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Tea shops in HK

Hi,
I'll be in HK soon and am hoping to taste some teas and buy what I like the taste of among the whites, greens, oolongs, and puerhs. I've tried finding good shops in HK and am going to visit the shops listed below. I'd love to hear opinions on any of the shops. Thanks

Sunsing Tea House
Kee Chan Tea Company
Best Tea House: http://www.besttea.com.hk/eng/branche...
Map: http://www.nicolastang.com/tea/hongko...

Penang - Gaik Ten Eating House - Strangest Seating Arrangement Ever

Sad to hear, I hope there are no other culinary casualties due to the hotel being built!

I'm going to keep my eyes peeled for other places where there is this type of seating just to try it out unless this place will still exist in February (fingers crossed).

where do I buy microgreens?

I don't know about watercress specifically, but the Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge is where I've been buying mine, though I haven't been in 3 weeks.

Sep 30, 2013
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March 2013 Openings and Closings

In case it hasn't been mentioned yet, Grill Station in Allston has closed (old Indian Dhaba space). That went much faster than I would've thought!

Mar 13, 2013
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Karl's Sausage Kitchen - Anyone been to the new store?

I think you'd get a much more satisfying meal buying stuff there and cooking them at home, but if you go to Karl's hungry or just can't leave without downing a wurst, it suffices.

I went over the Christmas holidays. The cafe is rather small, maybe 4-5 tables and is set right at the back of the store abutting the shelves with packaged food and goods. It's not as large or comfy as I'd imagined it'd be.

They had two beers on tap (plus a few bottles) and the menu consisted of standard German classics: different wursts with sauerkraut, spaetzle, a pretzel and altogether had maybe 10 options on offer although it's not like you can have anything in the deli cooked to order (which is sorta what I was hoping for). From what I remember, they had a selection of cakes that you could get a slice from for dessert. The focus is still very much on the deli and packaged goods here.

I don't remember if they had a breakfast menu, the stuff I saw would be fine for lunch or dinner though.

Feb 11, 2013
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Penang run-down

klyeoh and Nab thanks for educating me. I guess I'm the fool here for thinking their rendition was lacking - I just prefer a different style.

Next time around, I'll ask the wait staff about the seafood in the CKT - maybe they're flexible with its preparation. I'll report back.

Jan 04, 2013
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Penang run-down

Another trip to Penang - I ordered the murtabak and char kway teow - pics of each are attached.

Murtabak: B
Good flavor between the meat and egg filling which held together despite my frequent dipping into the curry sauce.
Another good appetizer.

Char Kway Teow: D
seafood was rubbery in texture and too fishy in taste.
The noodles were very "white". I asked what happened to their gravy and was offered soy sauce to mix in :-( Everything else was good- the noodles, egg, and sprouts so the dish wasn't a total failure but nothing like what I'd expected and had previously.

I like Penang's appetizers and the beef rendang, but am struggling to find another entree that's consistently good.
Maybe a meal made up of apps is the way to go here.

Jan 03, 2013
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Favorite top 3 dishes you had in 2012

In no particular order and limited to the Boston area:

1. Salt n' pepa fried crab at Peach Farm, sometime after 2am

2. bowl of ramen at Yume Wo Katare. I prepared by not eating much and the result was eater's high after completing a bowl. Didn't get the same high on 1st or 3rd visits, maybe there was something special in the broth that day.

3. Combo of beef sundubu and spicy pork at Kaju Tofy House on some cold wintry day

Jan 02, 2013
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Penang run-down

Klyeoh,
I'm well acquainted with your contributions to this site and appreciate them very much! You are one lucky dog to be where you are now!

I couldn't read and write all of this without going to Penang for something, so I went I had a dish that I'd previously given a low mark to - the Mee Goreng. I've included a picture of it, even if I felt like a goofball taking it!

