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Ge Da Soup at Ark Restaurant, Alameda

anli | Mar 12, 2006 02:53 PM

Anyone needing to warm up in this wintry weather might want to try the spicy seafood soup with ge da (mini dough, kind of like Chinese version of spaetzle). I grew up eating this at home and seldom see this homey dish in restaurants. We ordered a medium bowl, and asked for less spice because my husband can't take too much heat. It was still on the spicy side for him, but just right for me. The ge da were a little too firm for my taste, but my husband liked the texture. We also tried the gan peng chicken wings (dry fried) with a caramel-y sauce, and their little pan fried dumplings (obviously handmade) which come 10 to a plate for $5.50. I could eat a plate of those by myself. We took the leftover soup home and I added more broth and vegs the next day and the ge da softened nicely yet still had a little kick.

I've tried several other dishes here recently, and they've all been tasty.

Ark Restaurant
1405 Park St., Alameda

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