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new green bo report

andrew reibman | Jan 5, 2001 08:31 AM

went to new green bo last night, having finally located it... right under my nose on a block of Bayard I am on all the time. the butcher on the the other side of the street is really excellent... I should right another post about that...

we entered with slight trepidation, because the place was full of gweilo... maybe jim's recent recommendations have put everyone on the scent...

my companion had food panic, and didn't want the yellow fish soup, or okra puffs, crispy eel, or the interesting looking pork tendon... so we stayed with "safer" choices.

we started with shanghai wonton soup... this was really excellent, and quite different than wonton soup in your usual new york chinese restaurant, even some of the better cantonese type places. First, the broth was intense, probably had more than just chicken, but chicken with beef and/or pork. very strong, but not salty... there were some shredded pickled vegetables, shredded omelette, and 10 outstanding wontons... but not your usual chinatown wontons... incredible pale wontons... with chopped leek and pork... they remind me of the shrimp/leek or pork/leek dumpling soup at sweet and tart...

next we had aromatic beef. the beef reminds me of sliced cold pot roast with aromatic sesame oil. it was fatty in spots, but not too much, just perfect... some tendony and fatty bits to give it a little variety. a very large helping. we both liked it a lot. I would have liked more sesame oil/sauce. we solved that by eating the slices from the bottom, which had been sitting in it.(Next time I want the boneless "pigs legs" which I assume are pigs feet - they looked very good at another table)

we also had "braised meatball with vegetable" - these were those big pork meatballs - half a dozen. I don't know what they add to make them so smooth - maybe they have rice flour in them? They were served in a light soy sauce/stock braising... around an enormous, very artfully arranged circular pile of the mini-bok choy... also braised. This dish was enough for three people...

the only screw-up, was the vegetable we ordered on the side. we wanted water spinach - and they were out of this and the regular spinach as well (odd since its in season). the waiter recommended the bok choy in garlic sauce, which we ordered, and it was delicious. The problem was this was the same bok choy as was in the meatball dish... a little disappointing... I would have gone for a different dish if I'd expected them to be the same.

One thing I also noticed was the rice. The rice was excellent. Not cheap rice like in so many less expensive places in Chinatown. Very plump short grain rice, a little sweet, no broken grains, just the right stickiness.

All in all everything was excellent, service helpful. Much better than Joe's or the Shanghai place on Division street. We'll go back.

An oh how I wish I worked within walking district of chinatown...

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