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Tasty Eats in Middletown, New York: Seriously Tasty Asian Food!

Probably no one was more surprised than I could be when my mother recently called to extol the praises of a new Chinese restaurant in Middletown, New York. The area isn’t exactly known for its Asian cuisine, at least not of a more authentic and non-Americanized take-out variety. (Middletown regretfully could not even support the one Asian supermarket which tried to operate there several years ago, Great Tang.) But as they are located right across the street from her regular veterinary clinic, we made plans to visit together the next time I was in the area for a visit, and boy if I wasn’t wonderfully surprised by the delicious meal we enjoyed together! Tasty Eats is serving the kind of authentic, home-cooked Chinese food you won’t find at most restaurants in the area…or most areas beyond big city Chinatowns on the East Coast. I heartily recommend giving them a try if you ever find yourself in the area and want to explore some wonderful tastes and delicacies.

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What’s for Dinner: Szechuan Fish and Vegetable Fried Rice

Tuesday ended up being the winter storm that wasn’t; Juno came through South Jersey like a whimper, not a rage, an almost embarrassment of over-preparation. Like every other crazy person out there, I had stocked up on milk, eggs, and bread the day before—not because I wanted to make French toast but because I honestly use and need these things in my regular cooking!

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Update: Green Tea Restaurant in Woolwich, New Jersey

Last May I posted an initial review of Green Tea Restaurant in Woolwich Township, New Jersey. My first impressions were a little lukewarm – I wasn’t thrilled with some of the deep fried options nor the chirashi, but thought some of the specialty rolls were good or showed promise.

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Review: Green Tea Restaurant in Woolwich, New Jersey

Green Tea Restaurant

Dining room at Green Tea Restaurant in Woolwich, New Jersey

Green Tea Restaurant, located in the Woolwich Center at 120 Center Square Road, is a relatively new pan-Asian restaurant. Like many Asian restaurants in Southern New Jersey, Green Tea serves a combination menu of Chinese, Japanese and Thai dishes and features a sushi bar. I’m always cautious with these mixed Asian restaurants which seem so prevalent in suburban and more rural areas, but it seems difficult for Japanese restaurants to survive in these areas without offering more familiar cooked dishes as well. How fresh is the sushi going to be, and will the food be too bland and Americanized? Based on one visit to Green Tea, I can say they do a reasonable job with their Japanese food, with a few misfires that show a heavy hand when a lighter touch would be more appropriate.

The dining room at Green Tea is open and bright, all pastel colors with minimal decorations. Booths line the wall and larger tables fill the middle of the room, which features a sushi bar in the back. Our hostess was very friendly and cheerful, quick to offer to open our bottle of wine (Green Tea is BYOB, however there is a liquor store in the shopping center if you show up unprepared.) The menu is quite large, divided into Chinese, Thai and Japanese sections. Of course, all of the standard dishes you’d expect to find for each are available; no real surprises but with Chef’s specials in each. Among the Chinese Chef’s specialties are Soft Shell Crab in Spicy Curry ($15.95) and Sunrise Crispy Prawns ($14.95). All cooked entrees are priced under $17, including seasonal specials such as Lamb with Thai Basil ($12.95) and “Rainbow Seafood” ($15.95).

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Review: Mandarin Oriental in Mullica Hill, New Jersey

Sashimi at Mandarin Oriental Restaurant, Mullica Hill NJMandarin Oriental is one of Mullica Hill, New Jersey’s few restaurant offerings. It’s located in the Shop Rite shopping plaza on Route 77 making it a convenient stop before or after food shopping. They offer a wide array of Chinese, Japanese and Thai dishes, typical of many Asian restaurants in the Jersey ‘burbs.

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