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Comment Archives: Locations: Restaurants: Chinese

Re: “Aya Cookhouse

Just ate here for the first time tonight and will definitely be back! Pho bowl and Bibimbap were awesome, finally some good steamed buns!!!!! This is a great addition to Mt. Pleasant.

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Posted by C OB on January 14, 2015 at 9:32 PM

Re: “Dragon Palace

We have lived on DI for a few years now, and we love Dragon Palace! The service is very quick for a dine-in restaurant and the food is great and much more authentic than your average take-out! If you like real Chinese food rather than the typical American-Chinese food, you will love it.

Posted by Mary1971 on September 14, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Re: “Red Orchids

I have been there a lot the food is Great! they seem to cater too the Locals that's where you find the owner if they don't change how they treat there customer there MT pleasant want last! but I hope it does, maybe they will read this post and understand what people are saying? a complaint is a gift, it gives you time to make the changes and if you do you will succeed, if not then social media will kill your business but I do recommenced it for the food and to all the haters I have been there over 15 times the food not there problem. Good luck I wish you well

Posted by bigasitgets on February 14, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Xiao Bao Biscuit

one general question? Do the owners of these restaurants we see reviewed each week ever read them? If so, then I would hope to see some changes. When the general problem is price and quantity, why don't they change? I know all about price points. It costs a lot to run a restaurant. But overcharging for small quantities, and folks reporting it on a regular basis, means you'll go the way of so many little food joints we see shuttered after the owners tire of losing money.

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Posted by localhutch on September 16, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Re: “Xiao Bao Biscuit

I went with a large group. I had the intention of getting myself an appetizer since the prices are on the steep end for me. I get there and my friends tell me that due to the size of the party, we are getting one check that has to be split evenly. If I'm getting charged $20-25 no matter what, I decided to get $20-25 worth of food. That ended up being the Stir-Fried Chili Shrimp and one or two beers. The shrimp was amazing. However, there's no indication on the menu that it's very spicy. It was what I call a "hurts so good" experience - I was chugging my water my lips were in so much pain but otherwise it was amazing. It was very good, but for the small menu and the high prices I probably won't be back anytime soon.

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Posted by Robin Nadine Garcia on September 12, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Re: “Xiao Bao Biscuit

1 star for flavor. Excellent flavor. Value for the money? You decide. $11 for 5 pieces of pork belly is too hard to swallow. Add a 1 tbsp spoon of rice for additional 2 bucks? Stir fried Chili Shrimp comes with 6 jumbo shrimps for $10, pretty good deal but taste like freezer and Ca Cha Hanoi $17? Fish the size of a deck or card? I can get prime rib for that price. Heck, we spent $50 there with belly half full and needed another dinner, which we did 30mins later.

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Posted by travelingcountrymouse on September 6, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Re: “Chopsticks House

to drval: while I agree this place is one of the best in the area, It Ain't Chinatown!
I don't know which NY Chinatown you refer to, but it sure isn't the one I used to hang out in. Again, Chopsticks is as good as it gets around here, but it wouldn't last 6 months in Chinatown in NY or Philly.

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Posted by Ima Oldman on May 17, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Re: “Chopsticks House

This is truly the tastiest Chinese food in recent memory. After 10 years living near NYC's China Town, that's gotta tell you something. I've had take out from Chopsticks House at least 5 times already, and it has never disappointed. Very rich, heavy on the sweet sauces, but worth the calories. BBQ spare ribs appetizer better than any local rib place. Don't let the horrific ambiance fool you - the food is meant for take out and the generous portions insure plenty of leftovers.

Posted by drval on May 16, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Re: “Xiao Bao Biscuit

Thit Bo. Damn. I wanted to go into the alley out back to see if there was a Vietnamese lady squatting over a piece of charcoal with a grill basket in one hand and a fan keeping the coals hot in the other. These people are doing it right. The nuoc nam sauce was wonderfully fishy, citrusy, and spicy. You are supposed to just dip into it but I finished it off with a spoon.

BeerLao for $4. Yes, in Laos it is $.60, but you are not in Laos.

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Posted by Mr McFood on April 17, 2013 at 10:52 PM

Re: “Xiao Bao Biscuit

Stopped in the other night for a drink and menu read.
I had to put the phone light on menu to read, tiny lettering & dim light.
Ended up ordering the Beef Carpaccio and the Lamb/Pork wontons from the 'Starters'.

The carpaccio was awesome, just the right amount of heat from the chile, and literally melts in your mouth.

The wontons were delicious as well. Served piping hot and tasty as well.

