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Worthwhile Chinese food in the Boston Area?

Fivefivefive, for Cantonese seafood, try Peach Farm. It is like ShiaoLanKung in Philly, and a little more seafood-centric. I am a reader on the Philly board and have enjoyed your posts. It is a pleasure finally posting on your thread!

I'd like to ask a question -- a few years ago the daipaidong Chinese places on the second floor of one of the buildings at the intersection between Beach and Harrison were closed down due to the building converting into a loft. The daipaidong place by the entrance (husband and adult son ran the Chinese food place, and wife ran the juice stand on the other side of the entrance) -- does anyone know if and where they re-opened? How was it? I miss all their dishes and their lotus root, dried octopus, little red bean with ginger soup. I have been eating there since I was a college student in the mid 90s. Please help!

Nov 22, 2009
MBACF in Greater Boston Area

Philadelphia Chinatown [split from Boston]

Hi -- I moved from Boston to Philly last November (and went to college/grad school in both cities in the 1990s-early 2000s), and visit back and forth almost one weekend every month (thanks to low fares on Southwest between PHL and MHT). I still miss lots of places in Boston Chinatown (e.g. HK Eatery, Taiwan Cafe, Vinh Sun, Ho Yuen, Bao Bao Hao for take-out cheung fun and "lor might gai," Royal Crown Bakery for dai bao and walnut butter pound cake, ShabuZen for hot pot, Eldo Teahouse for chestnut fresh cream cake, and Lu's for sour sausage/grilled meat banh mi). I am heading back to Boston on Thanksgiving weekend to visit my favorite places again, and this thread is very helpful! Thank you so much!

Here are some of my new favorites in Philly Chinatown: Philly has two xiaolongbao (tangbao) places that are excellent: Sakura and Dim Sum Garden. Sakura is at a corner by Joy Tsin Lau. Sakura has exquisite crab roe-filled tangbaos. The dough is really thin. Their scallion pancakes are not to be missed either. The dough is thin and tender, with lots of layers. It is exquisite! I agree with fivefivefive that dim sum in Philly and bakeries there leave a bit to be desired. No decent daibao (okay, I have not yet found a place with a good dai bao, if anyone knows, I appreciate any leads! Most dai bao dough is huge and abundant but filling is dismal). There are a few banh mi places. A new one by the greyhound bus depot exit, QC Sandwich (I may have the name wrong) is good. I tried BaLe last week on Washington Ave and it is also pretty good. But I do miss Lu's and MeiSum in Boston. ShaoLanKung is a classical Cantonese place that is good, and many people's favorite (including me). Tin Wong by the Friendship Gate is similar to HK Eatery, but most dishes from the kitchen has a bit of MSG. Their congee and cheung fun are served in the morning, and are quite good.

I am planning to go to Boston Chinatown next weekend or Mary Chung for peking ravs. Last month when I visited Boston, I went to Taiwan Cafe on Friday night, which shocked me to no end that I was there at 9 p.m. and there were only 2 other tables of patrons, it used to be so crowded that people line up outside and on the steps. I also tried the weekend buffet brunch at Fuloon, which is not bad. This month it is Mary Chung or bust! :)

Nov 22, 2009
MBACF in Pennsylvania

Quest for birthday cake with italian cream filling

Hello everyone, I am new to the board and new to Boston. I live north of the city (in Burlington). I am looking to get a birthday cake that has layers of sponge cake with a little spritz of rum (or rum flavored syrup) and mascapone cheese filling. Does anyone have a favorite bakery that has this kind of cake available? I am hoping not to have to go to North End to get it because it may be difficult to find a place to park.

Thank you so much for your help! I am very excited to join this board!


Sep 02, 2009
MBACF in Greater Boston Area