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Chickfila at Quakerbridge- Milkshae Monday

The Chickfila at Quakerbridge Mall in Lawrence has a great promotion every Monday during the summer. Purchase a large milkshake (about $3.50) and get a free chicken sandwich or chicken nuggets. The milkshakes are sublime, creamy, frosty and nicely flavored- my fave are peach, banana and strawberry with whipped cream and a cherry. (also have vanilla and choc) Chicken sandwiches come in regular and spicey and are delish- pressure cooked in peanut oil, served on a toated bun with a pickle. Nothing soggy or creamy. Give it a try. Enjoy.

Jul 18, 2011
chettad in New Jersey

new Hmart in Edison?

Two chinese buufets I frequent:
Super Star East Buffet off of Rt 1 Lawrence next to the Sam's Club. Lunch is about $8.25 and there is a 10% coupon online. The quality and cleanliness is better than most. Hot and Sour soup is made fresh daily, food is frequently refreshed and good variety. I also get: various sushi, shrimp shumai, roast pork, and vegs. There is also a mongolian grill where you can pick fresh meat and veg from grill bar and grill guy grills it with these big as* chopsticks for you. good all around value.

Asia Buffet aka World Buffet in Hamilton on Route 33 in ACE hardware shopping center. Lunch is 6.99. They do a good job, but enforce the 4th inning rule: try to get there after 12:30 for buffet to ensure freshness. Big draw here is peel and eat shrimp and this crab dish where 1/2 crab is deep fried- I've seen people of all skin colors attacking the crab when it is refilled. My faves are: tempura, sushi, grilled squid (whole pieces with a tasty teriyaki sauce) , hot and sour soup and the sweet sticky rice with red bean paste located undercover near dumplings. just about every asian eating there goes to the Taiwan bar- it is a soup bar and I think they have special grilled things too. If you are not adventurous- you can get a chicken broth soup with great noodles and a spicey topping. caveat: these two buffets are good values, but don't expect to fall in love with everything.

Soon dae at hmart: definitely NOT gummy texture, soft and well seasoned. Can't sufficiently elaborate- but much better than most. The gummy texture comes from overloading the sausage with rice or noodles. get a sample. yum. I get takeout small size 5.99 and I share. gnerous size, but stingy with the salt topping so ask for an extra.

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Super Star East Buffet
311 Nassau Park Blvd, Princeton, NJ 08540

World Buffet
368 Highway 33, Trenton, NJ 08619

Jan 24, 2011
chettad in New Jersey

new Hmart in Edison?

I'm a regular here now. In the food court I'm a fan of the fried chicken/roast pork/blood sausage place. The soon dae- blood sausage is a different recipe and better quality than most I've had. Give it a try, there are usually samples so eat these while you are waiting for your order. If samples are cleaned out, just ask them. The sushi joint on the far left of the food court looked yummy too- I spied someones order of shrimp tempura and let's just say it was a work of art- fried to a medium shade and the tempura batter just looked so crisp and delicate. I agree about the friendliness of the place- a lot of their staff are young and outgoing. I asked and quite a few are Rutgers students.

I'm just not quite digging the Picnic Garden buffet. I've walked through it four times now during lunch and each time I just declined to eat there. Good place if you have a protein deficiency and want to gorge yourself with meat, but for the 1/2 price I prefer my local Chinese buffet where I can get a nice hot and sour soup, some sushi, some meat and shrimp dishes, some nice fruit, an ice cream cone and stuff my bag with sesame balls on the way out.

Jan 24, 2011
chettad in New Jersey

new Hmart in Edison?

Hi- did the maiden voyage of new HMart this am (it opened yesterday). Wow. Big beautiful lively and clean. Hmart employees everywhere, sample stations every 10 feet, very well organized and clean. Reminds me of the Hmart, Assi and Lotte Plazas in DC Metro and LA- big, everything under one roof. If you are going this weekend and not really planning on shopping, don't bring a cart, it will only slow you down from jumping from one sample station to another. I attacked the cookie plates, fruit samples, grilled kalbi and udon soup. I noticed some really good prices: gallon of kikoman soy $9.99, Kadoya sesame oil (11.99?) large 6.6 lb of Haioreum hot pepper paste $7.99, choco pie 12 ct 1.69, etc.
This is Korean drama at it's best so bring your patience!! Van of Korean seniors doing their shopping, Korean drivers all fighting for the same parking spot. If really lucky, you can witness a 16-point turn, where a Merc s is determined to fit into a tiny spot. Plus, Koreans using those toothpicks to stab to death samples. In case your wondering, the free gift is some sort of pastel dish towels. I outdid myself again and gorged on samples so couldn't make it next door to Picnic Buffet. Enjoy the Hmart shopping adventure!

