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Shanghai Tang on Houston St.


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Shanghai Tang on Houston St.

Susan Marme | | Sep 3, 1999 08:07 PM

Had a super dinner there last Fri - soup dumplings
with a thin, tender skin and very savory pork filling,
pork with bean curd skin and pickled veg (maybe an
acquired taste, but an addicting one - the bean curd
skin is like soft noodles with a very pleasant
textured surface), the best dry-fried green beans weve
had outside of the PRC or Taiwan, properly wrinkled
and chewy and not sweetened and/or slopped up with a
sauce, and shrimp with green tea leaves (a lot of
shrimp, perfectly cooked, with a few threads of tea
leaves giving a slightly astringent quality to them).
All of the dishes were expertly prepared, served wok-
hot, and made us nostalgic for student days in
Taipei. The bill was around $40.00 with 4 Tsingtaos -
and there were plenty of leftovers.
Have not been to the shop in Flushing, so cannot
compare the two, but this is very much a find in an
area relatively bereft of interesting joints that are
not too expensive. Decor also intriguing - lots of
photos of old Shanghai, wood paneling, etc -
authentically relatively plain, but classy. They have
a lot of dishes on the menu that are not commonly seen
in the US as well as a full standard Japanese menu
sushi/yakitori/tempura etc. (which makes me think the
owners are Taiwanese rather than Mainlanders). Did
not try the Japanese stuff.
Well worth a visit when in the area.

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