To go places for Chinese BBQ
What are some of your favorite bbq items in the boston area?
I like the concubine chicken (that's a direct translation, I don't know the actual english name) at yi ding hao, which I believe is China Pearl Cafe. It's poached, but gets lumped in with the bbq.
I like the poached chicken at hk eatery also if you get it on a rice plate, since they give you some meat drippings which makes it salty enough to ditch the ginger scallion sauce. The little place at super 88 has respectable chicken as well.
I've seriously never had really good chinese duck in boston. The tea smoked duck at shangri la was dry, and at sichuan garden it was tender by the skin was soggy. HK eatery's duck is really salty, and a bit dry in places like the breast. Hua Fu, or chinatown cafe (I think?) had always been the default of my parents, but I never really cared for their duck either.
Hmmm..I wouldn't consider concubine chicken Chinese BBQ. I consider Chinese BBQ stuff that hangs in the front window and is often served with rice in cafes and eateries as a quick lunch (I know not everything goes with rice though). My mom loves the same concubine chicken dish, but I just think of it as a slightly salty chicken.
My favorite has always been roast duck. While I've also had better in other cities, I think East Chinatown in Quincy does a pretty good roast duck. Vinh Sun does an ok roast duck, as does the nameless BBQ place by Hei La Moon. Chinatown Cafe used to do the best roast pork in the Boston area - well seasoned with the skin staying absolutely crisp. I also like the occasional cuttlefish (the orange stuff in the windows), but you can't have too much of that. In terms of true snack food though, my favorite to buy is the duck wings. I can usually buy a whole box of those things and just gnaw on all for the rest of the day when I get home.