I don't normally like Chinese food. I usually find it too salty, or too fatty, or too gloopy. A few years ago I was in London with a friend and we ate here: http://www.newfooklammoon.com. We had the "Special Fresh Lobster Set Meal 1" and it changed my mind entirely about Chinese food. It literally blew me away. I still remember it fondly more than two years since I was there.
The thing that I liked most about this meal was how bright and distinct the flavors were. There was sauce on the noodles, but it wasn't gloopy and didn't drown them. Nothing was oversalted. Things were all still identifiable, no mystery chunks or anything. But the absolute highlight of the meal was the salt & pepper squid and eel. Light as air, non-greasy crispy fried squid and eel topped with a "sauce" of sauteed garlic, chili peppers, cilantro, spring onions and ginger. We would have both licked the plate had we not been in public :)
The fried rice in the meal was outstanding too - not that murky brown soy sauce color that you see in normal fried rice. The rice was off white, fragrant of ginger and garlic, studded with chicken, a few veggies and scrambled egg and speckled with shards of salty preserved fish. It was really delicious.
My question to you all is this - I know Philly has a biggish Chinatown, but I don't really know anything about it, despite growing up here. Can anyone suggest a good Chinese place that will help me recapture my memories of that meal in London? I'm looking for just Chinese, not fusion. I've been to Susanna Foo's and wasn't overlyb impressed. And it doesn't have to be in Chinatown, I'm willing to hoof it a little. Just not all the way to London :)