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Mar 23, 2009 09:31 AM

ISO: Ridiculously Good Chinese (Poughkeepsie)

Does anyone know of any great (takeout) chinese restaurants in Dutchess? Preferably in the Poughkeepsie / Wappingers / Fishkill area? Bonus points if they deliver within the city of Poughkeepsie.

I'm especially looking for some place that has great dumplings. And yes I know Twisted Soul makes great dumplings - but I'm looking for a chinese joint where I can get other chinese stuff as well.


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  1. I don't know any ridiculously good Chinese restaurants, but I do know a couple of decent ones. I like Wing Sing in Fishkill. It's on Main St., in the same strip mall as Tanjore and Toro. One of the cooks from Wing Sing opened up a Chinese takeout place on Titusville Rd. in Poughkeepsie a year or two ago, but I'm not sure if it's still open. I also like First Wok in Wappingers. It's on Rt. 9, in the same strip mall as Tacocina and Los Hornitos Bakery (both excellent, btw). I know a lot of people like Mill Panda in Poughkeepsie, but I'm not a big fan. My favorite Chinese restaurant in the not-so-immediate area is Panda House on Mill Plain Road in Danbury, CT. Good luck in your search!

    1. sorry, no such beast (ridiculously good) exists in poughkeepsie area...i consider mill panda one of the better ones, but wouldn't consider it anywhere near great.

      what i wind up doing is going down to the place in new hackensack plaza on rte 376 - welcome oriental grocery - and picking up things, like szechuan peppercorns, wide noodles (i usually get the bagged ones, but they get the fresh kind on the weekends), there. my family generally won't eat the hotter or spicier things but i've found that my cooking on the simple things beats most of the local chinese places, and i'm not even a good cook.

      i went searching a couple years ago on the same quest, or even for some halfway decent jiao long bao (chinese steamed dumplings), came up empty.

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      1. re: bob gaj

        Sadly, this is the response I was expecting - good chinese just isn't available!

        A lot of my family goes to First Wok in Wappingers, and honestly I do not like them. In the past they had been better (or maybe I wasnt always so picky?), but the past few years whenever I get something I always wondering why I even bothered. Their dumplings especially are a huge disappointment and are VERY dough-ey.

        Mill St is better, and has a few dishes that I enjoy - but was still hoping for something more.

        I've heard Chen Young on 9 is decent. Has anyone tried Chans Peking in Red Oaks Mill? Any feedback greatly appreciated!

      2. last month, i ended up going to this place called best dumpling in nj...they sell frozen dumplings by the bag--very good, especially the beef dumplings. it's korean mandoo, but very similar to what twisted soul sells. when i went to hopewell farm on rt. 82 in hopewell junction, i noticed that they sold frozen dumplings in the same packaging. you might want to check it out and ask them if they get them from best dumpling. that might be an option for you. good luck!

        1. There isn't anything in Poughkeepsie that compares with Twisted Soul.

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            1. re: MommyTwingle

              twisted soul is (currently) on main street. sometime soon, maybe already, they will be moving over near vassar.

              it's a fusion place, so they'll have nice smooth dumplings with various fillings (my favorite is a curry seafood). empanadas, sticky chicken wings...i'm not thrilled with their noodle dishes, though i've seen people who love their salads.

              i was told after they complete the move, they'll have dinners served on friday/saturday night, sort of in a small plates style. the dishes they had last may, when they tried some small dishes out, were quite good, and i'm *really* looking forward to it.

              should also check and see if they're offering dishes around easter; they did around thanksgiving, which were different from the ordinary offerings and sounded awesome.

              1. re: bob gaj

                i went to twisted soul on friday....the guy at the counter said that they'll be open on 47 raymond avenue in poughkeepsie on 4/6. their new number is 705-5381.

                1. re: applesauce23

                  Does anyone know if Twisted Soul is open yet? Drove by last week and still seemed like they were working on it.

                  1. re: kforkelly

                    it opened this past saturday with a limited menu. the new space is great! i had two beef empanadas and a taro bubble tea...good stuff. it was pretty busy too, which is great for the owners. they totally weren't getting traffic they deserved in their old location.

