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Lau Mar 7, 2008 12:58 PM

I ate dim sum with my cousin today in Flushing at Perfect Team Corporation aka Guang Zhou Jiu Jia in chinese. It's about a block off Main on 37th next to some korean places on the 2nd floor across the street from the parking alot. It's a fairly large banquet style dining room that looks similar to the dining room at Ocean Jewel although not as big. The room was probably 70% full. Their dim sum is served on carts, but the service is pretty good since they only have maybe 5-6 carts that are pretty efficient at stopping by your table alot (i.e. its not one of those places where u have to wait forever for the cart you want to stop by). The selection of dim sum is not massive, but they have all the standards plus some extras.

On to the important part, the food, I thought this place was very solid, all of the dim sum was well made and fresh. It's on par with Ocean Jewel and Gala Manor although I think the quality of the dim sum was more consistent due to the fact that they don't have a million dim sum items...i think this is a good thing b/c they have everything you want, but its all done well and very fresh (most of it tasted like it was just made). Fyi, we were about 12:15

- Shrimp dumplings (ha gow) - great shrimp filling, shrimp tasted fresh and had been de-veined. The skin was not too thick and not too chewy either. These were very good
- Pork dumplings (siu mai / shao mai) - these were also solid, good pork filling, shrimp on top and sking was nice
- Baked pork buns (cha siu / cha shao bao) - very good, small buns, filling was excellent and not too sweet and didn't have any weird meat (i.e. stuff you can't bite through), bread was thin, but fresh and tasty...very happy with these
- Beef rice roll (niu rou cheung fan) - these were just okay, the rice dough itself was fine, but the beef should've been more finely minced, it was too chunky
- Fried daikon cake (lo bat go / luo buo gao) - these were good, the daikon was finely minced which i like, i hate when its too chunky. The flavor was good and the pieces of ham were tasty. The only thing is that I wish they would've fried it more (i like when its more crispy on the outside
- Shrimp and chive dumplings (don't know what they were called in chinese) - lady was recommending them so I tried them. It was interesting, but generally good. The filling was excellent a mixture of chives and shrimp, which was tasty. The wrapper was that clear glutinous dough except they had mixed in chives into it so it was green. I think that I generally think these glutinous wrappers just aren't my favorite, but this one wasn't bad although still not my favorite.
- Steamed custard buns (don't know what they were called in chinese) - these were steamed white buns with a thick egg custard type filling (the lady explained what the filling was, but i only understood part of it). These were very good, not too sweet and good texture.
- Pork spare ribs (pai kuat) - these were very tasty, the sauce was nice although could've been more spicy i like it better when there are green chilis in the sauce. The meat was tender although it was a bit fatty than usually

I wish I could've eaten more, but I was full. I think this place is well worth trying and that it's definitely a contender among the best dim sum places in flushing (although I haven't tried the new Jade Asian or Tung Yi Fung yet).

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    toby1355 Mar 7, 2008 02:23 PM

    I'm glad someone made it to this place. I noted it in a post in July, 2007 but the post got very little traction and I haven't made the time to get back there. I will now thanks Lau.

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      Lau Mar 7, 2008 03:37 PM

      yeah it was a pleasant surprise as the reports on this place have been pretty sparse

      btw the service is surprisingly good for a dim sum hall

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        squid kun Mar 8, 2008 01:16 AM

        Appreciate the reports. This place came up in a recent Chow Digest item ... http://www.chow.com/digest/4830

      2. Steve R Mar 8, 2008 02:15 AM

        Posted 3/1/08 on another thread (my link didnt work):

        "5 of us went to Perfect Team Corp. (aka Guang Zhou) today and the dim sum was definitely above average. I'd rate it above almost all others except World Tong in Brooklyn. Everything was fresh but the selection, although quite extensive, was limited in that it was all very traditional. None of the innovative fare you'd find at WT nor any of the more "out of the ordinary" offerings. I'd go back there easily but, if you have a choice, hit World Tong".

