Seven courses of beef

One of my favorite Vietnamese meals is Bo 7 mon or “7 courses of beef” can be found in the heart of Boston’s Chinatown at Pho Hoa II (17 Beach Street, Boston, MA (617) 423-3934).   Although the menu reads that the meal can feed two people, it can easily be eaten amongst three. This is not your normal pho, but more for special occasions such as weddings. Though Pho Hoa II has undergone some renovations due to a fire not long ago, their new look is nice. A large fish tank livens up the dining room along with the dark … Continue reading

Dumpling Café=Soup Dumplings

Since last fall, Dumpling Cafe joined the Chinatown food scene (695 Washington Street, Boston). A faux terra cotta warrior at the entrance with a red scarf welcomes you. Everyone from the hostess to the waitstaff is very helpful and efficient. Perusing the whole dining room, a bamboo steamer is seen on every table. A must have dish is none other than the mini buns juicy with pork and crabmeat filling ($6.50 for 6) or xiaolong bao aka soup dumplings. To the novice, you must carefully lift the plump dumpling with your spoon without puncturing it. Then carefully nip the top … Continue reading

China Gourmet Restaurant in Chinatown, Boston

Visitors of Chinatown, who are looking for something to eat, usually head for the larger and more attention-grabbing restaurants, such as the big dim sum palaces, the latest upscale shabu restaurants or the storefronts with the biggest windows and the most neon lights.  But tucked in between the more popular places are smaller eateries that while little-noticed, often serve better food than their bigger neighbors.  One such place is the China Gourmet Restaurant.  Despite its generic English name, its food tastes anything but generic. The China Gourmet is easy to miss.  It’s next to the parking lot on Tyler Street, … Continue reading

Sichuan Gourmet in Billerica

To find really good Sichuan food in Boston you sometimes have to make a small journey.  One of the best Sichuan restaurants in the Boston area is the Sichuan Gourmet in Billerica.  Located outside the Route 128 loop, it’s not the place you might go to on the spur of the moment.  But if you have a desire for great Sichuan food, you won’t be disappointed there. From the outside, Sichuan Gourmet doesn’t look like much—a small store-front restaurant in an anonymous strip mall on Route 3A.  Inside is a moderate-sized dining room that can get very full on the … Continue reading