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Peking Cuisine (Houston)

pg | May 31, 2006 02:00 PM

Hello all,

I ate at Peking Cuisine over the weekend and you might find it to be an interesting place. It is located on the corner of the Southwest Freeway (59) and Gessner in a strip mall that also has a Spec's Liquor. I was originally taken there by a Chinese co-worker. Apparently this is another place frequented by chinese people looking for authentic cooking. I'm not real sure of the region, although with a name like Peking Cuisine...

When you go there in a group, ask for a special menu. (I've gone twice for lunch and they've had this, I don't know if they have it for dinner.) This special menu is in chinese, so I guess you have to ask for it (my group was non-chinese but the waiter brought it to us). In any case, for $26 you can get three hot appetizers, three cold appetizers, and three entrees. You choose the entrees off of the main menu but not all of the main menu items are available on this deal for $26. Some items, like crispy duck, are available, but you have to pay an extra $1-$3 for them. You get the normal amount of food. The three of us could not finish half of the food so easily five people could split the food.

We ordered (not all of the items, just the ones I can remember):
meat pie (hot appetizer)
five spice beef (cold appetizer)
La Pi-bean noodle dish (cold appetizer)
steamed dumpling (hot appetizer)
sweet rice dumpling (hot appetizer)
duck on bone (appetizer, I think cold)
Chicken with Peking sauce
Shredded pork with garlic sauce
Szechuan beef

Ok, the five spice beef was good. It was thinly sliced pieces of beef. The La Pi (I'm not sure if I spelled that correctly) was interesting. It looked like thickly sliced onions and it was served with cilantro and in dumpling sauce. I enjoyed it, my friends, not so much. They give a lot of it and it gets a little repetitive after a while. The dumplings were allright and the sweet rice dumpling was decent. I liked the duck, it was nicely salted, but it was on the bone so my friends didn't care for it. We also had a meat pie that was allright. The meat was ground meat and of uncertain origin. The pancakes that the meat pie was served in was a little tough, but maybe that's how it is supposed to be.

The chicken with Peking sauce was ok and it had zucchini cubes. I really enjoyed the pork with garic sauce. Now, I normally like szechuan sauced meats, but the beef with szechuan sauce was...interesting. What's the word for too much flavor? Saporous? Sapid? Savory? I had one bite and my tounge was feeling the flavor for five minutes. They put a ton of garlic and cardemom and other spices to load up on flavor. I'm indian and I felt that it was too much flavor. None of us had much of it and we left nearly all of it at the resteraunts. (Full disclosure, my friends didn't care much for the place so I was taking all of the leftovers home. Had that not been the case, I would have taken the szechuan beef with me.)

I've had the Peking Duck during a previous visit and I really enjoyed it.

In closing, $26 is not much to try a ton of different dishes, and the quantity is great, but the flavors are different than normal chinese food so be warned.

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