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NanXiang XiaoLongBao, Canton Gourmet, Pho, Green Papaya, Mekong and Octopus Man

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NanXiang XiaoLongBao, Canton Gourmet, Pho, Green Papaya, Mekong and Octopus Man

ZenFoodist | Jul 12, 2006 02:10 AM

Just recognized tonight upon entering NanXiang "Noodle House" on Prince Street the gentleman manning the register as the same guy from Mekong, my beloved Viet/Thai place in the Han Ah Reum shopping Center on Northern Blvd (still amazed that place doesn't get more play on ChowHound. I've extolled its virtues here before and actually found out tonight that it's just taken over the Chinese takeout place next store and will be expanding....)Anyway after chatting a bit, "Joey" as he is called, told me that all the aforementioned restaurants are owned by the same man.

I loved the pork and crab xiaolongbao (nice thin skins), the panfried pork buns and the surprisingly pungent vegetable dumplings (nice mustard green addition to the veggie stuffing) The panfried rice cakes and Shanghai style udon noodle were also very good- not too greasy. We thought the flaky turnip buns were outstanding. The only thing we didn't love was the "salty" douhua. Too thin and we didn't love the reconstituted mini heads-on shrimp. But we're not huge douhua people, if truth be told. Joey kept telling us that although tonight's food was good that tomorrow it would be the "best" of the week. Something about a fresh flour delivery.....

Definitley excellent XiaoLongbao. I wish they'd offer some small sauteed vegetable dishes to round out all the carbs, though :)

On a small side note- we discussed Octopus Man's departure. He said that as much as patrons loved him, visitors to the restaurants on the block complained about the smoke from his grill getting into the restaurants and so, sadly enough, he was forced out :( Where he is, nobody knows....

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