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Chicken Wings and More at Capital (long-ish)

mspea | May 4, 200501:47 PM

Lured by Ruth L's description of the salt and pepper wings, I dragged four co-workers (one hound, three not so much) to Capital yesterday. We ordered the wings, preserved vegetable with tofu (which also includes pork, but doesn't say so on the menu), sauteed shrimp with asparagus, dry fried green beans (hold the meat), and veg fried rice (not my choice). I wanted to order the salted fish and pork but knew that only two of us would eat it, so I held off.

As promised, the wings were great: salty and crispy on the outside, moist and meaty on the inside, with the tiniest kick from the accompanying chiles. At 16 pieces for $5.50, I consider them a deal -- and could eat the whole thing myself. The thing that would keep me from doing that is the preserved veg with tofu. I have never, and I mean never, had more delicious tofu -- almost crispy exterior, creamy interior, set off perfectly by the saltiness of the veg, the tenderness of the pork, and the richness of the gravy. Do other places make this dish?

As to the rest: The shrimp were firm and cooked just to doneness, with a good size portion of asparagus and a tasty sauce. The person who clamored for it was very satisfied, and happy as well with the fried rice, which I didn't taste. The green beans were just OK. Total tab for the 5 of us, with four sodas, was under $50 inclusive. I'd go back today if I didn't have a conflicting obligation.

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