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Jul 16, 2014 12:37 PM

Zheng Garden Chinese

Just got a menu for Zheng Garden Chinese restaurant in West Newton. It seems to be connected to restaurants by the same name in Framingham and Hudson. Is it any good and/or is it good enough for nights when convenience triumphs over the schlep to Chinatown?

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  1. The online menu seems to indicate that it's the same American menu you can find at virtually every Chinese takeout in the country. So why would you go to Chinatown if that's what you want?

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    1. re: Luther

      It isn't about what's listed on a menu, it's about how well it's executed. As much as I love Chinatown (and I have a pass for a downtown garage so I don't have to look for a parking space), it would be nice to be able to get garlic and spice closer to home.

    2. Got the same menu in the mail, looks pretty uninspiring. I'd say that with Jean and Lee's kitchen, Mulan, and CK Shanghai all within 3 miles of that spot, there are good CTown alternatives already, however we'll probably try it anyway since we live right in that area and hope springs eternal for pleasant surprises.

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      1. re: Ruprecht

        I also live in the area and will try it and report back. I've been to Jean and Lee's about a half-dozen times and it's been pretty inconsistent. There's lots of love for CK Shanghai but I've found it to be pretty bland, even when I order the dishes that prompt the waitstaff to warn me that they're spicy. If there's a trick to getting them to use garlic and spice, please fill me in.

        1. re: Velda Mae

          I hear you regarding CK & spice levels, I have not tried very hard to convince them otherwise. At Thai restaurants, I have found that saying "pet maak" usually gets their attention (see: but I don't know the equivalent in any Chinese dialect. Only been to Jean & Lee's twice so far (the last time being a couple of months ago), it was v.good both times. Shame to hear they cannot reach that level consistently.

          1. re: Ruprecht

            In Chinese you can try saying "jia la" for added hot or "jia ma" for added numbing. If they understand your accent, you might even get it.

      2. Okay, took one for the team and tried it out. It went about as I had expected, maybe a little better than I had feared:

        Hot and sour soup - Meh. Neither hot nor sour. Too salty. Too bad, since a good H&S soup goes a long way in my book.

        From the "Chinatown Style" section of the menu:
        Pork and leek dumpings - These were not bad. Decent filling flavor, wrappers a little too thick and not very skillfully applied.

        Double spicy chicken - Kind of a messy preparation, and not particularly spicy, but the ingredients and flavors in this dish were pretty good and definitely more sophisticated than run-of-the-mill American Chinese menus.

        They deliver to us, and it was just good enough to warrant another try. They have several few other dishes on the Chinatown Style section that look interesting.

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        1. re: Ruprecht

          Thanks for the review and for taking one for the team. I'll do the same and will add my $.02 worth to the thread.