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          cacaoonli Mar 8, 2008 05:10 AM

          I'm so glad that someone finally started a thread for Guang Zhou restaurant aka Perfect Team Corporation. This place remains my favorite dim sum spot in Flushing (I don't go to the Chinatown in Manhattan or Brooklyn often enough to try out their dim sum). Here are a few of the dim sum dishes from Guang Zhou that I really like:

          - steamed fish balls (very tasty and good texture)
          - steamed chicken buns (real pieces of chicken and mushroom, and "didn't have any weird meat (i.e. stuff you can't bite through)" (quoted from Lau's comment on baked pork buns)
          - pan-fried shrimp and chive dumplings - round shape (my personal favorite among all dim sum items)
          - shrimp rice roll (ha cheung fan)
          - Ja-leung (rice noodle wrapped around chinese fried donut - definitely comfort food for me since childhood)
          - many of their steamed dumplings are also good.

          Since custard buns were mentioned in the original post, let me point out that Guang Zhou actually has two types of custard buns:
          One is called Nai Wong Bao, which is the regular steamed egg custard bun.
          Their signature dish, however, is Lau Sa Bao, which is a much richer version of the regular egg custard bun. Try it out if you have a sweet tooth.

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            Lau Mar 8, 2008 08:02 AM

            yeah the lady was trying to upsell me on the steamed chicken buns, but i was too full by then and i didn't see the zha liang until i was already full (one of my all time favorite dim sum items)

            i'm pretty sure mine were the nai wong bao, i think i know what the other bao you're talking about is and this wasn't it...tasty nonetheless

          2. Brian S Mar 8, 2008 11:43 AM

            How's dinner?

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              Lau Mar 8, 2008 02:02 PM

              good question, i would like to try it...my gut would say that its probably very good, execution seemed to be good at this restaurant

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                Chandavkl Mar 13, 2008 02:11 PM

                I've only been there for dinner and it's quite good.

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                  Brian S Mar 14, 2008 08:28 AM

                  Yeah, it is. If I had to rank them, I'd say

                  1) Ocean Jewels
                  2) Jade Asian
                  3) Perfect Team Corporation aka Canton Restaurant

                  And somewhere in there is the much-neglected Corner 28.

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                    Remag1234 Sep 19, 2008 08:41 AM

                    Corner 28 is a favorite takeout. 4 items, soup & bottle of water for $4.50. You just can't beat it the price. The food is excellent. Upstairs has a good view of Main St. but the menu is beyond extensive. Far too many ways to order the same food item. The only complaint I have is the wait. If it's crowded the wait is even longer. The food comes from the kitchen downstairs [they use a dumbwaiter to bring up the food].

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                      Brian S Sep 20, 2008 10:00 AM

                      but the upstairs food is sooooo good!

                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/438540

                      and http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4385...

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                cimui Mar 8, 2008 12:51 PM

                Thanks for the review, Lau! Are there Chinese places that don't devein the shrimp? Yich.

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                  Lau Mar 8, 2008 02:01 PM

                  there are alot especially in dishes like dumplings where you can hide them...although i think it might be a cultural thing b/c i think there are a good # of chinese people could probably care less (truth be told while i'd much prefer it to be done, it won't stop me from eating a dish)

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                    cimui Mar 13, 2008 10:41 AM

                    I'm just a little surprised because I know my Chinese relatives find non-deveined shrimp horrifying.

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                      Lau Mar 13, 2008 03:25 PM

                      i hear you, there are definitely chinese people who would care, but i do think there are a good amt that dont and definitely more so than the general american population

                      like i said, id always prefer if they were, but it wont stop me from eating a great dish

                2. Brian S Mar 13, 2008 10:22 AM

                  DINNER REPORT!!!

                  Went last night. Up Main Street two blocks from the subway, turn right on 37th down that long long block past Joe's Shanghai, and up a staircase past a huge landscape painting in late Ming style. No one will mistake it for a genuine Dong Qichang, but it's still well worth pausing to admire. A small yet elegant dining room, plush padded chairs and waiters in gold embroidered vests. Some couples eating, several big groups enjoying fabulous banquets. I perused the long menu complete with photos (and English translations) and then noticed a little card with specials in Chinese only. I ordered something with fish head. It was $16, though there are many nice entrees priced at $10.

                  It was one of those "sizzling platters" Pieces of fish head coated in potato flour, julienned bell pepper and onions. It looked, in other words, like your ordinary sizzling platter. But it sure didn't taste like your ordinary platter! A small amount of a fantastic sauce coated the fish, brought out its flavor, lent a hint of exotic, unidentifiable spice.

