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Yatka Mein Soup

When I was a kid, every Chinese restaurant in the area had a soup on the menu called Yatka Mein Soup. It was basically noodle soup with strips of shredded pork. The noodles were always flat, long, and maybe 1/8" wide. With one exception - South Pacific in Newton - I don't see it around at all anymore. Does anyone know of any restaurants in the area that still make this soup?

Thanks.

Jan 28, 2007
jammb in Greater Boston Area

Big Belly Clams

We made the trek to the Clambox on Saturday, and they did have the big bellies. There is no clam in the world that come close to the Clambox big bellies. They were FANTASTIC - big, soft, tasty, perfectly fried. Each clam was literally more than a mouthful.

Oct 16, 2006
jammb in Greater Boston Area

Breakfast for Dinner in Downtown Boston

Good to know. Thank you.

Oct 07, 2006
jammb in Greater Boston Area

Breakfast for Dinner in Downtown Boston

Thanks. Where is the Trident Cafe? I have not heard of it.

Oct 07, 2006
jammb in Greater Boston Area

Golden Gate in Chinatown

I agree about Vinh Sun. That is definitely my new favorite in Chinatown. It doesn't have the same "ambience" as the Golden Gate, but the food is sooooooooo good.

Oct 07, 2006
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Golden Gate in Chinatown

We used to eat at the old Golden Gate in Chinatown very often - at least a couple of times a month. We were very sad when it closed. The New Golden Gate is not even close. For anyone who used to eat at the old Golden Gate, where are you eating now? Which restaurants come the closest to the food and atmosphere?

Also, do you know where Tony, who was one of the waiters, has gone? I would love to see him again. He was fantastic.

Oct 03, 2006
jammb in Greater Boston Area

Breakfast for Dinner in Downtown Boston

If I am downtown around dinner time, where can I get pancakes, bagels, muffins, etc.? There seem to be no more good greasy spoons around. I am looking for someplace within a 10 minute walk of Boston Common. I know about the old Blue Diner near South Station - last time I ate there I thought it was over-priced. There is Billy's and Charlie's toward the South End, but that is a pretty good hike from the Common. There must be a decent greasy spoon somewhere nearby. No?

Oct 03, 2006
jammb in Greater Boston Area

Big Belly Clams

Nope. Most places in New England claiming to have fried clams have clams with bellies (or "whole bellies," as you referred to them). The alternative is usually clam strips (not partial bellies - that would be pretty gross). The Clam Box is the only place I have ever seen that has 3 options - clam strips, regular clams (i.e. regular bellies), or clams with big bellies. It is just what the name implies - clams with big bellies.

Oct 03, 2006
jammb in Greater Boston Area

Big Belly Clams

I definitely prefer the big bellies. To me, that is where all the taste is. I know there are some people who prefer just the strips. Just one man's opinion, but if you prefer a regular clam to just the strip, then you'll love big bellies compared to regular clams. There's nothing like putting a big belly in your mouth, and getting all that flavor. And one other thing... maybe I am wrong on this, but I think the big belly is less fried - it seems to be a lot more clam and a lot less coating, at least if done right, like they do it at the Clam Box. It probably makes sense - a box of big bellies will take up less surface area for batter and frying than a box of small clams. So, you get a lot more of the clam taste, and a lot less of the fried batter taste.

Sep 20, 2006
jammb in Greater Boston Area

Big Belly Clams

It is a bigger clam to begin with, plus the belly is huge. That is where all the taste is. I have had some big bellied clams at the Clam Box where I had to use a fork and knife to cut it, because it was more than one mouthful.

Sep 12, 2006
jammb in Greater Boston Area

Big Belly Clams

Where else besides the Clam Box can one order clams with big bellies? On Saturday, I called the Clambox to make sure they had big bellies. They did. We made the 1 hour trip up there, stood in line over 1/2 hour, and when I ordered the big bellies, I was told they had run out!!! I could have had the regular clams, but I don't have to drive an hour for regular clams. So, my question is, where else besides the Clambox can I order big bellied clams? We live just west of Boston, so anywhere within an hour's drive of Boston would be fine.

Thanks.

Sep 12, 2006
jammb in Greater Boston Area