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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?
| January 25, 2013
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
| September 28, 2012
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
| January 27, 2012
Review: My Thai Vegan Cafe
It's not easy being vegan.
Vegan Thai cuisine even omnivores can love
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)
| August 26, 2011
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
| August 12, 2011
There are nearly three dozen Chinese restaurants in the Providence vicinity, but Korean? Not so much.
East meets East
| August 05, 2011
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.
| October 29, 2010
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
MC SLIM JB
| May 28, 2010
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
| January 29, 2010
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
MC SLIM JB
| November 27, 2009
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?
| November 06, 2009
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
| October 23, 2009
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
MC SLIM JB
| May 29, 2009
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
| May 15, 2009
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