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Shaanxi Gourmet in Natick

Pit stop 2: 锅盔夹臊子 large baked Wheat Cake with Qishan style pork sauce. Words fail me. (The spicy garlicky vinegary pork sauce goes inside the presliced wheat cake but you can't see it there). Now a happy memory. Attentive staff at 11:30am also rolled out hand pulled noodles and fried dumplings; 锅贴 You break these crispy pork dumplings off like postage stamps then mail them to your mouth.

Return to Cha Yen Thai Cookery

This is unusual kitchen craft. Tatsu turned me on to this and I think it's probably the Thai taste combined with contemporary western high end restaurant craft. Hi so meets Lo so. I think this Chef will keep evolving like Thai Cuisine itself.
I know you know things. This is less about "authentic" and more about inspired. Plus their vibe and hospitality is tremendous. Easy to smile, warm and welcoming.

Jul 10, 2015
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Return to Cha Yen Thai Cookery

Khun Jeemui and the crew at Cha Yen have in fact rolled out a new menu! Our 6 top went with the luxurious Beef Brisket Khao Soi, fired kissed Chicken Satay, Savory Moo Ping, sticky rice powder anointed Laab, vivid dry curry phat Prik Khing, sumptuous Som Tam, sweet and spicy Pineapple Curry with Chicken, Tao Hu Song Krueng (deep fried tofu and chicken w/veggies- not pict), perfect crowd pleasing Phat Thai, and boozy Root Beer Floats with Cha Yen's premium over the top ice cream flavors including Durian! The Chef out does herself. Survey says: return to Cha Yen!

Jul 10, 2015
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Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

Flour Childs

Jun 25, 2015
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Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

Buddy's Sirloin Pit / Cardell's?

Jun 03, 2015
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Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

That burger still has no peer. Crack or cheval or some trick. I miss it most of all.

Jun 02, 2015
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Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

Totally. I still have the cards.

Jun 02, 2015
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Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

There was a place on Mount Auburn in Cambridge that became Deadalus. I cannot recall the name and the crystal ball does not reveal. Anyone remember? Also I miss the "city beer" at The Tasty.

Jun 02, 2015
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Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

The old Daily Catch across from the old Jimmy's before they lost their way. And for deep Nostalgia, The Green Meadow Lodge in Sterling. Thompson's Clam Bar in North Truro. Babe's in Truro. The original El Morocco in Worcester for sure.

Jun 01, 2015
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Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

Who remembers Dante's on Joy Street up on the top of Beacon Hill? A garden, roaring fireplaces inside. Complimentary carafe and salad. Hidden thru an alley. I miss it.

Jun 01, 2015
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Shaanxi Gourmet in Natick

On my way to work I had ten minutes to dive into the very new Shaanxi Gourmet. No take-out yet so a quick table for one. The affable Hostess Lily walked me thru the menu, explaining a bit about the Central Chinese cuisine. The place was packed with families and the plates were flying out to happy eaters. I got the 凉皮 Cold Skin Noodles which were toothsome and lipsmaking with garlic, chili and bits of crisp cucumber. Nice ma la kick. I also grabbed the small Qishan Saozi Mian conjured in a pork broth with ground meat, chock full of more chili oil and garlic. The “thin, pliable, smooth, sour, spicy, scented, hot, watery and good kind of greasy bowl with lily stems, scallions, chives and handmade noodles was right on time. I'll be back with reinforcements!

May 31, 2015
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Shaanxi Gourmet in Natick

Homemade pork skin aspic.

May 29, 2015
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And after a sweet finish. Inside #Thai #tea #housemade #premium #icecream by @jeemui. So good, cold and smokey sweet. Thx Ajarn J!

May 20, 2015
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I like to work this like a palate of paint. Mix as you go. A bit if this. A tad of that.

May 20, 2015
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Anybody been to the newly opened Santouka Ramen in Harvard Square yet?

Parked in front on a Sunday. Two top ready to go. The Chef came over to say Ohio. The pickled plum really made the Shio Ramen sing. This porcine saline daydream rocked the Santouka house made in Cali toothsome noodles. Good stuff.

May 19, 2015
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Return to Cha Yen Thai Cookery

#Special #TomYum #ต้มยำกุ้งน้ำใส #Talay #Noodle #soup sen lek and all the goodies of the Gulf of #Thailand by Jeemui's Mom. Such #good, #spicy #sweet #sour #aroiness, this #bowl is #brimming with the #aromas of #kaffir, #lemongrass, #galangal, #basil, #chili and red onion. It's the #Thai Equivalent of Jewish Penicillin that #heals the body and soul. Feeling #restored and #uplifted. (Apparently I looked tired)

May 19, 2015
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Return to Cha Yen Thai Cookery

On this visit a view inside #PhatPhrikKhing #ผัดพริกขิง, one of the oldest and best #Thai Curries which has no Khing or ginger as in the name, nor is it fried in coconut milk like most curry. It's all about chilies, galangal and lemongrass. This version with #pork by Khun @Jeemui's Mom was spot on and clearly the best bite of the day!

Apr 01, 2015
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Go To Thai?

KS's Khao Soi

Apr 01, 2015
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Go To Thai?

Cha Yen Thai Eatery.

Apr 01, 2015
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Go To Thai?

Cha Yen Larb Moo. check

Mar 29, 2015
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Go To Thai?

Boat noodles aka Kuai Tiao Ruea aka ก๋วยเตี๋ยวเรือ. Pork plus parts, dark soy sauce, pickled bean curd, meatballs, and pig’s liver served Numtok aka น้ำตก, with pigs blood mixed with salt. check

Mar 29, 2015
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Go To Thai?

Pad Gaw Pow Moo Krob. check

Mar 29, 2015
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Go To Thai?

The strong balanced flavors of upcountry Thai food works for me. Funny cause I have a hard time with the sour tastes from Southern Siam.

Mar 28, 2015
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Go To Thai?

Yes we did.

Mar 28, 2015
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Go To Thai?

It's northeastern Isaan dialect. It is pronounced that way but they're from Bangkok at Cha Yen and would say Aroi mahk. (delicious very)

Mar 28, 2015
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Go To Thai?

Mostly enjoying the original these days but had a few true bites in the Fenway branch.

Mar 28, 2015
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Go To Thai?

Sad to learn this. Porter Sq was memorable on my two last visits. I have had great food at the Washington Sq location some time back.

Mar 28, 2015
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Go To Thai?

Great cyphering on your part. The fermented fish "Pla raa" is a strong taste many Thais don't like but I have acquired it and like it with the crab. I tend to just crunch and suck out the juice. In this dish extreme balance is needed. Lime and tamarind and chilies. So many varieties of Som Tum including with fruit or with fermented noodles. Saep lai lai is what they'd say in Isaan. "really really tasty"!

Mar 28, 2015
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Go To Thai?

Great stuff. Really encouraged by your return to Thai North where I was recently unrequited.

Mar 28, 2015
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Go To Thai?

Interesting. I wonder if I could get MJ Ready to make Thai breakfast? I will inquire.

Mar 27, 2015
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