There is not one decent Chinese food to be had in this area. I worked for a restaurant down in Boise about 30 years ago that had the most blissful Mandarin Sauce and Almond Fried Chicken gravy I have ever put in my mouth. I’ve been able to recreate their egg rolls, egg foo yung and fried rice over the years. But not that sauce or gravy. Don’t even recommend I ask for the recipe. Not one person in the kitchen spoke English (that they would admit anyway). I worked there for five years, just hanging a ticket for an order was taking your life in your hands if there was even one slight deviation in an Order (i.e. a simple #5 - to #5 with egg roll /no fried rice - aye, yi, yi, yi, yi). That cook would start slamming that meat cleaver on the window counter, screeching like a banshee, and you ran for your life!
But, I digress, is there some dish in your past that you have tried to recreate, but can never get “just right”?