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Niu Kee isn't what it used to be (and it's not a good thing)

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Niu Kee isn't what it used to be (and it's not a good thing)

pinkatronica | Dec 6, 2012 06:40 AM

We went to Niu Kee last night and ordered, the dumpling with peanut sauce, the dragon eggplant and the szechuan beef with tofu flower.

We've had the eggplant dish there before and what we were served last night bore no ressemblance to the former dish. I'm not even sure what they did with it, but it was one hard block of deep fried matter. It was so overly fried that you couldn't even taste the eggplant - it could have been anything.

The dumpling apperizer was not as offensive, but it did not look anything like the picture in the menu. The picture was showing something like big shumais, we received tiny overcooked raviolis with a little bit of stuffing inside. Felt like it has been previously frozen.

As for the beef dish, there was very little meat in. It was surprisingly mild, which was ok for us, but I'm guessing many would be disapointed. The tofu was certainly not "tofu flower"; it was cubes of semi-hard tofu and it didn't taste particularly fresh either. The dish was topped with peanuts. I've never had peanuts in this kind of dish before, so it seemed a bit weird but taste-wise it was fine.

There was also no music of any kind, which made the whole experience pretty weird as our conversation resonated throughout the entire restaurant. I'm afraid this was our last visit to Niu Kee.

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