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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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  1. hiddenboston RE: hydraaa 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 RE: hiddenboston 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 RE: Jenny Ondioline 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

    2. barleywino RE: hydraaa Dec 8, 2010 06:44 PM

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

      1. lipoff RE: hydraaa 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 RE: lipoff 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 RE: lipoff 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. Prav RE: hydraaa Dec 8, 2010 09:07 PM

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

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              tysonmcneely RE: Prav 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...

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                Prav RE: tysonmcneely 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?

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                  galangatron RE: Prav Dec 9, 2010 06:32 AM

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

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                    Nab RE: galangatron Dec 9, 2010 06:52 AM

                    and it's not always on the menu, shucks


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                      barleywino RE: Nab 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

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                        tysonmcneely RE: Nab 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 RE: Prav 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 RE: kobuta Dec 14, 2010 12:02 PM

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

                3. galangatron RE: hydraaa 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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                    barleywino RE: galangatron Dec 9, 2010 07:02 AM

                    nice list! ditto on the house roast beef at NGG

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

                      my brotha from anotha motha ...

                    2. greenzebra RE: hydraaa 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 RE: greenzebra 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?

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                          greenzebra RE: teezeetoo 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.

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                        gourmaniac RE: hydraaa 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

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                          RoyRon RE: hydraaa 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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                            gourmaniac RE: RoyRon 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.

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                            jscout RE: hydraaa 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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