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Chopstix Restaurant: Hot And Sour Soup – The Bite

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Chopstix Restaurant Sheepshead Bay Hot and Sour Soup

Welcome back to The Bite, Sheepshead Bites’ weekly column where we explore the foodstuffs of Sheepshead Bay. Each week we’ll check out a different offering from one of the many restaurants, delis, food carts, bakeries, butchers, fish mongers, or grocers in our neighborhood. If it’s edible, we’ll take a bite.

This week I got tired of dodging snow so I took a quick trip to China and visited Chopstix Chinese Restaurant and Sushi Bar on Nostrand Avenue for some Hot and Sour Soup.

For some reason I was craving the spicy, tangy concoction. Who knows? Maybe a cold was coming on.

Hot and Sour Soup ($1.90/pint, $3.45/quart) has long been touted as a cure for the common cold, and with one spoonful you’ll know why. It’s hot from a combination of white and red peppers, and sour from vinegar, which is added just before serving. It wakes your taste buds, clears your sinuses and warms your insides. What more could you want?

This soup is a little thick and shimmery from cornstarch, and Chopstix’ American/Chinese version includes pork, bamboo shoots, toasted sesame oil, wood ear mushrooms, cloud ear fungus, day Lilly buds, eggs, tofu and tofu skins. According to acclaimed chef Susanna Foo, Hot and Sour Soup is often flavored with pig’s blood, but I doubt that’s the case here.

Aside from the familiar Chinese version we all know, which both Beijing and Szechuan claim as their own, Hot and Sour Soup has several Asian interpretations. Cambodia’s Samior Machu Pacong is flavored with lemon, chilies, prawns and/or shrimp; Vietnam’s Chan Chua is similar, but often includes pineapple, tomatoes and bean sprouts; and in Thailand, Tom Yum is flavored with lemon grass, lime, kafir lime leaves, galangal, fish sauce and chilies. They’re all good and hopefully each with make an appearance on The Bite.

Chopstix Chinese Restaurant and Sushi Bar, 3790 Nostrand Avenue, (718) 891-0391.

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67 COMMENTS

  1. Agreed…
    Manhattan prices in Brooklyn..

    Did anyone else see a trend that Brooklyn is getting more expensive ( restaurant, lounges, movies and etc) than the city?

  2. Yep, after 9/11 people and business left Manhattan.
    So if you can’t live in THE Manhattan just make another one.
    It will all be cold stone with no sun gracing the earth until noon.

  3. i eat here once or twice a week. the lunch specials are good, 6$ for meat, rice and a drink. the chinese food is priced right, but the sushi is horribly overpriced and not that good. its only a bit of a step better than the sushi place next to it (which sucks as well). george wong is a great guy though, always smiling and being nice and offering tea while you wait. it was better when it was just peking, but oh well.

  4. When’s the last time you were in Manhattan? It’s not uncommon to pay $8 to $10 for a cup of soup. $1.90 wouldn’t buy you a soda in most Manhattan restaurants.

  5. Yeah, 2 bucks for a warm belly is cheep.
    Pasta fajol (how do you spell it) at Knapp St is 4.50.
    The last bowl of soup I had in Manhattan was@ the Soup Natzi. 8.50,
    for the lobster bisque, but you got bread,fruit and a mint.
    That was 10 years ago.
    PS. He really was mean.

  6. i don’t get the complaints on here about pricing. chopstix is not your typical hole in the wall chinese take out spot with mystery meat. i order from them about once a week and think pricing is quite fair. they also deliver very promptly. i swear i’m not affiliated with them haha.

  7. you are right about the quality and speedy delivery.
    It was expensive when I had dinner with a friend.
    I still like the old Peking better.

  8. When’s the last time you were there nolastname? They definitely took a hit when they first remodeled, but over the past few months they have returned to the same quality they were serving as Peking.

    I don’t know anything about the Sushi – I don’t touch the stuff, but the sushi prices seem high while the Chinese food seems comparable to the prices they charged prior to renovation. I don’t know that for a fact – it just seems that way to me.

  9. Any restaurant would want you out..

    You have
    no money
    no class
    and you stink…

    Why would any place would want you as a customer?

  10. Now I am tired. Fuck you and the horse you rode in in. And whatever
    boat your family got here on should sink and never be risen again.

  11. You — Full of HATE

    Me —- Full of LOVE

    Why are you so angry at life?

    Its ok to be retarded…

    Its OK to feel like a MACHO KING behind a computer…

    Its ok to be 80 years old ALONE and LONELY…

    Its OK to be Ugly, Fat, Bold, Old and no erection…

    Its OK to be on psychiatric medication…

    Its OK to not have friends and family hate you..