The latest grade I'd give to the mee goreng is a B. There was good flavor in the noodles which was improved when I got some hot sauce to put on them. Noodles weren't as thick as I'd like them to be. The sauce was pretty "wet" at least compared with my gold standard mee goreng. The wetness doesn't detract from the deliciousness of the flavors but that "ketchupy" adjective someone used earlier definitely applies here. I'd say that the hot sauce is essential with this dish, though I wish they'd incorporate it with the sauce so that it'd be fried onto the noodles.

Roti Canai
Grade: B+
Unfortunately, I gobbled down the roti canai before it occurred to me to snap a shot but the roti was just as expected- slightly greasy, in some places flaky and substantial enough to soak up the delicious spicy dipping sauce that accompanies it. Roti gets a grade of a B+ for being a little too greasy for my liking.

Dec 27, 2012
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Great Booths

Tangierino in Charlestown has something like this that made me think the folks sitting in them were in private booths, though I didn't sit in one myself:
http://tinyurl.com/tangierinobooth - for a pic

Also when I read wooden booths with high backs, I immediately think of Regina's in the North End.
There's no "roof" though, so it won't feel like you're in a private room but at least there's good food to be had!

Dec 27, 2012
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Penang run-down

Thanks for compiling this list!
In addition to your list, I'd add some of my grades for dishes that I love.

Beef Rendang/Beef Rendang Rice
Grade: B+

Chunks of slow-cooked beef soft as butter, coated in a thick, spicy sauce that has a very complex flavor profile.
I like having rice accompany this in order to soak up all of the rendang sauce. It's a sentimental favorite of mine and I'll fully admit that sometimes it's great and other times I wonder about freshness. I've deducted points for inconsistency, but when it's good, there's nothing I'd rather eat.

Chicken Satay
Grade: A
Chicken marinated in spices, then grilled on skewers. Served with a delicious peanut sauce for dippin'
Takes a few minutes to make (10+ mins sometimes).

Singapore Noodles
Grade: B+

Light and fluffy, flavorful, and slightly spicy noodles. A solid choice.

Nasi Lemak
Grade: C+
Serviceable nasi lemak, not the first thing I think of when I sit down at Penang but it's good if you're introducing the cuisine to a friend.

Mango Chicken
Grade: C for food, A for presentation

Seems like a dish you'd find inside an American-Chinese restaurant. Shredded mango slices and chunks of chicken served inside a hollowed out mango. It's cloyingly sweet but some folks like that. Rice is a must to accompany this to offset the overwhelming sweetness.

Popiah
Grade: B
I regard this as a "healthy" and light option at Penang, where most of the food is fried and/or very rich.

Murtabak
Grade: A
Delicious, when available. It's a flatbread stuffed with minced lamb, onion, and egg cooked on their griddle.
Served with a nice spicy dipping sauce.

My grades for some of your choices
Curre Mee
Grade: B-
Great broth but too many items crowding the bowl (and it's a huge bowl). I agree that it's a great thing to have when you're sick or when the weather's bad outside. Everyone must have their own version of Curry Mee/laksa and I preferred the first I ever had at Aneka Rasa to Penang Chinatown's rendition.

Assam Laksa
Grade: B
A servicable assam laksa, not too distant from bowls I've had at the source. Not spectacular but hits the spot when you have the craving.

Roti Canai
Grade: B
This is decent as a light appetizer/snack and is what I order often. For me, the sauce here is the standout with the roti (bread) best serving as a vehicle for delivering that sauce to my mouth. The roti can sometimes be too thin resulting in a brittle, flaky bread although sometimes you can throw it all into the dipping sauce and spoon it out. I've never regretted ordering this even though it's not always executed well.

Mee Goreng
Grade: C+
My model for this dish is one I ate that was both sweet and spicy. Penang's is just sweet without enough heat to make things interesting. It's not a bad choice, but not one that suits my palate.

Char Kway Teow
Grade: B-
I like this dish despite my reservations on the freshness of their seafood- your description is good otherwise. I typically will only eat the noodles in this dish when I get it. If Penang used fresh seafood and cooked it properly, this would be an A.

