Sunny Palace East Brunswick .... or a plea for Chinese food
What a mistake. We had gone once before and it wasn't bad, not great but certainly worth a second trip. We went yesterday. We were there for about an hour and three carts rolled around for dim sum around 1l:45 and finally I asked our waiter if there were any more carts coming. I was about to order from the menu or go home and cook. The shrimp dumplings were fishy. My husband loves chicken feet said they were ok, and I had about two bites of bland " vegetable dumplings". They then came out with sticky rice balls and I ate all three I was so hungry! At this point I can't tell you if they were good or bad, but simply food for a starving woman. By now Shanghai Bun starts steaming the shao lin bao the minute we walk in, surely there must be some other place besides wonder seafood to go for Chinese food. Have food will travel. Help!
Thank you all for your much appreciated suggestions. I forgot about Dynasty and Royal Seafood. We went to both of them years ago. Worth a try once again. Definitely will try them once again. Hong Fu is a new name where is it, will gladly try it! Grand Shanghai I did not care for, though family members did. King's Village another forgotten place I will try. I am looking for Chinese food that offers more than just " American Chinese". Dim Sum, dinner we are a mixed group so need to appeal to those who like authentic Chinese and others who are not so daring. I appreciate your suggestions very much Chuck. Qin Dynasty in Morris county will put it on my list too. Unfortunately we no longer go to Chinatown. It is too difficult to find parking and we are not as energetic or young anymore. It used to be a weekly trip for us, now we need parking and less walking! Thanks Fourunder.
Chemicalkinetics we live near Freehold and would try Phiadelphia Chinatwon if it were some place really great. Shanghai Park in Princeton, there used to be Shanghai Park in Hyland Park which was really good, they sold it and now it is not soo good. That is definitely worth checking out. Much appreciated.
Wench and Rusk appreciate your help.
We went to West Lake and it was awful. We tried both dinner and Dim Sum both times I said I wont ever be back. I know lots of people like it, but not me.
We also tried Kings on route 9, but that doesn't do it for me either. We have been heading into Brooklyn and Flushing Chinatowns on occasion and find that even though the trip is long we really eat well no matter which restaurant we try. Unfortunately we can't do that often enough. I appreciate all the great suggestions and help.
Hong Fu is in Highland Park, it used to be Shanghai Park. Same menu. Some other good Chinese places:
China Bowl, Cantonese, Rt 27 Edison
China Star, Korean-Chinese, Rt 1 Edison
Thumbs Up, Sichuan/Hot Pot, Rt 1 Edison
Sichuan Spring, Rt 27 Edison/Highland Park
East Noodle House, Hunan, Old Post Rd Edison
Szechuan Ace, Rt 27 Somerset/Franklin Park
Go-Go Noodle, Cantonese, Stelton Rd Piscataway
Noodlelicious, Taiwanese beef noodle soup, Rt 27 Edison
And while I go there less frequently, decent menus at
Shanghai Noodle House, Old Post Rd Edison
Edison Noodle House, Korean/Chinese, Old Post Rd Edison
If you want buffet go to Teppenyaki, Rt 1 East Brunswick, several authentic items including dim sum.
Although it's not Chinese, you should try the curry beef noodle soup at either of the Malaysian places, Coco, Rt 27 Edison or Penang, Old Post Rd Edison. I think that's the single best asian dish in the area. Honorable mention to beef rendang.
Chuck, thanks for the list. Having read many of your comments over the years, I look forward to taking advantage of this post. Is there any chance you could suggest some dishes at the various places for us to try on a first visit. No need to be timid about what you think best. If it's funky and off menu, that's cool by me (and likely others too).
Sure, I'd be happy to. I'll mention a dish or two that I like, but caveat emptor. You may hate tofu skin as much as I hate bitter melon. My meals are almost always lunch, so the dinner options may be different.
In general: anything mentioning tofu skin, preserved vegetable, casserole, fungus.
King's Village - mu shu, chopped deep-fried ribs, shredded pork and preserved veg soup.
Wonder Seafood - eggs with dried turnip, whole pan-fried flounder, tofu skin roll (dim sum), tofu/tofu skin and fish casserole
China Bowl - bbq pork/bbq pig (crispy skin) combo, tofu skin+tofu hot pot (casserole), beef brisket in casserole (may not be on menu, but ask)
Coco or Penang - curry beef noodle soup, asam laksa (very aggressive), udang mee (or prawn mee), nasi lemak
Hong Fu - 8 treasure spicy bean paste noodle soup, lion's head
Crazy Burrito - chiles rellenos en salsa verde
Sigiri - lamb in black curry
Hailey's Harp & Pub - Irish Breakfast, with breakfast tea
Four Seasons - pad mi ga ti (coconut noodles)
China Star - noodles with black bean (jajangmyeon?)
Szechuan Ace - deep-fried tofu with a tomato sauce?
Thumbs Up - fish filet and spinach soup
Pan Asia - drums of heaven, spicy chili noodles
Tete (peruvian, Highland Park) - avocados del mar
El Tumi or other standard peruvian - green spaghetti
Somerset Restaurant and Grill - honduran or dominican breakfast
Little Spain Restaurant - clams and pork
Pho Anh Dao - chicken curry noodle soup
Viet Cafe - pho with sate? spicy
If anyone else has some similar suggestions in the area, I'm interested
Sunny Palace used to be great for dim sum. This is going back maybe 10 years or so (before the economy crashed), but every weekend, they used to have lines to get a table for dim sum. The lines would be up to an hour long. I'm not sure if the food declined first or the throngs of people declined first, but things definitely went downhill.
West Lake's dim sum is fairly mediocre with everything arriving at the table lukewarm at best. Try Crown Palace (on Route 79), where the fry cart comes to your table and cooks to order, rather than the items being cooked in the kitchen and then sitting on the carts for a while.
I have only been there once for Dim Sum recommended by others. I thought it was reasonable, but not great. Where approximately do you live? And what kind of Dim Sum are you looking for? Philadelphia Chinatown offers reasonable (not great) Cantonese Dim Sum. I know Shanghai Park in Princeton has decent Shanghai soup dumplings (小籠包) and 八寶飯 ...etc.
Qin Dynasty...Parsippany, Morris County. ....There's also Noddle Chu across the highway, but the family and I prefer QD. It takes us about 30 minutes from Bergen County.
In past days, we all used to hop into two cars and head to Chinatown.....but while we all still enjoy making a trek into the city, the convenience of Parsippany is much easier....especially for my 84 year old mother. The way I see it, between tolls and parking...each car saves approximately $40 in expenses.....which means the it can be applied to the Dim Sum bill....or the Lobster Noodles you see in the pictures.
Chinese food or dim sum? The closest for Cantonese dim sum (not counting Wonder) would probably be Dynasty on Route 22, and I think Royal Seafood on Rt 1-9 in Avenel. There are also Hong Fu and Grand Shanghai for soup dumplings, and King's Village for "Northern style appetizers". If you mean Chinese food in general, there are a ton of places. What exactly are you looking for?