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Rubber Peking Duck anyone?

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Rubber Peking Duck anyone?

HLing | Jul 15, 2003 01:15 AM

So 3 chowhounds walked into a basement restaurant in Flushing, Queens, and the first thing the waiter says is, " we don't serve sechuan food anymore, you know that, right?" We knew that. There were other things we didn't know..... Fans of Spicy and Tasty beware. This place(133-43 Roosevelt ave) is now Si Ho Yuan, a northern Chinese place with a very promising and unique menu (though they only had 3 pieces of menus in the whole restaurant when we were there) offering the special Beijing style crepe, various sweets(uan3 dou4 huang2) and veggies(xian1 tzuong1) I've only read about, and strange things like "wood ears scrambled eggs"....etc.I've not had a meal this bad in a long time. The Peking duck that they said would take 40 minutes because they were making it right then, was an interesting study in who and how done it. The meat looked dry and moist at the same time and chewed like rubber ducky. ("probably microwaved" as the great SF chowhound speculated) The crepes were definitely home made and not the store bought tortilla, except that they were not very good either because they were past their prime, or just poorly made. The dark color sauce tasted watered down. The scallion whites uncut, would have been too big and tough to chew. The skin pieces were not crispy nor greasy enough, so our chance of at least a decadent skin sandwich was nil. All were either cold or luke warm. At this time I'm reminded of the first and last dinner I had at the Manhattan restaurant, AZ, and their water-logged pork.....Thankfully this cost less.The vegetable dish was basically untouched by us. One attempt to bite and I realized that though overcooked, it was too tough, and hadn't been trimmed. I then wondered if they'd even been washed....Just when we were laughing out loud at how awful this meal was, the guy in the next table took a bite of his plain white rice, and waved the waitress over asking, "do you have other rice? this one smells a bit ....." Well , good thing we didn't get rice.I'm convinced that this is only the humblest beginning for the next food trend to come. There will be, in a year or two or more, good Northern Chinese restaurant offering things other than the noodles and dumplings. So, just wait patiently, and Do NOT go here!

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