I love Malaysian and Singaporean food and have traveled to both countries a few times just to eat there in addition to trying places in NYC that have/had a good reputation. I like Penang because it represents this food here, but I preferred the former Allston outpost known as Aneka Rasa and will often cook my favorite dishes at home. Having said all this, I'm up for a chowdown at Penang any time!

Dec 24, 2012
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Our Own Channel 2 Airs David Chang/Momofuku Series 11/9

Thanks alot for the tip off- this sounds like a great series and I also enjoyed the first couple of episodes quite a bit. It's somewhat timely after reading about the popular ramen place in Cambridge Yume Wo Katare in another thread (where I just crushed a bowl after a 30 minute wait).
Thread link is: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/873635

The harvard lecture materials are available on:
http://www.seas.harvard.edu/cooking/

Finally, just wanted to add that you can catch episodes and previews online anytime at:
http://video.pbs.org/program/mind-chef/
You can buy DVDs of each episode, but I'm really sad that I can't just subscribe via iTunes or another digital service like that (which I'd happily pay for instead of streaming off their site).

Looking forward to the next episode...

Nov 10, 2012
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RIP Indian Dhaba in Allston

A nice place to grab some Indo-Chinese food from time to time, I will miss it. I'm not surprised to see it go, hardly anyone inside whenever I'd walk by and they'd lost a bunch of their cooks over the last couple of years.

It will be replaced by a "Mediterranean Grill" according to one of the guys changing the locks on the door last night.

Sep 28, 2012
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Bunless in Allston

Just to calm everyone's nerves, they're open again!

Apr 21, 2011
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Bunless in Allston

The Yi Soon bakery's been closed since late last week. It's killing me. There's just a sign on the door saying "closed" and nobody at Infusions next door claims to know why.

I've skimmed local news sources but haven't seen anything mentioned.
Would appreciate it if any hounds know what's up - I need my buns!

Thanks

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Yi Soon Bakery
112 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA

Apr 18, 2011
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Is Pinkberry ever going to open in Boston?

There is also a new place in Allston called Mixx (corner of Brighton Ave and Chester St)
that uses the Berry Freeze pay-what-it-weighs model. They have a good selection of flavors and toppings (with mochi since that was mentioned above). Flavors are good, some you can taste the tartness of the yogurt, others you can't.
I've only been to Pinkberry once so I'm not fit to judge Mixx against it but I prefer Mixx to Berry Freeze for whatever that's worth.

Aug 30, 2010
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August Openings and Closings

Gitlo's is closed. A Greek resto will be replacing it. Sad, but wasn't the same after his cousin left.

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Gitlo
164 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA 02134

Aug 13, 2010
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Summer 2009 openings and closings

Found out a some more about Myung Dong 1st from their facebook page:

"Foods will incude different types of pajeon, or scallion pancakes; ddeokboki; mandoo; budae jjigae; and other bar/appetizer types of food.
We do have a beer and wine license and will also serve soju and makkeolli. There will also be soju cocktails such as watermelon soju and yogurt soju. We also may do bubble tea!!!
Flat screen tv's will display Boston sports games as well as Korean sports and music videos.
The bar is also an "ohdeng bar".

I'm not sure what any of those items are,but looking forward to trying them.

Jul 25, 2009
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Revere Beach Good Eats?

Keep a tight grip on that lobster roll. I've witnessed more than one being lifted away by an alert gull.

Jul 16, 2009
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Cafe Brazil recommendations

I'm sorry to hear about your bad experience, melon. The times I've eaten at Cafe Brazil, the owner would sometimes come to my table but just to ask how everything was going or to take my order, but wasn't ever pushy or rude. I hope you give CB another chance - don't let one bad experience ruin the place (or any place for that matter).

Jul 13, 2009
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High Tea in Boston

I had a good experience at the Park Plaza for afternoon tea. They have a tea sommelier who brings back her own selections from the various tea-producing centers in Asia. The tea was fantastic, while the food was only so-so. I haven't been to any of the other venues you mentioned so I can't compare.

