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Help! Special Birthday Dinner

I'm kind of in the same situation. I want to take my buddy out to a really nice birthday dinner. My first thought was Babbo--how easy is it to get reservations one week in advance ? Any other recommendations are also appreciated.

Dec 10, 2007
Ve_ex in Manhattan

Anything analogous to EAST in the Edison area ?

Just wondering of anybody knows a buffet place in the Edison NJ area that is kind of like the EAST chain in NYC. So I'm thinking a sushi buffet in addition to other yummy stuff they always have at East like Peking Duck and Lobster. So anything around the Edison area that resembles this sort of thing ?

Jun 21, 2007
Ve_ex in Mid-Atlantic

Vietnamese dishes??

So has anyone ever tried Vietnamese hoagies ?

Apr 17, 2007
Ve_ex in Mid-Atlantic

How do you eat shanghai soup dumplings ?

I started analyzing how awesome shanghai soup dumplings (you know, they come in a bamboo steamer and they are dumpling filled with soup) were last night, and came to the realization that there are several ways I've seen people eat them. I've observed two ways:

Method a.) You take the dumpling in your spoon, dip it in the vinager/ginger. Then, you proceed to gnaw a hole in the skin with your teeth. Then, gently sip out the broth like a vampire until it is gone. Proceed to consume the meat and the wrapping by popping the whole thing in your mouth. The disadvantage of this method is that you don't get to consume the broth and dumpling in one fell swoop. The advantages is that you can eat it while it is fairly hot and avoid burning yourself.

Method b.) You pop the whole thing in your mouth. Bite down, and the dumpling explodes in your mouth releasing it's juicy contents in a sublime mix of broth, meat, and wrapping. Advantages: The combination really tastes awesome. Disadvantages: There is 100% possibility that you will burn off the inside of your mouth because the broth is usually HOT.

So, what methods are people using to get optimal taste, or are there any other techniques to eat this awesome dish ?

Mar 09, 2007
Ve_ex in General Topics

Chinese Noodle House in Edison, NJ Area ?

I went for dimsum, and it was not very good. The fried radish cake (law bau gao) was really mushy and paste like. Other stuff that is pretty hard to mess up like shui mai and ribs and a couple of other "staple" dishes had this really nasty aftertaste. The rest of the dim sum I'd rate average to slightly below averge. Not horrible, really, but OK. When I factor in the really bad dim sum I had, my overall rating for Wonder Seafood is really bad. I really don't know what the hype is about.

Shanghai park, on the other hand was phenomenal. It lived up to all the hype. The soup buns were outstanding; very thin skin, and extremely flavorful broth/meat. The shanghai noodles and rice cake were again, out of this world.

Mar 08, 2007
Ve_ex in Mid-Atlantic

Chinese Noodle House in Edison, NJ Area ?

My opinion on Shanghai Park is that it is AWESOME. I sincerely recommend it; it definetly lives up to the hype. I don't think they do stuff like noodle soups, though I wish they did. :( I also detest Wonder Seafood. >:(

Mar 08, 2007
Ve_ex in Mid-Atlantic

Chinese Noodle House in Edison, NJ Area ?

Thanks ! I've heard pretty good things about the Korean noodle house. I think it's called Edison Noodle House or something.

Mar 07, 2007
Ve_ex in Mid-Atlantic

Chinese Noodle House in Edison, NJ Area ?

Anyone know of any chinese noodlehouses in the Edison area ? I'm thinking of somewhere where I can get some wonton noodle soup, roast duck in noodle soup, soy sauce chicken in noodle soup or bbq pork on rice. Nothing too fancy, just some typical noodle shop stuff.

Mar 07, 2007
Ve_ex in Mid-Atlantic

desparate for dim sum

I have to say that Wonder Seafood was a dissapointment to me. I went recently and their fried turnip cake was very mushy and soft-paste-like. The shui-mai had this really nasty aftertaste. I'd rate the rest of the dim sum dishes about average to below average. I was really hoping for some great dim sum, but they let me down. I hope Sunny Palace is much better.

Mar 01, 2007
Ve_ex in Mid-Atlantic