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Two Recent Fish Dish Discoveries


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Two Recent Fish Dish Discoveries

Susan H | Apr 22, 2003 08:54 AM

We've had a bunch of concerts recently that required near-theater dining. Before Annenberg, we went to Beijing at Penn (38th and Spruce), where we had an outstanding clam and mixed vegetable hot pot. There must have been 3 dozen Manila clams, fresh as can be, with a nice variety of veggies and a wonderful light sauce. It would make a great dinner for dining alone. Then last night, before a concert at the Kimmel, we found ourselves at Shiroi Hana, and ordered the Chirashi (for the first time at that restaurant). I think it's the best we've had in the Philly area. It's served in an oversized bowl, with the sushi rice mounded in the center (like a volcano), then covered with a variety of seaweed, roe, and what tasted like caramelized onions (we asked them to leave out the omelet, so the onions may have been a substitute), then slices of excellent sashimi (including a slice of eel) layered on top of that to form the external "mountain" with a piece of green stuff on top, topped with a shrimp. Lovely to look at and better to eat. But you have to destroy the mountain to get to the rice. Oh well. We also had the yosenabe at Shiroi, which was good but not great (Sagami still rules the roost on that dish). Lots of good salmon, a few clams, one scallop and one shrimp, and a good but not great broth with lots of cabbage, onions, and rice noodles.

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