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Comparable to Kowloon

Johnresa Mar 24, 2009 07:14 AM

Tomorrow is mom's b-day. For some reason unknown her favorite Chinese restaurant is Kowloon...lol. I am not feeling like traveling to Saugus by T. Is there any place on the T that has comparable food and cheesiness????

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    cornFusion Mar 25, 2009 05:34 AM

    How about that big cheesy palace-on-the-hill near ...saugus(?) its cheesy even from a distance...got to be even more so when you get inside...or is that Kowloon???? If it is ..it is WORTH taking the T ...your mom's happiness on her birthday is something you must guarantee!

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    1. re: cornFusion
      hiddenboston Mar 25, 2009 07:01 AM

      You must be thinking of Jin. I haven't been, but have heard decidedly mixed reviews. Of course, that's almost what you WANT to hear when it comes to this type of restaurant, LOL.

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        Johnresa Mar 25, 2009 07:02 AM

        I have been there and I am not sure the food would be pleasing to mama...lol

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          Johnresa Mar 26, 2009 12:13 PM

          Me and the family ended up at Ho Win Palace in Everett. We ordered a PuPu Platter, lobster sauce, egg fu yung, pork fried rice, and crab rangoons. all of the food was fresh and served piping hot. My only complaint was the crab rangoon filling was too liquidy. There was no texture whatsoever.....just smooth liquidy cream that tasted bland as heck. Loved the chicken fingers and lobster sauce the best. I would go here more often if it was not so chilly these days. i will be back though. BTW the decorum leaves A LOT to be desired....lol. Mom loved it!

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            cornFusion Aug 27, 2009 08:18 AM

            Happy birthday to mom - and kudos to you!

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              CookieLee Aug 27, 2009 07:07 PM

              Just an update ... the Golden Temple has that style of Chinese - American food. They did renovate a while ago, and it is actually very nice. My only complaint is they don't actually bring a PuPu platter, just the food on a plate, no burner! I haven't been for a while, but their scorpion bowl knocked my socks off! In Coolidge Corner, there is Chef Chow's. They have the dark wood, green leather booths, and the same food, little cheaper.

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        sushidad Mar 24, 2009 01:46 PM

        I would put in a vote for South Pacific in Newton. Cheesy Decor, Heavy on the Sweet & Sour Polynesian dishes and Scorpion Bowls. Unfortunately it is not directly accessible by T but is only a short cab ride from the Newton Highlands T Stop.

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          hiddenboston Mar 24, 2009 02:18 PM

          Heh, I would not put in a vote for the South Pacific. I used to go there a lot, but stopped once I heard that story about the workers trying to catch ducks at a local pond.

          Kenny sure could make a helluva mixed drink, though...

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            ScubaSteve Mar 24, 2009 02:27 PM

            they have fresh killed duck?
            i'd go there just for that.....

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              hiddenboston Mar 24, 2009 02:29 PM

              Heh, you're on your own there...

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              StriperGuy Aug 27, 2009 08:33 AM

              "Trying to catch ducks at a local pond" that would be a plus for me for any restaurant. Way cool. Locavore dining at it's best. On more then one occasion I have thought of grabbing one of those pesky geese along the Charles. Would not be at all tricky to catch one. Roast goose or goose confit, YUM.

              1. re: StriperGuy
                LStaff Aug 27, 2009 09:14 AM

                In Rockland county NY, they tried to rid themselves of a Canadian goose problem at an area lake park by killing the geese, and having them sent off for cleaning and packing in order to cook at homeless shelters. After much heated debate, they killed a few hundred, only to find out that they had mercury levels through the roof which helped bring an abrupt end to the program.

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                  jgg13 Aug 27, 2009 02:01 PM

                  Being a pedant (and not meant in a rude way): Canada goose, not Canadian goose.

          2. intheq Mar 24, 2009 12:04 PM

            am i the only one reading this and having vaguely fond memories of aku-aku?

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              Johnresa Mar 24, 2009 12:45 PM

              No you are not....lol. I was wishing from the start that Aku Aku was still there at Alewife Station.

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                hiddenboston Mar 24, 2009 12:47 PM

                Yes, I was thinking just that, and also thinking about the Mad Max type bar in the lower floor of the place.

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                  Johnresa Mar 24, 2009 12:56 PM

                  I loved it. I remember when they replaced it when Summer Shack....I was just mad....lol.

              2. hiddenboston Mar 24, 2009 07:56 AM

                It depends on whether you want really bad Chinese food; there are some places on or near the T that have the cheesy factor, but they can be pretty bad. Kowloon is actually pretty decent because they do such high volume that the food is generally a little fresher than other similar places.

                Golden Temple in Brookline used to be a bit tacky and cheesy, but I haven't been there in years, and I believe they renovated the place so it may not be so tacky anymore.

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                  Johnresa Mar 24, 2009 08:13 AM

                  UMMM.....well if the food is bad then she will love it....lol.
                  All suggestions are welcome. Tacky, bad food, or a combo.

                  1. re: Johnresa
                    hiddenboston Mar 24, 2009 09:36 AM

                    Hmmm, maybe Tiki Island in Medford? It's fairly close to Wellington Station, and I believe is on a bus line.


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                      Johnresa Mar 24, 2009 09:40 AM

                      That would work just right. I forgot about that place. I have never been there but I heard it was cheesy and all. Also it is on the 108 bus line and that is the same bus that services my house. Whoo hooo...lol

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                        phatchris Mar 24, 2009 10:03 AM

                        Billy tse in Revere is close to the wonderland stop, also Billy tse in the North End.

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                          Johnresa Mar 24, 2009 10:06 AM

                          Let me look into that too...Thanks. Tiki Island seems pretty overpriced.

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                            galangatron Mar 24, 2009 11:07 AM

                            the billy tse in revere doesn't have the standard cheesy decor and actually has some pretty decent americanized chinese and pan-asian dishes

                            try ho win palace in everett. the interior hasn't changed since they opened over thirty years ago and the food is horrible

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                              Johnresa Mar 24, 2009 12:01 PM

                              I think Ho Win is a winner here. I will let everyone know how we liked it :-)

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