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:


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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1 R @ Learning As I Chop September 7, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Scallion Pancakes are my favorite Chinese Food order. Delicious

2 lowandbhold September 7, 2010 at 1:19 pm

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

3 joyosmanski September 7, 2010 at 1:32 pm

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

4 Cindy September 7, 2010 at 1:48 pm

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. :(

5 Julienne September 7, 2010 at 1:50 pm

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. ;)

6 anonymous September 7, 2010 at 2:14 pm

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

7 September 7, 2010 at 2:16 pm

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

8 genesis September 7, 2010 at 3:05 pm

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

9 wendy lee September 7, 2010 at 3:46 pm

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!

10 vanillasugar September 7, 2010 at 3:55 pm

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

11 carmeneats September 7, 2010 at 4:41 pm

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

12 Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) September 7, 2010 at 4:48 pm

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

13 actorsdiet September 7, 2010 at 7:17 pm

I was sleeping for most of it!!!

14 Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) September 11, 2010 at 8:09 pm

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

15 Simply Life September 7, 2010 at 5:24 pm

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

16 Jean@RoastedRootsandPumpkinSpice September 7, 2010 at 5:59 pm

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

17 gargupie September 7, 2010 at 6:39 pm

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

18 Sues September 7, 2010 at 8:03 pm

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

19 leftcoastcontessa September 7, 2010 at 9:17 pm

oh. my. goodness. Scallion pancake.

20 Donny September 8, 2010 at 1:20 pm

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.

21 MizzJ September 8, 2010 at 10:01 pm

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!

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