We finally made it to Shangri-la this weekend. The meal had its ups and downs. For appetizer we shared scallion pancakes, white turnip cakes, and Dumplings. The scallion pancakes were excellent - some of the best ones I've ever had. The turnip cakes were interesting and very tasty. The dumplings really let us down. The dough was thick and too soft (almost watery tasting). The filling was hard and not juicy.
For entrees, two of us shared a ginger chicken casserole. The other two in our party got sweet and sour pork, and pork with tofu. The ginger chicken casserole had chunks of chopped up chicken thighs on the bone, lots of whole basil leaves, and strips of ginger. The flavors were good, but we were not crazy about the chicken texture. The meat was not "fall of the bone" tender like it tends to be in braised dishes. The texture was more of a roasted chicken. The skin however was not crisp and had a greasy taste (this usually happens in braised chicken dishes).
The sweet and sour pork was the usual deep fried pieces of pork in orange sauce. I am not crazy about this kind of Chinese dishes, but the other people in our party thought it was the best version of this dish.
The third dish, pork with tofu, never arrived. We had plenty of food, so we just shared and decided not to worry about it. After our check arrived and we were ready to pay, the pork with tofu finally arrived. We asked the waiter to just take it off the bill since we finished eating, but he insisted that we should take it to go. We didn't want to take the dish with us and asked again that he take it off our bill. He said ok and left. Then another waiter came over and told us to take the dish to go. We again told him to take it off our bill. He said ok and left. He came back with wrapped up pork and uncorrected bill. Only when we asked for the third time, did they take it off the bill. I understand that it's a Mom and Pop kind of restaurant and that service and timing of dishes isn't the greatest. We didn't mind that. When there was a long wait between dishes, we just shared whatever was on the table. But bringing a dish after the bill and asking the customer pay for it, is just rediculous.
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