Now the bad part. These 2 apps were $14 combined. The carpaccio was served on a plate about the size of a tea saucer or dessert plate, paper thin & one layer thick. Big on flavor - short on quantity. The wontons...5 in all, served on the same size plate, again, a small portion for the price.

Add to this a $5.50 can of beer and it starts to add up fast. I also found it odd that there was no draught beer. I know cans are all hip these days...but really $5.50? Dinner plates start around $12(it is a very limited menu) and climb up from there...with your can of beer in an old gas station. Obviously, some love goes into the food but if you have an appetite, or give due consideration to the value of a dollar, this may not be the place for you.

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Posted by FOBofSC on April 6, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Re: “Xiao Bao Biscuit

XBB is unfair to early bird geezers. 6pm is a very odd time to open for dinner service in a town crammed with retirees who like to eat early. Oh well. Maybe Denny's will put asian on the menu some day.

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Posted by arty on March 21, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Re: “Xiao Bao Biscuit

We went back to XBB in February and it was a much better experience. The items listed as mains were more substantial and the pricing was adjusted across the board. The Szechuan peppercorn drink was intriguing and delicious, and the okonomiyaki outstanding. I'm glad they have made some changes, and we will definitely go back regularly.

The only real problem we had was difficulty reading the menus due to the small font, dim lighting, and the lack of contrast between the charcoal print on light gray paper. A minor quibble is that nothing indicates whether or not a dish is spicy. I can handle heat, but I still like to know what I'm getting into.

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Posted by Charles Robinson on March 12, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Re: “Xiao Bao Biscuit

As soon as I opened the door, I knew this was going to be good. It just smelled right. It smelled like Asia.

Even though they do not focus on one cuisine (which certainly made me skeptical), they are taking great pains to make everything as authentic as possible. We have been three times and everything has been wonderful including Ramen, Bun Thit Nuong and the gorgeously sweet and spicy duck Geng Bped. While I can’t vouch for the authenticity of everything I have had there, the absolute authenticity of the dishes that I am VERY familiar with in their countries of origin gives me confidence in the ones that I unfortunately missed in my extensive Asian travels.

Until someone else starts making Asian food this authentic around here, you can charge me anything the hell you want.

Som Tam papaya salad is my favorite dish from any cuisine in the world and I have enjoyed it many times both in Thailand and Laos. Theirs is spot on. Everything you need to know about this restaurant comes from the fact that they don’t even ask if you want the dish prepared the way it is supposed to be or if you want it watered down for the American palette. It came nice and spicy without me having to plead and beg and unlike many Asian places around here they are not afraid of fish sauce. They serve it the way you would get it in Thailand or Laos without giving you the option of dumbing it down. Please don’t let anyone talk you out of this approach.

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Posted by Mr McFood on February 21, 2013 at 8:04 PM

Re: “Xiao Bao Biscuit

I've been to XBB twice now, once for lunch, and once for dinner. Both experiences were fantastic. This is NOT an Asian Fusion restaurant. The dishes XBB create are authentic to Asian heritage; some of them are indeed spicy, and you will enjoy your experience more if you share the dishes among the table in the Asian tradition.

Lunch provides some great sandwich options, I had the pork sandwich (filling but not too heavy) and the cabbage pancake is fantastic (this dish is on both the lunch and dinner menus). The dinner menu is more extensive, so there is plenty to try. The flounder dish currently on the menu is absolutely to die for -- it has this lightness complemented by fennel and dill that keeps the broth from overpowering the fish. I wanted to steal it all for myself!

Also incredible is the drinks selection. Joey (formerly of Belmont Lounge) has created some amazing cocktails, and they have some really cool international beers I had never heard of, but were very good.

The vibe is very cool and this is a really easy place to meet people and strike up new conversations. Not only is the staff really friendly, but the other patrons were a lot of fun and interesting to chat with. Overall, this is a great addition to the Charleston scene, and definitely provides and experience you can't find anywhere else in town!

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Posted by O-Ren Ishii on December 3, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Re: “Xiao Bao Biscuit

While I applaud the well needed diversity in our ethnic food scene... !#@% $14 bucks for pork butt, rice and an egg is a little offensive. And let's keep in mind we are not in a part of town where the rent should be dictating the prices. I don't care how good you can make those ingredients taste, they are still those ingredients. As someone who has cooked professionally all my life I know the product to cost ratio and frankly the quantity you get is not up to snuff either. Bummer because I was really looking forward to this place.

