007 07:25 AM

                    hot & sour soup is amazing! Fried rice is huge portion & great! I enjoy ma po tofu & hot pots

                  2. re: MothaTucker
                    jessicheese Sep 20, 2007 07:03 AM

                    Their wonton soup and fried rice have ruined all others for me. I also really like the sea bass. The sweet and sour version is insane, and I also like it Hong Kong style.

                    1. re: MothaTucker
                      Delucacheesemonger Sep 27, 2007 12:43 PM

                      Hot and Sour soup
                      Wonton, best ever, soup
                      Salt baked scallops
                      fish hot pot
                      many things eg: pork are iffy but the above have worked for me for decades

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                      potroastcat Sep 17, 2007 03:01 PM

                      Vietnam! www.eatatvietnam.com

                      I'm getting hungry thinkin' about their spring roll vermicelli. It's great atmosphere, inexpensive, fast and completely ungreasy.

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                        baekster Sep 18, 2007 03:02 PM

                        Avoid Szechuan Tasty House if you don't want greasy. But it's soooo good.
                        Ocean Harbor offered pretty good dim sums for brunch (and you know most dim sums are steamed so no grease).

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                          kennedy1025 Sep 19, 2007 09:17 AM

                          pho cali! best vietnamese in town. 10th and arch (i think?)

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                          1. re: kennedy1025
                            baekster Sep 19, 2007 08:56 PM

                            Really? I wasn't impressed with their Pho (the broth was under-seasoned and the meat cut wasn't as thin). If you want really good Vietnamese food, go to 11th and Washington Ave (that's a little Vietnamese strip mall with a few restaurants). If you're in Chinatown, both Vietnam and Vietnam palace are decent not great.

                            1. re: baekster
                              Gertie McDowell Sep 22, 2007 07:07 AM

                              Are you a fan of Pho 75 in that Washington Ave strip mall? They have a new-ish branch on Race street between 11th and 10th.

                          2. rabidog Sep 24, 2007 06:29 PM

                            ooooooh this thread got me all in the mood for chinatown so i just biked down there for dinner! i was aiming for lee how fook, but they looked pretty closed and all of a sudden a summer roll craving set in so that's how we ended up at vietnam palace across the street. we ordered all vegetarian dishes - they had a fantastic selection. maybe we ordered *just* the right thing, or you all need to check them out again - we LOVED it. i mean, it was one of the better meals i've had in philly this year. i would absolutely recommend any of the four things (i wanted to order more but was cut off by the s.o.!) we ordered: tofu summer rolls with a great dark, thick ?plum? sauce, spring rolls with a lighter sauce, a tomato soup with tofu, pineapple chunks, bean sprouts, other veggies, and a flat wide rice noodle stir-fry with tofu and veggies and cilantro. i was so happy with dinner. pleasantly full now, but not stuffed, brought some home.

                            can anyone else weigh in on other vegetarian vietnamese options throughout the city? i think i'm going to be stuck on this cuisine for awhile now.

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                            1. re: rabidog
                              Rondo Sep 27, 2007 11:07 AM

                              Can't really weigh in on vegetarian options since I am a confirmed carnivore, but I can tell you I had dinner last week at Shiao Lan Kung for the first time and it was very, very good. there were a number of vegetarian options on that menu so you really couldn't go wrong if you suddenly craved Chinese vs. Vietnamese. Also almost directly across the street is Rising Tide, which my son tells me is very good also.

                              1. re: Rondo
                                Dib Sep 27, 2007 12:05 PM

                                Be careful with Chinese food if you're a vegetarian. A dish that may be named something simple like "sauteed greens" in English and is under the "vegetables" section very often has meat broth, most often chicken broth. It isn't apparent in the finished product. I didn't know this until a Chinese chef friend gave me cooking lessons.

                                I don't know if this is true about Shiao Lan Kung specifically (never asked) but their "vegetarian" section does have dishes with oyster sauce and shrimp paste in them.

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