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Another "Chinese menu" find in Wilmington, Delaware

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Another "Chinese menu" find in Wilmington, Delaware

Julie | Jan 12, 2006 02:03 PM

After a visit to Shang Hai on Philadelphia Pike in Claymont, I mentioned how good it was to one of my colleagues who is originally from Beijing. She told me that there was also a great Chinese menu at Bon House, which is in the shopping center on Kirkwood Highway at the intersection of Rte. 7 (where Marshall's is located). My friend and I went there last Saturday night and had a great meal, although it was a little tricky to navigate.

Bon House seems at first to be a standard-issue "American Chinese" place, with an English-language menu full of things like chicken with cashew nuts, etc. We were a little dismayed to see that, and our hearts sank a bit also when we looked around at the other diners, 90% of whom were not Chinese. But wait! There is a "Chinese Chinese" menu as well, which is available if you ask for it--and it's only written in Chinese. This slowed us down for a minute, but we persisted and asked for a translation from the youthful owner, David Kung. He was extremely friendly and especially excited to learn that yes, we really do like spicy Sichuan food. He spent lots of time with us to figure out what we wanted to eat, suggested some great dishes, and kept coming back around to check on us.

After requesting "one pork, one fish, and one vegetable," we were presented with a dish of shredded pork with tofu and peppers, another of very lightly fried fish chunks with big pieces of soft tofu, ginger, chili peppers and garlic, and a third dish of garlic-sauteed baby bok choy. The fish was the standout, in my opinion, but we really liked everything we ate. The specialty is Sichuan regional cooking, in other words, SPICY.

I still have no idea what is on that Chinese menu, but David insisted that he was translating it now and would have it available in English the next time we showed up. The more non-Chinese Chowhounds that go to this restaurant and request the Chinese menu, the more incentive he will have to follow through on this, so please go! We need to support this sort of thing!

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