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Lunch at Jai Yun

Michael Rodriguez | | Jul 23, 2009 08:51 PM

My wife and I ate lunch at Jai Yun yesterday. We asked for the $18/person menu and received six cold dishes and six hot dishes. The food was mainly Shanghainese, with one off-course excursion (kong bao chicken). As we tasted the first few dishes we looked up to say to each other, "As good as being in China." A cold dish as simple as thinly sliced cucumbers dressed with a little vinegar was bright, flavorful, and rich. The abalone slices with scrambled egg whites were really good. There was a cold dish of Shanghai "smoked" fish, another of layers of dried and rehydrated dofu--both were distinctively flavored and reminded us of eating in China (I wish I could be more precise). Another hot dish was a tangle of tiny wild mushrooms deep-fried and luscious--I thought I was back in Yunnan.

This meal ranks with the best we have eaten at China Village a couple of years ago as the best Chinese food we have eaten on this side of the Pacific.

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