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Any East Coast style Chinese food in Seattle?

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starrshynes Dec 24, 2009 12:46 PM

I moved here from Boston about 2 years ago and have yet to have anything resembling the Chinese food in Boston or NorthEast. I'm looking for beef teriyaki on the bamboo stick, big fat crunchy egg rolls, crab rangoon, barbeque pork and DUCK SAUCE!! I understand this isn't authentic Chinese, but it's what I'm looking for. I'd love to find a place with a pupu platter including these items!

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    why_itsme RE: starrshynes Dec 24, 2009 05:08 PM

    I gave up trying to find New England Chinese food years ago. Now I just make my own.

    1. barleywino RE: starrshynes Dec 26, 2009 05:55 PM

      where in Boston did you find this type of food? I would not call this East Coast style. Anyway, try the happy hour at O'Asian in downtown Seattle.

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        beantowntitletown RE: barleywino Dec 26, 2009 07:00 PM

        In Boston, I think Kowloon in Saugus still has a Chinese American/Polynesian menu like that. Back in the day it was a Boston icon, like Anthony's Pier 4, the walls lined w celebrity pix. I'm sure there are several outposts in the 'burbs, but Kowloon is the most prominent.

        In Seattle, I think Louie's Cuisine of China in Ballard has a lot of those dishes on its menu. I've never been there, but when we lived in Seattle, people we knew who were into that style of food, liked Louie's.

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          mrnelso RE: beantowntitletown Dec 28, 2009 10:12 AM

          see also Moon Temple, in Wallingford, and Rickshaw at 105th

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            why_itsme RE: beantowntitletown Jan 10, 2010 01:17 PM

            I remember the Kowloon!!!!

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            macca RE: barleywino Dec 30, 2009 10:22 AM

            Almost every city near Boston has at least one place that has the food the OP referred to. Not saying it is all good, just that is is everywhere. And tomorrow night- all of them- good or bad, will be doing a bang up take out business!

          3. soypower RE: starrshynes Dec 27, 2009 11:54 AM

            Gotta second the rec for Louie's...American-Chinese food at it's best. :o)

            http://www.louiescuisine.com/dinnerme...

            1. beantowntitletown RE: starrshynes Dec 27, 2009 01:38 PM

              You're probably gonna have a hard time finding duck sauce, tho. Ketchup, mustard, and sesame seeds seem standard away from the East. I used to make duck sauce when I was in high school, working in a Chinese American place.

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                ethereal RE: beantowntitletown Dec 30, 2009 10:19 AM

                Isn't duck sauce what we call plum sauce here? I get it with my roast duck when I pick up Chinese BBQ.

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                  beantowntitletown RE: ethereal Dec 30, 2009 11:49 AM

                  It's plum sauce with additives to stretch it (i.e. sugar, vinegar, applesauce, & very dark, molasses laden soy sauce).

              2. brianv78 RE: starrshynes Dec 29, 2009 07:28 AM

                Did they have chow mein burgers back east? I saw one on TV before and have craved it ever since.

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                  BuffaloBandit RE: starrshynes Jan 5, 2010 10:50 AM

                  My wife and I moved from DC about 4 years ago, but we both grew up in CT, so we are familiar with "East Coast Chinese." There really isn't any here. Judy Fu's Snappy Dragon is about as close as I've found. Give it a whirl and see what you think, just don't get your hopes up.

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                    Smokie RE: starrshynes Jan 9, 2010 06:07 PM

                    Haven't found a good NY style place in over three years until last week. Golden Pheonix in Covington of all places. Big fat crispy egg rolls, pork fried rice, great soup, and the chicken in the chicken dishes actually looks like real chicken. The only thing missing was the wide crispy noodles for the soup. Was definitely suprised and would go back again. Best NY style I've had on the west coast.

