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Jun 23, 2008 07:44 PM

Has anyone been to "red egg" in chinatown

Peruvian Chinese sounds interesting...

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  1. Gayot review seems to indicate that it's dual cuisine as opposed to a fusion. There are Chinese Peruvian restaurants in Los Angeles (not that improbable of a combination as there was once a good sized Chinese population in Peru, many of whom have since moved on to the U.S.) that serve mostly Peruvian food and a few Chinese dishes with a Peruvian twist. I'm not sure if Red Egg is out of that mold.

    1. Chandavkl appears to be right:

      One of these days I'll get down there and confirm, but at first glance it looks to be a gussied-up version of a chifa.

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      1. re: D...DF

        The Peruvian angle -- while played up in the pre-opening press -- is seriously downplayed on the actual menu. There are only around 5-6 offerings on an otherwise extensive (mostly dim sum and small-plates) menu.

        I went for lunch on Sunday and the whole thing feels rather incongruous. A semi high-end space, but pedestrian cooking. I wanted to like it! Perhaps it was in our ordering, but none of the staff seemed able or interested in helping us ferret out the signature dishes. We had duck with turnip cake, lettuce wraps, a couple of orders of dim sum dumplings and garlic spare ribs. Everything was very very heavy. I think the closest comparison I can think of for this place is Dim Sum Go Go, and I find their cooking to be much more flavorful than Red Egg's.

        That said, I'll give it another chance. Maybe they just need some time to get going.

      2. I went there to get a copy of the menu. I didn't eat there because I didn't find anything on the menu that was appealing to me and I'm not into Fusion but more into Traditional dishes. $20 for 5 duck sliders kind of turned me off while they were selling in Flushing for .75 cents (hopefully better quality) and I think I was the first one here to link them to eating White Castle Burgers up on CH. It looked kind of empty and that wasn't a good sign too. I can't say its bad but the people I was with and I agreed to go with one of our "Tried and True" restaurants that night,

        This restaurant's theme is not Chinese Peruvian. I actually think they are trying to be a non-traditional HK type of restaurant which I personally don't like unless I was there more for atmosphere than food.

        1. damn the reviews sound bad from our resident canto-experts; and here I am, potentially going there next sunday for a bday dinner. any suggestions or experience at this place? or perhaps a change of venue, someplace different in ctown.

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          1. re: bigjeff

            How many in your group? Have not been to Red Egg yet. Yogee Restaurant on Chrystie Street should work. Bright and clean, like the Shanghai Cafe which could be another option.

            1. re: scoopG

              ended up going on saturday night and, just want to say it was an excellent meal, ordering the way we did and expecting exactly what it should be: dim for dinner.

              I went with a group of 20 so we took the two round tables towards the back and joined them like an 8. we mostly ordered dim sum and also ordered a few dishes from both the chinese side (vastly outnumbering the other) and the peruvian. I'll break down the dimsum first, and then the dishes.

              the dimsum was excellent. the evening selection was smaller than your average place but everything was above average. everything was steamed/fried/made to order so we had the siu mai, the beef balls, the spring rolls, the seasfood siu mai, veal chops with black pepper, steamed, taro cilantro dumpling (excellent), the plain cilantro dumpling, fried pork dumplings, roast pork bun (came steamed instead), crispy shrimp roll, red egg's shrimp dumpling (big crystal dumpling), dumpling with assorted seafood and soup dumplings. all of it was fresh made, delicious, fresh ingredients, big chunks of meat and seafood. all the steamed dim sum items were great and garnished with such fancy things as roe and shredded beats. everything was plump, juicy and so wet that even our chopsticks pierced some items, as they hadn't developed a "skin" from being carted around for an hour in a typical place. the shrimp dumplings were excellent, the taro dumpling was really nice (the filling had diced vegetables, maybe pork, small taro chunks, water chestnut, then steamed in a crystal dumpling wrapper that also tasted like it had taro flour in it; very nice. the fried items looked good, (the fried pork dumplings were 3 to an order but big fat juicy ones, perfectly fried (not too long, no crust, but still with a soft skin). the pork bun was not so good, and the soup dumplings, while tasty and juicy, had thick skin. tasty ski, but thick skin. the beef balls were somewhat bland, but good. the veal chop was very nice, two chops with at least 5 or 6 good bites.

