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Boston hound visiting Richmond

Thanks for checking with your Mom, they know the best (and should blog). The yun cheong I have in mind are hung on ropes, and not packed. I got some in Toronto years ago. They would show up in Boston once awhile, but not this year.

If I should end up in Vancouver Chinatown, I'll check out Dollar Meat (another great name). If I can find them in Richmond, I'll take a chance with TSA.

Boston hound visiting Richmond

One of the picture at Parker has what looks like a suckling pig! But it is a whole pig, likely special ordered. I can't eat a whole pig, or take any back with me.

Boston hound visiting Richmond

LR, so many places, so little time and so small a stomach. Life is tough.

Boston hound visiting Richmond

What's the name of the jiaozi shop? Any suggestion for lamb or beef noodle? Can't have Cantonese all the time.

Reading Michigan's house made noodle reminded me of an Anthony Bourdain episode in Hong Kong. In a tiny apartment an elderly noodle maker rode on a huge bamboo pole to kneed the dough! Probably one of the last practitioner of such an art. Very moving.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2a47o...

Boston hound visiting Richmond

Stevenson is the kind of place I would like to wander around. Dave's halibut is on my list.

Boston hound visiting Richmond

BC hounds, I'm overwhelmed by your responses.

Sushi - I'll add Sakura to Richmond, and hit Hitoe and Tekami if I should be in the neighborhood. In metro Boston, sushi staffed by Japanese can be counted on one hand, and very pricey. Vancouver's authentic Japanese sushi is indeed great value.

Found this terrific sushi review site. Good site design and great photos, single cuisine, extensive coverage, reviews by orders, subjective rating system, etc.

http://raymondssushiadventures.blogsp...

Fish and chips - Fried salmon is a novelty for me. Agreed it can be greasy and a pass. Will definitely have the fried halibut (the best I had was in Juneau). Boston's fish and chips are from mystery white fish, never id'ed. Here, fish are often mislabeled:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/2011/10/22...

John 3:16 and O'Tray - Hidden gems I would have missed. Tian Jin Wrap is new to me, to be followed by lamb or beef noodle? John 3:16 is closed on Sunday. What's with BC's restaurant names? Michigan deciphered is clever enough. John 3:16? O'Tray?

Sura - The set lunch looks amazing, and threatening. I may hurt myself dining solo.

Wonton - Also an obsession of mine. Not just wonton, but the noodle as well. Too bad Michigan is no more. Was looking forward to their house made noodle. Small authentic mouth size ones followed by jawbreakers? Hmm, I can deal with that.

Public transportation and parking - Thanks for the warning. Coming from Boston, I'm prepared :-) We got a record nine feet of snow this winter, bringing public transportation to its knees. Trains were shut down and delayed, for weeks. Commuters had to add hours to their trips. Street parking, ever heard of "space savers"?

http://www.boston.com/news/weather/20...

I think I have enough info for a great food adventure. Thanks a lot.

Boston hound visiting Richmond

I'll be in Richmond for the first week of April, and need some help. Looking for local cheap (good value) dining options. Dining solo will pose some limitation. From my reading, here are a few places I'll visit. Would appreciate (tie-breaking) comments, updates, etc.

HK BBQ Master for bbq

Michigan, McKim, MaxNoodle for wonton (and congee)

Curry House at Yaohan Mall, Prata Man for Hainanese chicken rice and curry beef brisket

Dave's, Pajo's for fish and chips (fried salmon!)

Seto, Kiriri for sushi

Yes, we have these in Boston, but I hope for better and more authentic versions -:) Will there be bbq goose or suckling pig? Where to find locally made yun chang (duck liver sausage to take home)? Food court stalls I shouldn't miss? Will drive to Stevenson and Vancouver (Stanley Park, UBC, etc.) Suggestions for similar dining options around those areas, especially inexpensive sushi?

Thanks in advance.

Montreal Smoked Meat at Cutty's today

Loved Schwartz's smoke meat.

Rushed over to Cutty's this past Wednesday, only to find their Montreal Smoked Meat on Rye was a one time deal. Upon inquiry, they "confessed" that their smoke meat was NOT from Montreal, but "would be close". I might not have missed much.

BTW, wasn't Schwartz closed or transferred to new owners?

Jan 27, 2013
eatntell in Greater Boston Area

"Charcoal Guido's" to bring brick-oven pizza to Waltham

This review claimed "authentic Italian cuisine" at Charcoal Guido's!!!

http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/food/...

Jan 27, 2013
eatntell in Greater Boston Area

Pastrami in Boston that approaches Katz's?

Disclaimer: Love pastrami, but no connoisseur.

In the good old days, B&D in Brookline and Ken's were my go to places for great deli treats. After their closing, Zaftigs is the only one left that I frequent.

Michael's and Sam LaGrassa's pastrami just don't measure up. But the worse by far was found at Inna's Kitchen in Newton. They claimed that their pastrami is store made, and don't have that red dye color. OK, I'll accept that. The meat looked gray and "aged", and tasted very salty. Perhaps that's "authentic"? The meat portion was skimpy and the potato salad side was no more than two mouthful. All for $11.

