Knowing some key words and phrases in Cantonese or Mandarin can help unlock another level in your Chinatown experience. Here's a short list compiled with the help of some natives - Warren Leung, Michael Su, and Jasyon Choi to help you speak like a "Guy Fong" - C-town slang for "neighbor."
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat: Reader: I'm from Viet Nam originally and pretty picky about good VN food here. Mekong River is the only place I would go to now for anything besides pho. Pho Hoa on 11th used to be "the place," but it seems they changed ownership/chef recently.
Live chat: Join Craig at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays in the chatroom.
Book: The Philadelphia Inquirer Restaurant Guide
4 Bells: According to Craig, the best restaurants in the Philadelphia area.