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Good rice plates, with vegetables too?

  • Joanie May 19, 2010 04:47 AM
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I can't remember the name of the Chinatown place that someone liked for rice plates, it was in the "hole in the wall" thread but I'm blind or it's disappeared. Do any places serve rice plates with both good meat AND some decent veggies mixed in? It seems like it's usually just meat. Will be close to Chinatown tonite and figured I'd get some to go. Thanks.

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  1. Potluck cafe on Knapp St.

    1. Not too much mention of veggies, but this thread is good.

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6643...

      1. Someone mentioned wai wai (on Oxford) which has an excellent duck and chicken rice plate (Veggies are $1 extra). I like Quickpic. Meat isn't quite as succulent as wai wai but veggies are free and the price is about a $1 less and it comes with clear soup. I can usually get two meals out of it.

        1. Most Chinatown quick rices plates have evolved from offering good greens to just napa cabbage - a little disappointing. Wai Wai does napa if I remember. I think Vinh Sun may still offer real greens with the rice, so you can give them a try.

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          Vinh Sun
          58 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

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          1. re: kobuta

            I've had green beans and zucchini on a couple of different Quickpic orders. It appears to be seasonal which is a good thing.

            1. re: gourmaniac

              I just read a review of Quickpic on Yelp and it sounds like veggies are standard. And I remember MC's kudos to Vinh Sun in the Phoenix, so will add that. I should have mentioned i wanted bbq meat but most of these seem to have that. In the past, it seems I've only gotten rice with the duck or pork and nothing else.

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              Vinh Sun
              58 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

              1. re: Joanie

                Yeah, much more common in the past were Chinese greens (yau choi) in particular (or what gets labeled as u toy in some markets). A nice balance to the fattier meats. This is what Vinh Sunh gave me last time.

                1. re: kobuta

                  Half of a small head of bok choy split lengthwise (or occasionally two such halves) also seems to be common.

                2. re: Joanie

                  HKE does BBQ rice plates also, usually with baby bok choy iirc. For something different, try their salt and pepper fish filet rice plate. another to add to your list (if you consider beef) is the "roast beef" (actually prime rib, specify "pan fried", which is a whole piece of prime rib pan seared and then thick sliced, instead of cubes) rice plate at New Golden Gate, you can request vegetables of your choice too, or soft tofu (pea leaves is $3 extra but the plate is large enough for 2 meals then). Quic Pic vegetables can be pretty disappointing

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                  New Golden Gate
                  66 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

            2. All right, I am a fairly regular customer of both Wai Wai and Quic pic, so let's set the record straight:

              Wai Wai usually gives you chinese broccoli, they may occasionally mix it up, but 90% of the time it's Chinese broccoli. It costs $1 more, and they don't give you all that much.

              Quic Pic Rotates their vegetables (Which come free) a lot which isn't always a good thing. I've gotten chinese broccoli, napa cabbage and bok choy and the like. But I've also gotten: sliced carrots, sliced potatoes and cooked romaine lettuce. (The lettuce was by far the worst.)

              I don't get rice plates @ vinh Sun and Hong King Eatery often, so I forget if they come with vegetables or not. If I had to guess, I believe they do.

              FYI, I've been leaning towards quic pic lately, but it's because of their variety of meats and prices, not for their vegetables selection.

              1. I like Chinatown Cafe, 262 Harrison Ave (by the Boston Herald). I've mostly had their bbq chicken (no rice, just chicken) and it's delicious. I did try a few of their rice plates as well, and they were quite good. One rice plate is enough to feed two people.

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                1. re: taterjane

                  All these comments make me feel like the piglet I am. I don't disagree that these could feed two, but I always wolf these down in one sitting.

                  1. re: kobuta

                    Let me rephrase. One rice plate feeds two not-super-hungry small people. :)

                    Now that I think about this, my mother, father, and I shared two rice plates, and a bunch of food my mother cooked. I was forgetting about the stuff she made.

                    1. re: taterjane

                      Well I ended up at Quic Pic and that's a freaking lot of food that I sure can't imagine eating at one time. I just got one meat (bbq pork) which came with some broccoli and soup, and I didn't even open the soup. Will get 3 meals out of this which I know is on the other end of the eating spectrum but for $5, so much food. As to the food itself, it was pretty good. I felt like the pork was a little soft, or a bit fatty or something. Not sure how to explain it, maybe that's how it always is. i was looking for something with good crisp skin and this wasn't bad altho the pieces are sliced in such a way that the skin area is fairly small. A little bit of broccoli on the side, scallion sauce was good but salty. Super fast, cheap, not bad, nice guy took my order. Will have a little for lunch then another meal. Not sure if I'll even get to the soup.

                      1. re: Joanie

                        Glad you liked it. Your review is dead on. Not the best , but fast, tasty, and good value.

                        1. re: Joanie

                          I suppose when you say bbq pork, you meant the crispy skin pork (siu yuk), not the honey-glazed char siu?

                          Regarding the fat, I think it's the problem with the pigs here in the US. We had crispy skin pork last month @ HK Eatery, and there was a layer of fat underneath the skin that was at least 1/4 inch thick. When I was a kid in Hong Kong, we never had crispy skin pork that fatty.

                          1. re: y2000k

                            I'm not sure, it just said BBQ pork on the menu he handed me and that's what he suggested when I said I wanted crispy skin. Maybe I'll go for duck (and the bones which I was avoiding) next time.

                  2. I like the rice plates at Hong Kong Eatery, Great Taste and Vinh Sun. The BBQ meats at HKE and Vinh Sunh come with Chinese broccoli. I don't know about Vinh Sunh.

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                    Hong Kong Eatery
                    79 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02111

                    Vinh Sun
                    58 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

                    1. I usually just ask the server if the meat dish comes with veggies. If the answer is no, I just ask for some (usually yu choy), and they add a slight surcharge to it. That way, I don't need to keep an index card in my head as to which place has veggies and which place doesn't.

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                      1. re: y2000k

                        Yessssss.