Hi - my first posting to this wonderful board! I have very much appreciated the recommendations here, particularly for my personal challenge of working in an office park in Quincy after 15 years of commuting to downtown Boston and having the great variety of chow available there.
Just wanted to offer some of my personal favorites in Chinatown, that I miss SO much as lunch options. Those of you looking for truly great seafood should check out Jumbo Seafood on Hudson Street - the fish tanks up front give a good clue as what to order. Cuttlefish with XO sauce, spicy fried shrimp with heads on (so tender you can eat the whole thing, heads and shells), duck with mushrooms are all wonderful. Other great Hong Kong-style seafood places are Asian Garden, in the basement of the multi-food place at the corner of Beach and Harrison, and Peach Farm (yes, it specializes in seafood) on Tyler Street. If they have steamed oysters on the menu, you must get them. These are Pacific oysters -- shells as big as my hand -- not raw bar material. They are amazing with black bean sauce or garlic/scallion sauce. Even the fried rice dishes at these places are a revelation. I've brought many friends here, including large groups of co-workers, and they end up letting me order for them, provided I give them enough variety. In fact, these places are better with a group, since you get to try more dishes that way.
Another place I discovered a couple years ago was Taiwan Garden, up a flight of stairs on Oxford Street. Super clean and friendly with a tantalizingly exotic menu. They haven't Americanized things too much, since many featured dishes involve things like pig intestine and duck's tongues. I did try a beef tongue appetizer that was delicate and flavorful, and their fish is all fabulous. A dish of mixed seafood with baby bok choy is gorgeous to look at as well as delicious.
I know that Quincy is getting more in the way of Chinese and other Asian markets and restaurants -- I'd love to hear from anyone who's tried them out (and especially if any of them have those big oysters!).
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