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Best Dishes in Chinatown

hydraaa Dec 8, 2010 10:56 AM

Anyone want to take a whack at this? I know there have been lots of posts on Chinatown...but how about one thread comprising the best in Chinatown?

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    jscout Apr 28, 2011 11:14 AM

    Some of mine have already been mentioned, but this one has not.

    Salt n Pepper Chicken Wings at Jade Garden. Eff yeah. After decades of eating salt n pepper everything under the sun, I can't believe I never had chicken wings that way until only a few months ago.

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      RoyRon Dec 15, 2010 07:50 AM

      For a splurge at East Ocean City try the King Crab fried with sale and pepper. One crab will usually feed at least 4 people as a part of a multi course meal. It's excellent but expensive.

      East Ocean City Restaurant
      27 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

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      1. re: RoyRon
        gourmaniac Apr 28, 2011 11:29 AM

        Excellent and expensive indeed. I recall getting this at EOC 8 years ago and it was $170! It is by weight.

      2. g
        gourmaniac Dec 9, 2010 11:37 AM

        Eggplant with basil and Pork chop special at Taiwan Cafe
        MingKee Eel and salty spicy soft shell crab at Peach Farm
        Xiao Long Baio and Grilled Taiwanese Chicken Leg at Dumpling Cafe
        Lao Mei Faun (sticky rice) at Great Taste
        Ants climbing on Tree and long beans and pork in Lettuce leaves from Best Little Restaurant
        Char siu (BBQ pork) from Best Cafe/China Pearl
        Salty Spicy Pork Chop on Rice and Beef Chow Fun from Royal Pacific

        Peach Farm
        4 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111

        Royal Pacific
        70 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111

        Great Taste
        201 Main St, Milford, MA 01757

        1. greenzebra Dec 9, 2010 09:12 AM

          A few of my favorites:
          salt and pepper soft-shell crab (in season) at Peach Farm
          numbing hot bamboo shoots at New Shanghai
          garlic fried spare ribs at Best Little Restaurant
          mala broth (with pretty much anything, although I'm partial to the mushroom plate) at Little Q

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          1. re: greenzebra
            teezeetoo Dec 9, 2010 10:57 AM

            haven't been for a while but I used to love the snails in garlicky black bean sauce at Ho Yuen Ting. Are they still good?

            1. re: teezeetoo
              greenzebra Dec 9, 2010 04:53 PM

              I haven't tried that particular dish at BLR, although almost everything I've had there has been quite good.

          2. galangatron Dec 9, 2010 07:00 AM

            a few of my favorites...

            roti canai at penang
            roasted quail at xinh xinh
            pho dac biet at pho pasteur
            pork chop on rice at taiwan cafe
            chicken feet in black bean sauce and sichuan style beef stomach at winsor dim sum cafe
            lychee pork at china gourmet
            tripe with ginger and scallions and egg custard tarts at bubor cha cha
            yum pla duk foo and fried pork belly in chili sauce with green peppercorns at montien
            salt and pepper pork chop at royal pacific
            beef tail in red wine at jade garden
            fuqi feipian at new shanghai
            fried squab and boneless duck feet with jellyfish at best little restaurant
            empress chicken with garlic sauce at wing's kitchen
            braised beef brisket and beef tendon noodle soup at vinh sun
            house roast beef with chinese watercress at new golden gate

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            1. re: galangatron
              barleywino Dec 9, 2010 07:02 AM

              nice list! ditto on the house roast beef at NGG

              1. re: galangatron
                Nab Dec 9, 2010 07:04 AM

                my brotha from anotha motha ...

              2. Prav Dec 8, 2010 09:07 PM

                giant clam filled with garlic-y vermicelli, from peach farm

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                1. re: Prav
                  tysonmcneely Dec 9, 2010 06:17 AM

                  You sure you mean clam and not scallop? If so, I was unaware it was on the menu and will have to give it a try...

                  1. re: tysonmcneely
                    Prav Dec 9, 2010 06:25 AM

                    yeah, it's clam indeed. barleywino, can you help me remember what the name of it was? is it even on the menu?

                    1. re: Prav
                      galangatron Dec 9, 2010 06:32 AM

                      i don't know the name of that particular dish but the giant clam is called a geoduck

                      1. re: galangatron
                        Nab Dec 9, 2010 06:52 AM

                        and it's not always on the menu, shucks


                        1. re: Nab
                          barleywino Dec 9, 2010 06:54 AM

                          nice picture! it is indeed not listed on the menu, i think they call it clam with vermicelli (chao fen sze) in the shell, sometimes it's razor clam, sometimes giant clam, sometimes surf clam, sometimes scallop

                          1. re: Nab
                            tysonmcneely Dec 9, 2010 08:29 AM

                            Wow, that pic looks amazing. I'll have to try that, the scallops that come that way are very good as well.

                            I guess I should add to the thread, my favorite dish in Chinatown is Soft Shell Crab at Peach Farm, when in season (summer)

                            Peach Farm
                            4 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111

                    2. re: Prav
                      kobuta Dec 13, 2010 05:18 PM

                      New Jumbo also does an excellent version of that dish. Maybe some places will use geoduck too (giant clam), but at New Jumbo it was with a different type of clam (don't know the English name - in Cantonese it's called 貴妃蚌 'gwai fei pong').

                      1. re: kobuta
                        cambridgedoctpr Dec 14, 2010 12:02 PM

                        soft shell crab is great and is very easy to prepare at home.

                    3. lipoff Dec 8, 2010 08:25 PM

                      I think my top two would be:
                      Roast beef with Scallion Pancakes at Taiwan Cafe
                      Peking Duck at King Fung Garden

                      I agree with the steamed vegetable dumplings from Taiwan Cafe, but I don't agree with the Cumin Lamb at New Shanghai. I've only had it once, but it was like "country-fried lamb" dusted with cumin, nothing like the superlative versions from Zoe's or Wang's.

                      King Fung Garden
                      74 Kneeland St, Boston, MA 02111

                      New Shanghai Restaurant
                      21 Hudson St, Boston, MA 02111

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                      1. re: lipoff
                        barleywino Dec 9, 2010 12:00 AM

                        The OP did restrict the range to within chinatown, otherwise I would give a plug to other places too

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                          nsenada Dec 14, 2010 06:52 AM

                          Second the roast beef scallion pancakes at TC. I also love the cheesey mussels at Chau Chow City.

                          Chau Chow City
                          81 Essex St, Boston, MA 02111

                        2. barleywino Dec 8, 2010 06:44 PM

                          fried tiny fish w/ jellyfish and flowering chive at New Golden Gate
                          cumin lamb at New Shanghai

                          1. hiddenboston Dec 8, 2010 11:35 AM

                            -- Rice stick with chicken and preserved snow cabbage from the Hong Kong Eatery
                            -- Steamed vegetable dumplings from Taiwan Cafe
                            -- Fried calamari from New Jumbo

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                            1. re: hiddenboston
                              Jenny Ondioline Dec 8, 2010 09:41 PM

                              New Jumbo's salt and pepper squid is fantastic, but I think I have to give the belt to Peach Farm for that particular dish.

                              Peach Farm
                              4 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111

                              1. re: Jenny Ondioline
                                BobB Dec 14, 2010 06:21 AM

                                I'll second Peach Farm for that - also love their clams in black bean sauce.

                                Peach Farm
                                4 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111

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