We went the guilty pleasure route last night, hitting Great Chow in the Wollaston section of Quincy for some basic Chinese-American grub. For those who have been to the newish Great Chow in Abington, the original in Quincy is about as different a place from that as you will find--no teppanyaki, no sushi bar, no upscale/chic environment, just basic Chinese food served in a rather noisy, no-frills dining room. And overall, the meal was pretty satisfying, though I'm not sure I have an itching desire to head back anytime soon, especially with all the terrific restaurants that Quincy has these days.
We started with hot and sour soup. It had a beefy taste and was pretty spicy, but didn't really stand out all that much. We also ordered scallion pancakes for an appetizer, and it may have been the best item of the night--nongreasy, freshly made pancakes with a strong but not overpowering scallion taste. For entrees, we ordered the Singapore noodle dish (not bad, but it paled in comparison to my favorites at Apsara in Providence and ) and the lemon chicken (fried chicken swimming in gloppy sauce--the sauce was a bit nasty, but the chicken was pretty high quality, with no gristle whatsoever).
Sometimes I like to go the cheesy Chinese food route, and believe me, I've had a lot worse than the food I had at Great Chow last night. But for this kind of cuisine, I'll probably give the nod to Kowloon as well as a few other spots in the Boston area, and I would definitely choose the Great Chow in Abington over this one in general, since the one in Abington has so much more to offer.