                  So they basically didn't fall far short of their English name. (The Chinese name, Canton Restaurant, is accurate too.) Ocean Jewels and Jade Asian are better, I think... but this is a place I certainly want to come back and try again... and again.

                  On Dong Qichang: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dong_Qic... I think of him as the founder of modern art since he once said, like Cezanne many years later, this painting is mountains and trees but it is first and foremost ink and paper.

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                  Guangzhou
                  136-59 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11354

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                    cimui Mar 13, 2008 10:48 AM

                    It sounds like a lovely space, Brian. Would you say it's more upscale than Ocean Jewels?

                    Thanks, as always, for a very well written review.

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                      Brian S Mar 13, 2008 11:36 AM

                      I'm glad you liked the review! I would say that Perfect Team is slightly less upscale than Ocean Jewels or Jade Asian, but it is very much in the same mould. Waiters wearing neckties and gold vests, lots of headwaiters in dark suits and ties, a wall of fish tanks full of exotic species.

                      Oh, one thing they, unlike Jade Asian, do is to print their menu, without the photos, on thin paper, so if you are in the area you can grab a copy and take it home and plan your meal.

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                    kathryn Aug 30, 2008 07:18 PM

                    Came in for dim sum today with four friends and had a blast.

                    Good baked pork buns. Very good steamed pork buns. Amazing char siu sou (roast pork in a puff pastry) -- this might be my favorite thing. The roasted pork is of a higher quality than you often see in Manhattan dim sum places. Tender and sweet. Not full of filler. Very nice taro crisps (and I don't like taro). Nice har gow (wonderfully big shrimp) with thin skins. Piping hot shui mai (possibly the best I've had outside southern California). Great sweet egg / cream baked pastry with a buttery top. Delicious you tiao wrapped in rice noodle rolls. Grabbed some Chinese broccoli -- nice contrast against the meaty dishes. Nice shrimp rice noodle rolls -- very sweet and fresh shrimp, bursting with flavor. Dishes were coming out with a ferocious speed and luckily we were seated just outside the kitchen. There were also waiters walking around with trays, hawking various dishes. But ravenous as we were, we saw but didn't partake in any beef tendon, fried daikon cake, shrimp stuffed into eggplant, shrimp stuffed into green pepper, spare ribs, congee cart, fried egg rolls, shrimp and chive dumplings, chicken feet, fried tofu squares, ground pork (?) on steamed rice (served in a ceramic container with its own lid), snails, clams, sponge cake, or flan (and probably even more that I'm missing, as I quickly went into food coma).

                    We had 11 dishes totaling $33 before tip. Unfortunately, no egg custard tarts, even though we asked several times. We were stuffed within 30 minutes of sitting down, and decided to call uncle, saving room for boba tea and perhaps some shaved ice.

                    We went at the height of dim sum on Saturday, arriving after noon and not getting seated until 1pm. Waiting was insanity. We were number 91, they were in the late 50s when we got our number, when we left, they were in the 40s, having reached 99 and started over. The crowds were quite chaotic and the Chinese people waiting were very assertive. The numbers seemed to fly by and then all of a sudden stop, and there weren't any available 4-tops but the hostess kept trying seat any part of 3 at a 3-top, and failing, calling numbers over and over. Witnessed a man try to tell the hostess that he was a party of 3 not a party of 4, and she said to him, quite cross, in Mandarin, "You can't fool me! Stop trying to fool me!" Kind of hilarious, as I understood just enough Mandarin to understand what he was trying to pull!

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                      kathryn Aug 30, 2008 09:32 PM

                      Photographs here:
                      http://www.flickr.com/photos/kathryn/...

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                        Lau Sep 2, 2008 09:42 AM

                        glad u liked it

                        thx for trying the cha siu so, i haven't had good cha siu so in a long time, so ill def have to try it out next time

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                          kathryn Sep 2, 2008 12:11 PM

                          Definitely try it out and report back! I'd only been one previous time and was very impressed with their egg tarts (hot, fresh, delicious) and some sort of fish cake with lotus root slices, but I could find neither this time around.

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                            prunefeet Sep 4, 2008 03:30 PM

                            I went here almost a year ago with a group of chow type people and it was wonderful, everything tasted so fresh. Jeez, Kathryn, gorgeous photos!! My mouth is watering...

