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Goat Dishes in Boston

sekelmaan Aug 17, 2012 07:06 AM

Hello board. I am interested in trying to find dishes that use goat meat in the Boston or near Boston area. The best answer would be a Vietnamese goat curry called de xao lan, but any other will do as well.


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  1. Luther RE: sekelmaan Aug 17, 2012 08:07 AM

    Kantin in the Super 88 food court (Allston) has a traditional Cantonese stewed goat dish, complete with a little plastic cup of authentic sauce made from authentically stanky fermented tofu.

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      sekelmaan RE: Luther Aug 17, 2012 08:08 AM

      Oh my, that sounds amazing.

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        Luther RE: sekelmaan Aug 17, 2012 08:31 AM

        It's pretty good

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        KWagle RE: Luther Sep 4, 2012 09:35 PM

        Is that goat or lamb? I'm not sure I know the difference in written Chinese.

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          Luther RE: KWagle Sep 5, 2012 03:32 AM


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            rlee21 RE: KWagle Nov 24, 2012 12:00 AM

            There isn't a generally a distinction between goat and lamb in written Chinese.

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              KWagle RE: rlee21 Nov 24, 2012 12:44 AM

              I often see 山羊 on menus, which Google thinks is goat (and other sources lead me to concur.)

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          CookieLee RE: sekelmaan Aug 17, 2012 08:16 AM

          And keeping with the goat theme, for dessert I recommend the goat cheese brownie ice cream at Toscanini's!

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            galleygirl RE: CookieLee Aug 17, 2012 09:50 PM

            OMG, that totally rocks!

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            gourmaniac RE: sekelmaan Aug 17, 2012 08:17 AM

            Goat Haleem at Darbar, Curried goat with pigeon peas and rice from Flames, Korean Goat from the Westborough Korean Restaurant (I haven't had this but dying to try), Goat biryani from Biryani House (Malden).

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              sekelmaan RE: gourmaniac Aug 17, 2012 08:21 AM

              Oh yeah! I have never had goat haleem, that just has to be awesome. What about goat nihari? Have you ever seen that? That would be a dream dish. Great recs, thanks!

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                Prav RE: sekelmaan Aug 17, 2012 08:32 AM

                the goat haleem is amazing! so rich and calorious, it's even better the next day when the flavors have melded (sorta like lasagna).

                sometimes they've told me it's beef. i would ask.

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                  Nab RE: Prav Aug 17, 2012 08:39 AM

                  Always good to axe at Darbar. They have a number of goat dishes, including goat nihari and goat paya, when it's available. If you're really set on it, just call them in advance, and they'll be sure to have it. They once told me they were fresh out of brains and then a guy ran out the back and re-appeared with brains lickity split.

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                owades RE: gourmaniac Aug 17, 2012 08:55 AM

                I second the recommendation for the Black Goat Stew (also called "nutritious casserole") at the Westborough Korean Restaurant, and for the Goat Biryani at Biryani Park in Malden (which I had again last night).

              3. Prav RE: sekelmaan Aug 17, 2012 08:33 AM

                Curry goat from Ali's Roti in Roxbury / Mattapan
                Birria (in dry/stew form or soupy form) from Taqueria Mexico in Waltham
                Nepali goat curry from Kathmandu Spice
                Nigerian jalloff rice with goat meat, at Suya Joint in Roslindale

                1. Bob Dobalina RE: sekelmaan Aug 17, 2012 08:37 AM

                  The goat stew at Highland Kitchen is a mainstay.

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                    Ruprecht RE: Bob Dobalina Aug 17, 2012 09:08 AM

                    Curry Goat Stew at the Silk Road BBQ "truck" is quite tasty too.

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                      hotoynoodle RE: Bob Dobalina Oct 20, 2012 04:57 PM

                      yes. this. ^^^

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                        Worlds2See RE: Bob Dobalina Feb 6, 2013 09:56 AM

                        Highland Kitchen's goat stew is awesome!

                      2. kobuta RE: sekelmaan Aug 17, 2012 09:23 AM

                        There's a stewed goat at Izzy's in Cambridge too, but it's not a daily item. They have a number of "specials" on certain days of the week, so you would need to check which day the stewed goat is offered.

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                          Bartolo RE: kobuta Aug 31, 2012 08:21 AM

                          The stewed goat at Izzy's is a favorite of ours, more so in the winter months. A lunch of stewed goat, rice, beans and plantains (both sweet and salty) at Izzy's is a treat.

