Hello my fellow eaters,
I have been going to Chinatown every couple of weeks or so for about three years. For a while I was going about four times a week. I would always gravitate towards Taiwan Cafe, and was never dissapointed. The sauces are deep, intrinsic, and very complex; often rich with black bean, garlic, thai basil, chiles - that magical balance of salty, sweet, spicy and savory. So, after going there probably 60 times over the course of two years, i figured I would start checking out some of the other heavy hitters such as Peach Farm and East Ocean City. What I am finding, time after time at these places, is I get a plate of rice or noodles with with a very bland, thick white sauce brimming with plain seafood and vegetables - barely seasoned. Now, while the seafood is generally very fresh and I am all for letting ingredients shine, the whole meal just ends up being very flat and unexciting. I have tried some other dishes with black bean or a brown sauce and nothing has really impressed me that much. Suggestions?