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Hot and Sour Hit

Lisa Antinore | Dec 2, 1997 06:02 PM

I'm sure everyone and their mother knows how great the pork buns are at Chao Zhou's adjacent fry-shop (41st Ave off of Main street), however yesterday evening, sick of hanging out in my doctor's waiting room, I took to the streets and serindipitously discovered that they make an equally fabulous Hot and Sour Soup. Not a corn-starchy, slimy, flavorless mess (low-tide at Rock away beach!!!!) like a lot of other places. And certainly not a wimpy dash of vinegar which is so common these days. It was the perfect balance of sourness and spice and the hot pepper portion lingered pleasantly in my mouth after the last bits had been sipped. You'll love it. While you're there cross Main Strret and sample what has been my favorite culinary find of the year thus far (and it's soon over). Look for the green awning directly next to the huge remodled library. It should say "Sun Young Spring" or something pretty similar to it. Everything is amazing but the real Amazing with a capital "A" is under the Noodles section- The spicy beef soup!!! It is PHENOMENAL. I must have had it 26 times since June and God knows it's not the ideal summer dish. The combination of the slivered fiery hot green chiles with the lean slices of beef and the chewy Shanghai noodles (made on the premises) with the robust beef broth is nothing short of brillant. The beautiful lady (I think she's the owner) who's at the front will not even sell it to me for take-out without rinsing the noodles in cool water, packaging them separatley and putting the spicy beef broth into another container. She knows I hate mushy noodles and on the occasions when I can not stay to enjoy the treat, packs the whole shabang up perfectly. It's almost as good at home. Don't be too curious over the "Roast Beef Pancake" appetizer listing. I was and ended up a bit disappointed. The meat was indeed roast beef, but it was big-time grisly and fatty and sandwiched with a gingery mayo and rolled in a scallion pancake minus the scallions... If you want to order another dish ask the hostess to make you chicken with cabbage in black bean sauce. I am a devout black bean disciple and the sauce here is fab!!!
Check it out....

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