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Rainbow Cafe, Chinatown, Boston


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Rainbow Cafe, Chinatown, Boston

Limster | Feb 19, 2004 11:46 PM

After having some awesome homemade fried squid balls there a couple of months ago, I went back to sample more of the snack menu.

Oyster pancake (off the Chinese blackboard menu over the kitchen door) is very good, crispy on the outside and just the right kind of softness within. The small oysters go really well with the light airy chopped cilantro and scallions, reminding me how effective this flavour combination is. A condiment of sweet chilli sauce for a nice bit of heat.

Turnip cakes coated with egg were well made and very satisfying, especially the little savoury bits of pork sausage piping in between the soft turnip cake and scrambled egg coat with scallions. Comes with a dark spicy soy sauce.

Friendly, caring service. They came twice to tell me my oyster pancake was coming soon during (the kitchen was very busy), changed my plates between the turnip cake and oyster pancake and keep my tea refilled. In my mind, detter than some of the service I've had at fancy restaurants.

Will probably go back and try other things from their Asian snacks section of the menu, and maybe some of they homey looking claypots and cooked dishes. The Thai chicken feet salad looked intriguing, I've only had this dish at Thai places back home and never seen it in any Thai place in this country. Might try it next time.

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