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Jul 23, 2013 01:32 PM

Best Chinese Take Out, for Delivery in Center City

We have had a very positive experience with Taste King in NE Philly:
I order huge oysters in advance, and they steam them to perfection with great sauce. Also lobster with ginger and scallion.

So, I'm focused on those two dishes which are not necessarily carried
by Square on Square Family coming for early dinner Saturday night, and
we are craving a special, seafood for the most part menu.

What do you suggest? Taste King is too far away for delivery, and they
probably don't deliver to Center City anyway.

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  1. Its not exactly take out .. but its more like BYO fish... I recalled Laban's article on Tasty Place in Chinatown where you bring him the seafood to cook ....... its not exactly what you do with Taste King but similar in that you buy the food at a nearby market and bring it to him...

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    1. re: cwdonald

      I've never heard of that here!
      the only place I've ever done that was in Hong Kong (Sai Kung, to be exact) where the restaurants along the water have huge tanks filled with fish and seafood, but you can actually go inland a block and get better cooking for less money.

      1. re: Bob Loblaw

        You can do that at a lot of Chinese places - just ask.

        1. re: mookleknuck

          Do you have any in Philadelphia you particularly recommend?

          1. re: cwdonald

            My current favorite is still Ping Pong, as not only can I bring in seafood the chef may not have, but he also often has seafood or vegetables from his garden that he will make for you if asked. Any Chinese restaurant that you enjoy eating at will most likely be pleased to accommodate you with advance notice. I've never asked at an American-Chinese restaurant, however. YMMV.

            1. re: mookleknuck

              Given that Ping Pong specializes in Sichuan province, any recommendations in dish or products to bring? I have only had a few meals there, mostly at lunch time. The food is very good, and the service attentive, But for whatever reason, and my palate for a round eye is very green, I still prefer HD in Royersford over the Ping Pong. I would love to consider what food to bring, and what to ask for.

    2. Well, I've got my own nibble here. I called Square on Square, and Steve is happy to order those huge oysters for me, and steam them, +_ the large lobster. I'm going to go for this, and let you know how it works out. He also suggested a duck dish with spicy on the side that will please all. Hubby gets to pick from the menu! Soup, brown rice: what more could we want?

      I know they are reliable on the delivery, I guess I should
      have thought of checking out the special order in advance bit sooner. Never hurts to ask.

      I'll report back on this feast.

      1. Re the last two threads, my experience at asking Chinese
        Restaurants to purchase special ingredients for dishes I would like that are never carried on their menu could not be more positive. Taste Queen, not Taste King, was the place
        in the K-Center Shopping Plaza in NE Philly that first was
        enthusiastic about my request. I think it is flattering to them
        that you would ask. Square on Square's reaction (Steve)
        was similar. Each was delighted.

        Try asking--what have you got to lose?