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?
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..:)
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!
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
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
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
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
Great list so far.
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
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.
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