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Anna's Cafe...now Anna's Fast Food (Chinatown)

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Anna's Cafe...now Anna's Fast Food (Chinatown)

MPost | Mar 13, 2006 08:41 PM

I had occasion to sample some of the offerings at Anna's Cafe on Harrison and Beach in Chinatown, and was impressed by their steamed shrimp and beef rice rolls that they made fresh. It looked like they poured a rice batter/slurry on an oiled tray and steamed it for 4-5 minutes, rolled it up with shrimp or a tender beef almost-pate, and served it with a sweetish soy sauce. They were very good and about as fresh as humanly possible.

The last time I walked by, however, Anna's Cafe had transformed itself into Anna's Fast Food, with the typical tasty-looking meats hanging in the window and a guy with a cleaver hacking them to pieces. So, 4 questions:

1. Does anyone know if Anna's Cafe/Fast Food still sells the rice rolls?
2. Can anyone tell me what the shrimp and beef rice rolls are called in Chinese? I'd just like to be able to order them without sounding too painfully American.
3. Any suggestions on where I can get the rice rolls to go? I tried the Mix Bakery the other day and got some beef rolls. Not bad, but the rolls were mushy and the beef too gristly for my taste.
4. Has anyone tried the roasted meat at Anna's? I'd love to give it a shot, but I'm not enough of an expert to know how it compares to other places. Or, better yet, any suggestions where to go for roasted meat?

Thanks in advance.

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