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Nov 23, 2009 07:49 AM

Authentic Chinese food?

Does anyone know of a good authentic Chinese (ie no crab rangoon or lo mein) restaurant in the Boston area? If not, does anyone have a favorite place within a 30 minute drive of Greater Boston?

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      1. By the way, lo mein is very authentic, though just not the varieties served at most American Chinese restaurants.

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        1. re: kobuta

          I always thought the phrase "lo mein" is a transliteration particular to the mall court takeout style of greasy wheat noodle. I mean, if you wanted la mian you'd probably just say that.

          1. re: Luther

            Lo mein means mixed with noodles in Cantonese. You're reference means hand-pulled noodles, used in noodle soups and such, and doesn't reference a particular dish. This is where ramen gets its name from. Lo mein in Cantonese cuisine can use fresh noodles or not and usually is a quick mix of of assorted thing with noodles. One of the most common varient is ginger and scallion lo mein. Yes, this is low rent food and probably not fancy enough for most Chinese restaurants, though you will find it on some menus.

        2. I always sort of chuckle when I hear people talk about "authentic" Chinese food. If you have ever been to China and eaten there, you will be thankful for and run to the non-authentic stuff. This is no judgement on the cuisine in China , I just don't think even the most adventurous westerner is looking for Donkey Intestine Soup or Pig Lungs - some of the "authentic" things they serve in China.

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          1. re: chowsalot

            I Don't think you are giving chowhounds enough credit. I think there are plenty of people who read this board who would give Donkey Intestine Soup or Pig Lungs a whirl. I am not joking in the slightest here. My view is: "if someone, somewhere considers it tasty, I will give it a whirl at least once."

            1. re: StriperGuy

              you had my at Donkey Intestine Soup....

            2. re: chowsalot

              It's not like people eat lungs or intestines for every meal, unless maybe if they're really poor and get donations from the butcher shop.

              1. re: chowsalot

                Chowsalot: I've been to authentic restaurants in other cities and passed on the sea slugs, tripe, etc in favor of dishes like salted squid in black bean sauce, eggplant stuffed with shrimp, and peapod greens. You can't find any of the more moderate "authentic" dishes in a restaurant that doesn't serve some of the more hard-core organ meats.

                So please, relax on the snark. Not all of us are in a position to travel, but aren't cavemen because of it.