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Best Cafe, Grand Chau Chow, Buddha's Delight, Chinatown, Boston


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Best Cafe, Grand Chau Chow, Buddha's Delight, Chinatown, Boston

Limster | Jan 16, 2003 11:59 PM

Best Cafe, right under China Pearl, is primarily a rice plate, noodle and porridge place. They make claypot rice to order, but you'd need to tell them what you want in it without a menu. House special fried noodles consists of crispy pan fried noodles get a a soft blanket of sauce with chicken cubes, small scallops, prawns, beef slices and chinese broccoli. Decent generous standard fare, nothing to rave about, but no complaints either.

The excellent salt and pepper eel was the best dish of the night at Grand Chau Chow, very fresh tasting, clean, subtle grassy flavor (right out of the tank). Batter was fairly light with a good crisp and didn't feel oily at all. Good touch of heat too. However, the normally dramatic Peking duck was ordinary and not very worthwhile, being somewhat stingy for the price ($17ish for a half duck). Teochew style shrimp balls were made in a pretty authentic manner, but the shrimp in it had a strong fishy flavour; clearly not made with the freshest stuff. Fine stir-fry of chinese watercress.

Never been to the old Buddha's Delight on the 2nd floor, but a new storefront location on street level with the same name and a similar sign just popped up. Had a pretty decent vegetarian pho; I actually liked the "beefballs" made with dried tofu, but the gluten mock beef shank slices didn't make much of an impression. The broth was not bad and certainly carried some flavour (even caught hints of star anise), but certainly won't replace the richer beef version by a long shot. While I'm not rushing to return, it is a viable option for a strict vegetarian.

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