Chilli Duck, Back Bay, Boston

We have eaten at Chilli Duck at least dozen times as takeout by now and agree that they have consistent Thai dishes. We have sampled the mango duck, tofu triangles, golden bags and, tom yum soup, mango fried rice and pad see ew. Each item has been delicious and reasonably priced.

We ordered wonton soup for $4.50. The thinly wrapped ground shrimp, ground, chicken and vegetables was just okay because they were lacking flavor and the wonton wrapper was gummy in texture. The clear broth, topped with scallions and cilantro had the right amount of spice, but it was missing something essential. We think the wonton soup at Thai Basil is much better.

We also enjoyed the Spicy Basil Thai Fried Rice $9.95 and the Pad Thai Noodle for $9.95.

The Spicy Basil Chicken Fried Rice had bits of scrambled egg, assorted vegetables such as carrots, sprouts, sugar snap peas, zucchini and broccoli, basil leaves and a hot basil chili sauce. The rice was well cooked, flavorful and spicy, the chicken was very tender and the vegetables were cooked, but had a nice crisp texture. We would definitely order this again.

The stir fried pad thai noodles had a light sweetness and nuttiness from the peanuts. The bits of egg, bean sprouts and scallions were topped with ground peanuts. The flavor combination was fantastic, a bit of salty and sweet.

The Malaysian fried rice had a hint of spice, snap peas, baby corn, carrots, a fried egg and had chunks of lightly fried chicken. We would definitely order this again.

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Douzo, Back Bay, Boston Revisited (Lunch)

Douzo has won numerous local awards and each time I have been here for lunch, dinner or take away, the sushi and Japanese dishes are fresh and consistent ( (BMH’s dinner review of Douzo).

Lovely orchid arrangement

Douzo’s bar area is always filled and I particularly enjoyed sitting at the sushi bar watching other diner’s dishes are assembled. The chefs are nimble and efficient with their creations.

Every time I have sushi, I am reminded that I have on my list to watch the food documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi.

It was nice to survey the variety of sushi grade salmon, clam, octopus, yellowtail and other fresh fish.

My friend who is observing an alkaline diet (balancing internal PH by eating less acidic ingredients) and had the Tenzaru, cold buckwheat noodle, dipping sauce and with side of shrimp tempura, tempura broccoli and acorn squash for $8.25. The cold noodles had a perfect texture and the tempura was fresh and crunchy.

I had the Sushi Special Lunch with a variety of tuna, salmon, razor clam, sea bass, shrimp and a seaweed covered tuna roll for $9.75. My favorites were the tender light orange salmon and the pink tuna. The next time I dine at Douzo for lunch, I will get the makimono or bento box.

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New Golden Gate Restaurant, Chinatown, Boston

Before watching Hunger Games, we dashed over to Chinatown for some C’s- chow fun and chicken. Although New Golden Gate primarily specializes in seafood, they also serve up some amazing non-seafood items.

New Golden Gate restaurant is spacious and there were many families eating. The dining room tables were covered in pink linens and the servers were dressed in formal black vests and black pants. I could not help but notice how family friendly the restaurant is and that there was an adorable rapscallion munching on his chicken wings, scampering about, joking with the servers and observing the species of fish in the tanks.

New Golden Gate is now located in the spot where Grand Chow Chau was. Grand Chow Chau used to be open super late and New Golden Gate is open until 4am every day. Great for late night munchies or early morning Chinese breakfast.

I was impressed by the variety of soups that they have- including chicken corn, crab and fish maw, salted egg and mustard, as well as egg drop and wonton soup. The extensive seafood items include steamed eels, clams, conch, flounder, squid, flounder and much more.

Almost every table had seafood including lobster, clams and fish on their table, but I also noticed they all had sesame chicken. We followed suit and ordered the sesame chicken for $9.95. New Golden Gate has some of the best, thinly sliced, crunchy and has the perfect amount of sauce and has a thin coating. The sprinkling of sesame really adds a light nuttiness to the dish.

The generous portion of dry fried Beef Chow Foon ($6.25) was chock full of soy sauce sauteed flat noodles, strands  of green onion, sprouts and tender beef. The chow foon was savory and glistening. The portion was large and we had to take over half home. The Chow Foon was even better reheated the next day.

We had the sesame chicken and blanched broccoli with a perfectly rounded side of white rice ($1.00 each bowl).

The Tailiang Crispy Sticky Milk ($6.95), located in the appetizer section, is more like a carnival dessert. When dipped in the sweetened condensed milk, the crispy sticky milk has similarities to a silky milky panna cotta on the inside and fried, crispy skinned fried tofu on the exterior. We think the Tailiang sticky milk is the Asian equivalent to a cross between Indian gulab jamun and Latin churros.

If we were in a group, we would have been served orange sections, but instead we were served fortune cookies. Rarely do I take fortunes seriously, because they are full of hot air, but these seemed quite insightful. We enjoyed both. “A good laugh and a good cry both cleanse the mind” and “Doubt is the beginning, not the end, of wisdom.”

Upon our exit from the restaurant, a family stopped us to asked for some restaurant suggestions. Although they were eyeing Gourmet Dumpling House, another great Chinatown spot, they did not want to wait the 40 minutes required. We suggested they try New Golden Gate and mentioned that we just enjoyed a great meal there, how spacious, clean and family friendly it is. We hope they went to New Golden Gate and return again.

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