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Chinese Dinner at Lulu's -- StL

nosh | Apr 15, 201506:26 PM

I had a Groupon and dad's wife is always looking to break out of their rotation, so I made reservations for five at Lulu's on the south side of Olive in U City. Table usually for six with a lazy susan in the middle, which I really like when sharing a lot of dishes since it avoids endless passing. I ordered some dim sum to start -- shrimp dumplings, shrimp and chive dumplings, shu main, and potstickers. All were good, especially when dipped in soy, vinegar, and hot chili oil. Best entree was my niece's crispy eggplant, wedges that were crisp on the outside and meltingly tender inside, in a slightly sweet sauce. Best dish of the evening. Dad's hot plate with shrimp, small scallops, and more was good though the brown sauce was boring to me. His wife's Hong Kong noodles turned out to be very thin noodles and was more successful than my sister's chow fun vegetable noodles, which were flat and wide and to me just boring. I ordered the szechwan chicken, which turned out to be small chunks of deep-fried chicken along with fried scallion and garlic pieces, served with a TON of little hot thin red peppers (arbol?) which scared most of the others at the table. Not as spicy as it looked, as long as you didn't bite the peppers, but it scared off most in my party. No sauce in this dish.

So two questions: First, as with most Chinese places, I got the idea that other than the eggplant, I missed their best dishes. So for others that have eaten there, what is best? Second, what are your favorite Chinese places in St. Louis (Olive, U. City, Clayton areas preferred) and what are the best dishes there?

BTW, I was driving on Maryland in Clayton and noticed sign's in all of the windows of House of Wong announcing a new ramen place. Not my favorite, but ok and very convenient and I'll miss it. Living in L.A., last thing I need is more ramen, pho, or the like.

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