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Old 06-22-2010, 11:15 AM
 
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O'asia kitchen > Jade Garden
Wild Ginger also > than Jade Garden
But NUB, didn't you write only what you'd heard about Jade Garden? Have you gone there since then?
Taste is a very personal thing. If I like something better at one place than at another, it's a better place to me. Doesn't matter what other people think of it, or if critics like it.
I've stayed mostly quiet on the Dim Sum issue. I don't eat it.
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Old 06-22-2010, 12:58 PM
 
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Going to Wild Ginger for Dim Sum is like going to PF Changs for dim sum. Possible, but what's the point?
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Old 06-22-2010, 01:10 PM
 
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Going to Wild Ginger for Dim Sum is like going to PF Changs for dim sum. Possible, but what's the point?

If a place is pretty, they serve small portions at high prices, and critics say things like " Exquisite", people are going to want to go there.
I know, I know, I'm a non cultured slob, but having been to Wild Ginger a couple of times, I just don't get all that acclaim.
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Old 06-22-2010, 01:28 PM
 
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If a place is pretty, they serve small portions at high prices, and critics say things like " Exquisite", people are going to want to go there.
I know, I know, I'm a non cultured slob, but having been to Wild Ginger a couple of times, I just don't get all that acclaim.
I agree on the decor issue and public bandwagonism regarding food critics. In the case of Dim Sum however, it's a hallmark of Hong Kong style to be smaller and usually signifies a higher "quality" as making dim sum requires a lot of time, labor and manual dexterity. It takes much less effort to roll a giant filled dough ball and slap a piece of paper on the seam making it the bottom than it does to pinch it into a decorative spiral as the top for instance.

Some of the noodle dishes are made from scratch with a rice flour liquid that is poured thin on a large cookie sheet type pan, then steamed, then rolled up with a filling and cut into segments shaped like a hostess ho-ho. When eating this dish, you can feel the difference in a lighter, thinner noodle vs a heavier, thicker one. Some people might not care either way but if you know a bit more of what's involved, you'll come to appreciate that it takes more care and time to make it thinner.

So I suppose sometimes you're paying not just for the cost of the food but the cost of the knowledgeable labor involved.
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Old 06-22-2010, 02:32 PM
 
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To Ira500: I was in front of Jade Garden before and I wasnt impressed like I am with O'asian kitchen and Wild Ginger. But technically I didnt go "in it." I dont think the food is that expensive at O'asian kitchen or Wild Ginger, but it almost is to the close of expensive. Still worth the money though. But you are right. Different preferences for different people.

To mrsincredible: Maybe you can go to O'asian kitchen, Wild Ginger, and Jade Garden in your three day visit here. But that sounds like maybe too much dim sum in three days, what matter how much someone likes dim sum. Or maybe you like Dim Sum that much.
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Old 06-22-2010, 05:54 PM
 
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My point was that Wild Ginger isn't a Chinese restaurant. Its Pan-Asian. Its a nice place, but its not a dim sum destination.



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I agree on the decor issue and public bandwagonism regarding food critics. In the case of Dim Sum however, it's a hallmark of Hong Kong style to be smaller and usually signifies a higher "quality" as making dim sum requires a lot of time, labor and manual dexterity. It takes much less effort to roll a giant filled dough ball and slap a piece of paper on the seam making it the bottom than it does to pinch it into a decorative spiral as the top for instance.

Some of the noodle dishes are made from scratch with a rice flour liquid that is poured thin on a large cookie sheet type pan, then steamed, then rolled up with a filling and cut into segments shaped like a hostess ho-ho. When eating this dish, you can feel the difference in a lighter, thinner noodle vs a heavier, thicker one. Some people might not care either way but if you know a bit more of what's involved, you'll come to appreciate that it takes more care and time to make it thinner.

So I suppose sometimes you're paying not just for the cost of the food but the cost of the knowledgeable labor involved.
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Old 06-23-2010, 10:22 PM
 
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To mrsincredible: Maybe you can go to O'asian kitchen, Wild Ginger, and Jade Garden in your three day visit here. But that sounds like maybe too much dim sum in three days, what matter how much someone likes dim sum. Or maybe you like Dim Sum that much.
Nah we only have time for 1 dim sum meal. We want to check out other places for "go-to" restaurants for when we move there. East coast style, thin crust pizza, japanese with a varied menu, vietnamese pho joint, and a casual kid/family friendly diner style place are some of the other eateries we're looking for.
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Old 06-23-2010, 10:26 PM
 
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To Seattlenextyear: Wild ginger does have dim sum, so it is a destination for that.
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Old 07-02-2010, 11:49 PM
 
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Just wanted to report back that we ate at Jade Garden today and it was authentic and delish! The look of the place is a bit run down but that's pretty authentic, too, for a restaurant in a chinatown that has been around that long. It wasn't a big surprise and I'm used to eating in joints like that for dim sum.

Thanks everyone for the long and lively discussion!
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Old 07-02-2010, 11:55 PM
 
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Thats exactly what I dont like about Jade Garden. It looks kind of run down.

One of the many mysteries of life is why so many people like that place, when there are at least 40 other restaurants in Seattle that are much better.

After checking out 20-25 great restaurants in Seattle, Jade Garden is disapointing for me.

Overall, though, I think Seattle's food scene is amazing, and in some ways, I had many better food experiences here than in New York City, where I am from.

Seattle's food scene seems underrated. In some ways, New York City's food scene might be overrated.
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