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China Islamic report (Rosemead)

Patty | Sep 22, 200302:28 PM

Thanks for all your advice on China Islamic as my friends and I continue our regional tour of China via the San Gabriel Valley. (Last month we did Chun King.) China Islamic was a very interesting experience with excellent, although rather heavy food. Mostly Chinese, several Pakistani or Indian families. Even if you bring beer, they don't want you to drink it because it's a Muslim restaurant. However, they have shrimp on the menu, so go figure. Many of the menu items are very average Chinese so it takes some sleuthing to figure out the Islamic specialties. After reading the Jonathan Gold review on the wall and consulting our Guide to Chinese Food in L.A., we ordered a flat sesame scallion bread as well as a fat steamed one; lamb stew warm pot; beef with green onions; combination knife cut noodles (also known as dough slices) and green beans with dried shrimps. This was more than enough for five people because the noodles and breads were incredibly filling. Both the breads were excellent, the toasted sesame adding just enough flavor to the delicate bread and green onions. Although the quick fried green beans can be found in any Chinese restaurant, their version was perfect, not too greasy and green beans just tooth-tender. The beef was extremely tender and tasty although the sauce was a standard soy stir fry sauce, nothing special. While the dough slice noodles were undeniably fresh and homemade, the dish was awfully heavy and needed a jolt of chile sauce from the table to wake it up. The lamb hot pot was quite a meal, tender chunks of lamb with cellophane wide noodles, star anise, cilantro, cabbage, etc. in a very savory broth perfect for dipping the bread into. We didn't order any rice. While lamb is not my favorite thing, I definitely enjoyed tasting another style of cuisine. However, I
found the flavors were not quite as complex (or spicy?) as I prefer. All this food was just $50 for five of us. On to the next region...

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