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KateForbes Nov 20, 2008 11:30 AM

I am still trying to find a Chinese take out place that I love near North Wales. Audubon has Little Shanghai, which I miss so much and is a bit far to drive for Chinese/get delivery. Any thoughts? We have had LaiLai and Hong Kong Kitchen...

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    IamStarving RE: KateForbes Nov 20, 2008 11:33 AM

    I like Mandarin in Spring House, on Bethlehem Pike. Not a great eat in environment, not horrible, but good quality food.

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      nevets RE: KateForbes Nov 20, 2008 12:15 PM

      East Cuisine on Butler Pike just North of Skippack Pike is decent. Not fantastic, but above average. We usually get a beef or chicken with Chinese broccoli and Moo Shu Chicken. The environment is good for eating in too (not as fancy as Lai Lai Garden and a cut above formica tables and red vinyl chairs).

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        IamStarving RE: nevets Nov 20, 2008 12:47 PM

        I also heard they were pretty good. i intend to check them out shortly. They also have Sushi, correct?

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          nevets RE: IamStarving Nov 20, 2008 01:08 PM

          Yes, East Cuisine has a sushi bar, but we have not tried their sushi (yet).

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            jujuthomas RE: nevets Nov 21, 2008 06:43 AM

            love the Sushi at East! We never had good luck with their carry out chinese-style entrees, but always get great food in the resto.

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          givemecarbs RE: nevets Nov 20, 2008 03:30 PM

          Got take out from East cuisine on monday night. Vegetarian lo mein and pad thai with shrimp. The lo mein was good, less greasy than with meat, and the pad thai wasn't cheap but came a little bit spicier as requested and I got three meals out of it because the portion was so generous. I ate there once and they had the simpsons on a big flat screen tv but set to mute. I could deal with that but then the older couple that got seated next to us were quiet polite conversationalists but the guy was Drenched in after shave so much so that it interfered with the taste of my food and drink. They seemed like regulars too. So I'm not taking any chances, it's to go all the way for me from there.

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            IamStarving RE: givemecarbs Nov 20, 2008 05:14 PM

            LOL! Good call. I prefer take out to dining in at Chinese restaurants, anyway. Was it Old Spice? I hate Old Spice!

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              givemecarbs RE: IamStarving Nov 21, 2008 10:06 AM

              Actually I think it was Iam. Bleh. :)

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            Karen K RE: nevets Nov 21, 2008 11:17 AM

            I agree about East Cuisine (above average), but of suburban Chinese restaurants, in my experience, it's the one with the most vegetarian/soy dishes. Also, it offers steamed brown rice as an alternative to white.

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            Chefpaulo RE: KateForbes Nov 20, 2008 05:28 PM

            I'd go to Abacus at the corner of Sumneytown Pike and Valley Forge Rd. (Rt. 363) next to the Weis market. I've nothing but excellent food there for many years.

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              nevets RE: Chefpaulo Nov 20, 2008 05:53 PM

              I second Abacus for good food. Just make sure that your socks are pulled up, the owner can lay it on pretty thick (the special tonight...shrimp...they are so big you will swear they are lobsters!).

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                crazyspice RE: nevets Nov 20, 2008 06:22 PM

                Totally 3rd Abacus!! Also enjoy Yantze, their sister resto.

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                  givemecarbs RE: crazyspice Nov 21, 2008 10:20 AM

                  Eventually I will forgive Yantze and give them another try. Do they still have the koi pond there crazy?

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                    crazyspice RE: givemecarbs Nov 21, 2008 12:40 PM

                    Last time I was there they did. It has been a few months. I am over Chinese food for the time being. I prefer Thai.

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                  RichieT RE: nevets Nov 23, 2008 05:57 PM

                  Heh, Heh.. Rich.. like Donald Trump after taxes.. that's another one of Joe's lines. We drive from the Main Line, very willingly, almost 30 Min. to Abacus. Yes, it's THAT good!

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                wisey22 RE: KateForbes Nov 20, 2008 08:30 PM

                hey, I wish I could help but I don't live near North Wales. I do, however, live near Audubon and have been looking for good takeout. where is Little Shanghai?

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                  nevets RE: wisey22 Nov 21, 2008 03:46 AM

                  China Wok in the Giant shopping (corner of Trooper and Egypt) has good food. Basic decor and Audrey will greet you by name after a visit or two.

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                    Adenn1 RE: wisey22 Nov 21, 2008 05:05 AM

                    Little Shanghai is in a small strip mall on Ridge...just prior to the intersection where Genuardis and Kmart are located. Never eaten there...but sounds like I will have to try it.

