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Sakura in Chinatown--Excellent Meal

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myra Jul 5, 2010 06:49 PM

We had dinner with guests from Atlanta. We enjoyed it so much, including very nice pacing of the dishes, not slapping down everything at the same moment, as many Chinese restaurants do. Very nice and healthy dishes, not fried or steeped in oil (though of course fried and steeped in oil can be delicious). The best dishes: an appetizer of chicken in wine sauce, very plain and light; soup dumplings or juicy buns, a novelty for our guests; pea shoots (also a novelty for them); fish fillets with Shanghai vegetable qicai--this was really great, so light and perfect for this weather. I don't know what qicai is--can anyone enlighten me? I thought it was cilantro, but others thought it was cilantro plus something else. And eggplant in garlic sauce, also beautifully prepared. The children had sashimi, egg drop soup, eggrolls, and tasted the rest of the food, and they seemed very happy too. Oh--we also had shumai, which they made stuffed with rice, not pork--a nice surprise, but verging on bland, and regular potsticker style dumplings, also good. What a nice place!

  1. scoopG Jul 9, 2010 07:04 AM

    I've never heard of Qicai - I think it could be Jiu3 Cai4 - 韭菜 - Garlic Chives....

    http://www.google.com/images?q=jiu+ca...

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      Bob Loblaw Jul 7, 2010 02:45 PM

      i like the soup dumplings there a lot.

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        phillylunchjamie Jul 6, 2010 05:52 PM

        http://www.lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.... this post clears up the qi cai question

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          myra Jul 7, 2010 08:23 AM

          thanks so much for posting this. I'm still interestied in seeing what qi cai looks like fresh. I looked at some seed company websites and didn't find it, but I'm still hoping.

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            phillylunchjamie Jul 9, 2010 01:25 PM

            p.s. Sakura is one of my favorite restaurants in philly

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            gan911 Jul 5, 2010 07:43 PM

            sounds like celery

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