after dinner sneeze

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a cheu dinner … gesundheit!

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t says:  kp, a, and v went out to dinner without g and me.  That’s cool – I’m sure we were working or something.  In any case, here for you, they recount their tales of that wonderful April night …

April 2013, Thursday Dinner, Party of 3.  We had a one hour wait and and decided to hit Varga Bar before Cheu Noodle Bar.

We had a one hour wait and and decided to hit Varga Bar before Cheu Noodle Bar. Their chicken wings, knowing we'd get wings at Cheu, were very approachable. They had a nice tang glaze which could have used a touch more heat. Overall, refreshing with tender, juicy meat with mild duck fat flavor. The blue cheese dip was much more for the celery than a needed accompaniment of the wings.

Varga Bar Chicken Wings:  We got their chicken wings, knowing we’d get wings at Cheu.  Varga’s were very approachable. They had a nice tang glaze which could have used a touch more heat. Overall, refreshing with tender, juicy meat with mild duck fat flavor. The blue cheese dip was much more for the celery than a needed accompaniment of the wings.

And now for the main event: the newly opened Chew Noodle Bar:

And now for the main event, Cheu, described by v as a hybrid between Alla Spina & a typical Philly BYOB.Uncooked ramen with spice - Brought us back to college with a great crunch and impressive heat.

Uncooked ramen with spice: Brought us back to college with a great crunch and impressive heat.

Scrapple - The sweetness of the dish was the most memorable note. A subtle scrapple, not the typical savory punch you in the face type pork concoction. The crunch of the outside had the perfect sizzle but the overall loaf was soft.

Scrapple: The sweetness of the dish was the most memorable note. A subtle scrapple, not the typical savory punch you in the face type pork concoction. The crunch of the outside had the perfect sizzle but the overall loaf was soft.

Dumplings - Light and airy, again a subtle way of presenting pork with a mild deficiency in salt.

Dumplings: Light and airy, again a subtle way of presenting pork with a mild deficiency in salt.

Buns: First, ask nicely and get all three types.Pork - Mild crunch on the bun with subtle sweet meatiness of ridiculous soft pork belly. ??Crunch all 3 with cucumber.?? Burger - The perfect cilantro pop to a meaty party, but our party disagreed on how good it was overall. Mung bean - Asian, falafel crunch so good my mother would eat it!

Buns: First, ask nicely and get all three types.  The pork had mild crunch on the bun with subtle sweet meatiness of ridiculous soft pork belly.  Maybe the crunch in all three was due to cucumber?  The “burger” had perfect cilantro pop to a meaty party, but our party disagreed on how good it was overall.  The mung bean is best described as an Asian, falafel so good my mother would eat it!

Wings - Undersalted, but great crunch and no grease. Juicy and tender, much like Varga's, but again a need for more heat.

Wings:  Sadly undersalted, but great crunch and no grease. Juicy and tender, much like Varga’s, but again a need for more heat.

Cold sesame noodles - Light airy noodles with less starch and more flavor... Dare we say better than Han's?

Cold sesame noodles: Light airy noodles with less starch and more flavor… Dare we say better than Han’s? (t interjects: for real? no way! now I have to go there!)

Briskest noodle soup - What. A. Mess. By far the weakest link due to a starchy Asian broth (that was more like gravy) and overcooked soggy noodles. And again, the dish lacked salt.

Briskest noodle soup: What. A. Mess. By far the weakest link due to a starchy Asian broth (that was more like gravy) and overcooked soggy noodles. And again, the dish lacked salt.

 

a and v say: So … in summary … right now, the feel of the place is a hybrid between Alla Spina & a typical Philly BYOB (with an Asian flare!).  Would we go again? Definitely but be ready for some inconsistency and to have “minor” dishes stand above the big boys. This place has promise but they need to get their noodles/soup in order. The undersalting is a surprise but could be due to a lack of MSG-type flavor enhancers (a good thing) or a want to be “under instead of over” (a less good thing). Oh, and one final note, GET THERE SOON WHILE THEY ARE STILL BYOB.

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Written by afterdinnersneeze

10 April 2013 at 9:35am

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  1. rch says: You missed the best thing on the menu – we went last weekend and had the BBQ rice cakes. I wouldn’t go back for the soup, but I would go back any time for those rice cakes.

    RCH

    10 April 2013 at 12:41pm


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