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Swankalicious Mar 16, 2013 10:53 AM

I'm dining there next weekend with the adventurous Cousins Swank, and I'm anxious to stray from my standards (shrimp noodle, pork bun, clams with black bean sauce). I'm a huge fan of organ meats in spicy sauce, anything fiery, and big enough to take home are all pluses!

  1. opinionatedchef Mar 29, 2013 11:13 PM

    An FYI about non-usual winsor items, but not offal:
    we pretty regularly get take out of our fav dimsum (baked pork bao, shrimp taro fritters, shrimp stuffed eggplant) and this time, i got a few extra dishes:
    - curry shrimp and pork and scrambled egg chowfun- way too meh, almost no curry flavor (like opening up a jar of curry powder and wafting it over the wok, like Hawkeye and his vermouth.) But it was delicious after i threw some of my own sauce on it......

    -chowfun beef in black bean sauce: pretty good, a bit chintzy on the fun. (Can anyone rec a Boston area spot for some outstanding chowfun?)
    -yu hsiang eggplant- silky eggplant but no kick whatsoever.and yes, i do know that winsor is not a szechuan place, but sometimes chefs are versatile.(like Fuloon's chef doing a v good Gen Gau. sorry all of you cringing CHs.)

    upshot- i'll stick w/ my dim sum.

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    1. re: opinionatedchef
      KWagle Mar 31, 2013 11:23 PM

      Surely you don't mean they were chintzy with the wide rice noodles?

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        opinionatedchef Apr 1, 2013 01:17 AM

        yes. go figure.

    2. KWagle Mar 20, 2013 04:21 AM

      My favorites are the pan fried sticky rice patty with egg, the pan fried fish cake, and the chicken feet in black bean sauce. The crispy fried beancurd sheet rolls are worth trying, as are the steamed ones. But I've enjoyed pretty much everything I've had there. I have no idea why it isn't more popular, especially on weekday evenings.

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        Fukui San Mar 30, 2013 05:01 PM

        I second the pan fried sticky rice patty. It's the sticky rice you usually see served in the upside down glass bowl, shaped into a bite sized patty, pan fried crunchy, then wrapped in a thin egg omelet. It's my favorite thing at Winsor.

        1. re: Fukui San
          opinionatedchef Mar 30, 2013 10:59 PM

          long ago a few places in Ctown had a dish they called Silver Noodle, which was served under a clear bowl. It was rice flour noodles handrolled like short 2" pencils w/ pointed ends. mixed w/ egg and shrimp, scallons, beansprouts etc. But you are not talking about that, right? you are talking about sticky RICE, yes? just checking; thx.

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            Fukui San Mar 31, 2013 07:57 PM

            Correct. That's a different dish.

          2. re: Fukui San
            KWagle Mar 31, 2013 11:22 PM

            I've never seen food served *under* glass bowls, neither rice nor noodles!

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              kobuta Apr 1, 2013 10:31 AM

              Ha - I'm sure you've guessed it's just an inverted rice bowl to keep the bowl shape for presentation. During dim sum, they do this quite a bit for the nuo mi fan (stir fried glutinous rice) and silver pin noodle dishes.

              1. re: kobuta
                KWagle Apr 1, 2013 11:45 PM

                Ah, food cooked or shaped in glass bowls. I've never seen the shaping bowls make it to the table, but I also rarely get dim sum from carts.

            2. re: Fukui San
              opinionatedchef Sep 22, 2013 08:29 PM

              wanted to thank you for mentioning this. we got take out there today and we ordered this after your rec (had never seen or read about it before.) We both really liked it. I would describe it as the same ingred as a lotus leaf filling: sticky rice patties sandwiched around a filling of pork, shrimp and sausage bits, sauteed to crisp and then wrapped in a thin egg sheet. yumola! thx again.

          3. galangatron Mar 17, 2013 08:19 AM

            they're not spicy but you might like the chicken feet in black bean sauce, tripe with ginger and scallions, beef stomach szechuan style (sic), and white turnip with beef entrails

            1. Luther Mar 17, 2013 05:17 AM

              Cantonese cuisine isn't really about spicy sauce or fiery anything, with the exception of the Southern Chinese chili sauces and chili oils that are usually available as a condiment for your food.

              1. kobuta Mar 16, 2013 03:50 PM

                They have a beef stomach dish that is decent. I didn't think it was anything to write home about, but you may like it if you're looking for offal in particular.

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                  femmevox Mar 16, 2013 01:20 PM

                  It's not so offbeat, but the stir-fried turnip cake in X0 sauce (stirfired with scallions and lots of beansprouts) is yummy.

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                    Jolyon Helterman Mar 20, 2013 06:14 AM

                    @Femmevox, I agree that that's not so offbeat, though it's not only my favorite dish there but one of my faves in the city.

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                      rich patina Mar 30, 2013 02:05 PM

                      i also love this dish.

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