Lingbo Li explains:
Some people might complain you can get more "authentic" food for less money in Chinatown.
I would say they're missing the point. Even though I love the divey food experience, sometimes you just want the rough edges sanded off your Saturday dim sum brunch, you know? I appreciate atmosphere. Sometimes you have to fight for your food in a Chinese restaurant and that makes me cry a little inside. It reminds me too much of being in China.
Plus, those places donâ€™t make things like fried egg banh mi!
Sure, all you Brighton and Back Bay and Mission Hill residents, go ahead and snicker. But until that wondrous day when Golden House starts delivering, we'll just content ourselves with Asian Thai Eatery on River and West streets in Hyde Park, which delivers to Roslindale (and Mattapan and JP, but, strangely, not West Roxbury).
The food is not bad (although I still prefer Golden House). It's really more of a Chinese restaurant that has a few Thai dishes. But, yes, they deliver ($1.50 for Hyde Park, $2 for Roslindale, $3 for JP). 617-361-4448. No Web site, alas, so you'll still have to stop in first for a menu.
The owners of a chain of "contemporary Asian" restaurants called Buddakan has sued a brand-new "Modern Asian Fusion" restaurant in Brookline called Buddachen for alleged trademark infringement.
Whalehead King reports Dorchester has a new Chinese restaurant called Sizzling Empire Lucky Jade Wok Garden. He posts the main list of ingredients for one of their dishes.
Paul Levy reports he wasn't the only one in Chef Chang's on Beacon Street yesterday for a last meal before the place closes forever (in his case, two last meals - he went for lunch, returned for dinner):
We tried the new P.F. Chang's in Legacy Place in Dedham today and are left with a single question: Why?
Why, in a big city like Boston, with plenty of actual Chinese restaurants, would anybody go there?
Cleary Squared remembers the Beacon Street restaurant, about to transmogrify into another Chinese restaurant:
... The sweet and sour chicken at Chef Chang's House is the yardstick to compare restaurant sweet and sour chicken made at Chinese restaurants. ...
The Globe reports on the not-Kowloon place, the old Weylu.
It's amazing what a change of ownership can do. Ian Lamont reports from the no longer barren Chinese supermarket:
... [W]e visited Super 88 this weekend after having lunch at the excellent Japanese ramen place adjacent to the food court, and were surprised to see fully stocked shelves, Cantopop playing in the aisles, and items like fuzzy squash, frozen duck (head on), and Cow brand body soap for sale (see pictures below) -- proof that a new chain, the Hong Kong Supermarket, was indeed taking over. ...
Taiwanese food, bubble tea have come to Roslindale at the newly opened Cheerful Kitchens, 153-155 Belgrade Ave.
David runs down all the Chinese restaurants within three miles of Out of Town News, finds all of them lacking. Mary Chung, he notes, is just outside his Circle of Desolation:
It's 3.2 miles along Mass Ave - give or take â€“ between Mary Chung and Qing Dao Garden, and as far as I'm concerned, thereâ€™s not much to eat Chinese-wise along that strip, which encompasses three of the major squares of Cambridge. Sort of disgraceful, don't you think? ...
Boston Licensing Board Chairman Daniel Pokaski said today he would oppose a request to extend the hours of a new Chinese take-out place on Harvard Avenue from midnight to 3 a.m. unless he hears support from nearby residents.
The board put off any action on a request from Unique Chinese, 145 Harvard Ave., until after a meeting next week of the Allston Civic Association. The association meets at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the Honan Allston Library, 300 North Harvard St., and has the restaurant's hours on its agenda.
Lawn Guylander who finds herself stuck in Boston seeks help getting Italian and Chinese food in Boston of the sort that can only be found in New York because the water's different or something (oh, wait, that's bagels).
And one other thing: "I need some advice from other New Yorkers ONLY."
Look what's hanging from the front of one of Rozzie's gazillion nondescript Chinese take-out places (on Belgrade Avenue near Walworth):
So could be cool, although that's what I said when Roslindale's only Vietnamese take-out place opened at that location, too.
Roslindale to get jazz cafe.
NaturalBlog presents the unified law of dim sum consumption:
... As you can see, the target for consumption is $10 per person, though that's tough to aim for since no one knows what anything costs. The standard deviation is $1. If you eat $14 worth as I did some time ago, you are four standard deviations away, meaning you must skip four meals for your body to feel normal again. ...
The Boston Licensing Board holds a hearing on Wednesday, July 29 to decide whether to let Mandarin House, 633 Hyde Park Ave. stay open until 1 a.m., Monday through Saturday (currently, it closes at 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday and midnight on Friday and Saturday).
Has anybody ever tried it? I have to admit we don't tend to stray from Golden House on Washington Street.