I got takeout last night: chicken and rice, pork belly bao, steak bao, sweet soy wing and chicken hearts. I thought the chicken was dry and needed seasoning, and the baos(pork belly was the better of the two) and wings were good, but not outstanding. But I LOVED the chicken hearts. I can see myself stopping for just a box to snack on.
I've now been to DooWee & Rice probably five times. Flavors continue to be good, and food properly seasoned, though I'm already tired of the steak and rice, which causes me to crave something astringent after my mouth becomes coated with fat from the beef, sauce and rice. Vegetables or cilantro would be great for that.
Tried the beef noodle and Vietnamese egg roll. Beef noodle comes with a chopped up egg roll, so too bad for me. There's a second person in the kitchen now, which speeds things up a bit.
I've been getting irritated because food seemed slow coming out of the kitchen on every visit, but I calmed down when I realized that it's only slow compared to East Asia (the predecessor in the space) and other quick take-out type joints. If it were a sit-down dinner, I'd have been all "that was quick." He now has a second person in the kitchen, which seems to help.
I went for lunch at 1:00ish and was pleased to see three of four tables occupied (two fully seated sit-down groups, one waiting for takeout). So he's getting some business.
I've been twice so far. I tried bao the first time (they are huge!) and steak and rice the second. Did you eat the little iceberg lettuce salad that comes with the steak and rice? It has a nice slightly spicy dressing on it.
My only complaint is that the rice is very bland. I always expect rice to be tasty if it's yellow. On the other hand, I guess I don't need to be eating a million cups of rice, so its blandness makes this a healthier meal for me!
I'm definitely going to check out the chicken hearts next time. Yum!
I went last night and tried a variety of different things to sample the menu.
The thin Vietnamese eggrolls are tasty, perfectly fine eggrolls. A nice $1 app.
Crispy chicken hearts were great: lightly breaded, nicely seasoned, tender and crispy. Both of these apps were listed as coming with specific sauces (a 'garlic chili aiolli' for the hearts and a 'lime ginger garlic fish sauce') but both came with a tasty, spicy mustardy sort of sauce instead, wich was fine.
I got one each of three of their Baos: the pork belly, the steak, and the Hunan shrimp. At $5 for two, these are a good deal: lots of meat, nice sauces, soft and fresh buns. All three were worthwhile, though the pork belly was my favorite. Tender meat, not oversauced, with a nice crunch from the scallions & shallots.
The only thing I had that wasn't my thing was the deep-fried anchovies. They were perfectly cooked, nice and crunchy, but (being anchovies) a heady salt bomb, and the fresh chili-lime fish sauce that came with it just enhanced the fish funk. I tried, but it was more fish than I could handle.
2nd report: I had chicken and rice - the rice, salad, and white squeeze-bottle sauce were the same as the steak & rice.
The chicken was still moist through a combination of marination and saucing. But the yellow rice is mono-experiential and I got tired of it before halfway through, and there is a lot of it. The rice doesn't have... depth of flavor, something to keep me interested as I plow through the mountain. I wished for even frozen veg medley to liven it up, given the near-total lack of vegetables available.
My DC had a pork bao, which she liked well enough to eat, and she's picky.
I echo your sentiments on the rice. I guess all in all I was expecting a little more Asian flavor from everything. I had the steak and rice, while there was a fairly small amount of steak, the salad and bread sides were both microscopic. For Nine bucks, I wished I would have walked down to Anna's for the sub six buck Mexican plate. Also ordered a Vietnamese egg roll, which was kind of bland, large chunks of cubed chicken in it. It definitely needed some kind of sauce for dipping.
there's a wipe-board of 12-ish sauces available, but I haven't yet found out what they're for, nor cost. They look enticing, however.
I suppose I ought to give them a chance to, y'know, actually get past their grand opening and have a full menu. The grand opening starts today in an hour or so.
UPDATE!! ....DOOWEE & RICE will be featured in the next issue of Improper Bostonian September 19th so keep an eye out for it! Looks like one (1) week to enjoy before the hungry herds make the way to Powderhouse Square. Sure hope Mom will have in her fingers in the Pho right from the beginning... can't wait!
To keep you updated on this breath of fresh air in the Boston Food Scene .....
Starting Wed September 12th, DooWee & Rice will be opening with their regular 12pm-9pm hours
with a partial menu again while introducing new items each day up until their grand opening.
DooWee & Rice grand opening will be this upcoming Saturday September 15th!!! 2pm - 9pm.
They will have almost the entire menu with just a couple items left off.
These are some delicious chicken hearts. Probably 25 people here and it's SRO for the moment. Looking forward to my steak and rice.
Limited menu today:
Chicken and rice
Steak and rice
Fries (twice fried)
Just got my steak. Well seasoned, pink, good char. I'm excited for this kid.
-Please note that the restaurant is not big at all and we have limited seating however there is a very nice park just around the corner with plenty of space to hang out at.
-cash only, sorry bu tI havent received my credit terminal just yet
***only a few items available at the moment since I did just pass the inspection yesterday.
-chicken and rice
-steak and rice
-fresh frites (double fried french fries)
-and for the brave, crispy chicken hearts! >=)