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                            passing thru RE: kobuta Sep 5, 2012 04:02 AM

                            that stewed goat at Izzy's is a really nice, hearty lunch. I love when that is on the menu...

                          2. croutonweb RE: sekelmaan Aug 17, 2012 10:01 AM

                            Spicy Coconut Curried Goat Stew at Highland Kitchen.
                            Goat Curry (bone-in) at India Quality (available at lunch, too).
                            You will be pleased.

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                              sekelmaan RE: sekelmaan Aug 17, 2012 10:03 AM

                              I am definitely pleased. I can't believe that there are so many great responses.

                              Thank you very much!

                              1. trufflehound RE: sekelmaan Aug 17, 2012 10:09 AM

                                Goat curry roti at One Love in Woo.

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                                  Prav RE: trufflehound Aug 17, 2012 10:47 AM

                                  I had their goat curry at their stand at the Brimfield Fair, and it was indeed excellent. The coconut cake was so so good, too. Super friendly proprietress!

                                2. Matt H RE: sekelmaan Aug 17, 2012 11:03 AM

                                  Mannish Water (Goat Head Soup) at Lorenz Island Kuisine.

                                  1. galangatron RE: sekelmaan Aug 17, 2012 12:16 PM

                                    goat stew at d'leomar in lynn
                                    goat curry at india quality in boston
                                    lau de (goat hot pot) at pho 88 in lowell
                                    birria de chivo (goat birria) at taqueria mexico in waltham
                                    goat curry, devilled goat, and goat biryani at biryani park in malden
                                    goat chops, haleem, nihari, paya, and karahi gosht at darbar in brighton
                                    housemade pasta with goat ragu at pizzeria posto in cambridge
                                    stewed goat at izzy's in cambridge
                                    curried goat at jamaica's flavor in lynn
                                    goat stew at miami restaurante in jamaican plain
                                    stewed goat at camie's in cambridge
                                    tassot (fried goat) at highland creole cuisine in somerville
                                    mbuzi (goat stew) at karibu in waltham
                                    goat curry at bombay mahal in waltham

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                                      sekelmaan RE: galangatron Aug 17, 2012 02:36 PM


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                                      secondbreakfast RE: sekelmaan Sep 4, 2012 08:34 PM

                                      Nearly every curry at Shanti in Dorchester is gettable with goat...

                                      1. yumyum RE: sekelmaan Oct 20, 2012 11:21 AM

                                        Just happened to try the creole goat at highland creole today. Really delicious red/brown gravy with melting goat. Lots of bones to suck. Huge mound of rice and beans and a couple of fried plantains for ten bucks. Recommend!

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                                          StriperGuy RE: yumyum Feb 5, 2013 08:38 AM

                                          That's the thing about boning a goat, if you do, there's nothing left to suck...

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                                          sekelmaan RE: sekelmaan Oct 30, 2012 12:37 PM

                                          We are finally moved out here. Yay! We got out to Dorchester last weekend and tried Shanti. We had the goat curry and the lamb tikka masala. The curry was excellent. I think it could have been bolder, more fragrant, but it was an excellent curry. The lamb tikka masala was great too. I have never had it with lamb and we really enjoyed it.

                                          I also just realized that one of the recommendations is for Super 88. I will have to find Kantin. I had some awesome and super spicy som tum today for lunch, talk about spicy!

                                          I'll keep reporting my finds.


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                                            sekelmaan RE: sekelmaan Nov 17, 2012 03:00 PM

                                            Goat vindaloo at Super 88 was awesome. An excellent and fiery dish. They also served us the worst chicken tikka masala I have ever had. It was watery and bland and it had huge pre-cooked squares of chicken in it, a dreadful dish.

                                            Next door at the Korean place we also had an amazing spicy squid and pork belly. It came with rice and a little pickled bean sprouts. It was rich and spicy and a little sweet and salty. A great balanced dish.

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                                              fara RE: sekelmaan Nov 20, 2012 06:35 PM

                                              You miss goat meat? Darbur in Brighton has excellent Pakistani food and a number of goat dishes.

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                                                sekelmaan RE: fara Nov 21, 2012 03:44 AM

                                                Awesome. This is what I really love. Thanks!

