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Strange Taste, Indeed (Beijing Noodles in Chinatown)

Chandavkl | Dec 18, 200805:58 PM     15

There are some restaurants that are obviously Chinese restaurants just because of their name. (And I don't mean restaurants with Chinese names or places like Golden Dragon.) Rather names such as Big Eat, Yummy Noodle, Spicy and Tasty, Nice Restaurant, Good Good Taste, reflect a direct commentary on the food being served which non-Chinese enterprises would not consider appropriate. In almost every case, though, the blunt description used to name the restaurant is understandable. However, this is not so with a new restaurant in Chinatown at the corner of Henry and Catherine streets, which is called Strange Taste Cuisine. Now a plausible literal explanation would exist if Strange Taste Cuisine served unusual food not normally seen in Chinese restaurants (e.g., turkey). But this is not the case with Strange Taste. Rather it serves a conventional menu of Beijing/Shanghai style noodles and dumplings. Items include jia jiang mein, dan dan mein, lamb with noodle soup and sauteed rice cake. Also soybean milk, various types of sesame pancakes and pan fried buns plus frozen dumplings by the bag of 50. Majority of the dishes are in the $1 to $4 range with the priciest being the Peking pork chop at $7.25. I guess this northern Chinese style restaurant is a little out of place in Chinatown, but the food is very good and not at all strange. The one strange thing is the address, which is described as "20 Henry St AKA 25 Catherine St". And the hours--7am to 10pm.

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