Dec 10, 2010
chettad in New Jersey

finally found a reliable and tasty Chinese takeout in Ewing (Merc County)

After many disappointments I finally found a reliable Chinese takeout. It is Number 1 Chinese Restaurant 1433 Parkside Ave, Ewing, NJ (609) 883-7775, located near corner of Parkway and Olden Ave, in a tiny strip mall with a 7-11 and across from Shop-Rite.

I've ordered 4 things from lunch menu and all were good- not outstanding but reliably good: Gen. Tsos chicken, pork w/garlic sauce, boneless spare ribs, sweet sour chicken. I walked in and ordered and made careful observations: lunch items can be served over white rice, but I chose pork fried rice, which was freshly prepared with chunks of roast pork. Hot and sour soup was decent and fresh ( not quite as hot and spicey as I like), served with those fried won ton noodles (homemade). With lunch menu you can purchase egg roll, soup or soda for only $.35 so I rec that. I requested fresh pork for my pork dish instead of roast pork and it was no problem, just the way it should be. This place does a monster delivery business. During lunch there were two front end people taking orders, 5 !! cooks and two delivery people, all squeezed into tiny place. No tables to eat at, but seats for waiting. Prices are extremely fair and portions are generous. Give it a try. I'm going to run my lunchtime errands there to get take out.

I noticed next door a teriyaki place just opened with an interesting dishes: oxtail, turkey wings, collards, and a few others I can't remember.

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Parkside Cafe
25 Summit Ave, Summit, NJ 07901

Number 1 Restaurant
25 W Main St, Rockaway, NJ 07866

Nov 14, 2010
chettad in New Jersey

Quakerbridge Mall Chickfila FREE meal today 2-4 !!!! Print and go !!

easiest way: google: facebook chickfila quakerbridge
should be first or second hit.

Nov 12, 2010
chettad in New Jersey

Quakerbridge Mall Chickfila FREE meal today 2-4 !!!! Print and go !!

Checkout the Q'bridge Mall Chickfila facebook page: free spicey chicken sandwich MEAL (think waffle fries)today Friday 11/12 from 2-4. Just PRINTOUT the facebook page and go. I did this last week for a free chicken sandwich meal. Delicious, easy and free. Pack up the van with kids or seniors and go. (Freebies make up for past expensive/disappointing meals, surly waitstaff and generally dismal dining experinces at other establishments).

Nov 12, 2010
chettad in New Jersey

Bulk Cheesecloth?

Oh yeah, for light duty in a pinch, use sterile gauze strips/pads/rolls from first aid supplies.

Nov 03, 2010
chettad in Philadelphia

Bulk Cheesecloth?

Buy at Joann Fabrics- they always have a printable 40% coupon. My mother used cheesecloth all the time in the kitchen for her Asian "bouquet garnis" of dried anchovy and hot pepper and for straining and squeezing when making homemade tofu (much like making cheese). Tightness of weave doesn't really matter, just double or triple until you get desired strength. Use the above coupon to buy in bulk cheaply then throw away. If not sure of hygenic conditions of fabric (All kinds of crap applied to keep "fresh" in warehouse until sold) just soak in boiling water then dry. Our unlimited cheesecloth came from the chemistry lab where my dad worked.

Nov 03, 2010
chettad in Philadelphia

good eats in Camden, near Riverline stop?

HI I'll be taking the Riverline light rail to Camden next week, been wanting to do this for ages. Is there a quick, close place to eat? Perhaps something along the lines of an Au Bon Pain or a simple Chinese thanks. Any other sights to explore w/in walking distance?

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Au Bon Pain
Short Hills Mall, Short Hills, NJ 07078

Oct 02, 2010
chettad in New Jersey

grrreat hoagie- at Pathmark!!!

Was in the Princeton area so made my usual pilgrimage to Hoagie Haven. Disappointing. I ordered a large #2 and yes, I stood at the counter and counted the slices that went into the sandwich. 5 meat and 3 cheese for large ??? Vowed not to return. I was in Pathmark and decided to pick up a quick eat. The foot long Italian was usually 5.99, but 4.99 for that week. Great. The sandwich was so heavy that I needn't bother doing a meat/cheese inventory, only draw back they pack "dry" with no mayo or oil/vinegar, but you can get condiment package. Even after being refrigerated, bread was soft and fresh and lettuce, tomato, onion was lively. Went in the store to buy another to eat the next day. The deli guy said they make them every morning. The next one I just tweaked with a little dried oregano and my own vinegar oil. Superb. (Bologna and cheese was 3.99, turkey 4.99, godfather 6.99, these are all BIG).

Oct 02, 2010
chettad in New Jersey

eats in Camden, near Riverline station

HI I'll be taking the Riverline light rail to Camden next week, been wanting to do this for ages. Is there a quick, close place to eat? Perhaps something along the lines of an Au Bon Pain or a simple Chinese thanks. Any other sights to explore w/in walking distance?

