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dinner at Pacific Garden and Peach Farm

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dinner at Pacific Garden and Peach Farm

Spike! | Nov 25, 2003 09:28 PM

Did back to back dinners this weekend.

At Pacific Garden, we had:
Deep fried spare ribs w/ sesame seeds and mayo sauce
Sizzling beef w/ pepper sauce
Bean curd w/ 8 delights hot pot
Chinese broccoli

The spare ribs were just bizarre. The meat seemed overcooked and chewy. The taste of the outer crust was too salty and the mayo sauce didn't help. The waiter recommended it when we asked about the paper wrapped spare ribs.

The sizzling beef was nicely tender, but the sauce was wayyyy too peppery (the ground black kind), so you couldn't taste the onions and green peppers.

The hot pot was good; seafood in it was good. Broccoli was ok.

Pacific Garden was very clean and roughly the same size as Peach Farm. Maybe we went on a bad night, but I don't see why folks think it's great. Maybe Chef Chan wasn't working on Saturday. We'll try their Dim Sum soon though.

At Peach Farm, we had:
Lamb hot pot
Sizzling scallops w/ pepper sauce
Peapod stems (sort of like spinach)
Fried tofu w/ shrimp on top and soy sauce on the side

Peapod stems were not chewy (it sometimes is at China Pearl which is a sign that they're too old). Lamb hot pot was good except they could have cooked it a little longer to make the meat fall off the lamb shanks. Sizzling scallops was excellent (you could taste the onions/green peppers and the scallops tasted fresh). The coating on the fried tofu was a bit too chewy; China Pearl does a better job with this because it's crunchy on the outside. Still, it was a much better dinner according to everyone at the table...

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