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Need help in duplicating an unusual Chinese duck sauce for egg rolls..

I haven't since the late 1980's but I'm there each month frequently.

Apr 30, 2014
ccexxp1 in Home Cooking

Need help in duplicating an unusual Chinese duck sauce for egg rolls..

I now am more confused than ever! I agree that those plump morsels of shrimp fell out; I tried those egg rolls in squirrel hill not even close. I HATE and can detect ginger, so I don't think those were the little white flakes and logic tells me that there was no lemon pith in there, that wouldn't make any sense. They were floppy not saucy so I agree corn starch is the binder and lastly I do think a dot of soy sauce is the key. Otherwise I'm lost.

Jan 05, 2014
ccexxp1 in Home Cooking

Need help in duplicating an unusual Chinese duck sauce for egg rolls..

Me too! Bought dozens and froze them. Should have had one analyzed at a plant somewhere!! Oh well. We will crack this nut. I'm "not allowed" to deep fry at home since the smell lingers forever and is crazy for days in our home but I make them at friends houses whenever I can!!

Jan 03, 2014
ccexxp1 in Home Cooking

Need help in duplicating an unusual Chinese duck sauce for egg rolls..

I've never made the sauce. I've tried with the egg rolls and since I live in NYC I bought the same wrappers they used from a place which has been in business for 100 years!! I think there is ground garlic and something. Doubt finger cause I hate it and I would detect that. I do know it all blended together well meaning they made the filler in advance and then rolled to order. Or 1/2 cooked them then finished them to order. Something. I knew a waitress that worked there in the 70's she told me that they were super secretive about that recipe. But she saw bottles of magi seasoning all over the kitchen which makes sense cause soy sauce options in Pgh were limited in the early days and I know something was light brown. Maybe the slightest amount??

Jan 03, 2014
ccexxp1 in Home Cooking

Need help in duplicating an unusual Chinese duck sauce for egg rolls..

Yeah and maybe just a dot of soy sauce? Obvious corn starch mixer to bind but I think we are on the right track. For sure white pepper and for sure shrimp not ground too. Wonder if they ground garlic and water chestnuts really finely for those little iddy biddy specks??

Jan 03, 2014
ccexxp1 in Home Cooking

Need help in duplicating an unusual Chinese duck sauce for egg rolls..

That's too funny. I always remenered the egg rolls costing a lot but high quality ingredients. I think 5 now would be too cheap.

Jan 03, 2014
ccexxp1 in Home Cooking

Need help in duplicating an unusual Chinese duck sauce for egg rolls..

I agree with you but I think what you are calling grey I recall as a light brown. Really light. I always thought that they made the filling and strained it then added the "sauce". Very light though. I also suspect that there might have been ground shrimp case they always tasted So shrimpy more than the small shrimp offered.

Jan 02, 2014
ccexxp1 in Home Cooking

Need help in duplicating an unusual Chinese duck sauce for egg rolls..

I gotta confess I remember the egg rolls MUCH more than the sauce. I remember the itty bitty white particles (base of scallion I bet? As well as the dark yet unobtrusive binder that held this teeny plump shrimp and ground pork together.

Jan 02, 2014
ccexxp1 in Home Cooking

Need help in duplicating an unusual Chinese duck sauce for egg rolls..

I'm booked to be there this Saturday and Sunday. I all be staying downtown at the fairmont if it stops snowing here. Otherwise later in the month. I miss the tea garden ribs and fried rice too, and won ton soup but not as much as those egg rolls.

Jan 02, 2014
ccexxp1 in Home Cooking

Need help in duplicating an unusual Chinese duck sauce for egg rolls..

Yeah. I phoned. They do not know about that and frankly told me if I gave them some notice they would try but reminded me the tea garden has been closed for a long time. I think a dead end.

Jan 02, 2014
ccexxp1 in Home Cooking

Need help in duplicating an unusual Chinese duck sauce for egg rolls..

No. And I'm in Pgh monthly.

Dec 09, 2013
ccexxp1 in Home Cooking

Need help in duplicating an unusual Chinese duck sauce for egg rolls..

ChefTD if have asked you repeatedly if u can buy some egg rolls from you. I've even posted my email address which the administrator has removed. I don't know what else to do to try these things!

