After eating out for the past couple of weeks on mostly Japanese and Western food, my wife and I decided to go for some Chinese 'wok-hay' stirred fry this evening. Fantasy Eatery, being one of the most consistently good and popular Cantonese restaurant in this category ( as attested to by quite a few fellow chowhounders ) was our obvious choice. The result?!.... A TOTAL DISASTER OF A MEAL!!
We had the following dishes:
- 'Deep fried Dungeness crab with peppered spicey salt'. At only $9.99 for a whole crab, this was their special of the day. It was fairly well done, non greasy but a touch too salty. But hay! How can one screw up a deep fried dish?! Right?!
What follows was a Total Horror Show!
- ' Stirred fried beef tenderloin strips with Chinese preserved mustard greens and fermented black beans'. What a mess of a dish! This plate of thick gooey concoction resembled something from the Hungarian toxic sludge spill! Totally unappealing in look, this dish of mutated corn-starch must have been cooked by some green trainee cook or by a chef who is undergoing his monthly period!!... Just our luck!
- ' Stirred fry Chinese broccoli ( gai lan) with Cantonese preserved meat and sausages'. What can go wrong with a simple dish like this, you may ask?! Well, how about this corn starch loving cook is at it again?! Instead of a dry finish, the dish was 'swimming' in another pool of tasteless corn starch gravy. All 'wok-hay' flavour was smothered by another bungled effort!
- ' Braised tofu with a duo of enoki and Shitake mushrooms' . Oh No!!! The 'corn starch maniac' is at it again! Supposed to be cooked with a shrimp roe and oyster sauce glaze, the mushrooms were once again ladened with the now ' getting frightening' bland and tasteless corn starch gravy. The whole dish was totally void of flavour. And I thought salt was cheap??!!
Lastly, for dining in customers only, if one spend over $20 per table, one can order the other daily special ' Steamed 'crystal' free-range chicken' at a whopping price of $3.88! Just another fancy name for boiled chicken with a translucent gravy, this was a total waste of a fine free range chicken. Another dish MURDERED by the corn starch maniac, I should have save the $3.88 and donated to the Food Bank instead!!
As of tonight, this 'Chow favourite' is off my list!! Period!!
I cannot imagine Chinese 'wok-hay' cooking can be THIS BAD!! Even Mandarin Buffet can do a better job!
Finally, imagine the first chowmeet I organized at this place a few years ago served up food like tonight??!! I will be the first chowhounder to get lynched by his fellow fraternity members!! Ha!!