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Dinner at China Islamic

Ice Cream Machine | Jul 22, 2004 10:42 PM

This report is about six months late. I especially wanted to
mention the specific dishes ordered. When possible I copied the
names directly from the menu.

China Islamic is really two restaurants in one. Its outer shell,
so to speak, is a fairly generic Chinese-American restaurant that
happens to serve Halal food. So you can keep Halal while enjoying
your sweet and sour chicken-type dishes or egg rolls. Its inner
core is a true Northern Chinese Islamic specialty restaurant. You
want to order from the inner core menu! There's quite a bit of
breadth there, but here is what I had. This was one of the most
delicious meals I have ever had. No kidding.

* Thick Sesame Bread with Green Onion (Da Bing), medium-sized

This is a tasty flatbread. Most of the flavor comes from the
onions. Next time I plan to try the thin version.

* Two Delicacy Combination Platter: Jellyfish and Cold Ox-Tendon

* Lamb with Pickled Cabbage Warm Pot

An amazingly rich, sour, gamy dish. A depth of flavor beyond
any stew I can remember.

* Lamb with Green Onions

Full, almost beefy flavor.

* Hand-cut Noodles (Dough Slice) in Brown Sauce

Superb, almost marinara-like sauce, incredible depth of
flavor. Despite the lack of tomatoes or basil it really had
the character of a great pasta sauce. And the hand-cut noodles
were intensely chewy. Like they were chewing back. I couldn't
stop eating this dish until I had sopped up the last drops of
sauce with my Da Bing.

* Dried Shrimps with Green Beans

Spicy, tangy, fishy in a good way.

Total cost of the meal: $47 for four people. We were gleefully
stuffed.

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