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Where to buy home-made Chinese dumplings in Philly?

Hong Bao, on 11th just south of Race. Kind of salty though. Also, wish they had a vegetable version.

Aug 15, 2009
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chinese sponge cake with fruit

Haven't had this a lot, but Greenland's version is pretty good...much much better than Mayflower's - Greenland's has more fruit and the cake itself has a better taste.

Aug 11, 2009
Dib in Pennsylvania

Cheap hole-in-the-wall Asian gems in Philly??

Vientiane and Vietnam Cafe at 47th and Baltimore (W. Philly) are awesome, but for your requested combo of cheap and super tasty: get the takeout tofu hoagies at Fu Wah (same intersection)...mmmm

May 11, 2009
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Need PA-centric foods for my new book

Paw paws like the fruit, or something else?

May 06, 2009
Dib in Pennsylvania

Need PA-centric foods for my new book

Oh man, too long since I've had that pig stomach. I always thought the noodles+meat was pronounced like "bot boi" or something, not "pot pie" - am I just confused?

May 06, 2009
Dib in Pennsylvania

Cheap hole-in-the-wall Asian gems in Philly??

That's Dim Sum Garden.

May 06, 2009
Dib in Pennsylvania

Non-speaking Korean wants to go to Seorabol

Interesting - I've had almost the opposite experience. My Chinese is astoundingly bad (my family only spoke English at home), and I have to be careful where I break it out. Sometimes Asian immigrants get offended if they think you think they CAN'T speak English.

For what it's worth, I don't get up to NE Philly much, but I've been spoken to in Korean at Kim's, Cafe Soho/Bon Chon, and Pandolne, told them I don't speak Korean, and gotten good food anyhow. The ladies at Kim's were super friendly, and the bbq is better there than Pandolne anyhow. Never been to Seo Ra Bol. I'd worry more about getting white person stuff at places more white people go, like Chinatown.

May 04, 2009
Dib in Pennsylvania

Where Can I Go to Learn Knife Sharpening Skills?

One of the guys at Kitchen Kapers showed me how to use a sharpening steel. They're pretty nice about demonstrations.

Feb 07, 2009
Dib in Philadelphia

Chinese Food in Phila.

I agree that soup dumplings at ZWG are better than DSG's, though I only had them once. Daintier and I like the broth better. Any of the dumplings or noodle dishes with or without soup are good bets, skip the rice dishes.

Feb 06, 2009
Dib in Pennsylvania

Coffeeshops with great food?

My favorite coffeeshop food is the Ethiopian at Almaz, but the tables are small so it might be difficult to work there.

Jan 22, 2009
Dib in Pennsylvania

Looking for tea in CC Philly

Trying new teas is a lot of fun:) In general, white tea has less caffeine than green tea, which has less caffeine than black, but there are exceptions. I don't think even black tea level caffeine comes close to coffee level though. Anyway, seems like most of the caffeine is removed during the first infusion (you can reuse the tea leaves and add fresh hot water for subsequent infusions, some teas are better for this than others). If you want to avoid caffeine entirely, you can try loose leaf herbal teas (might be listed as tisanes) like rooibos, honeybush, and peppermint.

Jan 08, 2009
Dib in Pennsylvania

Looking for tea in CC Philly

Yeah, you can buy tea at Steap, but you can't sample it there. I was there with a friend once, who asked to sample some tea right after she saw them serve another guy. She was told that he was a 'buyer' and they wouldn't do it for her. Lame.

Remedy is ok, but I think once they made me green tea with boiling water.

I really like TBar, as Michelle recommended, though it is much farther from your work. They had an excellent white peony (bai mu dan) in a while back. The only tea I had there that I didn't like was bubble tea, if that counts.

Jan 06, 2009
Dib in Pennsylvania

Taco Trucks in the Philly area?

That's Taco Loco. I've always just eaten whenever I go by there :(

Jan 01, 2009
Dib in Pennsylvania

Steamed Vegetable Dumplings?

Zhi Wei Guan, aka Magic Kingdom of Dough, at 925 Race (the spot formerly occupied by Dumpling House) has good vegetable dumplings, not as salty as at Dim Sum Garden. Black mushrooms, carrots, vermicelli. They are on the menu as your choice of pan-fried or in broth (beware vegetarians, it's chicken broth), but steamed is available if you request.

Nov 24, 2008
Dib in Pennsylvania

Steamed Vegetable Dumplings?

My favorite handmade dumplings in Philly are the ones at Hong Bao, 11th and Race. But I don't think they have vegetable ones. I also liked the ones at Dumpling House, for all of the 5 seconds they were open. Try Dim Sum Garden? everything I've had there was handmade.

Nov 05, 2008
Dib in Pennsylvania

Craig LaBan's Da Vinci review...ouch!

Glucose is the body's energy source. It is possible to be allergic--maybe 'intolerant' is a better term--to different types of sugars. Lactose intolerance is common. Fructose intolerance (e.g. HFI, hereditary fructose intolerance) also exists but is much rarer.

