August 20, 2018

Every year I plan at least one Chinese banquet for my friends in Philadelphia's Chinatown. We always set one up for the Chinese New Year, usually Cantonese style. I like to pre-order so the food just pours out of the kitchen upon arrival. I make sure we get a bit of ev...

July 24, 2018

bb-q chicken opened last winter in Chinatown on Race Street on top of "Sally Skincare Center." Up those stairs is a takeout spot with some seating  to enjoy a menu of wings, drumsticks, and boneless bites complemented by a long selection of funky teas from Tsaocaa....

July 2, 2018

You don't have to go farther than Philadelphia's Chinatown to catch many of the Instagram worthy ice cream trends you might be seeing. 

First up, black ice cream. Kuriimii sells that activated charcoal vanilla soft serve that is more about the look than anything else. I...

June 6, 2018

 When I am leading my Chinatown food tours, I am always on the look out for new spots. Hidden Gem popped up a few months ago. I stopped in and got to chat with the owner and found out she used to own Empress Garden, a Taiwanese restaurant a few storefronts down that I...

May 15, 2018

We have so many new hot restaurants popping up in Philly, its almost not even exciting anymore. Almost. I do love trying new places, but we gotta make new friend while keeping the old as they say.  Speaking of friends, today's  post is a refresher on two Philly standby...

April 30, 2018

article originally created for the Chew Philly  Tastebook

When I think about the many reasons I love Philadelphia's Chinatown, diversity is one of the big ones. It is not only the many regional cuisines of China that are represented, but we are lucky enough to live in a...

April 2, 2018

So many of my favorite places in Philly I found by walking by them and sensing something good was inside. Heng Seng is not one of those places; it looks like an abandoned generic Chinese restaurant. Luckily, a Cambodian restaurant owner had told me about this place so...

March 21, 2018

That title is a mouthful, right? I'll break it all down. We came to El Sabor Catracho, after a full meal, wanting only to get pupusas to go. They do travel well. While waiting for the pupusas, there were just too many other interesting things and so we ended up having...

February 20, 2018

At some point, in Philadelphia Chinatown's recent restaurant swap history,  the Szechuan spot on the corner of 10th and Arch turned into a hand drawn noodle restaurant. The menu isn't particularly descriptive, so let me help you get to the good stuff. 

I was p...

December 6, 2017

I got a hot tip from fellow Polish food lover, Kory Aversa, about a Port Richmond restaurant that I had not yet tried. Dinner House opened up about two years ago; I remember visiting that location on E Allegheny Ave when it was a bakery.  On my recent visit the five ta...

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