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Dim Sum In Philly Chinatown

This isn't a great city for dim sum b/c they aren't too many Cantonese or Hong Kongese residents here. Unfortunately Ocean Harbor is the best you'll get.

And as a side note, it's not too difficult to discern dim sum ingredients. It's basically a choice between pork, shrimp, and occasionally beef. If you were a dim sum novice then perhaps you shouldn't have allowed yourself to be seated in the elevated area.

Aug 16, 2009
FoolForFood in Pennsylvania

Paula Deen's Fried Chicken

I didn't know the PDFD police were on my case. But just to let you know, I used a cup of Crystal's and there enough bite in it for me.

Jul 26, 2009
FoolForFood in Home Cooking

Paula Deen's Fried Chicken

The only hot sauce I've ever purchased is Sriracha, but I'll give Texas Pete a try. Thanks!

Jul 26, 2009
FoolForFood in Home Cooking

Paula Deen's Fried Chicken

My kids have requested fried chicken for tonight's dinner. According to Paula Deen's recipe, I need a bottle of hot red pepper sauce. I'm thinking any type of hot sauce, including Tabasco. Does that sound right??? Does her chicken require that much heat??

Jul 26, 2009
FoolForFood in Home Cooking

Jin Hot Pot Buffet

Does Jin in Saugus still have a weekday hot pot buffet? How much is it and are there other offerings other than hot pot?

I know Little Q in Quincy has an all you can hot pot buffet, so I'm trying to weigh tonight's dinner options.

Snack Shack near Flatiron

I was in the city this weekend and noticed huge lines at the snack place in the park across from the Flatiron Bldg. What's the commotion all about? Is the food laced with crack?

Apr 06, 2009
FoolForFood in Manhattan

Authentic Chineese on the Main Line

Best bet would be Sangkee in Wynnewood, which is an offshoot of the Chinatown mainstay. Traditional Cantonese items include roasted meats, amazing shrimp dumplings in noodle soup, and pan fried noodles without the gloppy crap served up by the local takeout dives.

Jan 07, 2009
FoolForFood in Pennsylvania

Need Recs for Special Occasion this Sat

I'm trying to make last minute reservations for a N. Jersey family that's celebrating a special occasion. Any suggestions? Something different, with good wine and a pleasing setting would be nice.

Thanks!

Dec 11, 2008
FoolForFood in Manhattan

Asian Grocer in Malvern?

Is anyone aware of a Chinese or Korean grocery store in the Malvern area?

Nov 14, 2008
FoolForFood in Pennsylvania

Filipino in North Jersey?

Thanks!

Filipino in North Jersey?

I'm usually on the Philly board, but am traveling to North Jersey this weekend. Interested to know if there are any Filipino restaurants in the area.

Thanks.

Sang Kee - What are your favorites?

1. Beef chow fun, duck udon, any pan-fried noodle dish
2. large oysters
3. stuffed eggplant
4. and yes, the shrimp dumpling soup is AMAZING!

Aug 11, 2008
FoolForFood in Pennsylvania

Chinese food quest in the suburbs

I frequented Szechuan Express before I discovered (praise the lord!) Chung Sing's on Lancaster Ave.

p.s. Szechuan over does it on the garlic.

Jul 14, 2008
FoolForFood in Philadelphia

Chinese food quest in the suburbs

Did you notice an overwhelming bleaching agent scent? That's the one thing I remember about my one trip there. The sushi is not fresh (for a Saturday night) and the stir fries are watered down.

Jul 14, 2008
FoolForFood in Philadelphia

Lunch near Barnes

I'm in the minority, but I love Hymie's Deli. It's the only Jewish-style dive deli in the greater Phila area that reminds me of Carnegie Deli. And it's a 5 minute drive from the Barnes.

Jul 11, 2008
FoolForFood in Pennsylvania

Philadelphia Chinatown?

I agree - the dim sum is very below average. Hopefully the dinner options are better.