Oct 21, 2008
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Hatfield/Montgomeryville/North Wales Area

oh, for cheesesteaks, I've never seen this outside of Souderton/Quakertown - a Weber is a cheesesteak with MAYO, lettuce, tomato, and onions. Talk about heart attack on a plate. Never had it myself as I don't like mayo.

Sep 08, 2008
Dib in Pennsylvania

Hatfield/Montgomeryville/North Wales Area

I don't know about 'great food', but if you're into mysterious pork products, you could have some scrapple. Doesn't get any more local than that...Hatfield is home to Hatfield Quality Meats. Any local diner like Zoto's on 309 would have scrapple.

For local food I'd rather have the ice cream at Merrymead.

Aug 27, 2008
Dib in Pennsylvania

Burritos in Philadelphia

I liked Tacos Riendo (1301 n 5th) better than Jose's - thought the chicken tinga at Jose's was dry. Enjoyed the chile relleno tacos and chorizo sopes at Tacos Riendo.

Aug 27, 2008
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Don Memo

Yeah, that was the former restaurant in the space. Don Memo opened up late last month. I don't want to rave too much about the food, because I am friendly with the owner and so probably biased. But it's an expanded offering of what was at the truck, with larger portions and more emphasis on presentation--the quesadilla is almost too pretty to eat.

More reading:
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/392151
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/514934
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/398006
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/442976

Jul 08, 2008
Dib in Pennsylvania

Tacos Don Memo truck gone for summer?

Hey, I didn't see this thread til now, but see this newer one:

http://www.chowhound.com/topics/532449

Jul 08, 2008
Dib in Pennsylvania

Don Memo

The taco truck at 38th and Sansom is gone for the summer - but has taken on restaurant form in Upper Darby, a block from the 69th st terminal.

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=57+Garr...

Jun 24, 2008
Dib in Pennsylvania

Chung King Garden

Yeah, the chef went to the new-ish Han Dynasty out in Exton. He moves around a lot.

My current favorite is Tasty House, but it doesn't have the 'ma la' that Chung King Garden does. Although I dunno...I had dinner at CKG a couple weeks ago and it wasn't quite as good as before. What's your favorite dish?

Jun 21, 2008
Dib in Pennsylvania

Tapioca Flour/Starch

I am not sure if it was flour or starch, but I saw some powdery tapioca product on the second floor of that large new Chinatown grocery next to Chungking Garden.

Jun 08, 2008
Dib in Pennsylvania

Shabu Shabu/Hot Pot

Hey, it's not your fault for thinking it's a hot pot when LHF calls it that...and after all, it is a pot that is hot... just not what my family would translate as literally hot pot.

Apr 09, 2008
Dib in Pennsylvania

Di Nic's at Reading Terminal

I grew up with cheesesteaks and don't like them. I also hate Rocky. But i love di Nic.'s. What time did you go?

Apr 09, 2008
Dib in Pennsylvania

Asian/Oriental/Chinese grocery in MontCo?

If you're talking about rice wine used for cooking, yes supermarkets can sell those products. Rice wine for cooking has salt added to make it unpalatable for drinking, and I believe it has less alcohol. Think of it like the "marsala" etc. cooking wine you'd find in regular supermarkets.

Although it's true Assi is Korean focussed, it also has a larger selection of Chinese products than I can find in Chinatown.

Apr 02, 2008
Dib in Pennsylvania

Northern Chinese dumplings in Philly

Hong Bao at 11th and Race. Ignore the complete lack of atmosphere (styrofoam plates, formica tables, refilled sriracha bottles), and the off-putting buffet selections. Go straight for the dumplings: pork with cabbage, pork with scallion, shrimp, fish, or lobster. These are the best dumplings (the shui jiao kind) I have had in Philly. Handmade, Shandong style. For anyone familiar with the dumplings at Qingdao Garden or Wang's in Boston area, these are the same type. If you want different dipping sauce than plain soy sauce, ask for some garlic to mix with the soy sauce, or for hot pepper sauce.

Mar 30, 2008
Dib in Pennsylvania

Shabu Shabu/Hot Pot

Lee How Fook's menu is misleading. They serve claypots, not hot pots. Claypots come already cooked, ingredients all in one pot; hot pots you do the cooking yourself, dipping the raw ingredients into the pot.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clay_pot_cooking
vs.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot_pot

Shabu shabu is the Japanese equivalent of hot pot (afaict) so I think FoolForFood is looking for the type of food pictured at the second link. I don't know of any shabu shabu places, but Chungking Garden and Four Rivers both do Sichuan hot pots. CKG's hot pot is a separate menu, just ask. Four Rivers only does hot pot one day a week or something like that.

Mar 26, 2008
Dib in Pennsylvania

Most interesting fries you've had?

I loved the sauces that come with the fries at Monk's (bourbon mayo) and the Bards (curry)--they're more memorable to me than the fries at either place.

Mar 23, 2008
Dib in Pennsylvania