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Oct 18, 2010 03:01 PM

Olive Street Univ City/Olivette - Your Fav Asian Restaurant

What is your favorite Asian restaurant in the "Little Chinatown" on Olive?

Please no reccommendations for In Soo - it was great but its gone, lets limit it to restaurants that are open NOW.

In Soo Restaurant
8423 Olive Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63132

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  1. c'mon people, reply! I'm in the process of returning after 20 years on either coast and really need to know where the good Asian (all and any) can be found (I know a few standards, but still...I stopped off in Jay Asia today for some provisions during a jaunt into the city and about had a visitation).

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    1. re: hill food

      You can get into almost as many arguments about dim sum as barbecue, you know, but right now we like LuLu for that, and for other Chinese food as well. The old original In Soo site is now Korean/Chinese - I haven't even tried their Chinese - called Asian Kitchen, and it's good, although I claim no expertise in the cuisine. Kim Son is adequate, sometimes more than that, for Vietnamese. Seafood City, the grocery store, has moved to the site of the old Venture store, and there's another place across the street in an old auto dealership that's also good for food shopping. Called, I believe, Asian Farmers' Market, but it is way not a farmers market.

      1. re: lemons

        lemons, I had time to kill before picking up a friend a the airport, and. well. WOW. those markets are my new favorite places. I still love Jay, but, well unless I'm on S. Grand, screw that.

      2. re: hill food

        If you're willing to go off Olive to Manchester, we loved Joy Luck Buffet. As a buffet it's pretty junky and Americanized, but they have a huge menu in Chinese and several dishes translated to the "Chinese menu in English." (That's how we asked for it - otherwise you get their carry-out menu, which is very different.)

        A lot of people go there for hot pot, though I've never tried it. Most of the dishes we've tried make very heavy use of Sichuan pepper. Po La Fish Filet and Dried Three Chilis chicken were our favorites, and the dry string beans and dan dan noodles were great as well.

        Joy Luck Buffet
        8030 Manchester Rd, Saint Louis, MO 63144

      3. We haven't been in so long (too long!), but LuLu is great for dim sum. I like Chinese BBQ (I think that's what it's called) for those claypot dishes you can't find really anywhere else. My mom and dad have eaten at a small hole in the wall, which I don't even think has a menu in English, for Swatow food (Chiu Chow) and gave it thumbs-up. I don't know the name, however.

        I just located a Riverfront Times review of the place, but I don't see an address. Sorry!

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        1. re: k_d

          The place of which you speak with no name is right across the street from LuLu, on the corner of a strip mall. Yes, no English menu. One msut be very brave, and it is very tiny, but the food for the truly adventurous or those with a Chinese-speaking friend is fab. You're talking about Royal Chinese BBQ, one of the few places in town with ducks hanging in the window.

          1. re: lemons

            lord I love a duck, I'll have to remember this. I did have dim sum at LuLu's this spring (based on CH recs) it was pretty darn good, bao was spot on, the har gow were a little oversized, but had the right flavor and texture, well for me anyway. (I kinda got spoiled during my years in SF)

            1. re: lemons

              Thank you, lemons for fixing Royal Chinese. Of course, I remember that now. I also usually buy my cha siu there.

              Dad is from a Swatow family, so I figure he is a good judge of Chiu Chow food. Of course, he can even speak the dialect! I ought to drag him up there with me sometime soon.

              1. re: lemons

                Well, it does have a name, after all!

                " KC " - it's the initials of the daughter of the owners. What an experience eating there! Serve yourself tea, rice, congee (as you please), as well as drinks and dessert. We had a steamed pomfrit with ginger, black bean, black mushroom, and cilantro; braised green vegetable with fermented soybeans; white-cooked chicken with soybeans; an oyster "pancake" that I would actually describe as an omelet; and slices of boiled duck with tofu. Like having indoor street food. Very nice!

                And... it has an address! 8233 Olive Boulevard, Saint Louis, MO.

                We even found several laminated menus in English & Chinese scattered around the dining room. They were amusingly footnoted as "produced by a third-party to make Meng Lei more user-friendly." Go!

                1. re: k_d

                  Boy, am I glad to hear that!

            2. just got a tip from a friend who was taken by Taiwanese clients who already had the inside scoop, there's what a appears to be a typical dumbed down buffet place on Dorset just West of I-170 "Royal something" with a canopy that extends almost to the curb, it does have the glop trays, but at the end is a selection of stuff with no labels that apparently is the real (ish,authentic is another current thread) thing

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              1. re: hill food

                Dorset doesn't intersect 170. Maybe 270? And I'm glad you liked the markets. So much fun, and so much to think about.

                1. re: hill food

                  This maybe?

                  I love going to the international market in Kirkwood and the markets on Olive. I haven't had as much time to cook the last 6 mos but will be home more over the next few month so I'm making a list.

                2. I live in NYC now, Royal Chinese BBQ is excellent. Every time I come home, I go there for garlic eggplant, bbq pork, seafood fish stomach soup. Rivals all of the "good" Chinese in NYC--maybe not Flushing lol.