                    I live in Jeffersonville and have come to love Golden Key. It sits off Ridge...a couple blocks from the intersection at Trooper. Very good food, very good prices and they give you a ton of food. The containers are alway packed to the lids.

                  2. bucksguy14 RE: KateForbes Nov 21, 2008 03:36 AM

                    Have you tried LaiLai Brothers in the same strip mall as the Assi? Run by a brother of the owner of LaiLai Garden and has a Korean menu to boot! We tried both Abacus and East Cuisine based on CH posts and didn't like either.

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                      KateForbes RE: bucksguy14 Nov 21, 2008 09:17 AM

                      Thanks for the suggestions, we will have to try East Cuisine. We liked Abacus for eat-in, but the place was so packed we couldn't easily grab a take out menu on our way out. We will give it another try for take out. *Wisey22- don't miss the "Shanghai wonton soup" when you go to Little Shanghai. It's my favorite- can't get enough of Chinese soups and this is my favorite.

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                      givemecarbs RE: KateForbes Nov 21, 2008 10:11 AM

                      Eastern Dragon has sushi. I usually go to the one in towamencin. The service is friendly, they have a sushi bar, and their lunches are inexpensive. Never had the sushi there yet. I did try the sushi at JOA sushi in lansdale. It was awhile ago though, shortly after they opened. I had the yellowtail and it was tasty. My friend doesn't like sushi so I ended up eating all eight pieces, along with some soup. Talk about food as fuel. I am a caffeine addict so I am used to spikes and lows all the livelong day but after those eight pieces of sushi I had energy for six hours straight, felt like I was on premium fuel.

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                        IamStarving RE: givemecarbs Nov 21, 2008 10:18 AM

                        wow, Sushi as an energy source. Now I have another excuse to buy it, lol! As if I needed any more.

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                        givemecarbs RE: KateForbes Nov 21, 2008 10:18 AM

                        Kowloon is okay, it is in the strip center in Lansdale near Allentown Road. The one lady keeps messing it up when she swipes my credit card so I usually just pay cash there. I know you asked for chinese, not thai but my favorite asian place in the general North Wales area is Thai Nadia. I'm addicted to their Pad Thai and their drunken noodles. The noodles have that fresh homemade taste and consistency so when the weather gets cold I love love love their drunken noodles with beef.

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                          IamStarving RE: givemecarbs Nov 21, 2008 10:43 AM

                          gc, can I get a veggie version there?

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                            crazyspice RE: givemecarbs Nov 21, 2008 12:41 PM

                            @carbs ~ Do you like Nadia over Orchid in Blue Bell?

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                              givemecarbs RE: crazyspice Nov 23, 2008 11:30 AM

                              Crazy, I do but I must admit I need more research! I have only tried Orchid twice and once was take out. For the sake of fairness I'll just have to try Orchid again soon. The sacrifices we hounds must make! :) This thread about Asian food gave me quite the cravings though. Stopped at Nadia for a fast early dinner on friday and it was just the ticket. Asked for and got the charming window seat looking out at the choo-choos. Got thai iced tea despite the bracingly cold weather and then drunken noodles with beef. My friend had the tofu pad thai and decided he liked it even better than chicken pad thai. The service was friendly and fast and our waitress consientiously asked my friend if he wanted them to leave out the egg in the pad thai. We had to jet but while I was waiting for the check I chatted with a nearby diner who was waiting for her guy to grab some beer from the bar next door about how fresh the noodles for the drunken noodles are there. We had our bellies full and were on our way fast. I've waited longer for my food at taco bell!

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                                crazyspice RE: givemecarbs Nov 23, 2008 12:13 PM

                                I am going to give Nadia a try. Could have potential for New Years Eve.

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                                  givemecarbs RE: crazyspice Nov 23, 2008 01:44 PM

                                  Awesome crazy! Let us know how you like it. Well I finally did go to Abacus and I put them to the ultimate test without intending to. Ended up there on a whim last night (saturday) around eight thirty, to eat in. We lucked out and were able to wait for a nice booth that had just been vacated. I can't be sure but I think the owner ended up doing a lot for us. It was saturday night at prime time and he was right there making sure everyone was happy. He bused the booth for us, took our order. and got us some white rice that we asked for in the middle of our meal, all while greeting and saying good night to regulars and training a couple of new servers I think. I was just impressed by his efficient matter of fact willingness to just plunge in there and take on everything that needed to be done. As for the food, the won ton noodles in the soup seemed very fresh and the filling had a bright just made flavor. I really liked the spring roll too. The wrapper seemed fresh and the roll was not greasy. My friend wanted the moo shu pork but they were out so he got the house lo mein and I got the shanghai noodles. Everything was good but next time we will pick something less redundant. Being able to get a little bowl of rice fast really helped break it up. When places are busy it can be hard to get something extra in the middle of the meal so this actually meant a lot to me. We'll be back.

