Petite Soo Chow

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:


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!


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


Started off with complimentary tea and peanuts.


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


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)


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


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.


More of the other stuff…


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?!?


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


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.


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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  • R @ Learning As I Chop

    Scallion Pancakes are my favorite Chinese Food order. Delicious

  • lowandbhold

    Everything looks so good, I need to find someplace authentic like that around my city.

  • joyosmanski

    oh LORD that all looks so good!!! glad to know din tai fung is holding down the fort, but what a great pursuit…tasting ALL the soup dumplings in the world!!! ;D

  • Cindy

    Hungry and reading your post…again. I know better. Feeling delirious and wanting to eat my monitor. That was a great meal send off for your last day!! I can’t get anything close to that here. :(

  • Julienne

    When you’re back in LA, check out:
    Mei Long Village
    301 W Valley Blvd
    San Gabriel, CA 91778
    (626) 308-9238
    for great “xiao long bao”. I think they may rival Din Tai Fung’s. 😉

  • anonymous

    wow everything looks amazing!!! the mantou especially

    just wanted to mention too that your such an inspiration to me, honestly. i’m going through some of the same issues you said you’ve had so it’s really great to see that you have a healthy relationship with food now. love your bloggg


    BEEF AND HOT PEPPER! holy crap what a great HUGE sharing plate too!
    this is true authentic ethnic food and boy does it look GOOD!..sorry GREAT!

    haha <3

  • genesis

    oh man, it all looks so good. and i LOVE scallion pancakes, even though i havent had them in a while.

    p.s. love the new header. really cute

  • wendy lee

    I just love scallion pancakes and those looked great. The soup dumplings are a wonderful thing too. Yum all the way around…. Good trip back home!

  • vanillasugar

    oh how i love these posts.
    fresh scallion pancake with the perfect sauce–nothing better.

  • carmeneats

    YUM – I absolutely looove scallion pancakes and xiao long bao! I’m glad you had a nice visit with your family this past weekend.

  • Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo)

    Yum! But pray tell, why on earth was it 14 yrs since you last ate!!? I would have fainted!

    • actorsdiet

      I was sleeping for most of it!!!

      • Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo)

        Oh, that’s good. And that’s pretty much the only way I would have survived that length of famine 😉

  • Simply Life

    I haven’t had a good chinese meal in far too long -this is making me crave it now!

  • Jean@RoastedRootsandPumpkinSpice

    I haven’t had authentic chinese food in so long and your photos are making me droool.

  • gargupie

    There’s a really good xiao lun bao restaurant in Flushing, NY that you should try next time. :)

  • Sues

    The beef and hot peppers looks amazing!! But I’m always a sucker for scallion pancakes! :)

  • leftcoastcontessa

    oh. my. goodness. Scallion pancake.

  • Donny

    Wow I never had the ground beef with mantou dish before. So used to seeing lettuce wraps instead. Ugh you’re making me crave for Shanghainese food right now.

  • MizzJ

    Man oh man this post has given me such a craving for Shanghainese food!! You really need to come up to Vancouver sometime – we have amazing Chinese food!