East Ocean City in Boston, MA

East Ocean City
27 Beach St.
Boston, MA

This is a seafood staple in Chinatown. For $10 you get a ton of clams cooked in a flavorful black bean sauce. This dish came out shortly after we had placed our order. I was really surprised given how packed this restaurant was. When we walked in, the hostess asked us if we had made a reservation (we were thinking, who makes a reservation for a chinese restaurant in Chinatown!?!)

clams in black bean sauce

The soft shell crab is fried in a spicy salt. This was probably my favorite dish of the night, but the portion was quite small. It was really delicious though.

spice salt soft shell crabs

I always try to get beef chow fun at Chinese restaurants and this one was pretty standard for a beef chow fun. Nothing spectacular but not disgusting either.

beef chow fun

When we ordered the fried sea scallops, I was surprised to see that it was covered in batter and deep fried. This was probably the easiest, least-messy dish to eat for the night. Unfortunately, I mainly tasted the batter and not the scallops.

fried scallops

The lobster in ginger and scallion was pretty good. Very good portions. After we had placed our order, I saw a waiter walk over to the live lobster tank and pull out two and place them on a tray and walk to the kitchen. And this was probably the last dish to arrive at our table, probably because it was cooked fresh.

lobster in ginger and scallion sauce

proof that they served 2 lobsters


beef with vegetable over flat noodle


sizzling steak


bok choy with garlic


salt and spicy dunginess crab

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Imperial Garden in New Orleans

Imperial Garden
3331 Williams Blvd
Kenner, LA

This is my mecca for chinese food! This is what I’ve been searching for my entire time in New Orleans. I’m so glad I finally found you! Finally, a place with decent home made spicy sauce. A little far from where I live which is probably the only down side. The dishes were decent, mostly priced at about $12 to $13( not bad for how big the portions are). This is truly a hole in the wall, there’s nothing (literally nothing) from its outer physical appearance to suggest genuine Cantonese cuisine inside!

Once inside, the bar and usually red carpet from the 80s doesn’t suggest the best chinese palette experience of my New Orleans era but I guess ya can’t judge a book by its cover. I love places with secret menus! Feels so elitist and exclusive! I was so grateful for my fellow foodie (who is fluent in Chinese) who came with me because when I asked for descriptions of the chinese dishes, I could barely understand her broken English. After much discussion, I ordered pipa tofu (tofu ball with chives deep fried, doused in a bland/sweet sauce), chicken with eggplant in garlic sauce (ok), beef with black bean sauce over chow fun (do you know how hard it is to find a chinese restaurant with this dish??!? this is my first time! i love this! absolutely love it) and got a pork chop dish with half in salt and pepper sautee and half in succulent sauce. The flavors for both were so amazing that I didn’t want to stop eating but had to because I was going to soon have trouble breathing.  My fellow foodie had the seafood chow fun and told me that their sauce is truly the authentic Cantonese sauce we’ve been searching for and also commented on how amazing their home made hot sauce is. Next time though,  I will definitely order my food to go  ahead of time (I was kinda bored with all the chinese chatter going around me. thank God for smart phones).  If you are looking for some good chinese food, definitely come here and order the pork chop dish, and ask for it half and half like I did, you won’t be sorry!

tofu balls

seafood chow fun

chicken with eggplant in garlic sauce

half and half pork chops

beef with black bean sauce over chow fun

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China Rose in New Orleans

China Rose
3501 N. Arnoult Rd.
Metairie, LA

Really funny, as soon as I walked in here, I started flipping thru a menu and the woman behind the counter asked me if I wanted the Chinese menu.  She was very friendly, but I couldn’t help but hear sounds from adult play machines behind a curtain next to the counter. It was a little awkward. I said I can’t read Chinese and she said it’s in English. So I flipped through it and picked out these dishes. The garlic and ginger chicken had a big a tang to it, but it was by far my favorite spicy dish. The black bean sauce noodle, I thought would resemble the Korean dish I’ve had before or something similar to a chinese hand drawn noodle dish I’ve had before. Nope! It was flavorless and a waste of time. The crispy duck was delicious. It smelled juicy! How is that possible? I have no idea. Unforutunately, the duck pieces I had had a ton of fat and I couldn’t pull the fat off so the only way to avoid ingesting it was to chew off the meaty parts and spit out the fat. The texture of the meat, otherwise, was very nice. The spicy pork noodle was similar to a spicy ramen. The sauce was veryyyyyyyy spicy but still good.

chicken in garlic and ginger sauce

black bean sauce noodle

Crispy Duck

Spicy pork noodle

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