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1950's Style Chow Mein?


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1950's Style Chow Mein?

Jerry Fadely | Apr 29, 2004 10:20 PM

Does anyone know if any Chinese restaurants serve the "old fashioned" type Chow Mein from the 50's and 60's? It was stir-fried onions, bean sprouts, water chestnuts, celery and the round curly fried noodles.
It's not gourmet fare, I know, but an "aquired childhood taste."
When I order "Chow Mein" in a "modern" Chinese restaurant, I get stir-fried lettuce/cabbage/bok choy in a chicken broth glop. And it's served with the "new" flat noodles, which are tasteless.
When I lived in DC, I used to satisfy my craving at the Sampan Cafe at 7th & Pennsylvania Ave., near the Southeast Market.
This is a serious "Jones." Can someone help?

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