Jul 07, 2008
FoolForFood in Pennsylvania

RAVE: Shiao Lan Kung

If you are in Chinatown and in need of quality Cantonese cooking - please don't waste your time anywhere else. I made a late night venture to SLK on the Fourth and everything we ordered was spectacular. Pan friend noodles (extra crispy) and ho fun satisfied our cravings, but the hot and sour soup was particularly good. My mouth is literally watering right now just thinking about the sesame essence and hot oil that form this soup. I know hot and sour isn't much of a chowhound dish, but I've never had such amazing hot and sour soup in my life. Definitely spicy, definitely tangy.

The couple one table away from us ordered snow pea leaves and salt baked shrimp. Looked and smelled amazing!! I'm definitely going back again, and cannot believe I discounted all Chinatown cantonese cuisine based on the lackluster quality of Lee How Fook.

The service was also very friendly, as opposed to the standoff-ish attitude of the LHF staff. SLK defintely is up there with my favorite go-to places in NYC and Boston.

Jul 07, 2008
FoolForFood in Pennsylvania

Michael's Deli King of Prussia

Uggh, the matzoh ball soup is an oily mess (I swear they use canned chicken meat) and the sandwiches are packed as high as cucumber sandwiches. Just say NO.

Jun 30, 2008
FoolForFood in Pennsylvania

Taking my 17yr. old cousin to Boston, MA, any cool restaurants & places she would like?

When I was that age, I considered Fire and Ice the place to be. Maybe she'll like the interactive element?

Any update on Minar Palace?

I've been waiting patiently for the re-opening. Does anyone know what the hold-up is? And in the meantime, what are some comparables in the area?

Jun 24, 2008
FoolForFood in Pennsylvania

Lee How Fook, recommend your dish

Sangkee

Jun 23, 2008
FoolForFood in Pennsylvania

Lee How Fook, recommend your dish

How are the string beans prepared?

Try to avoid the oyster hot pot, which is completely devoid of flavor. And although I've never personally had any of their sweet and sour dishes, I will attest that they are popular among LHF's non-Asian patrons.

Jun 23, 2008
FoolForFood in Pennsylvania

CC chow find for 20-ish crowd $15-20

I've been exhiled in the burbs, need help finding a Center City place with entrees in the $15 - $20 range. It's also important that we don't get the evil eye from the waitstaff if we choose to stick around for more than 2 hours. Thanks!

Jun 20, 2008
FoolForFood in Pennsylvania

S. Foo vs M. Kuo Main Line

What's particularly good on the menu? Should sushi be avoided?

Jun 16, 2008
FoolForFood in Pennsylvania

Durian Milkshake

I think most places throw frozen durian into the blender, so yes, the shake will be as overwhelming as the fruit. You might not notice the raunchy smell - but the people around you will.

Durian Milkshake

Pho Pasteur in Chinatown has them. Avoid ordering one "to go." Once I ordered one to go and proceeded to go shopping in Downtown. I actually got booted out of one store. How Andrew Zimmern can eat tree worms but not durian escapes me.

New Wegman's in KOP

I've heard rumblings about a Wegman's coming to the area. Does anyone have any details?

May 29, 2008
FoolForFood in Pennsylvania

New Wegman's in KOP

I've heard rumblings about a Wegman's coming to the area. Does anyone have any details?

May 29, 2008
FoolForFood in Pennsylvania

Opinions about Pei Wei Asian Diner(s)

You're right, there's absolutely nothing special about this place or its "parent" restaurant PF Chang's. I mistakenly ordered shrimp green curry at the City Ave. location. It was so foul, in taste and appearance, that the manager gave me a card for a free lunch. Despite the allure of a free meal, I cannot bring myself to eat there...ever...again.

May 15, 2008
FoolForFood in Chains

Need a quick AC rec for Saturday night

This is the only occasion I would ever recommend PF Chang's. It's a big, nice room (2 floors?) located near/in the Tropicana.

May 14, 2008
FoolForFood in Pennsylvania