So, thanks to gourmaniac, I finally found my long lost dish of Shanghai noodles, the way it was in NYC Chinatown, at King Fung on Kneeland. Halleluja! It was great! Perhaps not as great as the one in NYC way back when, but easily the best chinese noodle dish I have had since. My question is, why was this so hard to find? At some places, Shanghai noodles means small crispy noodles (pan fried), and not the big rubbery ones that I like. I have tried to find this at other restaurants, but to no avail. Are there other places in Boston that do this dish? Also, I thought Chow mein refered to crispy noodles as well. Anyone know the dish on this? I love these noodles!
As for King Fung, it was fantastic. I'm so glad I went. Perfect chowhound place, loved the little interior with about 5 formica counter tables. The lady who was working was extremely nice and sweet, pointed out to my dining companion and I that we were about to over order and steered us right. We ordered scallion pie, a small hot and sour soup, a small wonton soup, peking raviolis and the Chicken Chow Mein.
The scallion pie was easily the best I've had in Boston, not being a huge fan of this I do always try it when my friends order it, and this was great. I imagine this is what it is supposed to be like at the other places. Was actually more like a pie than a pancake, that is to say, it wasn't completely flattened but more multi-dimensional. I'd have to say the lowlight of the meal was the hot and sour soup, definitely could have done without this. It came with an orangey film on the top, and then just was mediocre and bland. Thick broth and plenty of tofu, just no real bang. I wouldn't order it again. My friend got the wonton soup which she said was great, I didn't try it. The dumplings were gratiutous on our ordering part, and while I only could handle one, it was quite tasty. My friend really enjoyed them. They were crispy on the bottom and tight skinned with a tasty pork filling.
As to the highlight of the meal, the chicken chow mein (the shanghai chow mein came with pork), it was great. Tasty brown sauce, soaked pieces of cabbage, tender tasty pieces of chicken and delicious noodles. The noodles I remember from NYC were I believe larger, thicker and rounder. These seemed more processed, they were kind of in a rectangular-cubish shape, but long and satisfying.
Anyway, I cannot wait to go back! Thanks again gourmaniac!