For a city with a good size Jewish population and college students from NYC, why aren't there more great delis around?

Jan 27, 2013
eatntell in Greater Boston Area

Enraging experience at Taqueria Mexico, Waltham

I have been to Taqueria Mexico several times, and Amigo once. Their ambiances are very different, and both reminded me of similar places I had visited in Mexico. I don't have a honed palate for Mexican food to be able to tell if their dishes are authentic. They are, however, sub-par to those I had sampled in Mexico and in CA, by a long shot.

Taqueria Mexico is homey with seating inside and out. It is located on a quiet side street close to the center of Waltham with lots of stores and businesses. My visits are typically during daytime on weekends, and I always park at a meter a block or two away. The short walk is perfect to work up an appetite and to work off a little bulge afterwards. The few Mexican decors and plastic furnishing are unpretentious and clean. The food is good value and consistent. The wait staff is always courteous and aim to please. (I once ordered a plate with a side I did not like by mistake. When I mentioned it to the wait staff, he quickly comp'ed me with a different side.) IOW, this is what a small family run restaurant should be like.

By comparison, Taqueria El Amigo is in the middle of nowhere. If not for the glowing reviews here, I would have never noticed it. For my only visit, I parked in a fenced in lot next to it and wondered if my car would be towed. The place has half a dozen small tables inside, random decors on the walls, a counter with the visible kitchen behind. IOW, a hole in the wall, which did not bother me since I had enjoyed great food in similar holes in Mexico. But Taqueria El Amigo's service and food were horrific. Now that bothered me, and I won't return. Here's what I posted in another thread.

"I only visited once for a takeout recently, and was very disappointed. It was after lunch on a weekday, and the place was half empty. I went for the taco plate which many had recommended here.

When I got home 15 minutes later, grease had soaked through the brown paper bag. Other than the four tacos, there were no chips and no sides. The tacos' meat was bone dry, and the avocado slices were razor thin."

"My takeout from el Amigo was not in a styrofoam container, but in a plain brown paper bag. I asked for and paid for a taco plate, but there were only four tacos in the bag. Perhaps they just don't do takeouts well."

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/854106

Jul 18, 2012
eatntell in Greater Boston Area

Best Lobster Rolls in Boston: Chowhound Lists

This is outside of the 5 mile radius of Downtown Boston. But the price alone (if not misprinted) deserves a mention.

"At The Gloucester House Restaurant, Lenny Linquata said the market upheaval has flipped the seafood hierarchy, making lobsters among his cheapest seafood. As a result, a lobster roll that would have cost $35 is now $25, he said."

http://www.boston.com/news/local/mass...

Jul 17, 2012
eatntell in Greater Boston Area

Editing a post

Will OP be notified when an edit is made? Same question for deleting/moving a thread.

Jul 16, 2012
eatntell in Site Talk

Editing a post

I'm aware that the hound team can move and delete threads for different reasons. Who can edit a post other than those who post them?

Jul 15, 2012
eatntell in Site Talk

Boston's Best Lobster Rolls

Good value lobster rolls "within a 5-mile radius of downtown Boston":

Courthouse
Sullivan's

Jul 15, 2012
eatntell in Features

what are your 10 favorite cheap(less that $10) breakfast, lunch, dinner and "4th meal/snack" places

"Having moved here from LA a bit over a year ago, I would respectfully suggest that you are unlikely to find inexpensive Mexican fare here that will impress you."

I encourage you to check out Amigo. Our island of two has room for one more.

Jul 13, 2012
eatntell in Greater Boston Area

Please critique my itinerary - did LOTS of research - visiting Boston for 5 days and Salem for one of them.

Modern Asian is an attempt to step up from Pu-Pu Platter + Mai-Tai, for the same crowd who made them popular.

Jul 13, 2012
eatntell in Greater Boston Area

dirt cheap lobster?

$1.50/lb would be cheaper than bologna:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/857158

If this trend (hyperbole?) continues, we will be using lobsters for fertilizers, just like the Pilgrims did. You did say *dirt* cheap!

http://www.thelobsterguy.com/aboutlob...

Jul 13, 2012
eatntell in Greater Boston Area

July 2012 Openings and Closings

Back when there was no gray in my hair and no Jacksons in my wallet, I used to pick up a frozen entree from Stockyard on my way home after work. Their creamed scallops and lasagna beat the heck out of Stouffers'. Then the quality started to slip, followed by the disappearance of the frozen entrees. Fond memories, sad to see it go.

Jul 13, 2012
eatntell in Greater Boston Area

Korean Restaurant

I know almost nothing about Korean food. There are quite a few stores and restaurants around Allston's Packard's Corner. Bon Chon is a favorite of many. The newest addition Boston Kaju Tofu is packed every time I walk by. Specialized in tofu hotpot, and a branch of a CA based chain, I was told.

http://www.yelp.com/search?find_desc=...