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                              kathryn Sep 4, 2008 03:59 PM

                              The line was frightening when we walked up, people in front of the restaurant, all jammed up on the stairs, crammed into the entryway. Word seems to have gotten out amongst the Chinese community! From the looks of the crowd, I have to assume it was 98% Chinese. I think we spotted only 4-5 non-Chinese folks while we were there.

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                                Linda Sep 20, 2008 08:18 PM

                                i had this wonderful dim sum dish in LA that i've never seen in NYC before. it is a white steamed bun with a very bright yellow, gooey filling. the filling is slightly sweet and it is served warm. it's also the "cutest" dim sum dish ever, it resembles a stark white egg with runny yolk when you bite into it. any luck here or any other dimsum place in all of nyc at this rate? thanks!!

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                                  kathryn Sep 20, 2008 09:54 PM

                                  Yes, when I went to Perfect Team Corporation, my friend from Hawaii was telling me about them. Sometimes they are steamed, sometimes they are baked.

                                  Perfect Team Corporation had the baked version with a sugary top; not sure if they have the steamed ones but if you go there you could probably ask. They are called lai wong bao, and sometimes also nai wong bao, custard bao, or cream bao.

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                                    Lau Sep 21, 2008 03:13 PM

                                    they do have it...ive had the steamed version at perfect team corp

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                                    Greg Sep 21, 2008 04:09 PM

                                    I've had them at Perfect Team Corp., where they circulate in the carts, but I didn't think they were the best version in Flushing. They were kind of gritty, and seemed like the custard was a mix. They have them at most of the decent dim sum places, but don't usually circulate so you have to ask for them. I usually do since they're one of my favorites. Try them at Ocean Jewels, where they're pretty good. They also have a good version at Gala Manor.

                                    I actually went to Perfect Team Corp. yesterday for the first time based on this thread, and I have to say that everything was really good. (Even though I'm complaining about the nai wong bao, they were still pretty good.) Definitely try the turnip cake and the roast pork bun.

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                                      Linda Sep 21, 2008 07:17 PM

                                      thank you so much for the recommendations - i had never seen it circulating here in nyc. the place i went to in LA had a nice book with all the pictures, so i all i had to do was point. they should try that around flushing. ;)

                                      thanks again! will report back.

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                          kathryn Jan 4, 2009 03:27 PM

                          Went back with a large group this past Saturday. Very easy getting at table around 10:30, there didn't seem to be that many people waiting when we left around 11:45. Ordered way too much and paid $15 pp including tax and tip. An excellent experience overall.

                          - char siu sou (roast pork puff pastry) - so good, couldn't stop eating this, one of my favorite things at dim sum
                          - shrimp cheung fun - excellent and very fresh tasting shrimp, one of the best things there
                          - clams in black bean sauce - eh, too much sauce for me, but got this for a non-pork eating person at the table
                          - egg tarts - creamy and flaky and extra delicate, these were awesome
                          - fried taro puffs - also awesome, really nice and savory filling, nice and hot when we got them
                          - fried culler (you tiao) cheung fun (noodle rolls) - these had cooled off a bit by the time I ate mine but it was still good
                          - baked roast pork buns - really skimpy on the pork, the bun was like 90% air, this was the only clunker
                          - sauteed pea shoots - delicious and garlicky
                          - fried tofu blocks with shrimp stuffing - one of the less standard items, almost too hot to eat, it was unusual and tasted pretty good but I don't think I'd get it again
                          - steamed custard buns - yummy but I think I liked the baked ones more
                          - Shrimp and vegetables wrapped with sesame - these were alright
                          - Fried vegetable rolls - tasty but too much mushroom I thought
                          - shui mai - good but kind of your standard version
                          - tofu skin roll - these were OK but I'm not the biggest fan
                          - Steamed roast pork buns - quite good and filled way more than the baked ones
                          - Sweet mantou rolls - nice but I'm not the biggest fan
                          - Fried sesame balls with black bean paste - these were great, not overly sweet, or overly heavy or greasy, and the black bean paste was just right

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                            prunefeet Jan 10, 2009 12:23 PM

                            Thanks for the great post Kathryn, I'm so glad to hear this place has maintained its high quality.

