The cooking at China Gourmet isn't ultra-refined or finessed. What I've tried wasn't bad, just not exceptional. But there is some redemption in the fact that half of the menu appears to be dedicated to Foochow cuisine.
Foochow style fishballs stuffed with minced pork ($2.95) is comparable to the version at Taiwan Cafe, but the soup is slightly bland.
A small plate of noodles with peanut butter ($2.50) is exactly that, the sauce is nothing to rave about, but the noodles themselves are a flat egg noodles are somewhat simlar to fettucine, but much thinner, exactly the type of noodles that I miss.
The fried taro cake is a great deal for a dollar with its thick crunchy shell and soft flavorful taro on the inside.
I wouldn't make a special trip for these items, but if I'm in the nabe and in the mood for something different, it's not a bad choice. It's village fare, not gourmet food.
I should disclaim that I've only gone after the little dishes, not any of their main dishes, so that assessment could change.
P.S. Among the things I've not tried, there is a fairly large selection of dishes that seem to be unique to this place, e.g. foochow-style drunken spareribs with ten spices (called spareribs with special sauce on the menu), a bunch of soups, squirrel fish (called pan ffried fish with special sauce on menu), sauteed snails, as well as a whole section of dark soy braised parts like duck or pork tongue, duck wings, glizzards, pork stomach etc..... There's a fish soup called butterfly swallow (as in the bird) (it's hot & sour special sliced fish soup on menu) that looks pretty cool.
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