Just had lunch in chinatown (we were there for the new year's parade), and was very pleased. We ate at a place on Race, just East of 10th, I think the name was something like "Happy" or "Good" Noodle House. The service was painfully slow, but the food was outstanding. We got congee with sliced fish, dumpling noodle soup, pan-fried dumplings, stirfried turnip cakes, and chinese sausage and preserved duck in rice casserole. Everything was just fabulous. The broth in the soup was delicious, the dumplings were tender and had the sweetness that very good, fresh shrimp brings. the congee was, well, perfect. I love congee, and often crave it, so it's good to see another place that serves it. Now if only someone in west philly would put it on the menu. The stirfried turnip cakes were the highlight for me. I've never had them before, so I didn't know what to expect. I thought they were delicious, and my brother, who is more familiar with the cuisine than I am thought they were a very good instance of the dish. They're crisp outside, creamy inside, just a hint of sweetness, and studded with little bits of preserved meat. Very cheap, too--it was like $3.50-$6.00 per item, so you can go there and try a few new items and if you hate something, no big loss.
The place seems to represent a very good trend towards more "authentic" asian food in chinatown, and away from gloopy, too sweet/too salty, over-cooked vegetables, etc.