After reading reviews here I decided to give Zoe’s in Somerville a try for Chinese take-out. I ordered the fried veggie ravioli, fried shrimp Sichuan style, and the double cooked pork.
I can see why Zoe’s is a favorite and why they are also cited as being inconsistent. The ravioli was good, filling had a nice texture and mild flavor and they weren’t greasy. Fried shrimp was awesome! Sweet perfectly cooked shrimp and a generous amount of them, in a terrific seriously spicy sauce full of chili peppers. I loved it. This had serious flavor and heat. The sweet, salty, crunchy combo of peanuts and water chestnuts really complimented the shrimp and HOT sauce.
The double cooked pork was good but really lacked the heat I had expected. It wasn’t hot at all. Both the shrimp and pork had a chili next to description on the menu so my expectation was that the heat would be equally spicy. I actually started off the meal trying the pork and quickly shifted my attention to the shrimp because it was a lot more flavorful. The pork has some serious potential though. I loved the thin, almost shaved, slices. It was almost like bacon… I’ll order it again and ask for it extra spicy.
I look forward to ordering from them again soon. My only issue is that both the shrimp and pork were loaded with green peppers. I’m hoping I can ask for mixed peppers or pea pods in the future without throwing off the order.