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Beijing Star in Waltham - Recc's

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jayk Feb 23, 2010 05:10 PM

Hi all,
I have been thinking of heading over to Beijing Star in Waltham for a meal. Any recommendations on what to order? I read from previous posts that there are two menus and will definitely ask for the Chinese menu. I heard the breakfast was good as well - better than Shangri-la?

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  1. galangatron RE: jayk Feb 23, 2010 05:35 PM

    chive pie
    lamb soup with shao ping
    hand pulled noodle soup
    pork shank in soy sauce
    jumbo meat ball casserole
    sauteed chinese okra

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      jayk RE: galangatron Feb 23, 2010 06:50 PM

      Thanks! Is the hand pulled noodle soup - really authentic? I haven't had this dish in years - is the Chinese menu only in Chinese - my chinese is a little rusty...

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        y2000k RE: galangatron Mar 2, 2010 02:17 PM

        We go there every so often, but only on weekends for the Northern dim sum. They do offer the knife-cut noodles on the dim sum menu.

        We also love the lamb soup with shao ping - a must for us

      2. peregrine RE: jayk Feb 23, 2010 07:52 PM

        Hurry on down while they have a third, red, bilingual menu with the New Year's Specials!
        The dry cooked lamb chops were outstanding!
        The special duck was, too, as is the tea-smoked duck on the pink menu.
        It's hard to go wrong on the pink menu, which comes in both an English and a Chinese edition.

        1. MC Slim JB RE: jayk Feb 23, 2010 08:04 PM

          I think galangatron mentioned most of my favorites but two: dry-sauteed shredded eel, and shredded pork with sliced pancake, usually a foyer whiteboard special. The latter is basically a flat whole-wheat noodle dish, simple and very Northern and really satisfying. I also like lamb with scallion and the sort-of-Sichuan steamed sliced beef, which at least has real Sichuan peppercorns (not the novelty they were a few years ago).

          One of my favorite lunches there is a bowl of soup noodles with shredded pork: specify "home-style", which gets you the fat, irregular knife-cut noodles, a chewy wonder. You'll need a nap afterward, but it's a great winter dish.

          http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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            StriperGuy RE: MC Slim JB Feb 24, 2010 05:14 AM

            Glad my old Waltham standby is getting some love on Chowhound. They do have quite a few dishes that noonone else in Boston has. Dim sum is good and unique too.

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              astrid RE: MC Slim JB Feb 24, 2010 05:30 AM

              Can you talk more about the "fat, irregular knife-cut noodles" (dao xiao mian). I had given up hope of finding them here, once I came back from China. Can you only get them in the soup? What is the soup like? Is it spicy, or just a porky, meaty broth? The version I dream about was more Uighur -- lamb broth with cumin and ridiculous amounts of Sichuan peppercorn, covered in chopped cilantro. That's not what we're talking about here, is it?

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                StriperGuy RE: astrid Feb 24, 2010 05:39 AM

                Not that soup. Been a while since I had it, but if I remember it was just a nice solid pork with veg soup and then a huge pile of the knife cut noodles.

                A friend who is of Chinese descent said that by his standards the noodles were a bit clunky, but as it is the only place in Boston that makes them they rock in my book.

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                  MC Slim JB RE: StriperGuy Feb 25, 2010 10:25 AM

                  This is a very accurate description of the knife-cut noodles in soup I've had at Beijing Star. I've never had them elsewhere, so it's hard for me to judge how they rate.

                  http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                  Luther RE: astrid Feb 24, 2010 10:56 AM

                  It's the only place in MA I know they have knife noodles. They are gooey and crudely cut, fun to eat but maybe not of high technical skill. I've had them at BS in a brown sauce with ground meat and peas- sort of a non-spice take on the traditional.

                  The versions I've had in Flushing always were a dry version (topped with cumin and fennel flavored gound meat) and clear soup with cilantro and fennel seed on the side.

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                    jayk RE: Luther Feb 24, 2010 01:42 PM

                    Sounds good. I can't believe I haven't been here yet. It has been on my list for 2 years now. Hopefully I can get there this weekend.

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                      bugsmum RE: jayk Feb 25, 2010 03:37 AM

                      cold homestyle noodles, either spicy or not
                      scalloped rice stick w/ pork and spinach
                      eggplant w/ bean sauce
                      tofu w/black mushrooms and bamboo shoots
                      shredded pork in bean sauce

                      best hot and sour soup I've ever had

                      Love this place.

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