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scallion pancake

by geoffrey on July 30, 2009

Hello All!
So this is a Shanghai restaurant off of Mott that serves a variety of shanghai foods. The main being the famous siu lung bow or tiny steam buns (translation: small dragon bun). The food is relatively cheap. For two ppl we had two orders of the the steam buns (16 pieces) and a scallion pancake 5$ including tip. If you include a main rice or a noodle dish it comes to around 20-22$ so i think its worth the price

This is the main star of the show. Pork filled siu lung bow. The special part about these are the pouch like shapes that contains a soupy part of this delicacy. Its a literal explosion when you bite into these guys but you have to be careful because the soup is HOT! and you can burn your mouth easily. So take caution let it cool or eat it slowly.
They also have different variety of the steam pouches filled with crab. It cost 2$ more than the normal but well worth it with a totally different taste. Hotness still applies tho..

Scallion PANCAKES!! are flaky flour, wheat based stable with oil and scallions for taste. It comes with a soy vinegar ginger dipping sauce that may or may not suit your taste but the cakes are fine by themselves. Usually pan fried, these are fried a little longer as many people have different ways of making these. Very good and very filling.

Overall the food is very good and cheap for me at least. The place is clean especially compared to other places. The service however is …um …. relative. Let me explain. The food is fast and the servers are “Chinese”. They might be considered rude by people and normal by others. If you are eating in Chinatown never expect courtesy, good manners or great service, you are here for the food, thats it!! I’m not being racist (Im Chinese myself) but you have to understand the difference between upper Chinese immigrants and ABC (American Born Chinese) courtesy and manners are not in there habits but the food is awesome.

location:good ( not far from subway or other attractions)
service: AAL( angry asian lady) speaks engrish tho
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