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Nov 1, 2011 12:44 PM

Lion's Head Meatballs

Just came back from a 3 week trip from China.. Wanted to go to a place that serves a nice version of Lion's Head.

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  1. Although not a Shanghai restaurant, M&T served us a version of lion's head that was stellar. This is what I wrote about them after our dinner last May:

    <M&T Meatballs. The chef's riff on the Shanghainese favorite, lion's head, this dish was simply terrific. Large, light-as-a-feather balls of pork were presented on steamed lettuce leaves.
    We could not get enough.>

    SN New Restaurant
    44-09 Kissena Blvd, Queens, NY 11355

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    1. re: erica

      Yes, M&T serves up an great version! It's a dish that has migrated to other provinces and even Taiwan.

      1. re: scoopG

        I was in Yangzhou for part of my trip which is only a 5 hour drive from shanghai and they claim to be the inventors over there. But thanks will certainly check out m&t.

        1. re: Daniel76

          You're right - according to Chinese lore they were indeed invented there. Original name was "Sunflower Meat" or "Sunflower Offered Meat" (葵花斬肉 - Kuí Huā Zhǎn Ròu) but changed by a visiting Emperor after eating two (you can't just eat one)!

    2. Best Lion's Head..456 Restaurant on Mott St... Chinatown.

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      1. re: sqadams

        awesome thanks.. ceelow has always been my lucky number!

        1. re: Daniel76

          Taste of Shanghai. Prince St. Flushing.

          Get some steamed and fried pork buns while you are at it.

          A Taste of Shanghai
          39-07 Prince St, Queens, NY 11354