went to "beifang" (northern chinese restaurant) last night by myself, as my friend in alhambra was going to help me cut my reel, but not until 7pm.
this place rocks...
if, when visiting new york, you truck it out to flushing to find the xinjiang lamb skewer guy that sells on the street, or when visiting SF you hit up that awesome mongolian lamb hot pot joint deep in the sunset, this is the place for you...
i got there at 6pm and it was already getting going. large tables of men speaking loudly, chewing on fried pork bones passing out great wall cigarettes to each other.
i was kinda bummed when the waiter responded to my ABC mandarin with english after a couple minutes but he was cool, even though he kept steering me to dishes that i've had over and over at other restaurants. finally i asked "what can i get here that i cant get anywhere else" and up on the wall was a mushroom dish(7.99 top left of the four specials written in chinese) basically its mixed mushrooms sauteed with green onions. there was a fresh mushroom that was kind of like the fat white meat thick stemmed pine/oyster mushrooms one sees at korean grocery stores all the time and the other dominant mushroom was a thin and long stemmed mushroom with a flat cap about an inch or less in diameter. they were a dark grey color and i believe they were dried. looked a little bit like a dark grey dried version of these:
i had never tried these mushrooms before so i was pretty pleased although it was a bit bland and pretty oily... (i'd ask for all the dishes to be prepared with less oil "shao you")
i also ordered "salty lamb" (6.88) which was a slightly cumin-y lamb sauteed with white onions. again it was pretty oily. (as is the tendency with northern chinese food i find) i think next time i'll go with the xinjiang lamb. they also have xinjiang lamb skewers for a buck each.
i tried the shenyang fake dog meat appetizer just for the heck of it. it was basically a very moist pulled pork with generous portion of red chili (4.95)
instead of rice i got the "jing dong rou bing" jing dong meat pie (3bux). this is a little less fine than what i got at the shuai yang rou (mongolian hot pot) place in the sunset up north, but still pretty awesome. fans of the 101 noodles beef roll will enjoy this as well. same doughy crispness with a secret interior meat wallop.
the dishes were pretty big and very reasonably priced. i had tons of leftovers.
note: every other table seemed to have the "cold vegetable combination" and the "shenyang sauteed pig bones which i will definitely try next time, since i love to suck on pig bones (get your mind out of the gutter). korean gamja tang: oh yeah! (stewed pork bones with potatos and veggies) btw: they had a pretty tasty looking gamja tang at ham ji park, the bbq pork ribs place on 6th and berendo)
ps. j gold did a review a few years ago...
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