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                              bigjeff May 14, 2009 09:24 PM

                              if you like char-siu-sou; try it at the place canal seafood restaurant; basically the first chinese restaurant on the south side of canal street, coming from varick. they remodeled a few years ago and cater mainly to the pre-bootleg shopping crowd but their triangular roast pork pastry is really good esp. early in the day. last time however it seemed to have changed but, I think it's worth a try if you're into it.

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                                kathryn May 15, 2009 08:17 AM

                                Thanks for the recommendation!

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                              ChefAntDrgn Jan 6, 2009 06:57 AM

                              This is by far the best dim sum place in Flushing atm. Frequent visitor and good quality dim sum.

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                                Lau Jan 7, 2009 05:41 PM

                                i think the consistency of quality amongst the various dim sum dishes is among the highest in flushing, i think that only jade asian is probably in the same category (ocean jewel can be more inconsistent as is gala manor)

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                                  ChefAntDrgn Apr 17, 2009 12:57 PM

                                  Unless Jade Asian have changed their dim sum chef, when I went last year it was amongst the worst dim sum I've had in Flushing ever.

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                                    budcar Apr 17, 2009 09:28 PM

                                    Jade Asian has consistently been superior compared to Gala Manor and Ocean Jewels. I can't speak for Perfect Team, since I've never been there, but on top of this accolade, it keeps improving with every visit. Never had a bad experience or dish there and I've been attending from its days as KB Garden to Gum Fung and now, Jade Asian. Nuff said.

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                                Lemonbar May 14, 2009 08:49 PM

                                Went to Perfect Team Co. with a friend recently; on a Tuesday around 1:45 it was completely full when we walked in (we were the only non-Chinese people there) but started to empty out soon after. There were plenty of carts circulating and everything we had tasted fresh and was served hot. We tried:

                                - shrimp rice noodle rolls
                                - fried donut wrapped in rice noodles (mentioned previously by other posters)
                                - har gow (shrimp dumplings)
                                - shrimp & chive dumplings
                                - Chinese broccoli
                                - sesame balls with black sesame paste inside

                                For these 6 dishes, the cost before tip was just under $24. I haven't eaten much dim sum before, but I was a little surprised at the total (a bit higher than I thought it would be). Any thoughts on how this compares price-wise?

                                Regardless, I thought the quality was very high and I was impressed at how fresh the shrimp was (actual large pieces of shrimp and not just shrimp paste/mush). I plan to return!

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                                  Lau May 15, 2009 03:48 AM

                                  $24 sounds litte high for 6 items although did you order drinks? (sodas etc) b/c all of those are regular dim sum items and chinese broccoli shouldn't be that expensive

                                  glad you liked it, that place is pretty good...btw the shrimp should be fresh in all of the above mentioned dishes (if its not then its not good quality dim sum)

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                                    Lemonbar May 15, 2009 06:07 AM

                                    No, we didn't order any drinks... I guess this place may be on the pricier side. Thanks for the feedback.

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                                  RedVelvet Aug 5, 2009 08:33 PM

                                  Do they have dim sum available in the late afternoon? or it's only until 3-4 p.m.? I'm interested in both PTC and Jade Asian.

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                                    Lau Aug 6, 2009 07:01 AM

                                    fyi even if they do serve dim sum later, it will be subpar...the dim sum starts getting alot less fresh post 12-1pm

                                    dim sum is meant to be eaten in the morning, i'd suggest not going later

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                                    prcentauri Aug 6, 2009 04:26 AM

                                    did perfect team change ownership? last time i was there the name appeared to be changed on items inside the restaurant and on their parking voucher stamp.

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                                      Greg Aug 9, 2009 05:14 AM

                                      I don't know the answer to your question, but I saw them doing work to the exterior about three months ago. However, as of Friday, I didn't see that anything had changed either inside or out. Plus, I saw many of the same faces working the restaurant and the food was the same.

                                    2. bigjeff Aug 11, 2009 05:08 PM

                                      without delving into a serious review (there were about 11 of us in the side back room and we had a grand ol' time), my few notes are:

                                      1. durian pastry (rectangular parcels) were really really good
                                      2. the savory meat stuff (spareribs, veal chops, etc.) were heavy with MSG
                                      3. most stuff was very very good, steamed stuff well-steamed, fried stuff well-fried

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