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little three happiness meal

ab | Oct 22, 2003 05:31 PM

The Significant Other and I decided to hit Chinatown last night- and going on Chowhound posts, we went to Little Three Happiness on 209. W. Cermak.

Certainly a simple place inside, not as tacky or grungy as Hong Mihn (which was closed?!?), but a plain, small eating room.

The waiter seated us, gave us our menus and asked if we had been recommended by someone. I mentioned Chowhounds and he smiled and said something about "Glen" and seemed very pleased. Wherever you are Glen, you are a minor celebrity at LTH!

I ordered a half-crispy skin chicken, stir-fried Crab and salt and pepper shrimp w/ shells.

Crabs: Delightful flavor, quality crabs and the thick sauce was divine. The problem was eating the suckers- I probably looked primordial snapping and digging into the crabs. The SO gave up very quickly on this dish, but I managed to make a happy, sloppy mess of myself. Next time, I'll order these, but "dry stir-fry" rather than w/ sauce.

Shrimp: Excellent head-on shrimps w/ a very light breading/seasoning. I'm no chef, unsure about preparation in Chinese cooking, but these were very tasty. The fresh peppers added spice (I probably could have used a bit more on the critters themselves) and once again the shrimps were quality, medium sized and very fresh. I never knew I could enjoy crunching shrimp legs...

Crispy-Skin Chicken: By the time I got to this dish I was a bit full. Still, I went through a couple pieces. True to its' name, the skin was wonderful, crispy and flavored. The chicken was pretty neutral, although they did serve it with a small bowl of MSG crystals (I think??) and a chinese green, something like bitter melon, which I liked quite a bit.

I'm looking forward to heading back to LTH, I'd like to try countless other seafood options... any suggestions??

Stopped at the newer Phoenix lower level joint and got a Bubble Tea on the way out. Powdered variety, definitely made me appreciate Joy-Yee's amazing fresh fruit bubble "tea's" quite a bit.

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