This report is about six months late. I especially wanted to
mention the specific dishes ordered. When possible I copied the
names directly from the menu.
China Islamic is really two restaurants in one. Its outer shell,
so to speak, is a fairly generic Chinese-American restaurant that
happens to serve Halal food. So you can keep Halal while enjoying
your sweet and sour chicken-type dishes or egg rolls. Its inner
core is a true Northern Chinese Islamic specialty restaurant. You
want to order from the inner core menu! There's quite a bit of
breadth there, but here is what I had. This was one of the most
delicious meals I have ever had. No kidding.
* Thick Sesame Bread with Green Onion (Da Bing), medium-sized
This is a tasty flatbread. Most of the flavor comes from the
onions. Next time I plan to try the thin version.
* Two Delicacy Combination Platter: Jellyfish and Cold Ox-Tendon
* Lamb with Pickled Cabbage Warm Pot
An amazingly rich, sour, gamy dish. A depth of flavor beyond
any stew I can remember.
* Lamb with Green Onions
Full, almost beefy flavor.
* Hand-cut Noodles (Dough Slice) in Brown Sauce
Superb, almost marinara-like sauce, incredible depth of
flavor. Despite the lack of tomatoes or basil it really had
the character of a great pasta sauce. And the hand-cut noodles
were intensely chewy. Like they were chewing back. I couldn't
stop eating this dish until I had sopped up the last drops of
sauce with my Da Bing.
* Dried Shrimps with Green Beans
Spicy, tangy, fishy in a good way.
Total cost of the meal: $47 for four people. We were gleefully