                    1. re: kforkelly

                      twisted soul is open at their new location!

                      stopped by a few days ago, they had a good turnout for lunch, so it looks like the decision to move was a good one. the 2-person tables are bar-sized, with the high back chairs.

                      they'll be serving small plates at dinner time on fridays and saturdays (starting this friday!). i'll be in nyc that day, but my wife and i will be going there the next friday...hope it's good, they're excited about it.

                      1. re: bob gaj

                        Yes! Thats the news I was looking to hear :) I must have driven by just a few days before they opened.

                        I'm totally going for their small plates dinner next week!!!

                        1. re: kforkelly

                          We ate at the new location last night and it was terrific food, great ambiance, and Lee and Brenda were very friendly even though they had only been open for a few days and the place was busy. There were a lot of Vassar students for takeout which is fine because the seating is limited. We just let Lee bring on a selection of tapas and Brenda gave some guidance on the bubble teas. It was delicious and fun. Looking forward to going back! This was our first time there and felt as if we were treated like regulars.

                        2. re: bob gaj

                          Is their menu available online anywhere?

                          1. re: MisterBill2

                            Here's the menu I picked up last week:

                            Salad Concept ($5.95--includes lettuce, four free twisted toppings (add. ingredients are 50 cents extra), and your choice of twisted dressing)
                            Lettuce: Chopped romaine or mesclun greens
                            Twisted toppings: sundried tomatoes, portobello mushrooms, avocado, cucumbers, black eyed peas, tomatoes, feta cheese, carrots, golden raisins, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, pickled jicama, broccoli, chick peas, sweet potatoes, calamata olives, peanuts, black beans, gorgonzola, red onions, cheddar cheese, banana peppers, soy beans, and artichoke hearts.
                            Twisted dressings: mango-poppyseeds, sweet chipolte, gorgonzola, carrot-ginger, honey-balsamic
                            Grilled chicken, grilled tofu, and shrimp are $2 extra.

                            Dumpling concept (6 pieces for $6.95--comes with rice):
                            Pork-cured sausage-ginger
                            Beef-green onions-garlic
                            Tofu-mung bean-sesame
                            Lamb-portobello mushrooms
                            Duck-Napa cabbage-Goji berry

                            Empanada Concept (1 for $2, 3 for $5, and 12 for $20):
                            Beef, corn-goat cheese, chicken, sweet potato-caramelized onion-portobello mushroom
                            Comes with Chimichurri sauce

                            Twisted Concept ($6.95)
                            18 hour slow cooked BBQ pork sticky buns

                            Corn Arepa Concept ($6.95):
                            BBQ pulled pork or BBQ grilled tofu

                            Drink Concept:
                            Bubble Tea ($3): green tea, milk-green tea, peach green tea, lychee green tea, green apple green tea, mango green tea, Thai iced coffee (don't know if that comes with tapioca)
                            Smoothies ($3.50): honeydew, coffee, pineapple, and taro
                            Fresh Fruit Smoothies ($4): Seasonal fruits
                            Twisted Smoothies ($4): avocado-banana-mango and carrot-mango-ginger
                            Signature Drinks ($2.25): lavender lemonade-basil seeds, ginger lemonade-basil seeds, mate cocido (Argentinean iced tea), and chicha morada (Peruvian drink)
                            Teany tea ($2.25)
                            Coffee ($1.25)
                            Coconut Chai tea ($2)

                            I'll miss their banana soy shakes, but their new drinks seems pretty good. I tried a sample of the Chicha Morada and it was really refreshing.

                            1. re: applesauce23

                              i had the duck one when they first had it (as special), and it was great. though i liked the crab ones...

                              i'll miss the wings, but those are much harder to cook. i never cared for the noodle/rice concept, that was the weakest part (ie. nothing special) of the menu.

                              going on friday night w/my wife for tapas, will post about it, really hoping it's good...

                              they don't have a website.

                              1. re: applesauce23

                                Thanks for taking the time to type up the menu! I will be in the area tomorrow, maybe we will stop by for a bubble tea (we have other plans for dinner).

                                1. re: MisterBill2

                                  We stopped off for a bubble tea on Saturday. it wasn't bad, but it was short on bubbles and long on ice. It smelled good, we might go back and try the food.

                                  1. re: MisterBill2

                                    PS I meant that the food smelled good, not the bubble tea. It tasted ok (but not enough tapioca bubbles).