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                                                  sekelmaan RE: fara Nov 23, 2012 02:11 PM

                                                  We rocked Darbar today for lunch. Goat karahi, beef nihari and goat paya. All three were excellent. I think it is one of the better nihari's I have had, rich and spicy. The karahi was also outstanding, I got two marrow bones! I brought home a goat foot paya for dinner. It smells amazing. Great rec, thank you!

                                                2. croutonweb RE: sekelmaan Feb 5, 2013 08:06 AM

                                                  Just tried the Goat Biryani at Biryani Park. Neither too dry nor too greasy and just the right amount of heat. Excellent.

                                                  1. Aromatherapy RE: sekelmaan Mar 25, 2013 06:09 AM

                                                    The Saturday-only Haitian goat's head soup at La Pearle in Everett. A delicious big bowl of tender bony goat meat, potatoes and other vegetables, and dumplings. Not spicy. It's really popular and sells out, regulars call and reserve in advance.

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                                                      sekelmaan RE: Aromatherapy Mar 25, 2013 03:17 PM

                                                      I want that.

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                                                        Nab RE: Aromatherapy Mar 26, 2013 05:58 AM

                                                        Just last night, my cabbie declared La Pearle's bouillon to be among the top 5 in town. Now having heard about it twice in 12 hours, I'm putting it in the top 5 of my priority list.

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                                                          galangatron RE: Aromatherapy Mar 26, 2013 03:02 PM

                                                          another recommendation for the bouillon tête cabrit (goat head soup) at la perle in everett. tender chunks of bone-in goat meat, whole potatoes, green plantain, carrots, and handmade dumplings in a super delicious broth

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                                                            sekelmaan RE: galangatron Mar 26, 2013 03:37 PM

                                                            This is killin me. I will be out of town for the next two saturdays! Nooo!!!

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                                                            Taralli RE: Aromatherapy Mar 27, 2013 06:07 AM

                                                            The soup was so rich & just loved the dumplings that reminded me of large firmer rice sticks. Added some of the vinegar from the accompanying little cups julienned hot peppers for some bite & tang. Will definitely revisit for the soup & try some of the stewed items, as went too overboard with fried ones.

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                                                            sekelmaan RE: sekelmaan Oct 21, 2013 10:25 AM

                                                            I went to Mela in the South End a couple weeks back. I was afraid that it was going to be too "americanized", but I had an awesome goat curry there. They had lots of nice long bones filled with marrow. It was something special.

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                                                              LilBrownBat RE: sekelmaan Oct 22, 2013 07:30 AM

                                                              Punjab Palace in Allston (up the street from the 88) does a great job with goat.

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                                                                sekelmaan RE: sekelmaan Nov 17, 2013 02:50 PM

                                                                Tried Singh's Cafe in Swellsley. I didn't expect much, but I was contentedly in the wrong. We had a very good meal as well as an off menu goat curry which was excellent, the only problem being that it was a little toothsome. I'd definitely give it a go if you are in the burbs.

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                                                                  dulce de leche RE: sekelmaan Nov 18, 2013 07:53 AM

                                                                  Somali rice with goat at Ashur Restaurant in Roxbury. Make sure you get the spicy sauce on the side. And a banana. So delicious.


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                                                                    Prav RE: dulce de leche Nov 19, 2013 08:06 AM

                                                                    Is it a special? I can't find it on the menu - only lamb.

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                                                                      justbeingpolite RE: Prav Nov 19, 2013 08:17 AM

                                                                      Punjab in Arlington does goat versions of all their curries. I had a vindaloo there a couple of years ago that was excellent.

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                                                                        dulce de leche RE: Prav Nov 19, 2013 10:37 AM

                                                                        That menu has only a passing resemblance to what I've had from there. (My husband gets it carry out.) I think it's one of those places you go and ask what they have that day? The hot sauce I like is pinkish and creamy, usually they also have a green one that looks like pureed jalapenos. If you go and can't get it, let me know and I'll get you the right words....

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                                                                      Labrys7502 RE: sekelmaan Nov 19, 2013 08:20 AM

                                                                      This is a little north of Boston, but Rite Spice Caribbean in Lynn has goat currey.

                                                                      1. kobuta RE: sekelmaan Nov 29, 2013 12:56 PM

                                                                        Last weekend, my family and I had a delicious bone-in goat curry at Sher-a-Punjab in Quincy. I've been very happy with my meals there, and the staff have been wonderful too, but this dish stood out even from other good lamb and chicken curries ordered. Would highly recommend.

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