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Best Roasted Meats Rice Plate in Chinatown

Have a hankering for a 3 meat rice plate (duck, roast pork, roast pig) in Chinatown.

Would appreciate your suggestions.

Thank you.

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  1. The Hong Kong Eatery is my fave for meat and rice plates. Love the roast pork, in particular.

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    Hong Kong Eatery
    79 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02111

    1. Each place has different strengths. For the trio that you request, I like the Cafe downstairs from China Pearl. For chicken, I think wai wai (on oxford) is the best and I like the roast pig at chinatown cafe on Harrison south of Oak. Hong Kong Eatery is OK at all three but I think that char siu (roast pork) is just OK.

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      Hong Kong Eatery
      79 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02111

      China Pearl Restaurant
      288 Mishawum Rd, Woburn, MA 01801

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      1. re: gourmaniac

        do you know the name of the cafe downstairs from china pearl? trying to do a run in and out takeout.

        Thank you.

      2. Any of several rice plates at Vinh Sun BBQ on Beach: http://boston.menupages.com/restauran...

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        Vinh Sun
        58 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

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        1. re: Taralli

          Second Vinh Sun. Got super duper roast pig from there a few weeks ago. You can order at the counter to take away (meat only) or get a rice plate off the menu.

          Mmmm... really good.

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          Vinh Sun
          58 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

          1. re: Taralli

            After many years of being an HKE fan, I've had my last few roast meat meals at Vinh Sun.

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            Vinh Sun
            58 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

            1. re: Taralli

              Love Vinh Sun. But they get really mad if they catch you snapping photos.

              http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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              Vinh Sun
              58 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

              1. re: MC Slim JB

                Thanks, I am heading to Vinh Sun.

                BTW, do you recommend ordering a rice plate - or meats individually and a side of rice?

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                Vinh Sun
                58 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

                1. re: CambridgeFoodie

                  A rice plate if I'm eating immediately, individually (and usually in larger portions) if I'm taking home.

                  http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                  1. re: CambridgeFoodie

                    You will be glad you did. The food is great, the place is super clean, and the meats are delicious. On a return trip try the congee. They use a heavy hand with the amount of ginger in the jook and it is pure winter comfort food and perfect for the coming weather. Bon apetit!

                    1. re: FoodOfTheWorld

                      thanks to all for the recommendation - Vinh Sun was indeed very yummy!

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                      Vinh Sun
                      58 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

                      1. re: CambridgeFoodie

                        So don't keep us in suspense - what did you have?

                        1. re: Taralli

                          three meat (duck, pork, pig) rice place for 7.50 - which I took out. All excellent. If I were to do it again, I would follow MC's suggestion and perhaps get a half pound of pig and another half of pork - and a small rice. A better value.

                          Nonetheless, Vinh Sun is now my go to place for cantonese roasted meats.

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                          Vinh Sun
                          58 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

                          1. re: CambridgeFoodie

                            I love their soy sauce chicken too! Need to get to the salty chicken, and whatever other versions they have there, not so clear on the differences for the chicken or the duck offerings. Anyone?

                            I enjoy watching the butcher guy chopping up the meat, thunk thunk thunk, methodical and precise, wish I could ask him to teach me, but he always seems a little uncomfortable when I watch.

                            1. re: Zatan

                              I'm with you, love that thunk thunk.

                              1. re: StriperGuy

                                I love the thunk thunk too, but I've found that when buying a whole duck or big piece of pork, it reheats better in a very hot oven as a whole duck or larger piece of pork. Then I give it the thunk thunk at home with a cleaver on a big built in butcher block.

                                More surface area dries it out more during reheating., and bigger pieces crisp up the skin better without drying the meat.

                                . Of course, if I'm eating it right away, I let them chop it up.

                                Do love the sound though..:)

                              2. re: Zatan

                                I like the soy sauce chicken ("Empress Chicken") at Best Little Restaurant...however they do not have roast pig

                              3. re: CambridgeFoodie

                                Most recently was there for a sitdown lunch. We absolutely loved the roast suckling pig, which I'll order for takeout by itself next time I'm there.

                      2. re: MC Slim JB

                        Just went there today for lunch, and remembered your warning just as I was sliding the phone out. Had the roast pork, it was excellent. My dcs got the thread's eponymous plate (three meats). We noticed they used a microwave to heat up the meats - is this a standard practice at the meats-swinging-in-the-windows places?

                    2. I've also really been wanting to hit the place next to Hei La Moon. Very modest but have heard the meats are really excellent.

                      A hoot that the chicken at Wai Wai is good. I have eaten there once or twice and the food was homey and good. Not exactly a whole lot going on decor wise ;-). That place is nearly, literally a hole in the wall.

                      If you are out in Allston, the Roast Meat Place in the old Super88 food court is passable.

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                      Hei La Moon
                      88 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

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                      1. re: StriperGuy

                        you mean Kantin? the place with the dry fried beef chow foon and the pea pod stems? what exactly do you order there? im always a bit overwhelmed by the pace and end up sticking to the tried and true? help me branch out.

