solo: 串吧

Side Note: When I did 6 weeks of study abroad in Shanghai, I fell in love with the Chinese street food of lamb on skewers, yangrou chuan.

I really can’t explain how happy I am that I came across this place yesterday! The place is called Solo, and in small Chinese characters it says 串吧, Chuan Ba, I guess meaning kebab/skewer bar. It’s a tiny place with bar seating and a few tables for two along the wall.

I already had lunch, but the fact that I could have yangrou chuan at this very minute excited me. Of course I now had room for one little skewer of goodness. Five minutes after ordering, the chuan was finished and it looked fantastic with tender, juicy pieces of lamb and a sprinkling of this spicy powder (never quite knew what they used). Ahh it was amazing! It was so delicious and reminded me of the time I spent in Shanghai.

For a $1.50, it’s a little steep when compared to what you would pay in China, but I’ll pay that $1.50 anytime here in the US because it’s worth it.

I just might have to stop here every time I’m in Philly Chinatown now…

Solo – 串吧
50 N. 10th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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sang kee peking duck house

Tonight I took the pops out for dinner. It was between peking duck and yakitori, but peking duck won, since I haven’t had it in forever. We went over to the acclaimed Sang Kee Peking Duck House in Philly’s Chinatown. I always passed but never went until tonight.

I always get excited when I walk into a place and see the ducks hanging by the front and the chefs preparing the dishes. Ahhhhh! I guess I didn’t mention that I LOVE peking duck…like a LOT. It’s soooooooo good (when done right of course, I’ve had some pretty awful duck before).

We started our meal off with roast pork wonton noodle soup. The soups on the menu are perfect for two people. The soup used thin noodles and was delicious. The broth had an extra sweetness, probably due to the roast pork.

For the duck, we got a half portion ($19.95). They serve their duck here in two courses, first traditionally with the pancakes, hoisin, and scallions. The second course is a stir fry of duck, green beans, scallions, peppers, and onions. The duck and pancakes were good, though I do prefer my duck with crispy skin, and this skin coulda been much crispier. It still did a great job satisfying a craving for peking duck though! The second course was really tasty. There was a sauce they used (maybe oyster) but everything just came together really well.

I did wish the skin was a bit crispier, but it was a good experience and I’ll probably be back next time the peking duck craving kicks in.

Sang Kee Peking Duck House
238 N. 9th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

P.S. They don’t take credit cards, so if you plan on going, make sure you bring some cash!

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