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Hot and sour cabbage - chinese style - in metro Boston?

BostonWineaux Feb 15, 2008 06:19 AM

This has been a quest of mine for a little while. Growing up in NYC, I always had hot and sour cabbage salad (but, not kimchee, more like vinegar pickled cabbage) when I went out for chinese food. I had finally found one place in Woburn that served it occasionally, but they closed a couple of years ago, and I have not been able to find it since.

Does anyone have any suggestions about where they might have seen this delightful dish?


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  1. beetlebug RE: BostonWineaux Feb 15, 2008 06:32 AM

    Wang's Fast Food in Somerville has an excellent rendition.

    Qing Dao Garden in North Cambridge has a terrible on.

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      gini RE: beetlebug Feb 15, 2008 07:35 AM

      Agreed - that's the one I like too.

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      mr mangia RE: BostonWineaux Feb 15, 2008 06:36 AM

      Wangs in Somerville has a cold dish of spicy cabbage. Not sure if is exactly what you are looking for but I love it. It is different from kimchee but a distant cousin I would say. It is on the back of the menu with all of the traditional Northern Chinese Dishes.

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        Aromatherapy RE: mr mangia Feb 15, 2008 08:13 AM

        I've always found Wang's distinctly kimchi-ish. We had a spicy & vinegary cabbage dish at Fuloon (not sure which is is on the menu) but it was hot, not a salad.

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          mr mangia RE: Aromatherapy Feb 15, 2008 08:26 AM

          it definitely is a close cousin of kimchee (minus the anchovy paste). i know mulan in cambridge gives you a pickled cabbage appy for free too but that is just a pickle i guess. would love to try the other kind though.

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        Kenji RE: BostonWineaux Feb 15, 2008 08:54 AM

        I don't know if this is precisely what you're asking for, but Mary Chung's Spicy Pickled Cabbage is fantastic.

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          openonymous RE: BostonWineaux Feb 15, 2008 10:09 AM

          At Chung Shin Yuan in Newton, just by the Watertown border, it is called Spicy and sour Chinese cabbage salad for $2.50

          1. sailormouth RE: BostonWineaux Feb 15, 2008 11:03 AM

            Zoe's will occasionally serve it as a side-dish, but I prefer Wang's, which is a little more kimchee-ish than Zoe's, which has more of a vinegar flavor.

            Of all places, I had something very similar to what you describe at Deep Ellem served with a wurst plate, much more vinegary and "East Asian" than German or French sauerkraut/choucroute.

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              fredid RE: BostonWineaux Feb 15, 2008 11:06 AM

              Taralli and I had a delicious version at Wing's in Chinatown - Here's her description: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/484939

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