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                      jolinn RE: Smokie Jan 9, 2010 09:56 PM

                      I second Golden Phoenix. They're old school Chinese-American, day-glo sauces and all. Back when I lived on the East Coast, duck sauce came in a little take out package like ketchup. Love that stuff. And it "is" actually something you can find at an asian market. Ranch 88 (in the great wall shopping center) and Uwajimayas and every place else that carries the Lum Kum Kee brand (my favorite!!) of sauces (they're legit sauces. I love their hoisin and everything else they make, and they're the makers of Panda Brand Oyster sauce) carries duck sauce in a squat bottle labeled..."duck sauce". I have a jar in my fridge right now. It's not dark. It's sort of a pale golden-orange-ish sauce. It's a big favorite in the Mid-Atlantic states

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                        misshamburglar RE: jolinn Jan 10, 2010 01:14 PM

                        I love this post... thanks starrshynes! I grew up in NJ and know exactly what you are talking about. The one thing I miss is Won Ton Soup. It's not the same here and you can't get it for $1 or with your entree. I just mapped Bellevue to Covington so it looks like I'm going on a road trip to check out Golden Phoenix.

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                          krb RE: misshamburglar Jan 10, 2010 08:31 PM

                          Try the wonton at Yea's Wok in Newcastle. It has the thicker skin you may be after and it's also pretty tasty.

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                          HungWeiLo RE: jolinn Jan 10, 2010 04:16 PM

                          Duck sauce is known in "legitimate" Chinese food as "sour prune sauce" - so it is also sold under that name.

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                            jolinn RE: HungWeiLo Jan 10, 2010 08:47 PM

                            Are you sure we're talking about the same thing, HungWeiLo? Transparent pale-pale orange-ish/gold with teeny little tiny flecks of something that looks like shavings of fruit peel and a texture like liquid cooked up with cornstarch, but sort of sweet and sour? The only other thing I've ever found that was close was the old style La Choy, before they changed the taste and texture, brand of sweet and sour sauce.

                            Plum sauce and the sauce used for roast duck is way too dark. I think Lee Kum Kee makes "Duck Sauce" for the NY market. It's very East Coast in a pupu-platter kind of way.

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                              HungWeiLo RE: jolinn Jan 11, 2010 07:06 AM

                              Here are some pictures of the Lee Kum Kee plum sauce:

                              http://angiesrecipes.blogspot.com/200...

                              Unless I'm really mistaken, I think that's what you're looking for, right?

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                        merken RE: starrshynes Jan 17, 2010 04:09 PM

                        My wife and I are from NY/NJ and have lived here for over 3 years. A steady search for 'East Coast' Chinese food has taken place. What we discovered and what we think what you may be looking for is Cantonese-style cooking, and which seems to be hard to find around Seattle. There are only two places we have found (so far) that come close and are very good:
                        Grand Peking Restaurant (Redmond, not kidding)- grandpekingrestaurant.com

                        and

                        Maple Leaf Chinese Restaurant (Bellevue)- 707 148th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98007

                        The ambiance of both places is nothing to write home about (but they are very clean, safe, etc, just could use some updating), and Maple Leaf will remind you of some tacky places you may have seen growing up (but they do have a seriously large beautiful fish tank in the center of the dining room). But the food has been REALLY good, as has the service. Also, there are a couple of older waiters at Maple Leaf that knew what I was asking for when I mentioned Cantonese-style or East Coast style, and were able to accommodate us (for the most part).
                        One thing both restaurants are missing are the huge eggrolls and spareribs, but there is only so much gasoline I'm willing to expend to completely clog my arteries (I am a cheap wuss).
                        Good luck with your search!

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                          WAFoodie RE: starrshynes Jan 17, 2010 05:03 PM

                          Try Gim Wah in Magnolia.

                          Gim Wah Restaurant
                          3418 W Mcgraw St, Seattle, WA 98199-3212(206) 284-7000‎

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                            WAFoodie RE: starrshynes Jan 17, 2010 05:11 PM

                            You can also try Ballard Mandarin

                            http://ballardmandarin.com/web/Home/t...

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