Petite Soo Chow

Today's my last day in Jersey, and the only one I don'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 arrive a little past noon, over 14 hours since my pre-bedtime snack, and I am seriously ready to get my grub on.

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

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My parents tell me this place gets crazy on the weekends. I can see why - it's pretty tiny!

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Starting off with complimentary tea and peanuts.

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

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This is the Beef with Hot Pepper, which my mother specifically asks for it not to be 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 can't wait to try the soup dumplings ("Steamed Bun with Meatball" on the menu) to compare them to the ones at Din Tai Fung. Not as juicy/soup-y as the West Coast version but definitely delicious. I eat about 3 of these.

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White rice comes with the dishes too, but I don't have any. Why waste precious stomach space when there's fresh Scallion Pancakes?!?

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It gets a dipping 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 or expensive. Tell them Mrs. Chen's daughter from Los Angeles sent you!