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Billy Tse's

jaweino | Jul 24, 2002 07:14 AM

We had an excellent meal at Billy Tse’s last night. We started out with Egg Roll and Spare Ribs accompanied by a bottle of very good champagne. The spare ribs were wonderful. They were lean and meaty and the marinade was perfect. They may be the best Chinese spare ribs I’ve ever had. The egg roll was very good with a hint of coconut in the filling. I prefer the ones I had at Kowloon the other night, but I was happy with these. Unfortunately, I don’t remember the kind of champagne, but it went very well with the appetizers. The acid of the champagne and the sweetness of the ribs and duck sauce balanced very well.

We then moved on to Peking Duck and two lobsters accompanied by a bottle of Caymus Conundrum. The duck was just perfect, with crispy skin and juicy tender meat. It was served with mu shi style pancakes instead of the fluffy rolls that usually accompany Peking Duck. This arrangement allowed for a greater meat to starch ratio, if you stuffed your pancake well. This particular well endowed duck came with four drumsticks, which made 4 of the 5 of us happy. We had one of the lobsters with ginger and green onion and the other with ground pork meat sauce. Both were heavenly. I have been unable to get a decent meat lobster sauce on the west coast. The conundrum stood up well to the food and was very good. However I would have preferred a more acidic wine. The wine list is small, but has many good selections that are fairly priced. My only quibble is that there were no rieslings or gewürztraminers on it. I think a good dry selection of one of those would have been an excellent match for this meal

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