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Au Bon Pain
126 College Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Oct 02, 2010
chettad in Philadelphia

A1 Buffet near Oxford Valley fka "Mings" preview

Hi, just had the lunch buffet today and consensus was underwhelming, with a few strong points. There were thick, large, tasty, grilled, sliced (not chopped) portions of chicken teriyaki - something I have not seen at other buffets. Also, thick, large grilled whole pork chops. If you are a meat eater, ie plate after plate of these hefty meat portions with some fried rice or lomein you would be very happy. Also the sushi was good- nice tuna rolls, avocado rolls, and pieces of salmon sushi. They kept replenishing quickly. These two are strong points and if they are your favorites, you will be happy. The rest is edible and ok, nothing remarkable. Pluses were fresh watermelon slices and self-scoop 8 flavors of ice cream. minuses were the charge for tea .99 a pot and when I asked for one senior discount (10%) for our table the waitress came back and said the manager told her to tell us the age was 65. Big whoop for saving .65 cents. Clean, efficient, constantly replenishing, and price is ok for lunch $6.59. I would do take out at $3.99/lb for the chicken teriyaki to eat at home with my own rice and vegs and my own free tea. There are other buffets closer to me that are a bit better, but nothing quite wrong with this one. Cheers!

Sep 17, 2010
chettad in Philadelphia

A1 Buffet near Oxford Valley fka "Mings" preview

This space was renovated for much of the summer and opened last week. I dropped by on Saturday during lunch to give it a once over, and will eat there this week. Here's the scoop: Clean, bright, open space with friendly staff. I told them I wanted to check it out and they graciously took me around to each of the buffet tables and asked if I had any questions. Standard fare, with chinese dishes, sushi, soup fruit and desserts and non-asian cuisine, so something for all tastes. Looked very fresh and appetizing.

Prices are good: AYCE lunch Mon-SAT $6.59 and take out lunch $3.99/lb. Kids under two eat free, older kids eat at reduced rate. VERY fair prices.

I'll report back after I dine there.

Sep 13, 2010
chettad in Philadelphia

grilling today- any hot dog recs?

Anyone care to share their favorite grocery store hot dog? I'll be grilling today and I haven't had a hot dog in 3 years! Will be near Wegmans, Whole Foods. If there were a butcher near who makes homemade hot dogs I would go for it, but unlikely to find one. Anyone try the Wegmans Applegate Farms organic, uncured dog? Pricey but risky since sometimes that "organic" meat takes some getting used to. Like those "vegan" pastries and cakes- those are some of the few things that actually make me barf. thanks!

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Applegate Farm
356 W Main St, Freehold, NJ 07728

May 23, 2010
chettad in New Jersey

Asia Buffet re-opening QBridge Road/Route 33 Hamilton

The new sign is "Asia Buffet"- It's on the corner shopping center with ACE hardware, opposite CVS, at the intersection of Route 33 and Quakerbridge Road.

Jan 12, 2010
chettad in New Jersey

Asia Buffet re-opening QBridge Road/Route 33 Hamilton

I've been here twice in the past week, nicely crowded each time. It remodeled and opened recently and there is a lunch buffet for $6.99, with a special grand opening discount of 15%, so for two with tax and tip it was $15. Like any buffet, there are hits and misses so these are my edited selections: You must enforce the 4th inning rule, try to arrive after 12:30 to ensure that the selections are hot and fresh. I went at 12:00 yesterday so I ordered a noodle soup at the soup bar- just about every Asian person was eating one- a soup made to order in front of you. There is an English menu that you can order the soup from. Next I munched on peel and eat shrimp with cocktail sauce and fresh lemon wedge. There were two sushi chefs making standard rolls- there was nothing out of this world, but ok for a buffet. I had standard California, unagi and tuna rolls. Next some hot food: near the dumplings under a metal lid, there is a Thai? sweet rice dish, steamed sticky jasmine rice with red bean paste and a little bit of mango and raisin. I think it may be a desert but I ate with my meal. Other hot buffet highlights, veg tempura and chicken tonkatsu. Tasty, but this area of the buffet is not heated so you have to keep an eye out and run there when it is being refilled. They ruin the chicken tonkatsu by putting a drizzle of ketchup? instead of the plum sauce. Oh well. The standard General Tso chick, three kinds of shrimp entrees, and plenty of bland items for your bland friends. For dessert there is an ice cream machine with cones, which I guess is tasty because I saw one old guy eat three of them. I had tasty orange and kiwi slices. There were those typical sponge/cream cakes and some hot sesame balls. Overall good- worth two for $15. Be careful of the crab people- there was a hot entree of fried crab and people were stampeding. Give it a try- I don't know how long the 15% discount will last.

Jan 07, 2010
chettad in New Jersey

key limes at a great price!

