We made our second trip to Riso Noodle House in Charleston yesterday. Our first trip was a couple weeks ago and we were delighted to see they have two menus. One was a fairly standard offering of "normal" Chinese/Asian food. This isn't a typical take-out place as it has tables & chairs, but the menu had many familiar items..Chinese, Thai, and Japanese. But what intrigued us was the separate menu labeled "Authentic Chinese". We ended up ordering two dishes from the authentic menu and one from the regular menu. While the regular dish was better than any other Chinese place we visit in the area we decided that our next trip would be entirely from the authentic menu.
And so it was. We had a couple of dishes that were outstanding (just like our first trip). The authentic menu has vastly different selections than your typical Chinese take-out so don't be intimidated. The fact is that the items are prepared perfectly and are delicious. We've tried four different items from that menu now and plan on exploring even more upon our return trips.
Let me be honest. We are not the easiest people to satisfy. There are plenty of "popular" restaurants in the Charleston area that folks talk very highly about and we just aren't impressed by. So when we find a spot that we really enjoy it's like finding a jem in a rock mine.
Last week I reported on the Mexican food at La Nortena. This week it's the Chinese food at Riso Noodle House. The Charleston area is starting to produce some good offerings.