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salt and pepper squid?

Looking for this dish in Chinatown (lower Manhattan) for lunch during the week.

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  1. 9 chatham does a good version.

      1. Shanghai Cafe at 100 Mott (Squid with Salt Pepper)
        Big Wong King at 66 Mott (Salt and Peppered Squid)
        Yogee Noodle at 85 Chrystie (Salt and Pepper Baked Squid)
        Moon House at 67 Bayard (Squid with Pepper Salt)
        OK 218 at 218/220 Grand (Squid with Salt and Pepper)


        Yummy Noodle at 44 Bowery (Salt Baked Calamari)
        Amazing 66 at 66 Mott (Fresh Squid with Chili and Spiced Salt)
        Shanghai Garden at 14A Elizabeth (Salt Baked Squid with Hot Pepper)

        Sorry have not tried them all! Amazing 66's was actually deep fried squid.

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        1. re: scoopG

          My personal favorite has got to Chanoodle's(79 Mulberry street) version (salted baked squid) don't worry there are peppers. NY Noodletown's version is also sometimes okay, but is also sometime a little goopy (they dont always cook it long enough)

        2. Congee Bowery also has it. (and I'm assuming, Congee VIllage)

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          1. re: chompchomp

            Congee Bowery's version is Americanized and cannot even compare to an authentic version

            1. re: marye

              I had an order of if from JM Family noodle today (19 Henry street) but in all fairness i cant reccoment it (WAY too gooey and flabby)

              1. re: jumpingmonk

                JM Family is not good, its like a very bad version of Great NY Noodletown...disappointing as it got some good reviews and has been around forever

                1. re: Lau

                  I like JM Family. It's a solid Cantonese place. Their roast pork/soy sauce chicken is good, very nice roast pork, none of the day glo colored pork they have in many places.

                  1. re: Peter Cuce

                    The Chow Chao Chow Mai Fun's pretty good too.

            2. Yummy Noodle does a good version of this -- I like the ones with the head/tentacles as opposed to the calamari rings. You can ask for that at Yummy.

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              1. re: wadawada

                Actually most chinese places don't do "rings" they prefer pinecone curls. Another place I can dis-reccomend for this is Dragon Gate 94 Elizabeth. I'nm not sure I would personally go to Yummy Noodle as I have not personally been impressed by thier food (in particalr the broth they serve you if you order any sort of Hong Kong style lo mien smells like spoiled fish) I'm sure there are other places not yet noted that do good versions of this (after all some form of salt and pepper squid is on the menu of around 75% of the resuraunts in Chinatown) but i just dont seem to bump into them that often. Somewaht off the subject (since it isn't in Chinatown) Jimmy's Place (3rd ave and 25 st.) does a superb version of this dish.

                1. re: jumpingmonk

                  since i'm a big fan of yummy noodle house, im going to plug it....go there for the bo zai fan (its their specialty) and they make it very well (could be passable in asia). the other food there is just alright, but the bo zai fan is outstanding (i usually get the minced pork with salted fish and tell them to add lop chong on the side)

                  1. re: Lau

                    Just found that Cantoon Garden (22 Elizabeth street) also does a fairly tasty version (it's listed as salt baked squid on the menu) it was quite weel flavored and help to mollify my cofusin and dissapointemnt at a noodel dish lissed as Fook Ken Mai fun (basically it turns out this cosists of a block of pan fried plain mai fun noodels with all of the other just served on the said in a kind of sauce (chinese mustard, mushroom, chicken, roast pork, shrimp, fish chunks, fish cake, fish balls and squid) I ended up eating the topping and throwing the oil soaked noodles away. BTW Lau what is bo zai fan in gwai-lo talk (I am curios to try it based on you reccomendation but don't trust my ability to say it in chinese in a manner which would be intelligable to the serving staff)

                    1. re: jumpingmonk

                      oh sorry, its a rice casserole cooked in a clay pot basically. so they cook the rice in a clay pot for maybe 20+ minutes (has all the nice cripsy edges) and they have various toppings from which you can choose from. As i said i usually get the minced pork with salted fish and tell them to add chinese sausage. i've had other one including another good one with minced beef and then they break an egg over it. Another classic is just straight chinese sausage over the rice (but make sure u like chinese sausage before u get that).

                      The way you eat it is you pour the dark soy sauce over the meat and rice (they'll have two types of soy sauce on the table, ask the waiter which is the correct one...the dark soy sauce is substantially better for this dish than regular soy sauce) and there you go (i add chili oil as well). It's a fairly simple food, but really good and classic HK food. Another thing that is a mystery for me is that no matter how much soy sauce i put on it it never seems to be too much (although go easy b/c my tastes maybe different than yours)

                      At yummy noodle house, they'll have an entire section of this and I believe its listed as either rice casserole or clay pot rice.

                      In case you want to see it, i remember that in the anthony bourdain episode where he goes to hong kong, its the very first meal he has.