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                                    crazyspice RE: givemecarbs Nov 23, 2008 02:24 PM

                                    Damn! I am drooling here. ;-) Stayed in today. Hubs isn't feeling the best. He put my elliptical together and there is a problem with it! Eddie didn't have such a good day. I think it may have been the turkey. :-(

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                                      givemecarbs RE: crazyspice Nov 23, 2008 09:07 PM

                                      Crazym sorry to hear about Eddie, oh yeah and Hubs too. Have you tried liver? My vet says dogs have a very hard time resisting liver. Not sure about husbands though. :)

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                                        crazyspice RE: givemecarbs Nov 24, 2008 05:55 AM

                                        LOL! No liver in my house! Going to Redstone for lunch today. It's my birthday all week!!!!!!

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                                          givemecarbs RE: crazyspice Nov 24, 2008 09:50 AM

                                          Happy birthday crazy! Can't wait to hear about your lunch at Redstone!

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                                            crazyspice RE: givemecarbs Nov 24, 2008 12:48 PM

                                            We started with the pineapple martini. Then we shared the buffalo shrimp, the spinach artichoke dip and the kobe burger. I was SO stuffed I didn't have room to try the chocolate cake! Everything was totally delicious. I am still so full.

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                                              givemecarbs RE: crazyspice Nov 25, 2008 10:11 AM

                                              Yum! Can you still eat outside or did they give up on the outdoor terrace? Those heaters looked huge. You said you are celebrating all week? Where to today?

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                                                crazyspice RE: givemecarbs Nov 25, 2008 10:46 AM

                                                The outside seating is closed and they have decorated for the holidays. I am indeed celebrating all week! Staying home today since I pulled a muscle and the Advil isn't working. Also, we are changing Eddie's food a little and I need to keep an eye on him. Tomorrow it will be lunch where ever hubs picks. He is on his way home from Albany.

                                                I really need the repairman to come and fix my elliptical!!

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                                                  givemecarbs RE: crazyspice Nov 25, 2008 11:12 AM

                                                  Be sure to report on where you go for lunch on Thanksgiving Eve! Did Eddie have hip surgery? I remember having to feed my daschund baby food. Strained liver. Bleh!!!!!

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                                                    crazyspice RE: givemecarbs Nov 25, 2008 12:31 PM

                                                    No. Stomach. He had a blockage and they found a tumor (benign, but still a problem). He likes to eat leaves so now he has a little basket muzzle. Looks funny, but I keep saying if only I had known about that gadget 5 years ago!!

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                                nevets RE: crazyspice Nov 23, 2008 11:51 AM

                                We like the curries (green, red, Panang, Mussaman) from Pho Thai Nam better than the ones from Nadia and Thai Orchid. While most of the basic curries are not that expensive (~$12) they are really cheap on the meat. You're lucky if a chicken curry has the equivalent of half of a chicken breast. Charge me a buck or two more and put some chicken in it! That being said, the flavor and color of the curries are very good and there is usually a lot of vegetables in them.

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                                  givemecarbs RE: nevets Nov 23, 2008 01:47 PM

                                  nevets I want to try their currys but I have simply been unable to get past their shimp pod thai. That stuff is so addicting! Plus there is the whole Pudge's thing. When the weather gets this cold it's hard to resist holding a big cheesesteak in both hands and going chomp!!!!!!

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                              seanmcnutt RE: KateForbes Nov 26, 2008 05:57 AM

                              I'm a big fan of Black Dog cafe in Skippack. It's definitely worth checking out, if you can get past the name...

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                                givemecarbs RE: seanmcnutt Nov 26, 2008 12:34 PM

                                He he Sean, What dishes do you recommend from there?

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                                  Hellolaura RE: seanmcnutt Nov 26, 2008 02:12 PM

                                  I second this....we had a lunch there last Friday. Everyone was thrilled. The lunch menu was a set price of 8.00 dollars. Not bad for Skippack. I had the Thai Green Curry Shrimp that was awesome. I'm going back this weekend for more.

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                                    Hellolaura RE: Hellolaura Nov 26, 2008 02:14 PM

                                    BF just reminded me that he wouldn't call it "take out" but "dining in", instead.

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