Spanning the area between South Station and the Boston Common, Chinatown is filled with many Chinese immigrants and their ... More
Spanning the area between South Station and the Boston Common, Chinatown is filled with many Chinese immigrants and their businesses. There are numerous Chinese restaurants as well as bakeries and teahouses. In addition, there are Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese restaurants in the neighborhood. Specialty shops sell everything from medicinal dried roots and herbs to fine jade jewelry. Food markets sell fresh fish, hard-to-find Asian vegetables and even live poultry. The traditional Chinatown Gatepaifang is flanked by foo lions on each side to ward off evil.
I LUVED IT 100% like totally! and i am so picky about this kind of stuff! i also went there as a little kid. and it rocked! it is a great family and date atmosphere! You Will LUV IT! as i say! giggle giggle!
My husband and I started going to Chinatown in 1976 when we were first dating and we went there at least twice a month after that.Because of that our children (and now our grandchildren) have been exposed to a culture and foods that they would never have experienced otherwise. They have no fear of trying new foods or meeting new people. The restaurant and store owners always treated us like friends and went out of their way to make us comfortable with their customs. BUT I have 1 word of wisdom. If you like poo-poo platers, crab rangoon and the like dont bother going out of your way. That is not what they do best there. Also Don't go to a restaurant that has a line of non-asian clientel waiting out front. and before you order look around at what the "natives" are eating they will be the ones without silverware on their tables. Then tell the waiter "I'll have what they are having." Go for the experience with an open mind and an empty stomach. As for the sidwalks being dirty. Thats a fact but who eats off of them? Don't forget to visit the gift shops (althouigh there are not as many as years ago) and save room for desert at 1 of the many wonderful bakeries. Take home a buda cookie for a friend. Also some of the restaurants are open well past midnight. which is a good thing because when the craving for spicy salted squid hits you late at night where else can you go.
Ho Yuen Bakery
54 Beach St, Chinatown, Boston, MA
BEST OF THE BEST AWARD 2006 & 2007
Best cha shu bow in Chinatown
(They have steamed; these first 3 below are all baked)
1) Curry beef baked cha shu bow
with sesame seeds on top
2) Barbeque beef baked cha shu bow
with sugar curl on top
3) Barbeque pork baked cha shu bow
with no marking on top (plain)
4) Fried sweet bean paste ball
with sesame seeds all around
5) Steamed barbeque pork white cha shu bow
6) Steamed barbeque beef white cha shu bow
From San Francisco to Los Angeles and maybe even to Taipei, these are the most delicate.
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M. David Cohen
Host and Executive Producer
Dining with David TV Show
Boston Chinatown is relatively compact and not as crowded compared to San Francisco or New York, so it's easy to navigate around the blocks without feeling hurried. Lots of great authentic Asian food, but the sidewalks are dirty and street-parking is almost impossible.
Why is everyone putting down Chinatown? Great great food around here. You can go shopping in the supermarket and look at Asian imports. There is jewlrey stores and it's a really nice cultural experience. It's also in walking distance to the Theatre District and Downtown Crossing. So, if you are coming to Boston, visit Chinatown at some point.
I go to Chinatown about once a month, as I am chinese. Please note that Chinatown (walkways) is VERY dirty. Beware of the alleys... they smell awful! However some restaurants are very well-kept and a great quality in general. The dim sum at China Pearl is very good. Try some Pho, it's noodle soup which usually costs around $5. They have buses which go from Boston to New York that cost $10 (one way), I have not personally been on one so I cannot really comment on that. There are some stores which sell oriental foods, try some of the exotic foods there! They sell many VCD's, so if you happen to buy a disc and think that it's very cheap, it may be a VCD! A VCD is not as good of quality (or interactive) as DVD's and not compatible with all DVD players s are so check if yours is VCD compatible- I believe it may say MPEG or VCD. IF you buy some Asian products, make sure to check on the return policy, and some small asian stores (not markets) with few employees will actually let you haggle. Are there any other tips? Get there early! On the weekends, it gets very crowded and in someplaces you can double park. Also, be aware that if you go there, there are poor folk who ask for a donations.
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