So as I mentioned we had dinner in chinatown last night. It was our son's birthday and we wanted to do something fun, tasty and celebratory. rob/VI had mentioned at our LSC dinner that he and his wife had gone to Happy Chef for her birthday and they had great food and an option of order two entrees and get a free lobster or crab. Given our high regard for his opinion and the shellfish this sounded perfect.
There is also the option of order two entrees and get a third free. All the deals come with a soup to start the meal and a desert soup to end
we went for two and a lobster as well as two and a crab. So all in all we had 6 entrees
lobster (a steamed version with soy, sesame and scallions--this was everyone 'cept my sis's favorite,
crab - a messy ginger/scallions version, really tasty and we all gave up any pretense of formal dining and just used hands and nutcracker and had a good old time. My only (slight) problem with this was- cooked this way the meat is a little stringier and hard to get out of shell but i don't mind sucking on some shells.
Prawns with chiles and spiced salt--one of the better versions of this i've had. My sis insisted on munching the heads, i just sucked the juices out of the head case. It was her favorite
Tenderloin of beef with pepper sauce, really homey juicy, and tasty,and on a sizzling platter. The pepperiness was nice (i tasted the pepperiness more when it was cold as i snacked a little at midnight)
Pea leaves with garlic (they were out of on-choy with spicy bean curd sauce so we got the pea leaves - just as good as LSC)
and braised twin mushroom with bok choy -just ok, actually i've had better versions of the black mushroom bok choy thing though maybe not as pretty(I think theirs may have been reconsitituted?
If you like this combo I think joy yee's black mushroom chow fun is pretty good.
soups - beginner soup--well almost everyone thought this was inedible - too gloppy and not seasoned (except my sis-who had it packed to take home.
dessert soup - tapioca with red bean paste? not bad, My wife liked this one and it reminded my dad of a soup he used to get as a kid when he was sick in India
oh yeah, we also got a couple of appetizers while we waited for everyone to turn up. nothing special - fried shrimp balls and pot stickers.
Afterwards my son taunted everyone with the head from the lobster carcass.
the actual name of the place is happy chef dim sum house and given our experience i would think their dim sum would be pretty tasty. Anyone had dim sum there?
Happy Chef Dim Sum House
2164 S. Archer Ave.
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