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Golden Garden

the food was again excellent though at 7 45, when i showed up, there were still only a 4 tables in use.

i hope that they survive and hope that anyone with a blog or a column will try their food.

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Golden Garden
63 Concord Ave, Belmont, MA 02478

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  1. They got a nice Cheap Eats review in the Globe this week. I'm sorry I don't get out to Belmont more.

    http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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    1. re: MC Slim JB

      That's great news for GG. Thanks for sharing it!

      1. re: MC Slim JB

        you should make the trek; i am pretty sure that your review would help them.

      2. The reopening of Qingdao is bad news for them. Last night we got delivery from Q not GG. (It was excellent and they sounded very busy at Q.)

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        1. re: FoodDabbler

          I've been getting takeout from Golden Garden and the food has been delicious. I love their spicy cumin lamb, their dumplings, their noodles, sour cabbage and bacon, and their tofu. It is usually not very full at the restaurant but I think they are getting a good number of takeout orders. Please continue to eat and order from there, as they are super-nice and the food is so yummy and reasonably priced.

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          Golden Garden
          63 Concord Ave, Belmont, MA 02478

        2. I had a another great meal at GG on Tuesday. Actually, I think it was the best its been. I have to admit I haven't been branching out that much in my ordering (i.e. I HAVE TO order shrimp pork leek dumplings and the cumin lamb).

          New to me was the green bean noodles with spicy sauce which I ordered based on other hounds recommendations. When the waitress delivered it she said "bean curd with spicy sauce" Same thing? I know that tofu-y texture is not my husbands favorite so I noted that it was kind of like the texture of eggs whites on a hard boiled egg and he willingly gobbled it up. The sauce really made it though. Spicy but not too much burn with a little bit of crunch to it.

          I also ordered the "Shanghai Vegetables" not really knowing what I would be getting and being to lazy to ask. Turns out it was baby bok choy (or maybe choy sum). It was sauteed until bright green and lightly seasoned. I loved it and it made for good leftovers the next day.

          And the cumin lamb... It was better than ever! Those thin pieces of lamb were so savory and so tender and melt in your mouth.

          Can't wait to go back.

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          1. re: heypielady

            Try the Hot and Sour Won Ton soup. My wifes fav. I bit like Mary Chungs Suan La Chow Cho, but soupier and tastier.

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            Mary Chung Restaurant
            460 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

            1. re: StriperGuy

              Thanks entirely to this post, when I found myself out of the office at lunchtime today, I stopped by Golden Garden to try the hot and sour won ton soup. I couldn't resist ordering the addictive vegetable leek pie too. There was one other party of four there, and I quickly realized that one of them had to be a Chowhound although the word had not (at that point) crossed his lips. The soup was delicious, light but very flavorful broth, melt-in-your-mouth won tons, tiny baby bok choy (or similar). The pie was as fabulous as always. By the time I finished my meal, I was sure that the 'hound adjacent could be none other than StriperGuy himself, and so he proved to be. So a delicious meal was capped by meeting someone whose posts I have long enjoyed, altogether a good reason to find myself out of the office at lunchtime more often.

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              Golden Garden
              63 Concord Ave, Belmont, MA 02478

            2. re: heypielady

              I'm in the same great rut-- cumin lamb and pork shrimp leek dumplings. I did notice last week that the lamb had less heat and a lot fewer of the charred dried chilis. But this is quibbling....

              1. re: newhound

                i took striper recommendation and had the hot and sour won ton soup; i agree with his description. i was heartened to see that they were busy on a friday night.

                  1. re: StriperGuy

                    thanks; you and mc are the best. you two should be in the business.

              2. re: heypielady

                Stopped in early saturday evening and ordered way to much food for takeout. The cumin lamb was fabulous - spicy, tender goodness. The pork/leek/shrimp dumplings were pretty good. COuldn't remember which soup stripe had recommended so ended up with vegie/tofu which had a really rich broth and soft tofu but was boring compared to the lamb. Having it for lunch today instead.

                I stopped in and ordered on my way back from the hardware store - only took about 10 minutes and they gave me a nice cup of tea while I waited. They were very nice, despite the fact that I was looking really rough.

                1. re: tdaaa

                  HA. They created that soup at my wife's request on a day when she wanted something mild.

                  It is a bit bland.

                  The good ones are the Hot and Sour Dumpling soup, and the spicey noodle pork soup.

                  1. re: StriperGuy

                    I was trying to stay away from the americanized items. It wasn't bad, just bland. Maybe I'll add some ass blaster hot sauce and see how it is.

              3. Several of us returned to the place over the weekend. The shredded potatoes in sour sauce was excellent, as was the shredded dried beef in chili sauce. And the Singapore noodles were more savory than hot, with a real licorice taste coming from the star anise. Great stuff, though I had an even better meal at one of my faves the night before--Apsara in the West End of Providence.

                1. Golden Garden was awesome on all counts last night. You know how sometimes, you'll order a bunch of things, and most are good, but a couple are just OK? Not last night! Everything was DEElicious.

                  We had the vegetable leek pie (more like a pancake than a pie), the bamboo shots w/sesame oil, and the sautéed string beans, for the veggie elements of our dinner. All fantastic. The bamboo shots had the perfect amount of oil—not overly coated, just enough to give it the taste you want. We ordered the sautéed cumin lamb, and though we actually intended to order the lamb teriyaki, this was outstanding. I will definitely order again. It had a nice bit of heat to it. Not an insane amount of heat (kwagle would probably not be satisfied), but the spice added a nice kick. Also, not an overly "lamby" flavor, for those of you who are generally lamb averse. Finally, the beef with cilantro was even better than I remember from the last time I ordered it.

                  Speaking of "last time", I had ordered the potatoes with sour sauce then, and it really grew on me over time. It was "fine" when I had it for dinner, but somehow, when I had leftovers the next day, it was like, "WOW these are good." So, give them another shot if you've only had them once. Or maybe they need to sit for a day. I’ll try that method again.

                  While I’m piling on the love, we've also purchased frozen dumplings from GG, and they are great as well. "Better than Wang’s???" Possibly, but I have not done a side-by-side comparison, so my memory could be off.

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                  Golden Garden
                  63 Concord Ave, Belmont, MA 02478

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                  1. re: Alcachofa

                    Wow! We were there last night as well! I was sensing a Chowhound vibe in the room. I branched out! Started with the hot and sour wonton soup for two: very unique and delicious on a rainy night. The yummy wontons gave me a good reason to skip the dumplings for once and try something else. We also ordered the cucumber with garlic. When I tasted it I exclaimed that it was nice and vinegar-y and Mr. agreed saying "yeah, like a pickle". So think of it as a really fresh pickle. The dried chicken with chili sauce was kind of like an awesome buffalo wing without the bones and skin... you know the good kind that are dry and not just sauced as an afterthought. I couldn't stop eating those. For a vegetable we had the pea shoots...good but I prefer the shanghai vegetables.

                    1. re: Alcachofa

                      The leftover bamboo shoots were even better today as well. I really love that food, and the speedy delivery!