Yesterday I was in the mood for soya chicken, actually, I was in the mood for the oily ginger/scallion dipping sauce served with soya chicken. To be perfectly honest, I was in the mood for Tong Kiangs soya chicken and ginger/scallion, but since they are in San Francisco I settled on BBQ King House in Chinatown Square, which serves a perfectly, as Zim might say, fine version.
Where I ran into trouble was the fact that I wanted something not specifically outlined on the menu. BBQ King offers lo mein or rice with one, two or three BBQ meats or they offer BBQ only combos of meat, I was in the mood, as usual, for pan-fried noodles, no soap radio.
The menu outlines two meats, I decided on roast duck as well as soya chicken, with either rice or lo mein for $6, so I, mistakenly, thought a substitution of pan-fried noodles would no problem. When I inquired the waitress informed me it was impossible to order pan-fried noodles with two meat (I thought of the classic Jack Nicholson scene) I informed her that I was willing to pay a small additional charge, and off she went to the kitchen to for a lengthy consultation.
The waitress informed me that, yes, they would be willing, somewhat begrudgingly, but willing, to bless me with two BBQ meats and pan fried noodles, but there would be an additional charge. Relieved that I did not have to sweep water glasses off the table while I inquired about toast, bread etc, I went ahead with my order of pan-fried noodle with two meats; soya chicken and roast duck.
I was brought a largish plate with about 1/2 a pound of each meat and another plate with a 12-inch circle of pan-fried noodles. Both meats were quite good, with the soya chicken being the clear winner, though the ginger/scallion oil was extremely salty. The pan-fried noodles were excellent, crisp on the outside, with scallion bits interspersed with the noodles and a nice soft yielding center, really good pan-fried noodles.
Service was good, plenty of water, tea and napkins, BBQ King even had decent tasting chili oil on the table. The only small problem, if you can call too much good food a problem, is that I was served a two meat dinner order of BBQ, which was substantially more than I could consume at lunch, heck, with a veggie on the side the pan-fried noodle and two BBQ meats would have made a nice lunch for two.
The price was still reasonable considering we had the leftovers stir-fried with tofu and veggies for dinner, over pan-fried noodle of course, and the quality was quite good. I will say I slightly prefer Wing Chan Bar-B-Q, also in Chinatown Square, for duck, roast pork etc, but they are take out only.
BBQ King House
2148 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL. 60616
Wing Chan Bar-B-Q
2157 S China Place
Chicago, Il 60616
5821 Geary Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94121