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Chew on this - Shui Wah is Chiu Chow!

Vital Information | Jul 1, 200209:44 AM

Now, do not expect a review (yet!), but I learned yesterday that Shui Wah, in the Chinatown Mall, serves Chiu Chow food.

Chiu Chow people come from south China, but are ethnically and culinarily distinct from the Cantonese (for those PC inclinded, I apologize for using the old fashioned names and spellings.) When we lived near Argyle Street, I would pass daily, the Teo-Chew Multual Aid Association [their spelling], on the second floor near Kenmore. With a mutual aid association, how could there not be a resturant?

Until yesterday, I never knew a place that specifically specialized in chiu-chow food, but I was engaging in one of my favorite activities, reading the menu's, when I noticed at Shui Wah, a list of "Chiu Chow Specialities". I went inside, interrogated the people running show, and came away learning that yes, the place is chiu chow, not cantonese.

The menu is filled with things you will not find elsewhere like chicken with lung chang tea and a whole section of egg patties chiu chow style. Chiu Chow food is most known for its meats, similiar to what you'd expect from Chinese BBQ. In fact, when we were in Hong Kong, many of the places with the ducks and stuff hanging in the windows were chiu chow style establishments. Shiu Wah has a whole section called "marinated varities", and they include duck with special soya sauce, pork ear and jelly fish.

I am anxious to pig out here, and I am anxious to hear about others pigging out as well (I'd give odds that Gary makes it there first.)


Shiu Wah
2162 A S. Archer (in the Chinatown Mall)
Chicago, IL


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