After having announced another birthday, my tasters and I decided to go to Restaurant Beijing once again. Just the thought of eating at Beijing again, made my week go from bad to great.
While making the reservation, I was advised to make the menu before our arrival. We decided that each taster choose a dish, resulting in having 12 dishes for 9 people. We were actually a party of 18, splitting evenly at 9 tasters at each table.
We started with the daily soup -- lotus root in a pork broth. I, being a Chinese, have already tasted this soup and actually appreciate this sort more than the Westernized kind. My tasters, who have never seen this soup before, actually appreciated this soup as much as I did :)
Shortly after we finished the soup, the dishes started pouring on our table. First came the
Beef with Chinese Broccoli: This was the first dish that cleared out. The beef was perfectly marinated with the right amount of taste to it. There was enough amount of Chinese broccoli to be shared amongst all the tasters and there was a perfect crunch to the vegetables.
Yu Hsiang Eggplant -- Westernized style: YUMMMM... just a light touch of fried eggplant smothered in a sweet, sour and spicy sauce. Double yummmm... There seemed to obviously not be enough because this was gone quickly also.
Buddha's delight style vegetables: I guess this dish wasn't as popular as the others because I found myself to be the only one who ate most of this dish. For those who want a deeper description, this dish was derived from what Buddhist's eat -- all vegetarian. It consists of Chinese mushroom, Button mushroom, Bok Choy, Black Fungus, chestnut slices, fried tofu, bamboo shoots and vermicelli.
General Tao and the Orange beef: On my table, there was a great discussion on how they both tasted similar -- except for the meat that was inside. I think that the Orange beef is a must -- lightly crispy on the outside, yet tender and soft, "melts in your mouth" on the inside. There's a bit of spicyness to it too.
Beef Bird's Nest: A mix of vegetables and beef in a "nest" made up of fried taro root strips. Another one of my all time favorites. I ordered this dish just for the "nest".
Salt and Pepper Pork Chops: The pork chops were a bit too salty, not one of my favorites. I guess nothing beats Amigo's Pork Chop and rice plate.
Salt and Pepper Squid Calmari -- Another YUMMMMMMMM.... Crispy on the outside and surprisingly soft on the inside, also another "melts in your mouth". Even though squid is supposed to have a rubber texture, they manage to make it soft, yet minimal chewyness. Even though it's also called salt + pepper style, I find it tastes different from the pork chops.
Shrimps with Mayo -- Another yummmmmmmmm... couldn't resist not ordering this dish. This dish is also available in Chicken Bits and Shrimps with Mayo sauce, but I opted for the just shrimps because I find that the shrimps are the best part and the chicken bits always gets leftover. The shrimps are the right size to be eaten in just one bite wrapped with a mayo sauce that has just a tad of sweetness.
Lobster with Ginger and Eschallots: not the season for lobster but tasters really wanted to eat lobster. No comment on this dish, since I already knew that it's not the season. One tip: only eat lobster during lobster season.
Cantonese Chow Mein: The dish was fairly big, but I didn't try this dish today, since I had no room for it. I've tried this already, and I really enjoyed it.
P.S.: don't be shy to ask for "less oil, no MSG" in your dishes!