Dec 09, 2013
ccexxp1 in Home Cooking

Need help in duplicating an unusual Chinese duck sauce for egg rolls..

Great idea!!

Nov 27, 2013
ccexxp1 in Home Cooking

Need help in duplicating an unusual Chinese duck sauce for egg rolls..

I don't recall garlic either but maybe I'm confusing onion for chopped water chestnuts? There was something white and little. What bound it together? In sure it was simple considering gage ingredients available in Pgh at that time.

Nov 26, 2013
ccexxp1 in Home Cooking

Need help in duplicating an unusual Chinese duck sauce for egg rolls..

I think it's really that simple but I'm sure there is an onion component and a soy thing. Sound familiar?

Nov 26, 2013
ccexxp1 in Home Cooking

Need help in duplicating an unusual Chinese duck sauce for egg rolls..

Bit none of us can make them the way they were at the yea garden hence this thread.

Nov 25, 2013
ccexxp1 in Home Cooking

Need help in duplicating an unusual Chinese duck sauce for egg rolls..

I agree. In fact I began this post in about 2007 simply to find out how to make those delightful pillows of heaven. I will even pay for the original recipe!!

Nov 24, 2013
ccexxp1 in Home Cooking

Need help in duplicating an unusual Chinese duck sauce for egg rolls..

thanks! It's taht darn egg roll I am having trouble locating a recipe for

Jul 25, 2013
ccexxp1 in Home Cooking

TEA GARDEN EGG ROLLS

have you ever found a recipe? I am been seeking for years!

Jul 25, 2013
ccexxp1 in Pennsylvania

Need help in duplicating an unusual Chinese duck sauce for egg rolls..

if there is any way you can share the tea garden recipe that you have success with I would be so grateful!

Jul 25, 2013
ccexxp1 in Home Cooking

Need help in duplicating an unusual Chinese duck sauce for egg rolls..

hello...did you ever get a recipe for these egg rolls? I am searching and searching! no luck for me

Jul 25, 2013
ccexxp1 in Home Cooking

Need help in duplicating an unusual Chinese duck sauce for egg rolls..

can you share your egg roll recipe? thanks

Jul 25, 2013
ccexxp1 in Home Cooking

Need help in duplicating an unusual Chinese duck sauce for egg rolls..

nope, still no one has this recipe! Can you share where this little place in LA is since my sister lives there? I LOVE trying new places that come recommended. Thanks!

Jul 25, 2013
ccexxp1 in Home Cooking

Need help in duplicating an unusual Chinese duck sauce for egg rolls..

or, another question, has anyone ever had an egg roll quite like that one in the country? if so, where?

Apr 12, 2011
ccexxp1 in Home Cooking

Need help in duplicating an unusual Chinese duck sauce for egg rolls..

Anyone confident enough that they know what was in those little pillows of heaven? Please post if so. We need to find one of those long term employees who know all...

Apr 12, 2011
ccexxp1 in Home Cooking

Need help in duplicating an unusual Chinese duck sauce for egg rolls..

I too am originally from Pgh, and I crave those little pillows of heaven. I come close, but not exact, that unforgettable taste of those egg rolls. If someone believes that they can dupilcate those, please either post recipe or contact us, it would be great to be able to make them. Thanks.

Mar 30, 2011
ccexxp1 in Home Cooking

Need help in duplicating an unusual Chinese duck sauce for egg rolls..

hi there, it was a sad day when the tea gardens closed. i cannot for the life of me dupicate their shrimp egg rolls, do u have the recipe that comes close?? please let me know, thanks...craig

Jan 20, 2008
ccexxp1 in Home Cooking

Best Scallion Pancake in Manhattan?

I like the Peking Duck House pancakes on Mott and Sammy's on 6th Avenue.

Oct 16, 2007
ccexxp1 in Manhattan

DESPERATELY SEEKING SPECIAL EGG ROLLS!

Hello...I'm new to this board. Once upon a time, in Pittsburgh PA, there was an Egg Roll from a Chinese restaurant called the Tea Garden (since closed). It had contents of only shrimp, with a small amount of chopped pork and onions...NOTHING ELSE!!! Memorably delicious. I have tried and tried, all over the world, to find something similar, BUT, no one has this product exactly with only these ingredients. Has anyone seen, tasted or heard of anything like this? Thanks in advance...

Oct 16, 2007
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