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Apr 18, 2014 10:27 AM

Best Dishes in Chinatown

Haven't seen a recent thread on this. I'm looking for true all-star dishes and the restaurants that serve them. I would start with:

XLB - Dumpling Cafe
Sliced Fish Szechuan Stlye - GDH
3 Course Peking Duck - China King
Roast Beef with Scallions Roll in Scallion Pancake - Taiwan Cafe

Maybe I'd add some Szechuan dish at New Shanghai, salt and pepper anything at Peach Farm or some particular Dim Sum at Winsor, but would really like to get specific thoughts from CH's. Thanks.

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  1. Off the top of my head I might add the Shanghai Chow Mein from China King; Whole Steamed Fish with Ginger and Scallions from Peach Farm

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    1. re: FoodTruth

      Are the noodles in the chow mein the buckwheat kind?

      1. re: C. Hamster

        No, they're fat wheat noodles. Very tasty.

    2. Roast squab at best little restaurant

      1. Winsor dim sum:
        Baked Pork Bao
        Shrimp and Taro fritters
        Eggplant sandwiches stuffed with shrimp

        1. Now I need to get back to Winsor asap. Anyone think anything at East Ocean City is a must try?

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          1. re: ScotchandSirloin

            I'm a big fan of East Ocean's version of Alaskan King Crab with chilli and salt but it won't come cheap. If you are dining with four or more people it gets more reasonable. They keep the crabs alive in tanks so they are very fresh and sweet when they are served but definitely a special occasion dish

            1. re: ScotchandSirloin

              If you want a similar dish, their salt & pepper Dungeness crab is one of my favorite dishes. Similar taste, without the heft price tag for the Alaskan King crab.

              1. re: kobuta

                Taiwan Cafe has had some excellent salt & pepper soft shelled crabs. Before the renovation it was a special on the wall.

            2. I recently switched it up and got the "Beef in Szechuan Sauce" at GDH, which is essentially "Sliced Fish Szechuan Style" but with beef instead of fish (not sure why they don't call it "Sliced Beef Szechuan Style," but that's besides the point). I have been dreaming about it ever since. Definitely top on my list of favorite Chinatown dishes.

              Some others:

              - Kimchi fried rice w/ quail egg at Shojo
              - Suckling pig bao at Shojo
              - Hot pot w/ Mala broth at Q


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              1. re: OliveJones

                +1 on both the Bao and the Hot Pot