Visited: 02/03/07, Saturday @ 2:00pm
Strip-mall location, bbq duck hanging in a meat case when you arrive, linens, but I don’t think you go here looking for ambience…
Very friendly, but a tad slow due to a crowd and only two servers. I don’t really expect fantastic service at a Chinese restaurant.
~$30 for two, Cash only
The menu was huge, and was in both Chinese and English, which to me, is a good indicator that an authentic meal is to follow (beaten only by an all Chinese menu).
(SHREDDED PORK WITH GARLIC SAUCE) – Pleasant dish. Small, shredded pork strips enhanced by in a spicy, garlicky sauce. Terrific with rice. I did get a small piece of bone in my pork, but at least that means it is not processed food stuff.
(MIXED VEGETABLE HOT POT) – Served in a small pot, glass/cellophane noodles at the bottom and a variety of extremely fresh vegetables (snow peas, water chestnuts, broccoli, bok choy, baby corn) on top in a light sauce. This dish was nicely balanced and the sauce added a slight flavor instead of overwhelming the taste of the vegetables. This was our favorite dish out of the three.
(SHRIMP PAN FRY NOODLES) – This was unexpected. It was sautéed shrimps on a bed of dry, crispy egg noodles with a light shrimp sauce. It took a while for the sauce to make the noodles soft enough for us to eat… Maybe this is a cultural difference, but I didn’t really prefer to eat the noodles dry and hard. The shrimps were silver dollar sized and seemed very fresh (had that pop when you bit into them). Maybe next time I will try shrimps on chow fun. I think we were expecting a pan fried noodle (soft, but crispy on the outside). Maybe there was a mix up seeing as we don’t speak Cantonese…
Overall, the food was delish and seemed very similar to the bona fide Chinese/Cantonese food we are/were used to experiencing in California (SF – Chinatown). I don’t think I would try ordering the “Americanized” versions of Chinese food here… I will stick to more authentic dishes. We’ll be back. Best Chinese so far – Recommend.