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Apr 3, 2008 07:14 PM

Searching for Exceptional Chinese Food

might be opening a big can of worms here, but will be heading back east to boston to visit family next week and am looking for exceptional chinese food for dinner. my family lives on the suburban south shore and next to the cape, and we’ve been going to chinatown to eat at china pearl, chau chow city, and jumbo seafood the last several years. these are good, but we’re kind of getting into a rut. while we love cantonese/hong kong style, we’re open to all regional cuisines, and atmosphere/ambience doesn’t matter. geographically we’d like to stick to the south shore on up to chinatown. but in looking at some recent chow threads and restaurant websites, it doesn’t look there’s much out of the ordinary on the south shore. would just appreciate your thoughts on places where they do food really, really well, and don’t modify it for western tastes. as an aside, we don't read chinese and can only speak toishan (poorly), so we might be missing some good stuff on that basis alone. thanks.

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  1. Yeah, it's pretty much all up in Boston or to the north.

    Sichuan Gourmet, Sichuan Garden, Fuloon, Shangri-La, MuLan, Shanghai Gate. Chinatown pretty much has the Cantonese stuff covered, though I quite like New Trend for the simple stuff. I dunno if Northern cuisine is really so well represented... there's Wang's and Qingdao but I wouldn't describe them as "exceptional" so much as "tasty, simple food."

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    1. re: Luther

      Don't count Quincy out - there's a very established east Asian population there. I love Hong Kong Eatery in downtown Quincy.

      1. re: Karl S

        Plus, Southern Garden at Kam Man Center....

    2. My vote goes to Best Little Restaurant on Hudson St. in Chinatown. It's in the space formerly occupied by Ho Yuen Ting. If you search this board, you'll see reviews from a recent gathering of CHs there.

      1. Best Little Restaurant - Cantonese, not just seafood.
        Peach Farm - Cantonese Seafood
        New Shanghai or Wings - Shanghai style
        Sichuan Garden in Brookline - Sichuan.
        MuLan for Taiwanese - this actually slightly better than Taiwan Cafe, but I love TC also.

        1. I've got a got a friend that is absolutely bonkers for Little Q Hot Pot in Quincy which is a bit closer for you:

          Little Q Hotpot Restaurant

          1585 Hancock St
          Quincy, MA 02169
          (617) 773-5888

          3 Replies
          1. re: StriperGuy

            That's a good idea and probably new for the OP.
            Don't bother w/ the seafood items to dump in the hotpot though...the seafood taste doesn't really work that well w/ the hotpot liquid IMHO.

            1. re: StriperGuy

              If you go for Little Q, try one of the dishes from the "foundation Items" section of the menu. These are already cooked and don't need to be boiled. The lamb dumplings and the Little Q hot and spicy noodles are very good, as are the scallion pancakes.

              1. re: mwk

                If you are willing to go a couple miles north of the city, Fuloon in Malden has been getting a lot of discusion on here.

            2. thanks, everyone, for the prompt and excellent responses. i wanna go to every place suggested, but too little time (gonna do a fried clam run, too). just read the thread on the best little restaurant chowdown, and i was drooling the whole time (thanks, velda mae). right now it looks like best little restaurant for sure, then sichuan garden and little q if there's time. probably have to visit again in the fall to keep working my way down the list. by the way, striperguy, one of my brothers is a striper nut, and is counting down the days to the canal run.