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Favorite Take Out

What's your favorite take out? One that holds up well to microwave?
mine would be Hokkien Char Mee or Mee Siam at Penang.

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  1. Interesting...seems like chowhounders don't do take out!

    1. My current favorite is Kabob Factory.

      1. We don't do take-out much but when we do, it's anything from East Asia (Powderhouse Sq), Namaskar (Davis), or Guru (Teele Sq - exclusively take-out...I've seen Indian guys picking up their eco-friendly tiffin boxes full of food from him). We find that Indian food generally holds up pretty well to take-out. We also get pizza delivery on a regular basis from Pini's (Magoun's Sq.). He's enamoured with their buffalo chicken. Despite my protest (I believe pizza should be eaten on the burn-the-roof-of-your-mouth spot), I am partial to the Mediterranean (artichoke hearts, red pepper, spinach, ricotta) or the Zsa-Zsa (sauceless, fresh tomato, cheese, garlic). Ask for them to be well-done. Gotta get over there for their slices one of these days.

        1. Probably more a result of its location across the street than anything but I order from Equator a couple times a month. Their Tom Khar Gee, I believe that is spelled tight, is very good.

          1. I always find myself with left over jasmine rice, so Asian food is normally what I like to get as takeout. Cold/room temp dishes always work, so I like getting poached chicken at that place in 88, hk eatery, or china pearl cafe, fu qi fei pian or dan dan mian at sichuan garden, lions heads at shanghai gate, spring rolls at any vietnamese restaurant. I like the nihari at Madina's market, the chicken/fennel dish at grain and salt.

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            1. re: ace52387

              What is the english translation of the dishes from sichuan garden, I'd like to try 'em.

              1. re: justbeingpolite

                fu qi fei pian is a cold appetizer that's basically brisket and tripe. I think it's called ox meat something. dan dan mian is dan dan noodles.

              2. re: ace52387

                I was with you up until the dan dan mian at Sichuan Garden. I love SG but the take-out dan dan I got on Monday were nothing more than a glob of sticky white noodles with a dollop of spicy pork sauce resting on top. First bad dish I've ever had there...Was like Chinese airplane food.

                1. re: pondrat

                  hmm. When I had it the noodles weren't sticky, and the pork sauce was basically peppercorn infused chili oil with some peanuts. I do prefer this to the thick yellow noodles and peanut-butter based sauce at shangri la. I hear mary chung's is good but I've never tried that.

                  1. re: ace52387

                    Thanks for the translation. I've had the dan dan from the Woburn SG several times. I've occaissionally been disappointed, but more often not. On Tuesday night, I had one of the best ever: Thin white noodles, not too clumped, swimming in a hot chili oil and peppercorn sauce, topped with lots of peppercorns, peanuts, and well spiced ground pork. ummmm. I meant to just have some and leave some for lunch the next day. Couldn't do it. Passed up the Chongqing Spicy Chicken I usually get (thanks CH recs) and also had the "Stir Fried Prawns with Chengdu Spiced Chilli Cucumber ". Also excellent, nice and garlicky, could have been a little spicier. Ate it all too. Groan.

                    1. re: justbeingpolite

                      Although it's listed as a lunch special soup on the SG/Framingham menu the Zha Jiang Noodle w. Pork & Spicy Sauce is more like a fiery dan dan than their dan dan is ! VERY good.


              3. Gosh we don't do take out at all but on the rare occasion it is Mary Chung or Emma's pizza..We r in Charlestown and Fig's pizza comes home on foot once in awhile ( particularly on snowy nights)

                1. We keep going back to Tom Yum Koong in Medford Square - soooooo good. The Fresh Rolls are just that - fresh, flavorful, delicious. I like the Crispy Chicken Basil, which I tried after reading a review in the Globe.... and the Chicken Cashew - light sauce, lightly spicy, cashews, green beans, pineapple cashews and onions.... again tastes very fresh. All the dishes feel lighter than they do at other Thai places... which I like. The staff is very friendly - we do delivery a lot, and the customer service on the telephone is a model for all take out restaurants to emulate. More and more when we are too lazy to cook and not in the mood for going out, Tom Yom Koong is our "go-to" spot.


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                  1. re: Small Plates

                    Rod Dee is our normal takeout place but we'll use shanghai gate (lion's head) and we'll order the rabbit appetizer and dan dan from szechuan gardens. On a different note, pastrami sandwiches from Michael's deli hold up pretty well!!

                  2. I love Hsin Hsin Chinese Cafe on Mass Ave in Back Bay. They have great dinner combos and for some reason the food seems a little more fresh than most. Which I realize is weird, considering we're talking about Chinese food.

                    1. East Asia near Powderhouse, Somerville. Their tofu red curry is homemade tofu and reheats very well.

                      1. My favorites are Fuloon in Malden, Joti Palace in Malden, and Xinh Xinh in Chinatown.

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                        1. re: Johnresa

                          Xinh-Xinh, definitely. I work downtown and pick up dinner there on the way home once a week or so, and I have never been disappointed.

                          1. re: Johnresa

                            FuLoon is our fave take-out place too!

                          2. I don't do takeout very often, but when I do, I tend to go to D'Agostino's in Arlington or Bob's in Medford.

                            1. In the Newton-Watertown area, it's Chung Shin Yuan and Demo's.