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Good Luck Cafe in Chinatown & Soup Dumplings

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Good Luck Cafe in Chinatown & Soup Dumplings

joypirate | Aug 30, 2004 12:32 PM

A quick note to say this place looks pretty promising (220 N 10th Street). Had the shrimp cheung fun for lunch the other day with an enormous bowl of congee (w/preserved egg & pork). Shrimp cheung fun was wide, thin rice noodles wrapped around shrimp w/a generous splash of soy sauce and lots of scallion slices. Some broccoli rabe around the plate as well. Quality of the shrimp wasn’t great, but hey, it was $2.25. It’s called “Shrimp noodle roll” on the menu under “noodle roll”. The congee was good as well ($3.25), consistency wasn’t quite where I like it. Garnished with a bit of sad-looking wilted cilantro. Pork was amazing, some of the best I’ve ever had, tender, flavorful and unusually plentiful at the price. Good sized slices of preserved egg (for those home-cooks out there, I’m pretty sure I saw these being sold pre-made the other day at the Side Walk Sweet House on 148 N. 10th). Really nice people.

Good news for soup dumpling fans, on the menu I noticed “steam juicy buns” (under appetizers, $2.95 for 6). Despite my intense efforts to stop myself from the obligatory J-Lo joke about “steam juicy buns,” I am powerless against my lame-o impulses. Anyway, I asked if these were Xiao Long Bao (sp?), and they said yes. So, assuming I didn’t mangle the pronunciation, Good Luck Café does indeed have soup dumpling, which I have yet to try. I prefer them in winter, but I may break down and try them sooner. I will definitely be back soon to try the eel udon soup.

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