We recently followed a thread from the NYC board (comparing Philly and NY Chinatowns) to Shiao Lan Kung, where we had a really disappointing meal. Turns out the thread was old and the chef at SLK recently passed away, leaving the restaurant in the hands of new owners.*
So now I'm left wanting great Chinese food and wondering where to get it. I'm not an expert on authentic Chinese cooking, but for the most part I'm craving things that you don't find at the average takeout place. We moved from NYC five years ago and still miss things like soup dumplings and sauteed pea shoots from Joe's Shanghai, or truly spicy Szechuan cooking. But we wouldn't be sorry to find eye-opening versions of familiar dishes, either.
What are people's favorite places and dishes in Chinatown?
* I should say that they were extremely nice to us and our 3-year-old son. So the food was completely ordinary but it's a great place to take your family for ordinary Americanish Chinese food, if you have young kids.