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The koan of Chinese food

It seems every time I check out a promising new Chinese place in Portland, federal officials arrest someone at a dismal Chinese restaurant elsewhere in Maine (this week it was the Twin Super Buffet in Brewer that was raided by the feds).
Where can we find our moment of Zen?
By BRIAN DUFF  |  January 25, 2013
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The newest best reason to go to Brunswick

Early this year on this page I urged Mainers to stop complaining about our choices for Chinese food — to cease wishing for "a transcendent Chinese place that surprises and delights."
The Tao of deliciousness
By BRIAN DUFF  |  September 28, 2012
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Review: China Taste

It's often claimed that there is no good Chinese food in Portland. But when four Maine Chinese buffet restaurants were raided by federal agents for deplorable working conditions, money laundering, and other alleged crimes a few months back, it put things
The family-run place you're hoping for
By BRIAN DUFF  |  January 27, 2012
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Review: My Thai Vegan Cafe

It's not easy being vegan.
Vegan Thai cuisine even omnivores can love  
By MC SLIM JB  |  October 14, 2011

Review: Chinese Iron Wok

As recommendations go, hearing indirectly from four mainland Chinese kids new to this country that Chinese Iron Wok is their favorite place to eat got plenty of extra points for authority from me. I had to check it out.
Hard-to-find dishes (and the usual)
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 26, 2011
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Review: Seven Star Street Bistro

The trick to loving Seven Star Street Bistro is to forget how enticingly they've managed to remodel such a tiny sliver of space, and to take their name literally.
Taking tasty Chinese cuisine to the street
By LINDSAY CRUDELE  |  August 12, 2011


Review: Sura

There are nearly three dozen Chinese restaurants in the Providence vicinity, but Korean? Not so much.
East meets East
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 05, 2011
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Saigon has a lovely Vietnamese mix of influences

For those who move to Maine from more diverse parts of the country, going out for an Asian meal requires some adjustments.
Melting pot
By BRIAN DUFF  |  October 29, 2010
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Sichuan Gourmet

I’ve been miffed for some years that Boston’s suburbs had all the best Sichuan restaurants.
Traditional Sichuan flavors to reawaken your jaded palate
By MC SLIM JB  |  May 28, 2010
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House of Chang

For more than 30 years, this location housed Lucky Garden, one of the first neighborhood Mandarin-Szechuan restaurants in Greater Boston, and one of the best in stretches.
A welcome change in the neighborhood
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  January 29, 2010
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Vinh Sun BBQ and Restaurant

Constrained by a small word count, I often choose restaurants with relatively short menus. I correctly took Vinh-Sun to be a Cantonese "BBQ" specialist, a retailer of roast pork, whole suckling pigs, ducks, and chickens. But it's also a spanking-clean Ch
Cantonese roast meats and much more
By MC SLIM JB  |  November 27, 2009


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Jade Garden Seafood Restaurant

Ready for some reasonably priced lobster after years of paying too much? You’re in luck, since a price war seems to be unfolding on the streets of Chinatown, with various window signs advertising twin lobsters in ginger and scallion for as low as $14.95.
Fresh as can be and well-priced. What’s the catch?
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  November 06, 2009
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Bubor Cha Cha

I’m not an enthusiast of fusion food, but I do like the cuisine of Malaysia, where history has developed a four-way fusion cuisine.
Some call it inauthentic, but this is Malaysian fusion done well
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  October 23, 2009
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Corner Pub of Chinatown

Some folks bemoaned the closing of Weggie's, a Leather District dive that slung drinks for years to Big Dig workers (which presumably accounts for some of the workmanship).
Sometimes upgrading a beloved old dive is a good thing
By MC SLIM JB  |  May 29, 2009

China Inn

Finding a Chinese restaurant worth your loyalty is like dating. You look and you look and you yawn and you look, but when you find the right one, your eyes widen and you stick around.
Out of the Oriental ordinary
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 15, 2009