    Why are you so angry?

  12. Gee, you seem to be trouble all over the place tonight.

    Notice the icons. Usually it means that these people are regulars here. Shouldn’t mess with the regulars. It’s really bad form.

  13. Apparently your life has taken a turn for the worse.

    So interesting how you define people by how much money they have.

    Nolastname is a class act, and has more money than you could deal with probably.

    It’s usually the ones without that have to use money as an insult. Them that got aren’t as insecure,

  14. I don’t. Now chest it like a man (I believe you are a woman) and get over the crap you talk.
    Ding, ding. That’s the Jerry Springer bell for you.
    By the way, say hello to Mike for me.

  15. I’ve eaten here a handful of times and liked the food. I never thought them to be over priced, they are a little more then the hole in the wall Chinese fast food places. The service was always friendly and helpful. I plan on going there again. Never had the sushi so can’t say much about that. As for the flame war going on…why? just ignore each other.

  16. No problem, just one of those trolls that will change names to talk more shit later.
    It is a woman. No balls. LOL

  17. As you’ll see in my Yelp review from a few months ago I said practically the same thing. I wouldn’t go there for sushi, they overcharge. Their Chinese food though, very good.

  18. I can totally tell too….(ANGRY WOMAN ALERT)

    Whats with all the hate lately… Is this person even from Sheepshead Bay? Hey Ned! Time for a Netstat! LOL

  19. Dunno if this the saying i was looking for, but this should work For this occasion.

    A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her. ~David Brinkley

  20. These people can not afford it..

    At least MacDonalds has a $1 menu to serve some of these commentators..

  21. You have friends? or you brought your inflated doll?

    The place is cool.
    They really tried to market the restaurant to the community…

    They have money to survive for AT LEASE 2-3 more years..

    The workers are mostly family members who work for CASH and get public assistance and other NYC government assistance..

    They charge the sales tax that NEVER makes it to the city/state…

    They gross about $2,000 – $4,500 a day (usually more on weekends)

  22. What is it with you. Do you require negative attention to survive?
    The people that posted do not know me. They evidently are not your
    friends.
    If you keep calling Sheepshead residence retarded and talk down mostly
    every subject it would have one believe
    you feel unloved. What baby, did someone not tell you they love you
    today?
    You hate yourself so strongly that you look for abuse.
    Sorry for your troubled mind. You twisted thing.

  23. Someone I know went in there twice, got really sick both times. I don’t think that it was ever that good. George has a place in Bay Ridge also, not so good.

  24. WOW

    Thank you..

    According to the DOH, the place should be CLOSED…

    They did VERY BAD…

    Hope they improved…

  25. Shows you that I dont eat at the place and YOU DO!!!

    You are so worried about spelling, that you missed the MAIN POINT

  26. Some people who have tons of money to spend, don’t care about the cost…
    Except for people who have a CHEAP or FRUGAL habit…

  27. Some people who have tons of money to spend, don’t care about the cost…
    Except for people who have a CHEAP or FRUGAL habit…

  28. I got the MAIN POINT. You are obsessed with thinking (not Knowing), “these people can not afford”, everyone is broke.
    I prefer the drive-through.
    And what’s with the caps? One exclamation point would suffice.
    Have a nice day.

  29. Is your right hand tired?

    Did you try the special WHITE sauce with the food…

    Guess, where it came from?

  30. Drive-through…

    You a have car?

    This proves that an idiot is still allowed to drive in NYC…

    is your right hand getting tired while you drive?

    You like watching little boys cook at McDonalds?

    You didn’t get any and is upset about it?

  31. I was thinking you are female.
    You must be a man with all the talk of white sauce and jerking off.
    Again, Have a nice day.

  32. Looked up Chopstix, but it gave me the result for a restaurant on 5th Avenue, but a search for “Chopstick” showed the Nostrand Avenue location (the one in this article)

  33. I love their shrimp pad thai! my first experience there was good other than the fact there was something floating in my tea and they brought out wrong dish and then were upset about it.

  34. Hunan Cottage on avenue X makes the best Hot and Sour soup in my opinion because there is no pork in it! Soup tastes heavenly without greasy pork. You can actually taste all the little veggies that make it up. I usually get 2-3 large containers if I feel cold coming on, one container, sweat it out under blanket and viola- you are as good as knew in the morning.

  35. They had grade of 35 back in November 2010??????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    and still have 10 as of this day – not sure if I want to eat there at all after reading their violations.
    Although food was good when I tried it first, next time I got it, pan fried noodles were completely overcooked and over loaded with some sweet tasting stuff. Sesame chicken was too dark and looked like was burned too.
    I have not tried it since then, must be about 4-5 months.

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