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Posted by IcookIeat on December 2, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Re: “Xiao Bao Biscuit

While I applaud the well needed diversity in our ethnic food scene... !#@% $14 bucks for pork butt, rice and an egg is a little offensive. And let's keep in mind we are not in a part of town where the rent should be dictating the prices. I don't care how good you can make those ingredients taste, they are still those ingredients. As someone who has cooked professionally all my life I know the product to cost ratio and frankly the quantity you get is not up to snuff either. Bummer because I was really looking forward to this place.

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Posted by IcookIeat on December 2, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Re: “Xiao Bao Biscuit

I have been a long-time supporter of D and Josh as they have worked through opening XBB. We went to several of their pop-ups and were excited to help them get off the ground since Charleston lacks good Asian food.

They opened while we were out of town so when we went they had been open about a week. We were told the menu that night was different from their regular one, and it was divided into Appetizers and Mains. We ordered shrimp toast and tofu laab appetizers, then the shao bing -- fried chicken with a sweet and spicy glaze served with pickled vegetables -- and a papaya salad with pork for mains. Our waiter said the appetizers would be out shortly. About 20 minutes later three of the dishes appeared at once and the waiter said he would be back with the shao bing.

As I looked over what we had my first thought was "Is that all?" The laab was about 1/4 of a cup of minced tofu and three small bibb lettuce leaves. The shrimp toast was four slices of baguette, each with about 1T of shrimp mixture smeared thinly on them. The papaya salad was slightly more substantial, but it was mostly papaya and only had three small pieces of pork on top. The shao bing was delivered, and my partner literally asked the waiter "Is that it?" For $8 he got a small piece of fried chicken, on a biscuit, with two pieces of pickled cauliflower and one thin slice of pickled carrot on the side. Once we got past the shock of the minuscule portion, we both reached for the menu to see if it said there was a biscuit involved. It didn't. That menu confusion continued as we started eating.

I decided to start by tasting the papaya salad, and was greeted by an explosion of chilies. I don't mind heat, but the menu did not say this dish was spicy. It didn't even mention chilies as one of the ingredients. It was so hot that I couldn't even taste the laab or shrimp toast.

One of the owners came to clear our table and I mentioned that the dish was very spicy. She lit up and beamed with apparent pride, saying they wanted it to be authentic. I pointed out that it should say it on the menu and told her about not being able to taste the milder flavors in the other dishes. She quickly cleared the table and hurried off.

What I could taste was excellent. Everything was treated properly and true to the original dishes. However, the portions were embarrassingly small. We ended up spending nearly $50, including one beer each, and left hungry enough that we heated up some leftovers when we got home.

We're going to give them a month or so before we head back.

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Posted by Charles Robinson on November 28, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Re: “Dragon Palace

This is my first ever restaurant review so be patient. Walked in the door and wasn't turned off by the decor. It was okay in a hokey pseudo-chinese sort of way but a big improvement on the average strip mall take out. This restaurant is serious about being a dine in experience.

Service was good and prompt but the menus left a film of grease on our hands. I actually had to wash my hands before eating. This is not a good sign.

We ordered the Dragon Palace Sampler (appetizer assortment). The spring rolls were really cabbage rolls, the crab puffs were cream cheese filled (someone waved a crab at the mixture when it was filled) and the fried wonton skin was tough. The honey glazed pork was excellent until I found large shreds of pork fat and the pickled carrot. Pickle flavor didn't seem to fit. The crispy ginger shrimp was excellent but had lost its crispness. I didn't expect the pineapple in the seafood rolls.

The asparagus stuffed shrimp appetizer was excellent until they drizzled it with what tasted like sweetened mayonaise.

We also ordered the steamed chicken dumplings. They were ok but I thought the wonton skins were tough.

We also ordered the chicken Mei Fun. This is a dish that I love. The noodles glistened with a fresh coat of oil at service but they were still dry. I suspect that the mei fun was prepared ahead of time and stored until time to cook.

We spent about $50 (with a pot of tea for $2.50 and two domestic light beers). All in all, a pretty disappointing experience.

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Posted by hammbo283 on May 31, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Red Orchids

Red Ochids truly is the best Chinese food in charleston. The owners are great, food is excellent and the atmosphere is comfortable and casual. If you are craving some good chinese, this is the place to hit up. Tony knows his stuff when it comes to all things beverage related, you will be surprised with the wine, beer and drink selections...

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Posted by Justin Lewis on February 10, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Re: “Red Orchids

Sauces and soups were outstanding. Chicken was a little dry, but everything overall was pretty good. Definitely one of the better Chinese food locations in Charleston.

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Posted by Mistweaver on December 26, 2011 at 4:16 PM
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