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Jan 17, 2012 10:04 AM

1 From Column A, 2 From B

Remember when chinese restaurants were sit down places, with white tables cloths and the menu choices were 1 from colum a and 2 from b? The serving dishes were metal with lids...
I am looking for that type of place in or around Monmouth County....Are there any left?

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  1. None that I know of. Your post made me think of the Pu Pu platter that my folks loved to order. And there was always an order of chicken chow mein on the table.

    1. Your post made me smile. In Mercer County, China Chef in Lawrenceville doesn't have the 1 from column A...., but it does have those good old combination platters with pork fried rice and an egg roll. Combo platter #1? Chicken chow mein, of course.

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      1. re: stillnotdon

        This thread brings me back... I grew up in NJ and loved this food. I live in Los Angeles now, and am married to a Chinese girl, and have spent lots of time eating the real stuff. But the allure of the fake Chinese food of my youth in NJ still draws me in every time I go back.

        Did you know that what is served as "chicken chow mein" in NJ is actually chop suey?

        "Chow Mein" literally means "pan fried noodles" (not the deep fried noodles served at the table) and whether you're in Los Angeles, Kansas City or northern China, if you order "chow mein" you get something more akin to what Jerseyites would think of as "lo mein" (though not exactly).

        Mr Taster
        (Who yearns at least monthly for the perfect eggroll... who can't stand the flavorless, ubiquitous spring rolls that have taken over the country!)

      2. Not in Monmouth County, but if/when you travel up the Parkway, try Lun Wah in Roselle. Fun, kitschy atmosphere, although it leans more toward Polynesian than Chinese. Food is good (not five-star, but good) and they do the Pu-Pu like I remember as a kid, with the little grill in the middle of the platter. And a word of warning, the drinks can be pretty strong.

        All in all, a good time. (But it won't ever replace my memories of the East Winds in Scotch Plains...)

        1. My family used to go to Ping Toy in Irvington. I miss the subgum chicken chow mein. Has anyone seen that on a menu recently?

          1. The only place carrying this type of Chinese (Sorry, no Columns) locally that I can think of is Little Szechuan in Little Silver.