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Oct 7, 2007 12:33 PM

chinatown- pea pod stems, wonton soup

i have searched the board extensively and love all the info about chinatown. we have also tried a lot of places, but i love chinese and my husband doesn't.

for tonight, just craving pea pod stems and wonton soup. what are the wonton soup noodles?

somewhere with some good dumplings for him and either lions head meatball or good ribs for him.

was thinking either wings kitchen, king fung garden, hong kong eatery or best little restaurant. pea pod stems are a must!

also would like to go eat around 4:30 or 5, is that too early for places?
thanks all!

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  1. Wonton soup noodles typically consist of a soup stock that might be made with a shrimp base, thin yellow wheat noodles, some green vegetables such as Chinese broccoli, and wontons, which are dumpling wrapped in a thinnish wheat flour based skin, with shrimp and pork filling.

    If you want lion's head meatballs, I'd recommend the braised versions at Wing's Kitchen. If you prefer potstickers, try the ones at King Fung Garden. The garlic ribs at Best Little Restaurant are good, I suspect that Best Little Restaurant would have the best pea pod stems, since they're more of a "full service" (for the lack of a better word) Cantonese/Teochew place.

    Most of these places in Chinatown don't close in the afternoon, so 4:30-5 should not be a problem.

    3 Replies
    1. re: limster

      Won't true pea pod stems be out of season at this time of year? Or am I thinking of pea tendrils?

      1. re: Bob Dobalina

        (a) I think stems/tendrils refer to the same thing (though "tendrils" is technically incorrect.)

        (b) It's possible there's a second crop, as with lettuce, in the cool fall weather, especially if the grower isn't trying to get peas as well. (On the assumption that the cool weather would be conducive to growing the plants but there's not enough time left in the season for flowering and fruiting to take place.)

        1. re: Allstonian

          I just had pea pod stems at Peach Farm and they were delicious. Just a couple of weeks ago, so I am assuming they still offer 'em. They aren't cheap though, they were something like $12 for an order. It was a large platter, but still, seemed sort of pricey for pea stems., but I imagine that's the going rate, as Peach Farm isn't exactly known as an expensive spot.

    2. if you want some authentic wonton soup, head over to hong kong eatery. they have great wontons over there.