I was wheelman for a fishing trip at beautiful Round Valley Park near Flemington, NJ over the holidays and made a pit stop at a spanking' new Super Walmart in the Raritan Valley Center off of Route 31 on the way home. I did my comparison shopping in the food section and was surprised to find a 16 oz bag of key limes for $2.50. There were about 15 of the cute green ping pong balls in the bag, origin Texas. They were firm, green and looked like you could squeeze a lot of juice out of them. My favorite no bake summer recipe for a tangy but not too sweet Key lime pie recipe: blend WELL 1 can sweetened condensed milk with one 8 oz package of cream cheese (** must be room temperature) slowly add 1/2 c or more fresh lime juice. Pour into cookie pie shell and chill. This recipe has never failed me. If you have the time for a homemade shell, add coconut and macadamia nuts to crushed vanilla wafers and a little 1/4 c. melted butter. This you do need an oven, about 12 min @350.

Jan 07, 2010
chettad in New Jersey

Hon Sushi lunch

Was invited out to lunch at Hon Sushi in Mercer Mall, Lawrenceville. The place is clean and modern, run by Koreans with restaurant experience. About five tables on the left, curtained off and a sushi bar and a few tables to the right. Good mix of light and spacing and privacy. My dining partner and I were cautious eaters, just ordered bento boxes from the lunch menu- $8.5-10.5.
Started off with a standard, well-chilled salad. The table next to us was served bowls of dumpling soup, with handmade Korean dumplings (mandoo) and an authentic broth that smelled soooo good I rushed through my salad, but was disappointed when the waitress came back with our boxes. I guess the soup has to be ordered separately.

I ordered the "octapus/squid bulgogi" ? (can't remember the exact wording) which is a standard Korean dish of octapus in a bright red hot sauce that is thick, rich and a little sweet. Portion was good, spiced and sweetened just right, but I was hoping they would grill the squid for that delicious flavor imparted only by grilling, but I guess they preferred the frying pan. In the bento box: nice sized cali roll, 3 dumplings, edamame, "chopchae"- Korean noodle dish. When it was served it didn't look like a lot but was filled by the last bite.

My companion ordered the shrimp teriyaki. I had my doubts about this when she ordered. The box was identical to mine, but with six med shrimp and teri sauce served over shredded cabbage. I didn't get the cabbage- is it a garnish? Anyway the shrimp were barely adequate to qualify as an entree, but they were so wonderfully grilled there is hope for the other dishes . . . use the grill for better flavor!!!!!

So this restaurant is professional and knows what to do and what a respectable meal should be. I think most of their regular customers will be people searching out Korean food that don't want to drive an extra half-hour. Prices are ok- if they priced bento boxes at $6.99 I'd be there once a week. I'd like to hear about the sushi experience here if anyone would like to share.

Nov 18, 2009
chettad in Mid-Atlantic

Harini lunch report

Tried Harini Indian in Mercer Mall lunch buffet with good results. My dining partner had time constraints so I did not enforce my "4th inning buffet rule" --(ie, at baseball games the previous days hot dogs are recycled and the fresh ones make it out after the 4th inning) we arrived promptly at 11:30 instead of my usual 12:30 buffet arrival times.

The server was bringing out the dishes one by one and they looked fresh, not a recycling experiment. This place is about food and eating and not sport dining with mirrors and ambiance. The buffet is not a huge spread, but you will not be underwhelmed, as there is a good balance of traditional/veg/ meat/ curry/ 1 bland thing for your non-adventurous friends., etc. The flavors were great, the yogurt sauce had a freshness I was not expecting and the veg coconut dish (peas with something else..) had a phenomenal coconut flavor. I bake and cook a lot and can tell when old things are "freshened up". Not here. I believe the owners took pride in what they were doing and wanted people to be happy with what they were eating. The complimentary chai was delish and self-serve with demitasse styrofoam cups to limit waste.

Only odd quirk: I used a coupon that made by buffet 5 instead of 8.99 (pricey) and the server told me "cash only" because of the coupon I think. No problem. If it were 6.99 I'd go once every week or two, at 8.99 only once a month. Give it a try!!

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Harini Indian Cuisine
3349 Brunswick Pike #66, Lawrenceville, NJ

Harini Indian Restaurant
3349 US Highway 1, Lawrence Township, NJ 08648

Nov 16, 2009
chettad in New Jersey

China Moon in Quakerbridge Mall- any resurrection?

Many years ago the China Moon restaurant in Quakerbridge Mall in Lawrenceville, NJ was a family favorite that we missed when it closed. I vaguely remember the owner may have transplanted to Newtown PA.
Anyone know if it relocated or goes by another name, another town. In true Chowhound form, am willing to travel across state lines for that hot and sour soup . . .
thanks

Oct 12, 2009
chettad in Mid-Atlantic