N.J.’s best Chinese food comes from this celebrated Central Jersey spot, national site says

New Jersey is home to countless amazing Chinese food restaurants, well beyond the standard take-out fare.

But according to one national website, the best place to get Chinese food in the Garden State is in Central Jersey.

247WallSt.com recently wrote a story about the best Chinese food restaurants in every state. New Jersey’s representative was Szechuan House in Hamilton.

“One look at the menu and you’ll see that this isn’t your everyday takeout joint: appetizers include diced rabbit with Szechuan peppercorn vinaigrette and jellyfish with scallion oil, and a section of the menu dedicated to Chengdu specialties includes dan dan noodles, shredded tea smoked duck with onion and red pepper, and fried yam cakes with sesame paste for dessert,” 247WallSt.com wrote. “Along the way you’ll find House Specials that include beef tendon with rice jelly in spicy sauce, sliced conch with minced pork in Szechuan wine sauce, and a

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Prezzo to open in Palm Beach Gardens’ Scusi spot

First, the bad news: Scusi, the PGA Boulevard trattoria opened by star chef Laurent Tourondel in late 2019, has permanently closed. The good news? Prezzo, the iconic 90s-era Italian restaurant revived in Boca Raton four years ago by restaurateur Burt Rapoport, will take over the space.

Prezzo is expected to open this fall at the PGA Commons plaza in the space that housed Vic and Angelo’s for 14 years before it welcomed Scusi.

“We’re hoping for mid-November. It’s going to be a quick turnaround,” Prezzo’s managing partner Eddie Pozzuoli said Thursday by phone. 

A view of Scusi's sunny patio in Palm Beach Gardens. The spacious restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating areas, punctuated in Mediterranean hues.

The Scusi space, sunny and furnished in Mediterranean blues and whites, is pretty much turnkey, says Pozzuoli, a former Coral Springs restaurant owner who partnered with Rapoport two years ago to run the Prezzo brand.

“Fortunately, we won’t have to do much construction to the space. If at all, it’ll be just cosmetic,” he said.

What to

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New Asian American bakeries find bicultural sweet spot



Pastry chef Elaine Lau holds a Dim Sum Cookie at the Sunday Bakeshop in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021. From ube cakes to mochi muffins, bakeries that sweetly encapsulate what it is to grow up Asian and American have been popping up more in recent years. Their confections are a delectable vehicle for young and intrepid Asian Americans to celebrate their dual identity. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)


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Pastry chef Elaine Lau holds a Dim Sum Cookie at the Sunday Bakeshop in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021. From ube cakes to mochi muffins, bakeries that sweetly encapsulate what it is to grow up Asian and American have been popping up more in recent years. Their confections are a delectable vehicle for young and intrepid Asian Americans to celebrate their dual identity. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — For some Asian Americans, the dim sum cookie at Sunday Bakeshop here will taste like childhood.

It looks like a typical sugar cookie except with sesame seeds on top. But bite into the creamy, red bean center and it’s reminiscent of the fried, filled sesame balls served at a Chinese dim sum restaurant.

The concoction is pastry chef Elaine Lau’s nod to her grandmother, who would often make them. The baked goods that Lau’s

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Filipino barbecue spot on Texas farm road draws big crowds after Mike Chen visit

Old Rooster Creek Filipino/Asian American BBQ (ORC BBQ) in Princeton, Texas, has enjoyed a steady following since its 2017 debut. But after YouTube celebrity and now-Dallas-area-resident Mikey Chen featured the barbecue spot in a recent video, swarms of new customers queued up hours before opening time on Saturday. They were eager to try the lechón (whole roasted pig stuffed with herbs) and Filipino street foods that Chen touted in his April 20 video.

Within two hours, the mom-and-pop business sold out of pork — including 1,200 skewers — and nearly all of the other Filipino dishes on the menu.

It was a record day for owners Josephine and Allen Cook, who run the weekends-only outdoor food stall near a farm road in the Collin County town of Princeton. Between the whole pigs roasting on spits and the cheery “shack” that’s both counter and kitchen, it’s a dead-ringer for the

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