HOME > Chowhound > Greater Boston Area >
Are you making a specialty food? Share your adventure

Chinatown Crawl

nasilemak May 28, 2008 05:38 PM

If you were in Chinatown and you wanted to do a little foodie crawl, which four or five places would you hit and what single dish would you order at each spot?

  1. p
    pink dress Sep 29, 2008 10:27 AM

    Ken Oringer gives his Chinatown favs in this issue of the Improper Bostonian. My personal favorites are Ho Yuen Bakery, Hon Kong Eatery, and Xinh Xinh for Pho.

    1 Reply
    1. re: pink dress
      aadesmd Jun 14, 2009 08:46 PM

      Great topic with wonderful suggestions. Illness kind of took a hit outor
      f me these last few weeks, but some of these dises sound absolutely restorative.

    2. a
      ace52387 Sep 29, 2008 08:10 AM

      Taiwan style pan fried dumplings and the beef shaobing at Taiwan Cafe
      Steamed scallops with vermicelli and garlic @ peach farm
      lo mein @ HK eatery
      brisket curry pot @ penang
      XLB, rice cake (stir fried or souped) @ wings
      Chao zhou fen guo (dumplings with veggies, peanuts, waterchestnut and pork bits) @ China Pearl

      1. Alcachofa May 30, 2008 02:08 PM

        Wings: Ground pork with sesame cakes
        Hei La Moon: a nice looking dumping (don't know any of their names)
        Peach Farm: Scallops in garlic sauce (I think it's called?)

        Already listed:
        Taiwan Cafe: Braised eggplant with basil
        Best Little: Soy Braised Duck

        2 Replies
        1. re: Alcachofa
          StriperGuy May 30, 2008 05:02 PM

          Forgot the Squab at BLR

          1. re: StriperGuy
            Alcachofa May 30, 2008 05:37 PM

            It's a really tough call between the two. But, as I audibly swooned when I tasted the duck (see original report), I went with that.

        2. l
          lycheefloat May 29, 2008 07:29 PM

          Pearl Villa for Scallops on the Half Shell
          Golden Palace for crispy taro duck
          Enzo Bakery for Chestnut filled sponge cake
          Hong Kong Eatery for Jackfruit Shakes

          1 Reply
          1. re: lycheefloat
            gourmaniac May 30, 2008 05:56 AM

            Couple of minor corrections and some news.
            I think you mean Eldo Cake House and they are closed for renovations (hopefully). The site is currently gutted. Golden Palace isn't there anymore. It was replaced years ago by Big Fish and Shabu Zen. I also used to enjoy Golden Palace and they were only place in town with Shrimp with fried cream. East Ocean City has a passable crispy taro duck.

          2. g
            gourmaniac May 29, 2008 06:38 AM

            Great list so far.
            To add:
            Best Little Restaurant: Fried spareribs in garlic sauce
            Peach Farm: Eel with Maggi Sauce
            Rainbow Cafe: Cuttlefish balls
            New Shanghai: Cold Beef with sesame pancake
            East Ocean City: Tofu stuffed with minced shrimp.
            Wai Wai: Chicken and Duck on rice

            1. kobuta May 29, 2008 06:15 AM

              Never thought of a Ctown crawl, I would hit:

              Peach Farm - S&P soft shell crabs
              East Ocean City - S&P dungeness crab
              King Fung Garden - Peking duck
              Penang - roti canai & mango chicken or their buddhist yam pot w/ their chicken rice
              Taiwan Cafe - "fish head pot/soup/stew" (I don't know what the English name is) - best in the winter

              1. gini May 29, 2008 05:54 AM

                Peach Farm: soft shell crabs
                Taiwan Cafe: either beef with poblanos or eggplant with basil
                Hong Kong Eatery: either a 1/2 a roast duck or roast pork
                Best Little Restaurant: Eggplant with garlic or soy braised duck
                King Fung Garden: scallion pancakes
                New Shanghai: steamed juicy pork buns (xlb)
                Wings: something with rice cakes
                Ho Yuen Bakery: coconut rolls
                Hing Shing Pastry: egg custards
                Mei Sum: bahn mi
                Penang: roti canai
                Xihn Xihn: avocado shake

                2 Replies
                1. re: gini
                  StriperGuy May 30, 2008 06:45 AM

                  Darn you listed two of mine:

                  Ho Yuen Bakery: coconut rolls
                  Mei Sum: bahn mi

                  I would add the Squab at BLR and maybe the pork stringbean wrapped in lettuce.

                  I would add steamed pork buns from Mei Sum or their thick rice noodles.

                  1. re: StriperGuy
                    gini May 30, 2008 07:15 AM

                    Damn, those pork & bean lettuce wraps are killer too.

                2. galangatron May 28, 2008 09:15 PM

                  roti canai at penang
                  roasted quail at xinh xinh
                  any lunch special or rice plate at taiwan cafe
                  soup dumplings at wing's kitchen and gourmet dumpling house
                  pearl meatballs at new shanghai
                  soy braised duck at best little restaurant
                  hainanese chicken rice at pearl villa
                  first course of peking duck at king fung garden

                  1. BarmyFotheringayPhipps May 28, 2008 08:09 PM

                    Kung Fung Garden: scallion pie and Shanghai noodles
                    New Shanghai: XLB
                    New Jumbo: salt and pepper squid
                    Peach Farm: something that had been alive until quite recently, in black bean sauce
                    Um...that little bakery at the corner of Harrison Ave and Beach St, with the blue awning that says "Coffee House": coconut custard tarts

                    1. n
                      nasilemak May 28, 2008 06:19 PM

                      Mee Siam or Prawn Mee at Penang
                      Lobster with ginger scallion at Peach Farm
                      Hainanese Chicken at Pearl Villa
                      Braised eggplant with basil at Taiwan Cafe
                      and finally back to Penang for some Roti Canai and ABC!

                      1. 9
                        9lives May 28, 2008 05:50 PM

                        I'd probably start at Peach Farm for giant oysters in black bean sauce and salt/pepper fried soft shell crabs..I know that's 2 dishes but the crabs are in season.

                        Taiwan Cafe for beef/poblano peppers.

                        Wings ..soup dumplings and braised pork shank..again 2

                        Hong Kong Eatery for some dumpling soup/pork

                        King Fung Garden for Peking duck.

                        Montien..spicy pork with basil /peppercorns

                        Penang..roti canai and beef rendang

                        eta..all of these are part of my regular routine diet..but not in a single day..:)

                        Show Hidden Posts