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Asian Meatballs

mommystar Dec 5, 2012 07:03 AM

My 2 young grandsons are coming for the holidays and they are hooked on Asian meatballs at the moment. I've been searching menus online, but haven't found any. Does anyone know of any restaurants in Dallas that serve them? I'll go to any part of town! Hey, that's what grandmas do.

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    Plano Rose RE: mommystar Dec 5, 2012 07:55 AM

    Yao Fuzi in Plano has a dish called something like lion's head meatballs. I like the restaurant very much.

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      mommystar RE: Plano Rose Dec 5, 2012 08:37 AM

      Oh, yes! I forgot about that restaurant. Thanks!

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      demigodh RE: mommystar Dec 5, 2012 09:24 AM

      You'll find Iionshead at any shanghai style restaurant. There's one by Maxims that used to still have the old "Taiwan Cafe 2" sign up. Not sure if they moved the sign but it's a good Shanghainese restaurant with lionshead, among other items.

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        mommystar RE: demigodh Dec 5, 2012 03:53 PM

        Thank you. I'll check that out!

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        zeruel13 RE: mommystar Dec 5, 2012 09:38 PM

        Try Dalat's pork meatball pho

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          twinwillow RE: zeruel13 Dec 6, 2012 07:12 AM

          It's excellent. As is all their pho. I had their chicken pho yesterday.

        2. LewisvilleHounder RE: mommystar Dec 6, 2012 01:24 PM

          Any particular kind of meatball they are looking for?

          Japanese, Vietnamese, Persian, Pakistani, Indian, Chinese, Korean, Thai???

          Every Asian culutre has a meatball or even balls of veggies that resemble meat......kinda hard to suggest all of them.

          Any particular meat? Lamb, Beef, Pork, etc?

          1. alkonost RE: mommystar Dec 6, 2012 08:40 PM

            There's a small Vietnamese restaurant in Southlake called "I love noodle" I ran across that has a delicious pork meatball served in pho. They also offer pho with just the meatballs if you don't want the other meat toppings. I'm not an expert on Vietnamese cuisine nor do I know how that restaurant compares with others in DFW (it was the first vietnamese restaurant I've tried since relocating here) but I thought it was very good.

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              LewisvilleHounder RE: alkonost Dec 7, 2012 03:53 AM

              I believe what you had was Bun Moc


              The pho with just meatball is Pho Bo Vien

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                alkonost RE: LewisvilleHounder Dec 9, 2012 04:41 PM

                I grabbed a menu on my way to Krogers since I couldn't remember the name of the dish. It was the Pho Dac Biet: a hodgepodge of tendon, tripe, different cuts of beef, beef fat, and the tasty meat ball. Next visit I'm going to get the Pho Bo Vien, they were very good meatballs.

            2. irodguy RE: mommystar Dec 7, 2012 08:35 AM

              You can pick up Chinese meatballs at Noodle House on Park & Coit on the NE corner. This faces Park. They also have great soups, dumplings etc.

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                demigodh RE: irodguy Dec 7, 2012 08:50 AM

                @irodguy good call. They also sell their meatballs (coated in rice) to go.

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                mommystar RE: mommystar Dec 7, 2012 09:06 AM

                Thank you, everyone, for the responses! I've got time to try them all out before Christmas. There is a dumpling house in Madison, WI, that has very small "Asian meatballs" that the boys love. They don't have a sauce and can be eaten by small boys with their hands. I'll let you know how it goes...

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                  LewisvilleHounder RE: mommystar Dec 7, 2012 11:28 AM

                  What is the name of that restaurant in Madison? I can track down something similar.

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                    mommystar RE: LewisvilleHounder Dec 7, 2012 11:33 AM

                    It's Dumpling Haus. I just looked at their menu online and they are called Beijing Meatballs. Thank you!

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                      irodguy RE: mommystar Dec 7, 2012 11:37 AM

                      were they deep fried by any chance?

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                        mommystar RE: irodguy Dec 7, 2012 11:58 AM

                        I've only had them once a few months ago and as best I can recall they were not deep fried. They were about 3/4 in in diameter. I think they had some pork in them and they were extremely tender, not highly seasoned. The first order was so good, we ordered 2 more.

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                  ECcowboy RE: mommystar Dec 7, 2012 02:35 PM

                  Definitely the lions head meat balls at Yao. the best I've had. If you are going specifically for those you might want to call ahead. Not sure if it's still the case but they used to be limited....

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                    mommystar RE: ECcowboy Dec 7, 2012 04:03 PM

                    Thank you. I'll keep that in mind.

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                    Sulan RE: mommystar Dec 10, 2012 03:48 PM

                    I love the lions head meatballs at Shanghai Restaurant (same shopping center as Penzy's). Very large and saucy, though, so I'm not sure that's what you're looking for. But, I thought I'd mention them, since my 2-year-old son loves them. He's also a big fan of their xiao long bao.

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                      mommystar RE: Sulan Dec 12, 2012 08:45 PM

                      Thank you for the recommendation. Nice to hear a 2-year-old likes them as I've got a 3 1/2-year old and one who's 18 months. I've just learned that I'm going to have 16 people instead of 6 and 5 are gluten-free and one's also dairy-free!!! Yikes! But, I also raised 2 kids when one was vegan and one only ate meat, including a husband who was vegetarian but would eat fish occasionally. I can do this!

                    2. LewisvilleHounder RE: mommystar May 31, 2013 09:28 AM

                      I know it is late but there is a new Taiwanese owned restaurant at Coit and Park in Plano, Senmiya that does have Lion's Head meatballs (aka braised beef meatballs).

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                        mommystar RE: LewisvilleHounder Jun 3, 2013 06:56 AM

                        Thank you! I will check that out. I tried making some of my own, but they didn't turn out too well. As it was, several people had terrible colds while they were here and all they wanted was chicken soup! There's always next time...

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                          twinwillow RE: mommystar Jun 7, 2013 11:55 AM

                          The rare beef Pho at Rice and Wheat also contains delicious beef meatballs.

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                            mommystar RE: twinwillow Jun 8, 2013 08:15 AM

                            Oh, thank you. My kids are always looking for a good Pho place and this looks great.

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                              twinwillow RE: mommystar Jun 8, 2013 08:29 AM


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