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Sep 13, 2009 07:00 PM

Old Fashioned Cantonese Chow mein? In CT?

Anyone know a source for the type of chow mein served years back at the old 'FAR EAST' restaurant in New Haven on Chapel and Howe?
It involves little else but soft cooked onion and celery, cornstarch slurry, a bit of ground pork and garnished with julienne chicken breast on top.
Served with thin crunchy noodles and (at my house) a mixture of white and friend rice....
I have to make it myself nowadays because what passes for chow mein is not good eats.

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  1. It's nice to know that I'm not alone in my search........................
    I have found chow mein that meets almost all the requirements, BUT no one seems to use the minced pork any more. This has also disappeared from shrimp in lobster sauce.
    Just as the 'seaweed' in wonton soup has been replaced by cut scallons, YUKK.....
    I have gotten acceptable cantonese style chow mein at Happy Family on Bridgeport Ave, Shelton, but they serve wide fried noodles, not thin.

    It is nearly impossible to find old fashioned American Cantonese Chinese food. When I want comfort food, I don't want Hunan, Szechuan, Fujian, etc.

    The days of the neighborhood Chinese restaurant have disappeared.
    Growing up in New Haven, as you did, I miss: Far East, Chun King. Golden Inn

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    1. re: bagelman01

      Thanks Bman-I can make it myself, which is what I will do this weekend.
      And I totally agree-Shrimp with lobster sauce should have the ground pork in it-not peas, not cubed carrots!

    2. In response to your quest for old fasioned canonese chow mein. There are very few restaurants that serve that type anymore. Just a note, I believe it was a canned version that restaurants served in the past. I love and can't find it either. I have actually been searching restaurant suppliers for the version.

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      1. re: csbjtaylor

        No, Far East, Chun King, Golden Inn and the other better New Haven Cantonese Chinese restaurants of the 1950s, 60s and early 70s diod NOt serve canned food, It was made to order.

      2. Google suggests Royal Palace in New Haven might serve what you're looking for,

        1. Dear cannedpoo, my mom loves that chicken chow mein and can't find a restaurant anywhere near her so she would like to make it herself. Would you be interested in sharing the recipe?


          1. What about Fortune Pavilion on route 34 in Walmart plaza in Derby. It's been there at least 35 years and it's old school chinese. I still enjoy going there now and then.

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            1. re: javaandjazz

              We used to eat there about every 6-8 weeks specifically since it was old school Cantonese-American and real comfort food. Stopped going about 4-6 months ago after 2 disappointing visits. Asked the Maitre D about the change, answer>>>all new chefs, wouldn't tell me if the ownership has changed.
              another one bites the dust

              1. re: bagelman01

                I agree with your comment on Fortune Pavilion. It used to be very good but has gone downhill lately. We like Shanghai Gourmet on the Post Road in Orange. Not very large but food is good and they are very accommodating.

                1. re: PSOC

                  We also like Shanghai Gourmet, BUT it is not old school Cantonese.

                  Best Spare Ribs in the area are from Hong Kong takeout in Red Bush Plaza next t the former Krispy Kreme.