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Pearl Villa in Chinatown

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Pearl Villa in Chinatown

Young-Ho | Dec 10, 2004 09:35 AM

Howdy,

Hope all are well. A friend of ours from Hong Kong took my wife and me to this small Chinese-Malaysian restaurant on Tyler St. It's on the second floor.

We had a great appetizer: fresh large clams, chopped and steamed, served with a soy-based sauce on thin cellophane noodles on the half-shell, with a little fried garlic and scallions on top. I think it was about $4 each. Quite good.

We also ordered Hainan chicken, a beef dish, and sauteed pea pod stems. The chicken is apparently a local delicacy in the part of China nearest Malaysia, prized for its texture and taste. It was served cold, sliced with the skin attached, in a small pool of oil and ?soy sauce, with two separate dipping sauces--one seemed to be scallion- and garlic-based, the other was a little spicy. Our friend said that he and his friends always come here to eat it. I was glad to try it, and it was different from any other chicken that I've had--oilier and smoother, almost silky in texture.

The waiter had recommended the beef dish, which seemed to be similar to sliced ribeye, served on top of Chinese broccoli, with a slightly viscous brown sauce. Pretty good, but a bit expensive at $16. The pea pod stems were perfectly fine.

They also had tapioca pearl drinks made with fresh fruit. Both the papaya and watermelon drinks were quite tasty.

Bill for the above came to a little more than $60 before tip. Might be worth trying if you're looking for a new place to check out.

Happy eating,

Young-Ho

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