Petite Soo Chow

September 7, 2010

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Today’s my last day in Jersey, and the only one I didn’t make any plans for. When all else fails, Chinese food is ALWAYS welcome on the agenda:

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Petite Soo Chow is a Shanghainese restaurant in Cliffside Park. We arrived a little past noon, over 14 hours since my pre-bedtime snack, and I was seriously ready to get my grub on.

They’re known for their soup dumplings. Immediately upon entering, you can see them being made!

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My parents told me this place gets crazy on the weekends. I can see why – it’s pretty tiny!

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Started off with complimentary tea and peanuts.

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The first to arrive were some Sauteed Snow Pea Leaves, and Shanghai Style Rice Cake (with Preserved Cabbage and Shredded Pork)

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This was the Beef with Hot Pepper, which my mother specifically asked not to be made spicy. It comes with four hot n fresh Mantou (dough-y steamed buns)

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Each Mantou has a little pocket cut into it, perfect for stuffing!

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I couldn’t wait to try the soup dumplings (labeled “Steamed Bun with Meatball” on the menu) to compare them to the ones I’ve had at Din Tai Fung. Not as juicy/soup-y as the West Coast version but definitely delicious. I ate about 3 of these.

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More of the other stuff…

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White rice came with the dishes too, but I didn’t have any. Why waste precious stomach space when there’s freshly made Scallion Pancakes?!?

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Thoroughly enjoyed with more veggies and pork (this plate x2)

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And even though I was pretty full, I couldn’t resist one last piece (it’s fried, so leftovers aren’t as good). It got dipped in the dumpling ginger/soy/vinegar sauce.

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If you’re in Jersey and looking for a really good, authentic place – this is it – the food is fresh and flavorful, not greasy, and reasonably priced. Tell them Mrs. Chen’s daughter from Los Angeles sent you!

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