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The End Times are nigh: you can visit ONE restaurant in Chinatown and order but ONE dish ...

budgetrick Feb 14, 2013 08:37 AM

Where would you go?
What would you order?

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    Pan Feb 23, 2013 01:47 AM

    I think I'd go with the roast duck at Noodletown, which I have been eating about twice a week lately and had some of for lunch today. Why? Because it's freakin great! What other reason could there be? :-)

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      pravit Feb 17, 2013 01:18 PM

      I'd get the house special chicken at Congee Village on Bowery, or the equivalent dish at Sing Kee or the other family style Cantonese restaurants in the neighborhood. The chicken skin is so delicate and crispy it almost falls off the meat, and they top it with tons of fried garlic.

      Failing that, I'd get a country style duck from either of the Bo Ky restaurants.

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        jdoo Feb 15, 2013 02:46 PM

        Soft shell crab (only when in season!) at great NY noodle town

        1. Polecat Feb 15, 2013 12:56 PM

          First thought Best thought: I'd load up on coconut buns from Mei Li Wah, store as many as I could in my fallout- proof bunker and probably bury one in a time capsule.

          The other, more likely scenario is that I'd probably eat the lot on the F train home.

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            Lau Feb 15, 2013 01:11 PM

            actually thats a good one, their cocktail buns (coconut buns) are very good

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            budgetrick Feb 15, 2013 12:06 PM

            Hey - "time machine" people - just kidding about the End Times. No need to run back in time. Really, stay here, be now ... it's all OK. And, everyone, thanks for the suggestions. Keep 'em coming!

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              Phil Ogelos Feb 15, 2013 01:32 PM

              As long as there are no meteorites falling to earth, I'll have time to try all these places. Oh, no, wai

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              SomeRandomIdiot Feb 15, 2013 06:36 AM

              As long as we have a time machine...

              An order of wontons from Bamboo Garden


              some of those dense dumplings that South Wind used to sell in the foam coffee cups, with a dash of pepper and a lot of the Red Devil hot sauce.

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                sagetom Feb 15, 2013 03:09 AM

                The Twice Cooked Pork Chengdu Style at Famous Szechuan. To continue the time machine theme,,,,,,Cold Noodles at Hwa Huan on East Broadway circa 1982.

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                  mwhitmore Feb 15, 2013 10:43 AM

                  Do you mean Famous Sichuan, 10 Pell Street? If so, I can't find Twice Cooked Pork on the menu. There is Double Sautéed Pork for lunch, and Fresh Bacon for dinner. Am I missing something?

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                    sagetom Feb 15, 2013 04:02 PM

                    Sorry my language was imprecise. Yes it is the place at 10 Pell. I was referencing the Double Sauteed Pork at lunch time. I would assume that the Fresh Bacon dish would be much more fatty and less cooked which may displease some. Enjoy!

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                      mwhitmore Feb 15, 2013 08:11 PM

                      Would not displease me! I hear/tell that Twice Cooked Pork was originally made with 'fresh bacon', i.e. pork belly, boiled and then fried. Later, it was Americanized with leaner pork to cater to round-eyes fat phobia. I always get waiters trying to talk me out of the 'good stuff'!

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                        Lau Feb 15, 2013 08:16 PM

                        in chinese its called hui guo rou which literally translates to return pot meat, basically you're cooking it twice as you said (once boiled then stir fried). It is supposed to used a pretty fatty cut of pork.

                        they translate it weird here sometimes, sometimes its called enhanced pork, twice cooked pork, double sauteed etc etc. it's all the same dish just with poor english translations

                        its a really awesome dish as you've realized

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                  Chandavkl Feb 14, 2013 04:47 PM

                  Probably the rice noodle logs at Yummy Noodle. But I'd really grab the $2.75 Flushing bus on Division St.

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                    Lau Feb 14, 2013 05:41 PM

                    ure talking about cheung fan the rolled up kind?

                    go get those at poon kee, they do a good job on those

                  2. sgordon Feb 14, 2013 03:34 PM

                    Oh, that's a hard one... No way to narrow it to one...

                    Jicama Siu-Chow at Ping's - just a wonderful tangle of flavors and textures
                    Mount Qi Pork Noodles at Xi'an - that sauce, oh man.
                    Hand-pulled noodles at Lam Zhou on East Broadway - best hand-pulled in Chinatown IMHO.
                    Preserved Duck & Taro casserole at Fuleen - I know... not a seafood dish for them, weird. But this dish is one my favorite winter warmers...

                    Why? Because they're flippin' delicious.

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                      Lau Feb 14, 2013 01:57 PM

                      a bowl of pork and thousand year egg congee with a you tiao at ny noodletown

                      the reason being is that a) i love congee, its delicious, homey and simple and b) congee is the one dish that NY's chinatown really does well. You would find that congee here tastes very similar to how congee tastes in hong kong

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                        Lesliepbg Feb 14, 2013 01:54 PM

                        Chicken with black mushroom congee--@ Congee.

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                          Polecat Feb 14, 2013 04:23 PM

                          Not sure if this would be my choice but I took an order home after the lion dances and agree that it is excellent.

                        2. grampart Feb 14, 2013 01:49 PM

                          Peking duck at The Peking Duck House because I've never been there and it's on my bucket-list.

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                            foodwhisperer Feb 14, 2013 09:01 PM

                            They used to ring a gong there if someone ordered the Peking Duck. These days the Peking Duck House midtown is the better restaurant.

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                            jen223 Feb 14, 2013 01:43 PM

                            big wong
                            beef chow fun
                            i've been enjoying it's beefy greasy deliciousness since the age of 8!

                            although in the cold, i do always crave xi'an famous food's spicy cumin lamb noodle soup.

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                              swannee Feb 14, 2013 01:30 PM

                              One dish is hard! With cold weather either the big plate of chicken with hand pulled noodles at Spicy Village(aka Henan Taste) or the pork belly with pickled mustard greens at Congee Village (mei cai kou rou). Or..........

                              1. Motosport Feb 14, 2013 10:00 AM

                                I'd go back in a time machine, go to Lin's Garden and order Lin's Garden Chow Fun!!!
                                Oh, how I miss that dish!!
                                Paul Simon even sang about it in "Paranoia Blues"

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                                  foodwhisperer Feb 14, 2013 09:00 PM

                                  Motosport,,, one day in Lin's Garden a homeless guy came in and grabbed a handful of my lo main

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                                    Motosport Feb 15, 2013 05:49 AM

                                    Probably at 1 AM!! I can see it clearly.

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                                      Motosport Feb 15, 2013 07:30 AM

                                      Since I've got my time machine I'd go to Fu Joy for some Fukienese pork chops marinaded in that red stuff. I can taste them now.
                                      I'd walk back past the kitchen and do a little gambling too!!

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