Had a decent plate of peking spare ribs on rice at Swatow up at Chinatown Eatery. It's generous, the meat's tender, but the sauce is a little too heavy and the tangy flavoring is slightly off balance. A workman's kinda lunch; nothing to complain about for this much food at a fair price. (P.S. For me, "Swatow" used to be a keyword for Teochew cooking, but judging by the menu listing, this place is squarely Cantonese.)
The drinks/dessert stall at Chinatown Eatery is great. I've been there a couple of times and have enjoyed pretty much everything. Last was a papaya millkshake, thick and full of papaya goodness.
Went back to Taiwan Cafe, glad to report that the usual goodies (basil eggplant, potstickers, soy sauce duck, garlic seaweed) are still goodies. Also adored the crispy panko crumbed silken tofu. Lion's head in a claypot was a huge serving, but these meatballs were disappointing. They've been fried too long and the result was a hard shell instead of a crisp surface. The best lion's head meatballs have a slightly spongy texture that holds a ton of juicy broth; this had very little of that. They also lacked chopped waterchestnuts which are great for their a sharp crunchy contrast.
Flour Bakery is a fairly nice place -- bright and comfortable. Cauliflower soup had a thick consistency -- a lot of (sour?) cream, and also a moderate amount of peppery spices. Wished for a purer, more obvious cauliflower flavor. The cream puff fit the classic profiterole mold to a T -- good fudgy top, slightly stiff shell and rich cream. Very satisfying. A slice of dacquiose alternates crunchy meringue and thick coffee flavored buttercream; it's not bad, but I found it somewhat too sweet and a bit too heavy on the buttercream.
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