Jean and Lee’s Kitchen in Newton

I stumbled across this place on yelp. It has 3.5 stars, which is good enough for me. The pictures looked really good and what really sold me was the fried pork belly in wine sauce.

This place is on Oak street, right off Needham street in Newton. There is a parking lot in the rear, but ample meter spots on the next street over. You don’t even need quarters for the meters as they take nickels and dimes.

When we arrived, we found that seating is on the 2nd floor. We went during lunch time on a Saturday and the place was pretty quiet.

Service was okay. They were typical unenthused Asians who didn’t really care for their job, but they did the minimum with little facial reaction. The only super friendly person was the young man who greeted us downstairs. He is likely the owner or the son of the owners 🙂

Now on to the food…The pictures on Yelp makes it look much better than it is. That fried pork dish? It was kinda dry. That wine sauce? Seems like a mixture of hoisin and sriracha. It’s just fried (DRY!) roast pig. It cost like $16 damn it. Could went to Chinatown and picked up 1.5 lbs of fresh roast pig instead.

The Xiao Long Bao’s (pork soup dumplings) came out promising. It was steaming hot as they uncovered the lid at the table. We quickly found that its pretty dried up inside though. There is minimal soup inside and the meat was kinda flat/smallish. There is no comparison to XLB’s at Shang Ri La in Belmont.

The pig ear was good…liked that it wasn’t spicy so the kids could have some. The chicken Lo Mein was normal. The scallion pancake with beef was a hit with the kids. Other than that, nothing blew us away. We were more disappointed than anything as the pictures on Yelp gave us higher expectations.

Another thing to call out is that the tea was lukewarm. That was disappointing.

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