              we also ordered peking duck sliders (basically, a half peking duck served almost traditionally, with 5 gua-bao), aji de gallina which was shredded chicken mixed w/ potato and peppers and other ingredients, served inside a fried flour tortilla bowl (fancy), sauteed hollow vegetable (the typical, and very nice), popcorn tuna, which was unbreaded tuna chunks deep fried, and served over sweet-sour-type sauce, but fresh. this dish was actually pretty nice. someone also had the peking pork chop ( also typical, but very nice). the other thing was a tempting seafood curry bread bowl, but that would've been difficult to share on a lazy susan. the shredded chicken tasted like chicken pot pie but with a spice kick; not bad at all. the rest of the peking duck came out on a plate, just as if you had ordered it from a cantonese bbq takeout, and was actually quite nice, although the skin wasn't really crispy enough.

              service was good natured but rough and true to the reviews, basically locals, no imports. hot sauces and other condiments had to be requested but never provided with utensils but comically, a scissor was presented on a tray by our server, who used it to cut the spring rolls and other things in half. but, they were very attentive, really nice with us and able to accomodate almost all our requests.

              and actually, everything I just listed was only for one half of the party, as we had split the food orders between the two tables. they did a similar thing, but ordered more dishes off the menu, instead of the dim sum which we overloaded on. they ordered some whole fish dishes, fried rice, and some other items which I couldn't identify.

              for dessert, we had a few orders of the ginger creme brulee and the coconut pudding; both were excellent and probably the most fusion dishes on the menu; the ginger creme brulee tasted like the finest do-hwa, but with some egg, while the coconut pudding (served in the shell of course) was simple, fresh and delicious.

              we ended up paying $38 per person for high quality dim sum, a whole lotta beers, and a ton of food, I had done my research on this board and others and stuck to the game plan of loading up on the dim sum and I'd highly recommend the place for large groups. oh and in case anyone remembers, there was a big splashy cantonese seafood place that opened here a few years ago; this place took it over. and, decor, while shiny, was actually not excessively over the top and was perfect for our meal, occasion and group. and, there were other large groups seated as well; we had a 7pm reservation.

              1. re: bigjeff

                I like it a lot, for New York. The dim sum is cooked to order and is very fresh, with some of the best har gow I've had in a while, great wrapper, perfectly cooked shrimp. The steamed rice rolls also seem much fresher than most other places. I went with a group and we tried nearly all the dim sum, and I think it's better than most places in Chinatown, except for Dim Sum Go Go.
                Unlike bigjeff, I don't find the service rough at all. Instead they are quite professional and friendly, much more so than most restaurants in Chinatown. I like the high design decor, a nice change from the standard dim sum hall, but I can imagine it wouldn't be to everyone's taste.
                I went once for dinner and tried the Peking Pork Chop, which was tasty and well-cooked, with good quality meat, something along the lines of a good quality orange beef, but probably not something I'd order again.

                1. re: Peter Cuce

                  well I didn't have a problem or anything with the service, but just echoing some of the reviews concerning the "discontinuity" between the space-odyssey-2001 decor and the lack of "imported" waitstaff; in fact I like very much that they kept it local. staff was relatively young and energetic, although the very nice shrimp sui mai was bought over by a much older gentleman (perhaps the young owner's peruvian-raised father, even). for sure, I will be headed there again for dim sum; actually I didn't see the steamed rice rolls, which we would have ordered the hell out of! maybe only on the day-time dim sum? actually, I'd like to compare the daytime with the evening, because there is a definite price difference ($2.75 vs $4, $3.50 vs $4.50, etc.)

          2. i went for dim sum right around the time of the opening... i found the place to be average to above average actually... i mean most of the chinatown dim sum is pretty mediocre with a few standout places. this is not one of those standout places but it is decent.

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            1. re: prcentauri

              I went to red egg recently and ordered most things off of the menu with a large group.
              The earlier posters are right- there is very little peruvian influence, which is very disappointing. I thought the dim sum dishes were just ok, and the other dishes were mediocre to bad.
              I would describe it as a dim sum place which is overpriced for the quality, and tries to get away with it by calling itself peruvian fusion (and being north of canal.)
              I should've known to be wary of standard chinatown dim sum dressed up for a slightly different neighborhood. next time back to queens or sunset park...