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Some questions for my NJ friends about our home board...

I thought I read a while ago that the main chow site had folded but the hound boards persisted; is that the case? I'm unclear on the details.

Jan 26, 2015
chuck98 in New Jersey

Noodles Time in Edison

When a new place opens I scan the menu and pick out anything I've never had or can't get anywhere else, then eat that before they can go out of business. That buys me time to circle back and try less-urgent dishes later.

I wouldn't normally include a buffet, but Ichiumi in Menlo Park is the only place I know of nearby with cold soba. That's worth making a special trip.

Jan 12, 2015
chuck98 in New Jersey

Noodles Time in Edison

Here's a partial list, including noodle houses and places with worthy noodle soups:

Coco - malaysian

Penang - malaysian

Shanghai Noodle House - shanghai, near Penang

Noodles Time - near Coco, guangxi style?

Noodles Plus - ramen, old post

Edo - ramen, NB

Edison Noodle House - used to be the name of a korean/chinese place on old post, is now the taiwanese noodle house where Noodlelicious used to be

Noodlelicious - closed

China Noodle and Dumpling - closed

Shanghai Dumpling - on 27 between Edison and HP

Go Go Noodle - cantonese style in Piscataway on Stelton

China Bowl - cantonese on 27, HP

China Star - korean/chinese, rt 1

Hunan House - hunan noodles on rt 1

Happy Noodle - taiwanese on old post

Wonder Seafood - hong kong/cantonese

King's Village - tianjian

Dragon Bistro - HP, sichuan/dongbei

Thai Noodle - Easton Ave, NB - thai noodle soup, which for some reason is hard to find

Pho Anh Dao - curry chicken noodle soup, pho

Viet Cafe - bun bo hue

Plus a variety of korean, vietnamese, sichuan, hot pot, japanese etc. places with noodles on the menu.

Jan 12, 2015
chuck98 in New Jersey
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Noodles Time in Edison

I didn't try the fried noodles. The Guilin noodle soup was on par with the places you mention - the usual style but with chicken broth, round rice noodles and interesting accessories, quite good. The choy was particularly good. The Fuzhou noodles were fettucine-shaped wheat noodles in a thick sesame sauce, not bad but not as good as the soups. The house specialty looks like beef/tendon noodle soup but I didn't try it.

Jan 09, 2015
chuck98 in New Jersey

Ordering at Dragon Palace in Edison NJ

I'll refer to a Yarvin article that discusses this topic. The lunch special menu sounds like your best bet. I've only had the Lamb with Cumin (I think) but it was great.

http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2008/0...

It wouldn't hurt to research classic sichuan dishes before you go. You could also eat at Sichuan Spring or Szechwan Ace first, because their menus are in English. Dragon Palace will have many of the same dishes.

Jan 09, 2015
chuck98 in New Jersey

Noodles Time in Edison

Two doors down from Coco in Rt 27 in Edison used to be a Chicken Holiday or something, but is now "Noodles Time". I had the Liuzhou style noodle soup, which was very spicy and bean-pastey (in a good way), and allegedly uses snails in the broth. A pretty solid soup but not top 10 (http://tinyurl.com/k62yc2r). They also had Guilin style and Fuzhou style, which suggests the owners or cook are from southern China. They have both wheat and rice noodles and a pretty good appetizer lineup. Oh, I also had the soy sauce pork belly sandwich which was delicious. Definitely get that. They baked the bun instead of just steaming it.

I'll be heading back for the octopus rings and the other two soups.

Also, Rai Rai Ramen looks boarded up, and China Noodle and Dumpling is gone, replaced by Pho Anh Dao (moved from Rt 1).

Jan 08, 2015
chuck98 in New Jersey

NYT Article - Luca's, Somerset

I just went to the one in Somerset and it was quite good. There was a nice mix of classics and dishes I'd never seen before, everything was skillfully executed and the service was decent. Upscale food but a fairly unpretentious atmosphere.

Dec 21, 2014
chuck98 in New Jersey

Sichuan Spring Specific Dishes

I think I need to try the pork belly; that wasn't on the menu last time I was there.

Nov 07, 2014
chuck98 in New Jersey

Best food trucks in Indy & Healthy Breakfast

A little late but I'd like any recommendations for good ethnic food (preferably asian) in downtown. I'm already targeting Rook and Mikado. Anywhere else like that? Thanks in advance.

Oct 20, 2014
chuck98 in Great Lakes

Sichuan Ace.......Somerset opinons?

I don't know the name, but there was a dish there with deep fried tofu in a tomato sauce, really good.

Sep 30, 2014
chuck98 in New Jersey

Sichuan Ace.......Somerset opinons?

I've been there twice and it's been excellent twice.

Sep 28, 2014
chuck98 in New Jersey

Stage Left, New Brunswick - Terrible

A little off topic, but I never, ever complain to the manager, no matter how bad the food or service is. I just don't want to deal with confrontation. I guess most people would say something?

Jul 06, 2014
chuck98 in New Jersey

new chengdu?

While on Rt 22 in Green Brook, I noticed that the place formerly known as Dynasty has a new sign up, reading "Chengdu 1". I assume they're expanding. I also saw "Golden Cantonese and Dim Sum" down the road a bit. There's plenty of Sichuan and Cantonese closer to me, but I guess it beats having another Chili's.

