Somehow fifteen Chowhounds squeezed around a large table to order from the Chinese menu at Hunan Gate in Ballston. The more the merrier!
We ordered a lot of food from the menu which features Dongbei (northeast) cuisine which has buns, noodles, and breads plus mostly plain and homey stews.
Here is the list of what we ordered:
Chive Dumplings, Hand Scratch Pan Cake, Handmade noodles with meat sauce, Northeast Rice Cakes
Snow Pea Tips, Baby Bok Choy
Pork with Dried Day Lilly, Pork with Homemade Sour Napa, Northeast Mooshi Pork, Jumbo Pork Meatballs, Pork Belly
Saute Spicy Chicken, Aged Chicken with Mushrooms, Fish with Corn Flour Big Buns
Most of the food is rather pleasant and plain tasting, except that the spicy chicken was truly spicy. If I had to pick out some successes and failures, I think the pork belly and pork meatballs are very good, and I also enjoyed the Fish with Corn Big Buns, and the Dried Day Lillies.
The Pan Cake was a rather limp version of a Thousand Layer Bread like what you might find at A&J. I also wasn't that thrilled with the gluey rice cakes or chive dumplings which came out like fried empanadas with a filling that was refrigerator cold.
I'm sure everyone had their own likes and dislikes.
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