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congee on the bowery

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congee on the bowery

jen kalb | May 24, 2004 10:28 AM

We have just had our third fully satisfying meal at Congee, the restaurant on the west side of the Bowery, I think between Grand and Hester. Specially wanted to commend their fried silver fish, dried squid and celery dish, which is enjoyable in the same way salt baked squid generally used to be (what has happened to this dish???). Water spinach and other vegetables have also been good (they will do water spinach in shrimp paste which is lighter and less funky than the SEasian version), as has their congees and fish. Fried butterfish was fried so crisp we could eat the bones as well as the flesh. Last weekend we tried their minced fried pork with lotus root, which was definitely a homestyle dish with a nice simple flavor and good texture, basically fried thin patties of meat. Dipped in their great chile sauce on the table it was very good.

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