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New York Style thick egg roll anyone?

jason carey Feb 14, 2008 04:02 PM

Is there anywhere to find the thick skinned , 2 inch wide eggroll found in East Coast chinese places. so far All I have had out here are the skinny thin skinned ones?
I like the really junky ones filled with cabbage and ground dyed pork gristle...
looking in East Bay especially

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  1. Scott M RE: jason carey Feb 14, 2008 05:09 PM

    Best bets are probably Chef Chu's

    or Panda Express

    Chef Chu's
    1067 N San Antonio Rd, Los Altos, CA 94022

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      jason carey RE: Scott M Feb 14, 2008 05:56 PM

      I have never been to Chef Chus;; sounds good, but panda eeewww.. there is "good" bad chinese food and "bad" bad chinese , Panda Express is the later.

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        wolfe RE: jason carey Feb 14, 2008 06:04 PM

        I don't know but maybe that was what Scott M was trying to say.

        "Is there anywhere to find the thick skinned , 2 inch wide eggroll found in East Coast chinese places. there is "good" bad chinese food and "bad" bad chinese"

      2. re: Scott M
        P. Punko RE: Scott M Feb 18, 2008 04:08 PM

        Chef Chu's does have the thick egg roll skin, but the egg rolls aren't huge (factoid, you can by the fresh egg roll/wonton skins at Safeway in the fruits and vegetable section with some other fresh noodles), and the filling is not quite the cabbage/shrimp/pork that one might be expecting. There are a number of places that also call what you would think of as a "spring roll" an egg roll. I haven't seen a restaurant anywhere, except Chu's, that has the egg roll skin the poster is looking for- and I have been looking quite hard myself.

        And I am almost certain Panda Express doesn't serve this style-

      3. Xiao Yang RE: jason carey Feb 14, 2008 06:20 PM

        You're really talking about two different things. The skinny ones are authentic Chinese and usually referred to as "Spring Rolls". "Egg Rolls" are American-Chinese food. I don't recall where, but I've seen both on the same menu.

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          theSauce RE: jason carey Feb 16, 2008 08:07 PM

          Try Safeway Chinese deli section. Golden Dynasty in El Cerrito (now closed) used to serve east coast style egg roll where it's double dipped in batter and fried.

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            ChowFun_derek RE: theSauce Feb 17, 2008 08:55 AM

            Safeway also sells them in the frozen food section under their own label...they are a pale reflection of the monstrously good and filling NY style egg rolls though....

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              jason carey RE: theSauce Feb 18, 2008 09:37 AM

              i have never in 40 years of living in the east coast seen a batter dipped egg-roll

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                P. Punko RE: jason carey Feb 18, 2008 04:10 PM

                I have seen a batter dipped eggroll at Plum Garden in McHenry, IL, but never on the East Coast and never on the West Coast. The egg roll was huge and the filling was MSG'd through the roof. It was a very guilty pleasure.

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                  Xiao Yang RE: jason carey Feb 18, 2008 06:55 PM

                  Maybe he was thinking of the iconic Aussie Chiko Roll....


              2. DezzerSF RE: jason carey Feb 18, 2008 08:52 PM

                Have you tried the Filipino version? There's definitely a skinny Lumpia Shanghai, and a thicker Lumpia Prito.

                1. lucymom RE: jason carey Feb 18, 2008 08:59 PM

                  i too haven't found any east coast style egg rolls but you can get them at Trader Joe's.

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                    NickyPicky RE: jason carey Feb 21, 2008 11:23 PM

                    I have eaten the type of egg rolls you describe at JADE DRAGON in Daly City. They are an old school chinese restaurant with a bar.

                    My advice: Eat in the regular dining room and order dishes off the menu. AVOID the all-you-can- eat buffet in the room off to the left when entering.

                    1. hill food RE: jason carey Feb 22, 2008 01:02 AM

                      ok, we all have our personal tastes. I do find it hard to believe it's difficult to locate a Gore-Tex roll. Dive. and dive without abandon. Look for thick plexi-glass.

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