Chinese BBQ and Pork Dumplings
Hey, need a little help. I have a friend visiting from Europe to whom I have been going on about Chinese BBQ pork and pork dumplings. She is visiting and I want to provide the right experience.
The BBQ pork I have been raving about is that from Vin Sun, I usually get it during the day to go. I notice that in the evenings the roast stuff in the window gets taken down, can one still order it? I usually get something that I think is called something like "honey roasted pork", it is a boneless cut that is long and rectangular, does anyone know what it is? It's *delicious*.
The pork dumplings I have been raving about are ones I prepare myself buying them at C-mart, so I suspect I have a lot of upside here.
If we want to eat both where should we go? What should we order? I live downtown so Chinatown proper works, not looking to travel.
Your help, as always, is appreciated.
What do you mean by pork dumplings sometimes called mini juicy buns on menus?? is it xiao long bao pork dumplings with lots of juice in them?
If they are it seems dumpling cafe and gourmet dumpling house, tawain cafe get a lot of love on this board for them, don't remember if they also have roast pork on the menu, but that should be easy for you to find out.
Or you could do a two stop crawl.
I would also recommend planning ahead and taking your friend for the 3-course peking duck at China King - not something a run of the mill Chinese restaurant does as well, even if they do offer peking duck on their menu.
The dumplings you buy at the market are definitely more like peking ravioli. For something different, go to Dumpling Cafe for their soup dumplings (xiao long bao). Steamed, and their skin is more delicate. Better than GDH and TC, in my opinion.
The honey roast pork you are talking about is char siu. Roast pork (siu yook) is the version with the crispy skin. Usually when they are gone from the window at the end of the day, they are sold out. If you really want to have some, you can plan to buy ahead during the early hours and have at home, or plan to take your friend to lunch. Vin Sun is probably just as good as any, but char siu isn't my favorite so I don't know of a 'best of' place. Most places have their specialties, so if you want a superlative version of both, I don't think you'll find it in one restaurant.
With that being said - is your friend from an area of Europe where this is not available? My experience is limited, but I know many larger European cities have Chinatowns that often have similar items (and in some cases, possibly better if they have a large overseas Chinese community like London).
Lucky's in Dorchester has excellent Chinese barbecue - Kantin in Super 88 food court does very well also if Vin Sun is out. I love the soup and other dumplings from JoJo Taipei but the board lists several favorites for take-home dumplings, including frozen by the bag of 50, which seem like worthwhile investments.