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Some thoughts on Myers + Chang

dlieb | Sep 25, 2011 11:24 AM

My wife and I have now been to Myers + Chang twice in three days, so I thought I'd post our thoughts. (I left my credit card there on Fri., so we came back today.) Overall, we had a great time and we look forward to coming back. Here's what we had, along with some impressions:

Lunch on Fri:
Hot and Sour Soup: Absolutely fantastic. The combination of the pork meatballs, creamy tofu, nearly raw scallions, dark vinegar, and egg ribbons was incredibly flavorful and texturally wonderful. I'm so used to this dish being a gloopy mess that I was blown away to have a fresh tasting version.
Papaya Slaw: this is one of our favorites, and was really good. We missed some of the heat in the version from S&I Thai, but an excellent version nonetheless.
Tiger Tears Salad: Very different from the Floating Rock version. There was a relatively modest amount of steak---the FR version is almost entirely steak---though the fish sauce dressing was really nice. The greens were nothing special, though the thai basil was great. It could've used a little more rice powder for texture.
Wok-seared Udon noodles with chicken and bok choy: though the noodles were nicely seared, we found this dish to be a little greasy and not very flavorful (we wanted more smoke). There also was a surprising dearth of noodles.
Pork dumplings: they were fried beautifully, and the wrappers were great. The pork filling was nice, though nothing special. It was a tad bit gummy for us.

Dim Sum on Sun:
Vegetarian Potstickers: Probably the best vegetarian potstickers I've ever had. Teeming with greens and ginger (though I didn't see too many shitakes). Fried perfectly.
Watermelon with spicy/sweet salt: it was a pleasure to have some excellent watermelon alongside the dim sum. That said, it was basically just watermelon.
Fried Calamari and Jalapenos: Not a very daring dish, but well done. The aioli is nice and spicy.
Haka Eggplant: an excellent version of this dish, on par with Sichuan Gourmet.
Nirvana Chicken Bao: the soy-brased chicken is fantastic. The rest was mostly forgettable.
Chicken Congee: I absolutely love congee. It seemed to me that the rice wasn't quite broken down well enough. Certainly enjoyable nonetheless: the chicken is fantastic.
Dan Dan noodles: fine noodles, though not identifiable as Dan Dan noodles (no Sichuan peppercorn at all!). Go to Thailand Cafe or Sichuan Gourmet if you want Dan Dan noodles. These are fine peanut noodles.

The staff was uniformly nice. One warning though: don't show up until noon for Dim Sum. They opened at 11:30, but clearly weren't ready for a long while after that.

Overall, this place exceeded our modest expectations, given the mediocre chowhound feedback. It isn't as exciting as East by Northeast, and it isn't as authentic as Thailand Cafe/Sicuan Gorumet/S&I Thai, but it is very fun and fairly affordable. The ingredients also seem to be much higher quality than most places in chinatown. We'll certainly go back.

Floating Rock
485 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA

East by Northeast
1128 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

Sichuan Gourmet
1004 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446

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