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Authentic moo shu dishes in NYC?


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Authentic moo shu dishes in NYC?

italianices | | Dec 7, 2012 02:09 AM

All right, here's kind of an unusual request:

A friend of mine, whose experiences with Chinese food are almost exclusively limited to the Americanized stuff, is visiting NYC and specifically wants to get moo shu pork. I sort of dismissed her request, suggesting instead that we eat at one of the numerous authentic, high quality Chinese restaurants in Flushing. After all, I'd always assumed moo shu dishes are an inauthentic Chinese American creation geared toward non-Chinese.

But after doing a little internet research, it appears that I was totally wrong; moo shu is in fact an authentic Northern Chinese dish, possibly from Shandong province. It's probably reasonable to assume, though, that the versions served at tourist-driven restaurants in Manhattan's Chinatown or at the average Chinese take-out spot in non-Chinese neighborhoods are greatly watered down and possibly bear little-to-no resemblance to the real thing.

So with the influx of Northern Chinese restaurants in NYC and Flushing in particular, is there anywhere in the five boroughs or the greater region that serves an authentic, well-prepared version of this dish? I'd like to try it out of curiosity as much as anything.

Would my best bet to go to a Shandong restaurant with a Mandarin speaker and specifically request this dish?

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