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    Post #1 - September 27th, 2019, 9:19 am
    Post #1 - September 27th, 2019, 9:19 am Post #1 - September 27th, 2019, 9:19 am
    Sunburst of new Chinese along S Halsted, La Mom Kitchen my most recent visit. Szechuan, Shanghai, a section called Guilin rice noodles and a courtesy call of American/Chinese in a comfortable setting with plenty of street parking.

    I barely scratched the surface, fish filet rice noodle soup, clean, delicate, delicious, cucumber/minced garlic to which I added black vinegar and chili oil plus tasty potstickers. Looking forward to a return visit.

    LAMom7.jpg House fish filet noodle, potstickers

    LAMom6.jpg House fish filet noodle

    LAMom9.jpg Cucumber in minced garlic

    LAMom1.jpg La Mom Kitchen

    La Mom Kitchen, count me a fan!

    La Mom Kitchen
    3312 S Halsted St
    Chicago, IL 60608
    773-565-4431
    http://www.lamomkitchen.com/
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #2 - September 27th, 2019, 11:31 am
    Post #2 - September 27th, 2019, 11:31 am Post #2 - September 27th, 2019, 11:31 am
    I am planning to go tomorrow. I swear this place used to be on Wentworth in Chinatown actual. My list of things to try (not in one go) includes:

    sweet wheat gluten
    two pepper beef noodle
    grilled pork ribs
    cabbage with pork stir fry
    red cooked pork
    sweet and sour ribs

    I am more interested in actual Shanghainese food, but those pork ribs look great. I will post my impressions soon.
  • Post #3 - September 27th, 2019, 1:12 pm
    Post #3 - September 27th, 2019, 1:12 pm Post #3 - September 27th, 2019, 1:12 pm
    botd wrote:I swear this place used to be on Wentworth in Chinatown actual.
    According to the delightful Mike Sula of the Chicago Reader You Are Correct Sir.
    Lao Shanghai closed in fall 2016, but about eight months later La Mom Kitchen opened its doors on Wentworth, offering a curious combination of Sichuan and Shanghainese dishes, Tawainese shaved ice, and boba tea. I failed to notice it at the time, and it seems many others did too, because it closed after less than a year in operation.

    Then in late June, it reappeared in Bridgeport on a strip of Halsted that's become a showcase for regional variety

    https://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/l ... d=72100738
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #4 - September 27th, 2019, 2:19 pm
    Post #4 - September 27th, 2019, 2:19 pm Post #4 - September 27th, 2019, 2:19 pm
    Hi,

    I was there last week. Loved the braised pork belly and dumplings, but a shaved noodle soup was under seasoned.

    Regards,
    Cathy2
    Cathy2

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  • Post #5 - September 27th, 2019, 3:50 pm
    Post #5 - September 27th, 2019, 3:50 pm Post #5 - September 27th, 2019, 3:50 pm
    The menu looks very authentic Chinese besides the 'La Mom Burrito' as a lunch special item :)

    L14 La Mom Burrito
    10 inches flour tortilla filled with steak, chicken with lettuce, tomato, cheese, sour cream, served with rice

    http://www.lamomkitchen.com/menu/lunch-special/
  • Post #6 - September 28th, 2019, 4:32 pm
    Post #6 - September 28th, 2019, 4:32 pm Post #6 - September 28th, 2019, 4:32 pm
    Cathy2 wrote:I was there last week. Loved the braised pork belly and dumplings, but a shaved noodle soup was under seasoned.

    According to Fuchsia Dunlop that may have been the point.

    https://www.ft.com/content/640c13d2-de6 ... 5a370481bc
    The right way to order a Chinese meal: it’s all in the balance
    Look kindly on broths and simple greens, says Fuchsia Dunlop – and don’t order more than one sweet-and-sour dish


    Because of this, many Chinese dishes are plain and understated. In Mandarin, the word for such dishes is qingdan, a combination of two characters meaning “clear, quiet, pure or honest” and “light, weak, pale”. Qingdan is usually translated into English as “bland” or “insipid”, which sounds boring: who would order an “insipid” dish?
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #7 - September 30th, 2019, 8:28 am
    Post #7 - September 30th, 2019, 8:28 am Post #7 - September 30th, 2019, 8:28 am
    Short review: I will be back!

    We got tang cu sweet and sour ribs, a Shanghainese specialty. Note that this has nothing to do with the orange sweet and sour pork of American Chinese or the North Eastern part of China, instead being quite dark with black vinegar and soy sauce. What was delivered was a very good version, perfectly deep fried as it is traditionally done, even if I prefer straight braised texture.

    We also tried the two pepper beef noodles. This is a spicy bowl of thinly sliced beef and bean sprouts over noodles and a thick layer of chili oil. Better than the similar bowl at Min's Noodle House up the street, but the oil slick was a bit overwhelming. I took the too oily broth home, chilled it and scraped the oil off because the broth is quite tasty.

    Lastly, we got the spicy cabbage stir fry which, be warned, comes with some unadvertised pork belly, but I knew that going in. This is a spicy sweet soy sauce and was a complete winner in my book, but I love cabbage. It uses green cabbage compared to the napa on show in the dry pot cabbage at JMC which is a very close cousin. I prefer green cabbage and it's a much better deal at La Mom so point to La Mom.

    Finally, La Mom continues the Bridgeport Chinese tradition of offering a 10% cash discount.

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