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Excellent Mandarin Cuisine at Five Happyness

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Excellent Mandarin Cuisine at Five Happyness

ryan | Apr 17, 2002 09:18 PM

I admitt to loving these unsophisticated and/or unauthentic ethnic dishes:

1) The barbequed Chicken Burrito at Pancho's
2) Thick doughy steamed dumplings
3) Chicken and Broccoli in Hot Garlic Sauce
4) Rock-hard Maza Balls (sinkers)
5) Left-over Seseme Chicken

There i said it. I admitted it.

Well never being one to repress urges, I have had speratic impulses for the kind of cheap americanized chinese food that I found throughout the hood in NYC. Not that Id always rather eat the ubiquitous "Chinese Food", to eating Haka or Cantonese, but some time a man needs his: (bare with me) Chicken-and-Broccoli-w/yellow-fried-rice-and-an-eggroll-plate. No bok choy, eggplants, or carrots diluting my favorite veggie and favorite meat.

Anyways, Five Happyness on Geary and Arguello is not familiar with this dish. Unfortunatly for my regressive impulses, the unsophisitication of their mandarin style food (the default style in NY) is foiled by excellent quality ingrediants and complex sauces.

Not meaning to take to long to describe garlic chicken I will continue; the big slices of white-meat chicken were coupled with an equal number of crisp bright broccoli that must have been still growing the day before. The sauce was as thick and dark as I like it, but with a deeper and more contrasting flavor then usual. It was brightly acidic and yet deeply sweet from the abundence of invisible garlic, yet somehow missing the ring of grease that only comes with authentic unauthenticity. I am getting hungry plus I have had to use my spell checker three times on "broccoli", so I will stop here. This huge spicy heap of jewish/chinese comfort came with white rice, and above average hot and sour soup for 4.25 for lunch.

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