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Dec 21, 2007 04:50 PM

Nancy Chang - Worcester- A Treat!

Went with a group for lunch at this Worcester Chinese restaurant..rarely mentioned on this board. It is housed in a beautiful old brick mill building that has been very nicely renovated. Exposed brick, weathered exposed beamss. They tout their healthy approach, with good quality oils and ingredients, and have a wealth of options for vegetarians and vegans alike.

They have a lunch buffet, but we opted to order off the menu. We split scallion pies and crab rangoon (a guilty pleasure!). Both were outstanding. Scallion pie very generous in size, nice thickness, not too greasy with just enough green onion bits. Crab rangoon had a nice amount of real crab, also expertly fried. I had to flag the waitress down to bring along dipping sauces, but she responded quickly once I asked.

The Hot and Sour soup with my lunch special was one of the best I've had. I ordered dry sauteed green beans, and asked for some fried tofu to be thrown in. The dish was a bit bland, and not really dry...more like in a dark oyster sauce. Nonetheless tasty, with ample amounts of long fried tofu pieces that had a nice custardy center. Served with brown rice, as requested. Other dishes on the table looked equally good, and we all left with half our food in takeout containers.

All in all a really wonderful experience, best Chinese I've had in the Worcester area. It would be nice to see it get more play on this board....check it out!

nancy chang
worcester, ma, worcester, ma

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  1. Given the somewhat frequent requests for good ethnic food in Worcester, I'm surprised no one has responded to this........anyone? (Forgive me for bumping this up, but I'm REALLY curious)


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    1. re: Science Chick

      I've been to Nancy Chang's a handful of times and they are definitely one of the best in the Worcester area for Chinese. At the same time, I was never blown away either, and while I love the fact that they try to make everything healthy there we usually just go to Chef Sau out in Spencer for our Chinese fix.

      1. re: Jeremy01506

        Chef Sau is killer for the area! Nancy Chang is over-priced (in my previously posted experience) and just okay. $16 for a vegetarian entree at a Chinese place in Worcester is steep.

      2. re: Science Chick

        I have to agree w/ Jeremy -- it's OK but I've never thought it was wonderful. Believe it or not, I think the best Chinese food I've found in Worcester is Dragon Dynasty, a take-out place on Highland Street across from Tortilla Sam's. You see lots of people stocking up on pu-pu platter material there, but if you order well and tell them you like spicy food, they do a very nice job. Extremely generous servings at a very low price, too.

      3. I just ate at the buffet. Very mediocre, limited, and bland. The General Gau's had a strange taste, too, but my kids liked the chicken wings. I think that big buffet place (I forget the name) down by Webster Sq. is better than this.

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        1. re: Dinsdale45

          We didn't try the buffet, and I tend to shy away from them as a rule. If you are willing to give it another try, I'd order off the menu.

          1. re: Dinsdale45

            You mean Tin Tin Buffet, next to Commerce Bank? I LOVE that place, used to frequent it all the time for "take-out" (pay-per-pound style) when I lived in Worcester. If you mean the other buffet next to Pep Boy's, I always found their selection to be larger but the food was of lower quality and usually looked like it had already sat out too long!

          2. Did nancy have a place out in Westboro a few years back? It was a small white house, if I remember correctly. Food was great.
            I think she even taught Chinese cooking at one point.

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            1. re: Westy

              We went to Nancy Chang's once, didn't make a big impression though. I do remember liking the building it's in!

            2. I have to say that I just received perhaps the worst take out meal I have ever had. nancy chang will never get a dollar from me again and I am going to post on every single food review web page I can think of.

              my lemon chicken was just giant piece of fried rubber. the salad had cheap tasteless tomatoes with crappy dressing one can get out of a bottle at price chopper. The soup had nearly no shrimp even though it was $8. I am horrified that they advertise themsevles as a high end, healthy chinese food establishment because this was one of the worst meals I've ever had. I had to throw it out because it was so horrible.

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              1. re: nkb

                I had to find a thread for Nancy Chang's after eating there last weekend. Wow this place has really gone downhill. There was a time when you knew what you were paying the extra money for, but it appears now that they are just coasting by on old reputation.

                Many of our chicken and beef dishes were just coated with a thick, salty sauce that you could get at any take out place. They somehow managed to make the crab rangoons taste horrible too, which almost seems hard to mess up. I shouldve known something was up when I pulled up to a half empty parking lot on a Saturday night. Next time, I'll just stick with Harvest Moon!

                1. re: hoffa2651

                  Thanks for the heads up.....what a shame. It sounds like it's changed alot since I posted almost 3 years ago. Haven't been since then......where is Harvest Moon?

                  1. re: Science Chick

                    I dont know what happened-it used to be fantastic just like your post descrbed it.

                    Harvest Moon is nothing special. Just a hole in the wall place on gold star blvd. Pretty affordable and really good for Chinese takeout

              2. I have found the food at Nancy Chang's to be pretty bland and boring.

                I have been trying to find a Chinese food fix...I live in Sturbridge, and there is a cheap buffet place, which is only for emergencies, the Dynasty in Southbridge, which isn't anywhere near as good as the Peking Chef it replaced...and I haven't been to Chef Sau in years, so I'm interested to read that folks still like it. I kind of hate to bring take out all the way home from Worcester, where I work, because after a half an hour...well, everything ends up overcooked and mushy, even if it started out ok.

                Chef Sau, eh....might have to go there tonight.

                Nancy Chang Restaurant
                372 Chandler St, Worcester, MA 01602

                Chef Sau Restaurant
                148 Main St Ste 1, Spencer, MA 01562

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                1. re: Altaira

                  Worcester really has nothing in the Chinese food realm that stands out any more IMO. There are mediocre buffets where you are sure to get 'value', but for real quality I have found that you need to go to MetroWest to find the outstanding stuff (Szechuan Gourmet in Framingham comes to mind). I'm disappointed to hear about Nancy Chang's, but even Chef Sau is not nearly as good as it was years back...and it may still be the best option out there! Every time we order there, I find simple things like their Spring Rolls to be drowning in oil to the point that they're almost inedible.

                  At this point, if I want quality Asian cuisine I lean towards Thai food. Restaurants like Thai House in East Brookfield and Thai Place in Sturbridge easily trump the buffet mentality that most Chinese restaurants have shifted to in order to survive.

                  Did I mention that the horrific Buffet place in the Big Y plaza in Spencer has changed owners and has a new name (and hints of a Japanese style)? Of course they're still buffet though.....