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Recs for restaurants in the Chinatown area?

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Last time we were here was 2 yrs ago. We went to a couple of places which were both not open for that evening. Big disappointment. What's the current suggestions for Chinese or other Asian restaurants in this area? TIA.

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  1. For me, the three top attractions are Chada Thai (especially Southern Thai dishes, the century egg curry, the fresh oysters, and anything you've never seen on a Thai menu before); Raku, much discussed on this board; Monta, a wonderful ramen place only a few doors down from Raku, but often crowded -- Ramen Sora is further east on Spring Mountain and, though popular, is not as crowded). I haven't eaten much Chinese lately, but Shanxi Gourmet, in the same mall as Chada, has wonderful hand-pulled noodles and cumin lamb sandwiches.

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    1. re: Dave Feldman

      OYSTERS??? How do the Thai prepare them? There are 2 Chinese oyster dishes that I've been trying to find for the last 25 years. Both are stir-fried but one has ginger and green onion and the other is made with black pepper. Is the Thai prep similar?

      1. re: mucho gordo

        Not at all, Mucho. They are raw oysters with roasted Thai chili, toasted garlic, cilantro and a squeeze of lime. I'm totally addicted to them. The fried oysters at Chada are terrific, too, but I'd rather have twice as many of the raw oysters.

      2. re: Dave Feldman

        Yeah Raku was one of the places we went to but was not open that evening. Maybe Monta was the other one. Not a good night. Will try again this time.