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Feb 15, 2008 06:19 AM

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

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

    Qing Dao Garden in North Cambridge has a terrible on.

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    1. re: beetlebug

      Agreed - that's the one I like too.

    2. 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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      1. re: mr mangia

        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.

        1. re: Aromatherapy

          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.

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

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

          1. 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.