Jul 12, 2009
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Destination eats

Woodman's, the Clam Shack, Santarpio's (if you haven't made it to Eastie yet). Any of the ice cream places like Richardson's.

Jul 04, 2009
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Cape Verdean Festival this Saturday (7/4)

There's a Cape Verdean festival this Saturday on Boston City Hall Plaza, starting at 2pm. This will be my first time going, but after reading reports of last year's they do serve food. Any food recs would be appreciated and I'll report back on what I ate.

http://www.cityofboston.gov/arts/fest... has the listing plus other upcoming festivals that may be chow-worthy.

Jul 02, 2009
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Myers + Chang recommendations?

I like the tea smoked ribs and dan dan noodles there.
They've also got these drinks they mix themselves that aren't bad.

Jun 29, 2009
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best place to buy corned beef? (a market, not a restaurant).

You can buy some a Michael's Deli in Brookline. I don't know where he gets it from, but it's fantastic.

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Michael's Deli
256 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

Mar 16, 2009
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Help finding a bakery that won't break my bank.

Any discussion of cheap bakeries must oughtta include Yi Soon in Allston, but it might not be the kind of bakery you have in mind. Their inventory is mostly these sweet and savory buns. I'd guess they have 30 varieties. They've got a good rotation and will sometimes surprise even longtime patrons like me with a few new concoctions among them. The price range for the buns is $1-$2. The non-bun options which are good are the cream puffs and these longish cookies that are ideal for dunking into tea or coffee. The price range for these is higher - $2-$3 per item.

Jan 11, 2009
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Your favorite inexpensive, spicy meals?

Might be tippin the scales at $9, but the Spicy Beef Noodle Soup at JoJo Taipei will make you sweat.

Satay noodles at Gitlo's (ask him to make them extra spicy) - ~$4

Jan 08, 2009
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RIP: Eats and Treats (Allston)

I don't wanna jinx anyone, but I can't tell you how many times I've walked by YoMA, Mt. Everest Kitchen, and Madina Market during primetime and they've been completely empty. It's gotta be tough for these guys with all of the competition around. To add to the list above, there was the Cambodian/Thai place Suvarnabhumi Kiri.

I think Gitlo's is ok. I've eaten there probably 5 times in the last 2 weeks and he was always busy in the kitchen either cooking for other tables or filling takeout orders. If nothing else, I'm waging a one man mission to keep him open. The other place I'd hate to lose is Madina Market. I wish those guys would clean the damn place up. I don't usually care about decor, but man, that place could really use a good rub down and some cool rugs.

Jan 05, 2009
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Reef Cafe: RIP

It is with deep sadness that I report the closing of the Reef Cafe in Allston. I saw the note posted on the door today as I walked by which said a new Japanese place would be moving in.

I can remember back to when I'd eat there. I'd place my order with Salaam, he'd call it down to mama who would create some truly delicious food. Back then, I used to go several times a week. The family was so welcoming and generous, that it was hard not to love the place between the great food and atmosphere. Once they became well known though, I don't think they could keep up with the volume and they resorted to pre-cooking and freezing main dishes.
I'd go back for the odd falafel or shawarma sandwich but it wasn't the same.

I'm sad to see them go and I hope other stars of the neighborhood don't go down this path.
Incidentally, I was on my way to Gitlo's when I spotted the note. I was afraid he'd head down the same path after that Globe article, but I'm happy to say that the place is back to what it started out as - great made-to-order dim sum. Let's hope it stays that way!

Jan 05, 2009
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Delirium Tremens on tap?

They may have it in bottles, but unfortunately not on tap according to their draft list (updated on Oct 4):
http://www.deepellum-boston.com/#drafts

I'd call the Publick House and ask them because they tend to carry alot of Belgians.

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Publick House
1648 Beacon St, Brookline, MA

Oct 15, 2008
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