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                        Kantin
                        1095 Commonwealth Ave Ste 203, Boston, MA 02215

                        1. re: hyde

                          Kantin it is. May not be the very best Hong Kong style roast meats in Boston but I like it well enough.

                          They will do 1, 2, 3 meats with veg and rice for very reasonable $.

                          I like the char siu (lacquered pork), duck, chicken, crispy pork. They also sometimes have various funky bits as well. Be sure to get their oily garlicky dipping sauce, in fact ask for two, it is killer.

                          They also do a very acceptable rendition of Singapore (thin curry) noodles.

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                          Kantin
                          1095 Commonwealth Ave Ste 203, Boston, MA 02215

                          1. re: StriperGuy

                            Any connection between the Kantin in Chinatown and the one in the 88 Connection food court at the Hong Kong Supermarket / Super 88 in Allston?

                            http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                            Kantin
                            1095 Commonwealth Ave Ste 203, Boston, MA 02215

                            1. re: MC Slim JB

                              Excellent question, I have no idea.

                              1. re: StriperGuy

                                In studying a bit of Mandarin I learned that Canting (or something like it, Pinyin transliteration....) means restaurant, dining hall, cafeteria, something along those lines. So perhaps Kantin means that, and also wonder if our "canteen" comes from that word as well. Ok, so I'm a nerd about these things, but seems too coincidental to me.

                                The bbq at Kantin in Super 88 is ok. I like Vinh Sun more, have not tried the place by Hei La Moon yet, though have often wondered....

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                                Hei La Moon
                                88 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

                                Vinh Sun
                                58 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

                                Kantin
                                1095 Commonwealth Ave Ste 203, Boston, MA 02215

                                1. re: Zatan

                                  As a one time English major I am always entertained by a bit of etymology. I agree that Kantin is okay, not great.

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                                  Kantin
                                  1095 Commonwealth Ave Ste 203, Boston, MA 02215

                                  1. re: Zatan

                                    Except the pronunciation in Mandarin or Cantonese sounds nothing like Kantin. The chinese pronunciation for the words you're referring to is more like chan-ting (or tsan ting) in mandarin.

                                    The one by Hei La Moon is really good and offers a variety of meats. I think that the eatery around the corner is a cafe, serving that BBQ shops meats, though I've never dined there personally. My parents used to love getting takeout rice plates with their BBQ meats.

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                                    Hei La Moon
                                    88 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

                                    Kantin
                                    1095 Commonwealth Ave Ste 203, Boston, MA 02215

                                    1. re: kobuta

                                      And anyway, the people at Kantin don't speak Mandarin. The Chinese name of Kantin (at least in Super 88) is hou2 sik6 dim3 好食店 (tasty shop/store).

                                      To throw in my two cents, I think the roast meats at Kantin are pretty awful and not at all worth ordering. The 3 or 4 times I've had them, they were dry, chewy, and unpleasant, especially the cha siu and the duck.

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                                      Kantin
                                      1095 Commonwealth Ave Ste 203, Boston, MA 02215

                                      1. re: Luther

                                        Not the best, but not bad in my book. A chacun son gout.

                                      2. re: kobuta

                                        Sure, I know, but it was my first thought when I heard the word in my Mandarin class so perhaps a stretch for some but not me....probably just coincidence.

                                      1. re: Taralli

                                        MC Slim JB mentioned there was also one in CTown
                                        is this true?

                                        1. re: theparegorickid

                                          Sorry for the confusion: I misread the earlier post. It looks like the only Kantin is in the Super 88 Food Court in Allston.

                                          http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                  2. re: StriperGuy

                                    i like the roasted meats at kantin too. they recently added a plate with roast pork belly and roast duck on rice that i am eager to try. they also make a nice salt and pepper pork chop

                                    1. re: galangatron

                                      Yeah, I really do think they are decent. I get it once a month or so. Perhaps not exemplar of the art, but I am never disappointed.

                                      1. re: galangatron

                                        Oooooh.... cool November weather.... duck.... yessssssss

                                2. I think most places offer a decent version, since this is pretty standard "fast food lunch" for Cantonese cuisines, and as others have mentioned, different restaurants may be stronger on one type of roast meat then the other. I also like HK Eatery because they are more like a true HK style cafe, with noodles, congee, etc. Vinh Sun offers good version too. As much as I enjoy Wai Wai, I don't like that they skimp on their vegetables, offering lame napa rather than the better green leafy vegetables (usually yau choi).

                                  I had a roast duck wonton noodles at Great Taste the other day that was pretty good, but need to sample more dishes. Have not tried QuicPic or the place below China Pearl since they re-opened.

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                                  Vinh Sun
                                  58 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

                                  China Pearl Restaurant
                                  288 Mishawum Rd, Woburn, MA 01801

                                  Great Taste
                                  201 Main St, Milford, MA 01757

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                                  1. re: kobuta

                                    Bah, why is this pointing to Great Taste in Milford??

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                                    Great Taste
                                    201 Main St, Milford, MA 01757