PROFILE: Philly Luncher “Shao”

As is customary at Philly Lunch, every Tuesday we turn over the site to a different lunch’er for his or her recommendations for the best lunch in Philadelphia. This week it’s Shao from FriedWontons4u.

Name: Shao

Age: I need to be wined and dined with a box of Popeyes fried chicken before giving that answer up.

Occupation: Food blogger on most days. Unemployed Mondays through Fridays.

Where in Philly do you Work?: Currently I’m living near Center City.

Favorite Kind of Food: Seafood! Oysters, sea urchin, geoduck, salmon – if it’s living underwater, it’s going in my tummy.

Least Favorite Kind of Food: There really isn’t one food that I hate, but if drinks could be consider my answer would root beer. I know some people are passionate about it, I just can’t stand it.

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Philly: Tampopo on 21st street between Chestnut and Samson. I always get the Fresh Tuna Bibimbap with brown rice and extra avocado. It’s served with a spicy gochujang (Korean red pepper paste) dressing and it is the perfect light lunch. I use to always ordered Gyutan-don (thinly sliced pieces of grilled beef tongue served with rice), but they took that off the menu a few years ago. Please bring it back!

Congee with meat ball, calf liver, pork belly, and ginger from Ting Wong (10th street) in Chinatown. I always crave this during the cold winter months. Thank goodness it’s only a few blocks from where I live.

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? See question #2. Maybe someday soon I’ll be able to answer that. :)

Place you discovered thanks to Philly Lunch (if any) Angelo & Josephine’s in Manayunk. I recommended a friend to try the hot sorpressata, hot cappicolla, provolone, and tomato sandwich that was mentioned in the post and they loved it.

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Hong Kong! Its cuisine is mainly Cantonese style, but the eating scene is very international and populated with dishes from India, Japan, Italy, France, and other regions in China. Besides dim sum, Hong Kong’s tea restaurants (cha chaan teng) serves up an array of lunch dishes from curry, sandwiches, macaroni, rice platters, egg tarts, and even Hong Kong style French toast. Wash that down with a glass of milk tea or cold lemon tea and you’re set for the day.

Is there anything you’d like to ask the Philly Lunch readers? With more and more food trucks popping up in Philly, what kind of cuisine or types of food would you like to see next being served from a truck?

Though not a new type of truck food, look out for Garces’ Guapos Tacos Truck coming soon. He never disappoints.

If you would like to be next week’s Profiled Philly Lunch’er (or know somebody you’d like to nominate), email me at



  • there used to be an awesome Japanese truck on 33rd & Market but the lady left to go back to Japan SOOO SAD!!! But the Crepes Truck La Dominique is still at that corner, which is good.

    I’d like to see more variety of food trucks like the ones in NY. Maybe a dessert truck or a gourmet ice cream truck or something more exotic like Moroccan. Dim sum truck would totally capture my heart too. =]

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    @munchimonster – i’m *pretty* sure i saw that truck (by the tell-tale flag) yesterday while driving by.

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