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Best Little Restaurant, formerly Ho Yuen Ting, in Chinatown

Going tomorrow night (Thursday) and was wondering what I should not miss. Thanks.

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  1. Pork green bean lettuce wrap

    Garlic fried spare ribs

    Squab (pigeon)

    1. fried squab
      soy braised duck
      empress chicken
      stir-fried frog with chives
      salty pork with green beans
      boneless duck feet with jellyfish

      1. all of the above and the cutterfish with dried shrimp.


        1. Beef and Chinese parsley (cilantro) soup aka West Lake soup. Perfect way to start a meal, subtle, beautiful texture.

          1. Oh, and the baby squid in XO sauce.

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            1. re: StriperGuy

              Wow...was this good. I hadn't been here in about 20 years. Though downstairs it was very bright and clean. We got Empress Salted Chicken (our Cantonese friend proclaims this the best chicken dish in Chinatown), Garlic Spareribs...really crispy and very good, Pork Chop with Peking Sweet Sauce, Eggplant with spicy garlic sauce and Lobster with ginger and scallion. Everything was fresh and delicious...I may be eating this straight through the hurricane!

              1. re: bakerboyz

                Please tell me you also got the squab! One of the best dishes in all of Boston, and ridiculously cheap for such succulent bird!

                1. re: Ricardo Malocchio

                  I can't believe they didn't get the green been pork lettuce wrap and the squab, but hey.

                  1. re: StriperGuy

                    Adress,or quick reference pt. please. Thanks

                    1. re: LeRique

                      13 A Hudson Street (downstairs). Right near Chinatown Gate.

                        1. re: LeRique

                          So glad this place is still a houndworthy favorite. I have three Chinatown joints: New Shanghai, Best Little and Peach Farm and I am always deciding whether to deviate from Best Little to the others just to change it up. I live for the hot and sour soup as its made to order and amazing. Always order the Garlic Pea Stems as a side if they have it. Their 'fried clams' are actually clams steamed and fried with black bean sauce and just amazing. The ribs, the lettuce wraps and the Hot Pots are all so memorable...as are the more homestyle dishes like the three delight chow fun, curried rice noodles and the 3 delights with XO sauce. I know I am late to this thread but BLR always deserves more mention.

                          Peach Farm
                          4 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111

                          New Shanghai Restaurant
                          21 Hudson St, Boston, MA 02111

                          Best Little Restaurant
                          13A Hudson St, Boston, MA 02111

                          1. re: ipsofatso

                            Best Little is better than Peach Farm in every way I can think of. Better kitchen technique, more interesting menu, slightly better prices, and it doesn't feel like a run-down tourist trap. Ask for any seafood item prepared as you like it, and they will call over to the fishmonger and see if it's available. I will say that for people who are inexperienced in HK-style food and easily get intimidated by new things, Peach Farm will be more acceptable and comforting to them, and is probably a better gateway experience.

                            Peach Farm
                            4 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111

                  1. re: KWagle

                    cold hacked brined chicken...possibly fresh rather than frozen which may account for the better end result...if you like chicken skin, you will like this

                    1. re: KWagle

                      For what it's worth, I don't get the hype on this chicken dish. It's not bad, but it's essentially a salted chicken, but the flavor is all in the skin. It's become a a big thing in many Chinese restaurants with all claiming to have some famous secret recipe. If you've had a soy sauce chicken, it reminds me a lot of that except you don't get the dark brown coloring nor the soy taste.

                      1. re: kobuta

                        true, although I'm trying to think of a "better" chicken dish in Chinatown...maybe Peach Farm's sticky-rice stuffed chicken (advance notice only)...outside Chinatown, maybe Kebab Factory's cream cheese/crushed pepper chicken kebab...or the brick chicken at Scampo or Sportello

                        1. re: kobuta

                          I too don't get that excited about that dish. Never understood the excitement at all.

                          1. re: StriperGuy

                            I never understood the excitement about the squab or lettuce wrap, personally...squab was mostly tiny bones, and the lettuce wrap was overly salty...they were fine, but just not my favorites (I'm pulling your leg, Striper ;)

                  2. I finally made it to Best Little Restaurant.

                    Jasmine tea was noticeably better than at most places, which was nice.

                    Pork green bean lettuce wrap - I liked the concept of this dish, but the pork/green bean part didn't do it for me. I thought the sauce was too sweet and one-dimensional...it looked flavorful, but actually wasn't. The lettuce was very fresh and crisp, and looked very pretty, so this was a plus.

                    Ma-po tofu - This was a very homestyle version. The tofu was velvety, sauce was heavy on pork, and only very slightly spicy. No sichuan peppercorn or anything Sichuan about this, but it was a well-prepared dish. I'd probably go back just for this.

                    Triple Delight Rice Noodles - A huge plate of chow foon noodles w/ pork and chicken. Nice wok char, but slightly lacking in flavor. Was better with a little addition of chili sauce, but I think overall the sauce was just too mild.

                    Shrimp wonton noodle soup - Big serving for a small price - noodles were al dente, shrimp wontons were OK (but not as good as Hong Kong Eatery), soup was fine. Nothing really special, but not bad.

                    Portions were huge, prices were very reasonable. There were 3 of us, and we ended up taking a ton of food home. I'm interested in going back to try more things.

                    Dave MP

                    Hong Kong Eatery
                    79 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02111

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                    1. re: Dave MP

                      Sorry you did not like the lettuce wrap, which I love!

                      Other great dishes there:

                      - Squid in XO sauce
                      - Garlic fried spare ribs
                      - Squab

                      1. re: StriperGuy

                        The lettuce wrap was still okay, and my dining companions enjoyed it quite a bit. So no worries!

                        I saw another table get the squab, and it looked good.

                        Dave MP

                      2. re: Dave MP

                        i once asked them to do the lettuce wrap with shrimp instead of pork, but they kinda skimped on the shrimp (which were also small and overcooked) so it ended up not being particularly noteworthy. Their (not spicy) ma po tofu is also one of my favorites. If you like tofu, their soyed tofu w/ hard boiled egg is a nice dish.

                      3. OK, I'm salivating, but I have one question: do they serve beer and wine? I'm not a big tea drinker and would prefer a beer with my meal. Thanks.

                        3 Replies
                        1. re: gubby_ri

                          i have not ordered beer there-- whether I have observed it there is another question IYKWIM

                          1. re: gubby_ri

                            Yes, Sing Tao or Heineken. No wine that i am aware of

                            1. re: gubby_ri

                              They sell beer. But even if you're not a big tea drinker, try a cup of the tea they bring. It's remarkably good compared to what you expect to get as a complimentary tea.

                            2. Thanks to the board for highlighting this excellent restauarant.

                              We tried it last night (garlic spareribs, lettuce cups) and it was fantastic - will become a regular.

                              Thanks again!