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No 1 ain't really fun (Long)

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No 1 ain't really fun (Long)

Mark M | Jun 3, 2004 10:32 AM

Pretty lousy meal last night at No 1 Chinese, Frank's newest entry into the asian hip-hop dining scene(IMO, Hue sux). Don't get me wrong, there were flashes of delciousness, but the kitchen really needs to get their act together. Im sure my sentiments have already been expressed on these boards.

We started with an order of Spare Ribs and Shumai. The order of 5 meaty ribs came in an interesting sauce laced with Orange Pulp. After my tastebuds adjusted, I was surprised how well the Orange worked in cutting the Spare Rib fat...good idea, poor execution. The Ribs were luke warm, extremely dried out and the sauce cloying. The Shumai were a flat-out disaster. They tasted like something an Omaha tourist might get at Triple Eight Palace on a Sunday at 3pm...4 blobs of starchy gumballs served just south of cold.

For entrees we had a Veggie Stir Fry Lo Mein and Peking Duck. The Lo Mein was the best tasting dish of the night. The Noodles were wider than usual, the veggies were fresh and crispy and the soulful Wok flavors shined through. At $10 it was kinda steep, but hey, this isn't Chinatown. The Peking Duck was a paradox. Cold, thick pancakes (3 cut into 6 small wraps)lousy Hoison sauce but succulent, flavorful morsels of Duck. We were resigned to unrolling the wraps and picking out the lovely, tender Duck morsels. At $17, I'd have preferred the full package but the Duck's tenderness can not be denied.

Anyway, Ill give them a while to get their act together and possibly hit them up with a large group
- to get a wider range of selections.

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