Archive for 'Chinatown'

Other Things I Ate This Week: The Elusive Jianbing

I recently sent a tweet about a special breakfast off menu item that we tried on my Chinatown Food Tour and I got a few emails and messages about where to find it. I don’t keep things secret, I am all about sharing the edible wealth. For the unfamiliar, Jian Bing is a popular street breakfast crepe in China. But it tastes good any time of day.

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Tom’s Dim Sum

Dim Sum Garden has been a Chinatown staple for as long as I can remember. In 2014 some ownership drama went down and the 1th Street original, dive-y, by the bus station location was closed and a more visually appealing Dim Sum Garden opened on Race St leaving questions about what would come of the original storefront. Quite recently though, the 11th St spot re-opened and rebranded as Tom’s Dim Sum. Both locations still serve soup dumplings and noodles along with other classic dishes.

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Other Things I Ate This Week: 3am Eel and Pottstown Schnitzel

*new weekly feature for 2016: brief photo recaps + not always lunch

This week I tried out the casual Mexican spot, La Virgen de las Nieves. While I enjoyed the the tortilla making up the sope base, the carnitas topping was too fatty.

La Virgen de Las Nieves, 1839 S 8th St, 215 463-1059

Post camping trip at French Creek, we stopped at The Schnitzel House in Pottstown,  very no frills German diner. The spaetzle was too plain. The schnitzel was satisfying, though borderline burnt. The mustard stuffed housemade sausage was a winner.

The Schnitzel House, 181 W Schuylkill Rd, Pottstown,  (610) 705-8881

Closer to home and for a much later meal…

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Lunch Links (The “Chinatown Food Courts” Edition)

  • Curious about what Philly’s favorite chef eats all week? Solomonov drinks a lot of coffee and candy [Grub Street]
  • Canton 11, a bubble tea, sushi, and Cantonese food court is coming to Chinatown [The Insider]
  • And a block away at another forthcoming food court, signs of the first tenant; Halal Guys [Roland Bui]
  • Find banh mi burgers on the menu at Pho-ladelphia [Passyunk Post]
  • Check out my instagram account at 5pm today to win tickets to a screening of City of Gold on Tuesday, March 22nd at the Ritz at the Bourse, 7:30 PM.. The film is the story of Los Angeles food critic Jonathan Gold and showcases the eclectic food scene of L.A.

Meals To Check Out By the Philly Flower Show

To all you Flower Show attendees this week, make sure to energize in between sniffing blooms with a great meal! And there are many of those to be found within a few blocks of the Show. Here is a list to start you off:

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Other Things I Ate This Week: Peking Duck and Bacon Gelato

 *new weekly feature for 2016: brief photo recaps + not lunch

This week, a post Chinese New Year’s dinner brought us to Ting Wong, where the dishes were spot on. I ordered the classics: wonton soup, chicken congee, fried dumplings, snow pea greens, beef chow fun, spicy fish fillet, stuffed tofu, and a Peking Duck, whose crispy skin and fluffy buns were a stand out.

Ting Wong, 138 N 10th St, 215 928-1883

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Katsu Curry at Terakawa

Photo Courtesy of Ramen via Yelp 

On my first visit to Terakawa Ramen, I enjoyed  the signature ramen and the chicken katsu appetizer but did not love the other ramen styles of the tempura shu mai.  That visit was back in 2012 and it was time to revisit.

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