1st off--downhill alert for Sung Chu Mei. I always liked this place over on Hudson near Jane. We ordered in last night and it was pretty atrocious. The sesame noodles were too sweet and the sauce was watery, noodles themselves were good and toothsome. Then the moo-shoo chicken had a burnt flavor through out and they did not send hoisin sauce. Next up was sesame chicken and chicken with cashews, both of which had the same sauce and the same water chestnusts and broccoli coins but with the following variations. The sesame chicken was fried but with none of the tastiness of frying and the sesames were white and tasteless--the seeds had not been toasted or even browned to yield flavor. The chicken with cashews had yummy carrot chunks and nuts and was the only decent dish.
Next note is that Shanghai Tang on Houston and Wooster is now called Shanghai TIDE. Luckily, the new name does not mean much--I'm still in the computer and my little pork soup dumplings were as yummy as ever and I ordered a new dish (for me) beef with broccoli...great! Tenderest bite-size bits of beef with a burgundy wine undertone and a great sauce, not greasy, and good broc, crispy but not raw.
And the last thing to report is that She She China on LaGuardia just n. of Houston--the former home of Number 1 Son--is gone. In it's place is a japanese place called Okinawa. Nice renovation but I got it to go: miso soup, salmon skin roll, salmon sushi and eel sushi. Good! Nice big soup--better be for $2. Not too salty or too plain. The sushi's are big like at Yama which I hoped for at anaverage $3 each. And the salmon skin roll was good.
That's it for my downtown asian food report...