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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Duck Sauce: Chinese Fusion Gets Personal at Silver Palace

Posted By on Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 3:00 PM

Vegetable potstickers at Silver Palace - HANNAH PALMER EGAN
  • Hannah Palmer Egan
  • Vegetable potstickers at Silver Palace

Silver Palace, South Burlington: At a Glance

Owners' names: Ken "Gong" Wong, Ting Ng, Ed Lee
Owners' native city: New York/New Jersey; parents from Hong Kong
Prices: Soup, $4-$6; appetizers, $2.50-$9.95; entrées, $11.95-$19.95 (dinner); fried rice: $11.95 (dinner)
Lunch specials:  Entrées plus white or fried rice, $8.95-$13.95
Drinks: Tiki cocktails, Vermont craft beers, Chinese imported beers; wine, sake, plum wines, jasmine or green tea, sodas
Quirky dishes: Crispy Grand Marnier pork; Coconut shrimp; Gwin Jin; Seafood basket; Homestyle whole fish
Fortune cookie: Physical activity will dramatically improve your outlook today.

Silver Palace co-owners Ed Lee, Ken "Gong" Wong and Ting Ng grew up the children of Hong Kong  immigrants in and around New York City. In 1986, the trio (and other partners who've since moved on) opened Silver Palace in South Burlington, and the restaurant tells a very different culinary tale than most of Vermont's Asian restaurants. The menu doesn't focus on standard Chinese-American fare like you'll find everywhere else.  And, in an accommodating nod to modern dining, almost any dish can be made gluten-free.

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Duck Sauce: At Chan's House, Moo-Shi Mountains and Loaded Wonton Soup

Posted By on Sun, Feb 12, 2017 at 5:12 PM

  • Hannah Palmer Egan
  • Moo-shi pork

Chan's House, Bradford: At a Glance

Owners' names:  Ling Cai "Mike" Chen; Li Juan "Lee" Chen
Owners' native city/province in China: Guangzhou (Canton), Guangdong
Prices: Soup, $2.50-$3.50; appetizers, $1.95-$9.75; entrées, $6.95-$12.95; fried rice: $5.25-$7.95
Lunch special: Most menu entrées, plus fried rice and appetizer, $4.50-$8.50
Drinks: Complimentary black tea is mild and roasty;  soft drinks, served in tall plastic tumblers; midcentury and tiki cocktails mixed strong; scorpion bowls make for a party.
Quirky dishes: "Chef's Special" lo mein boasts an array of vegetables, seafood and meats — and ham pieces.
Fortune cookie: To find yourself, think for yourself.

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