Jun 30, 2014
chuck98 in New Jersey

New Sichuan in Highland Park

On a related note, I just had lunch at "China Dumplings and Noodle" on Old Post Road in Edison. The lady handling my order indicated that they were from Harbin, which is in the far northeast and I think part of Dongbei (Heilongjiang province). I had the "stew pork sour mustard", which was quite good. Slightly fatty pork, pickled mustard greens, cubes of tofu or gluten and flat glass noodles in a thin broth. I'd prefer the pork to be fattier and more falling apart; It seemed to be more loin than belly. Still good, and the dumplings too. Along with King's Village and Dragon Bistro, they're a nice northeastern trifecta.

Jun 26, 2014
chuck98 in New Jersey
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Rte. 27 (Edison-Highland Park-Franklin Park-Kendall Park) Indian food route

I usually go to Hoysala (Somerset, not far from rt 27) and Gongura (south Edison, 27). They're both southern Indian (Andhra etc.), spicy, and a little different than the usual buffet places. Gongura switched from buffet to plate but both are good. Hoysala has fiery chicken and, if I'm lucky, that okra dish. Gongura has whatever the guy puts on the plate, but you can let him know "extra spicy".

Jun 17, 2014
chuck98 in New Jersey

french or warehouse?

Thanks. Po boys are on the list, but really I'm looking for food I can't get (or can't get as good/authentic) as in NO. It doesn't have to be cheap, I just don't want to pay $50 for Emeril's Crawfish Poppers or the closest TGIF. I'll spend $50 on a good, authentic creole dish, or $5 on a hole in the wall cajun joint that country folk would go to.

Jun 02, 2014
chuck98 in New Orleans

french or warehouse?

I'll be in town for a week or so and my options are to stay in the French Quarter or the Warehouse/Arts district. I'm mostly concerned with access to cheap local food (street or peasant style preferred) and general safety, including getting to the convention center and back. I'm guessing French Quarter is better, can someone confirm? Thanks in advance.

May 29, 2014
chuck98 in New Orleans

Edison Noodle House...Edison, New Jersey

Glad to hear that. Whoever's planning this mall out (HMart?) has a nice lineup going.

I'm a little curious why a taiwanese noodle shop would close and another would open in the same location. That suggests the location does enough business.

May 16, 2014
chuck98 in New Jersey

Edison Noodle House...Edison, New Jersey

What did Little Sheep bump out of the mall? The korean fried chicken place, the tofu stew place or someone else?

May 15, 2014
chuck98 in New Jersey

Noodlicious Is Gone

That was the name of the Korean place on Old Post that was replaced by China Dumpling and Noodle.

May 06, 2014
chuck98 in New Jersey

Forget the Archives, let's talk Plainfield!

I don't go there much, but when I do it's for soul food and central american. Everything else I can find closer, but that's the only place for Guatemalan or Ecuadorian.

Apr 11, 2014
chuck98 in New Jersey

Brunch/lunch spots around Menlo Park or Edison NJ?

Rafferty's in NB has a pretty good weekend brunch.

Apr 11, 2014
chuck98 in New Jersey

Brunch/lunch spots around Menlo Park or Edison NJ?

What kind of weekend specials do they have?

Apr 09, 2014
chuck98 in New Jersey

Best Indian in Edison or thereabouts

My usual place is now Hoysala in Somerset. Good quality, pleasantly hot. Gongura in Edison was my favorite but they don't seem to have buffet any more, just a plate they make for you.

Mar 29, 2014
chuck98 in New Jersey

Lamb BBQ In Edison

Not too spicy, sort of like chili powder. They put about the right amount on for me; I tasted mostly lamb with just a hint of the powder. If I went there a lot I'd probably agree with you. They gave 4 types of banchan when I was there.

Mar 27, 2014
chuck98 in New Jersey

Lamb BBQ In Edison

Interesting bbq powder they put on the meat, and just the right amount in my opinion. Nice proportion of fat to meat. Too expensive for chinese but about right for korean. I also ordered the traditional lamb soup, which showed up with lamb broth, meat, liver, tripe and ear. I was ok with all of it except the liver.

Mar 20, 2014
chuck98 in New Jersey

chinese new year restaurants nj

King's Village in Edison is having a dumpling special until the end of the month. All the boiled dumplings you can eat - pumpkin/shrimp, lamb, pork/chives, etc. - for $16 or so. I wonder if they'd pan-fry them on request.

Feb 07, 2014
chuck98 in New Jersey

mei garden/kaifeng fu

It was closed today (noon on a friday). Had a "renovations" sign taped up. I'd like one more shot, as "braised noodles with lamb" turned out to be the same as "zhengzhou hui". Hope it doesn't end up as a Subway.

Jan 18, 2014
chuck98 in New Jersey

Muskrat Love

yeah, definitely report back.

Jan 14, 2014
chuck98 in New Jersey

Chowdown at Four Seasons Thai in Piscataway

For future reference, the Pad Mi Ga Ti is really good - coconut noodles.

Jan 12, 2014
chuck98 in New Jersey