Jul 12, 2012
eatntell in Greater Boston Area

Ethnic and Cultural Festivals, July 2012

Jul 12, 2012
eatntell in Greater Boston Area

The perfect fried rice?

Start with the RIGHT KIND of rice: long grain from Asian market, not minute rice, not sticky. For frying, rice must not be overcooked, i.e. not soggy and lumpy. A little on the dry side would work better, hence leftovers or overnight.

I use a seasoned wok or a non-stick pan, medium heat, no excessive oil. Any sticky rice (should be some but little) is scraped up during stir frying using a metal Chinese spatula that is meant for a wok. The tiny burned bits are a good thing, as Martha would say.

http://www.google.com/search?q=chines...

Chinese restaurants use left over rice, at room temperature typically. Their recipe, more or less:

- Prepare other ingredients (meat, shrimp, vege, etc.) as usual (except eggs, to follow), i.e. as if without fried rice. Set aside.

- Heat oil. Loosen pre-cooked rice lumps the best you can before adding to oil. Add salt/pepper to taste, and a dash (and I mean ONLY a dash) of good brand oyster sauce (secret weapon), stir fry. Optional, add a bit of water and cover briefly to steam. When done, there should be very little lumps of rice (each grain is separated), stuck rice should be scraped up, and there should be no water left.

- Add scrambled eggs, finely diced scallions over rice, stir fry. When done, eggs should be fully cooked, uniformly coating the rice, and anything stuck should be scraped up. You are done if not using other ingredients.

- Add other ingredients and stir fry.

Jul 12, 2012
eatntell in Home Cooking

Reviving the Lost Art of Braising

"It's heat not light that's cooking the food."

That's the point I tried to make. I question, not as a scientist, whether the shiny surface of an aluminum foil in total darkness has anything to do with heat generation.

Moving on to pragmatic matters. Sealing the lid with flour started long before the existence of aluminum foil. Today, the difference between the two methods may be very slight. How the lid and pot join probably has something to do with which works better. Using foils have the advantage of ease and not cracking. Using flour is more "traditional".

Jul 12, 2012
eatntell in Home Cooking

Roast Beast (Allston)

The next time you are in the area, check out Cutty's.

"There’s no lack of good roast beef sandwiches in these parts, but when Cutty’s started serving its paper-thin slices of tender, pink meat on buttery brioche, a hush fell across the land."

http://articles.boston.com/2010-12-29...

http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/food/...

They have a pork sandwich on Saturdays. Get there early before they are gone.

Jul 12, 2012
eatntell in Greater Boston Area

Soul Fire's "All You Can Eat Wings for $9 " Mondays: Such a Deal!

"amazing"? You must have missed that Amigo has Mexican, Cheeks has Texas bbq, etc.

Jul 12, 2012
eatntell in Greater Boston Area

Trip Report from July 4th weekend- The Good, Bad and the Ugly (LONG)

Compared to other cities I have lived in or visited, Boston sucks when it comes to hospitality towards customers.

The attitude of restaurants wait staff is not an exception, but the norm. Department store sales clerks, grocery check out cashiers, etc. all treat you like they are doing you a favor when you spend your hard earned dollars in their stores. Even when you thank them after you pay, they won't have the courtesy to reciprocate. And then there are the public servants in DMV, bus and train drivers ...

Jul 10, 2012
eatntell in Greater Boston Area

Trip Report from July 4th weekend- The Good, Bad and the Ugly (LONG)

Had you told us, you would have gotten suggestions other than Regina’s and Wai Wai. But you did get good cannoli and lobster roll. Two out of four was not too shabby.

Jul 10, 2012
eatntell in Greater Boston Area

Soul Fire's "All You Can Eat Wings for $9 " Mondays: Such a Deal!

When it comes to wings, there are cheaper deals (but may or may not be better deals than Soulfire).

http://www.yelp.com/search?find_desc=...

BTW, the price of fresh wings in the Asian markets has almost doubled in last year. Used to be <$1.50 per lb, now ~$2.50 per lb.

Jul 10, 2012
eatntell in Greater Boston Area

Trip Report from July 4th weekend- The Good, Bad and the Ugly (LONG)

Thank you for a great report: you tell it like it is and offer some great perspectives.

I don't think you are conceited at all, just the opposite. You explained very well why a New Orleans (or any other famed food town) native may find cities like Boston underwhelming. Perhaps you let the enthusiastic recommendations here clouded your expectation.

Jul 10, 2012
eatntell in Greater Boston Area

Reviving the Lost Art of Braising

A fascinating thread, with equal amount of scientific facts and urban legends. Where is Alton Brown when we need him?

"The braising method of MC uses primarily radiant heat, and the standard shiny aluminum foil would reflect the radiant heat away from the food. MC recommends a dark lid to absorb the radiant heat."

Once covered, the aluminum foil would be in pitch darkness. Without light, its (no longer) shiny surface is no different from the dark lid.

Jul 09, 2012
eatntell in Home Cooking