The wife and I stopped in at Jade Palace in Main Street in Carrboro to try our most local Chinese restaurant. We were told by a Chinese colleague to request specifically "Chinese-style" Chinese food and to request that it be prepared by Chef Chan. We've often pulled this kind of stunt at other restaurants with good results, but here nobody seemed to know what we were talking about, and ordering took about 20 minutes of complicated negotiation. We finally managed to convey that we wanted to leave the menu to the discretion of the chef. We received a dish of beef and scallops in watered-down hoisin sauce, and an attempt at salt-and-pepper chicken that alarmingly reminded us of McNuggets. This is a restaurant woefully set in its ways, to wit, serving so-so American-style Chinese food to Americans.
Our Chinese woes continue! I tell you the first person to open a decent Chinese restaurant in this area will make a million dollars.