Gene’s Chinese Flatbread and Other Good Eats

genes chinese handpulled noodles

It’s time for a long-delayed installment of my Good Eats series, where I share some some of the great foods I’ve enjoyed but were previously undocumented. I used to regularly write these recaps – little quick reviews – but I didn’t realize that it’s been six months since the last one! No worries, I haven’t decreased my food consumption at all. And these last few weeks have been extra delicious.

Let’s start with something I have been meaning to try for months, maybe even years: Gene’s Chinese Flatbread Cafe in Chinatown. Local foodies have been flocking to this little hole in the wall restaurant for authentic hand-pulled noodles. The noodle bowl is filled with perfectly chewy noodles, aggressively topped with fresh garlic and lots of spices and herbs. You’ll have zero chances of making out with someone after just one bite, but trust me that it’s well worth it (slurp).

The combination of soft noodles, strong garlic, and spice is addicting. Other items like the tea-smoked egg and lamb skewers are equally good, and pair well with the noodles. My friend Mich and I also tried the namesake flatbread, filled with pork, but I wasn’t too impressed. If you’re in Boston and looking for a memorable (and cheap) dish, I definitely recommend trying the hand-pulled noodles here.

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lobster benedict barcelona

I also highly recommend the brunch at Barcelona Wine Bar (I love dinner there, too). I usually go to the Brookline location, but they recently opened a new location in the South End, pretty close to my office so I envision a lot more happy hours and dinners there. But back to brunch – this Lobster Benedict is divine. Sweet lobster, creamy poached eggs, hollandaise. Indulgent and filling, and especially nice with a side of live jazz music, which is a Sunday regular at Barcelona Brookline.

Barcelona Wine Bar & Restaurant on Urbanspoon

avocado toast

Brunch or breakfast at home isn’t too shabby either. I don’t always eat cake for breakfast, and when I do crave for something on the savory side, one of my favorites is just plain avocado toast. Half of an avocado, mashed and seasoned with salt and pepper, spread on top of crunchy multi-grain toast, liberally sprinkled with red chili pepper flakes. I love the creamy texture on top of crunchy, and I like eating this with a side of chilled fruit. This time of year my favorite is grapefruit.

reduction ready

I received this bottles of reduction in the mail and have been drizzling the balsamic reduction on top of EVERYTHING. I talked to the founder and owner of Reduction Ready and we talked about how great this is on top of goat cheese crostini. Or salads. And steaks. I like that these wine and balsamic reductions are essentially a short-cut for me to add deep flavor to dishes I make at home. Sometimes I like slaving over a hot stove, but sometimes I really just don’t have the time.

tanduay rum

I do like making time for some rum. I also received these bottles of silver and gold Tanduay Asian Rum and I was so delighted to see a Filipino brand of rum! When I was in college, one of the first alcoholic drinks I quickly took a liking to was rum and cokes and more often than not, it was made with Tanduay rum. It’s a smooth, premium spirit that is enjoyed neat or in cocktails. Tanduay has been crafted in the Philippines for over 160 years, and is now distributed in several states across the US. You guys know that I love rum in baked goods and I’ve been using the dark rum with some sweet treats. Next week I have a recipe coming up for rum cake!

post 390 arancini

Last week I had a little birthday celebration at Post 390 and I ordered a bunch of appetizers and finger food: meatballs, tenderloin toast, different kinds of flatbread, mini fish and chips, and my favorite: these truffled arancini. Little balls of truffle flavored arancini stuffed with mozzarella. They were so good and poppable, and I can’t stop thinking about them.

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blackbird donuts

Last but not least, these DONUTS. Doughnuts. Gahhh. These are from Blackbird Doughnuts in Boston’s South End, owned by the same team as The Gallows (one word: poutine). I think they employ magicians at Blackbird because their doughnuts were crazy good. My co-workers and I tried the salted toffee (!!), honey lemon pistachio, blackberry lavender, chocolate old fashioned, and classic vanilla glazed. Why, yes, I tried a little bite of each. My favorite – no contest – was the salted toffee. I ate multiple bites of that. Okay, one entire doughnut. It was so sweet, so salty, so perfect. I kinda wish I could insert a doughnut emoji right here.

What was your latest Good Eat??


12 Responses to “Gene’s Chinese Flatbread and Other Good Eats”

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    christina orso posted February 2, 2015 at 9:59 am

    woman, i’m drooling! i love the sound of those reductions. i bet there are so many things you can do with them…like drizzle on avo toast!!! my friend and i were supposed to go to barcelona wine bar but it started snowing like crazy and it was just too damn nasty to head out there. i will soon though. hope you are well!! xo

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    Lindsey @ Simply Lindsey posted February 2, 2015 at 10:00 am

    All of the food you posted looks delicious, especially the donuts!!! The latest good eats that I had were a raspberry chipotle black bean dip and a pumpkin chili last night at a Super Bowl party. Both were so unique and delicious!

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    Daisy posted February 2, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Gene’s is right outside my back door at work! I have turned so many co-workers onto them. so freakin good. I usually get the lamb skewers w them too. I think I need to try the tea egg next time.

    And I can’t wait to visit Blackbird. all those flavors sound heavenly.

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    Mike@TheIronYou posted February 2, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    Super interesting post Bianca, so much inspiration!

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    Choc Chip Uru posted February 2, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    My mouth is watering, I am having visions of doughnuts and flatbread floating around my head!
    Going to go have an early lunch now :P

    Choc Chip Uru

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    Meghan posted February 2, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    I am obsessed with avocados lately, on toast, in chocolate pudding, and slices dipped in hot sauce. I am sure all of that fat is good for my winter skin! :)

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      Bianca Garcia posted February 5, 2015 at 11:32 am

      I am now craving for avocados dipped in hot sauce.

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    El posted February 4, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    The food looks great. Will have to hunt down the place in Chinatown. Everything looks delicious!!

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      Bianca Garcia posted February 5, 2015 at 11:32 am

      Totally worth the trek (and the garlic breath)!

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    grace posted February 5, 2015 at 10:12 am

    that’s some good eatin! i saw someone hand-pulling noodles on a show once and it was mesmerizing. i’d love to see it in person…and eat the results!

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      Bianca Garcia posted February 5, 2015 at 11:31 am

      Yes I was hypnotized by the hand-pulling. And then the noodle bowl came out of the counter and that broke my hypnosis.

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    Molly Galler posted February 16, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    The brunch at Barcelona Wine Bar has been on my list for months! I am also dying to try Blackbird donuts.

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