Took another chowhounder – Cantkick’s recommendation and tried Eastern Empire(Manow’s previous location). The seating area is the same as before, the waitress was quick to greet me took me to my seat. The lunch menu was quite typical, the usual Chinese food that you can get, comes with soup or soda or egg roll, for the price of $5.5. There are also a few Thai specials and they were $6. Tea and ice water were put on the table as soon as I sat down. I had the not so exciting chicken with broccoli and hot and sour soup, simple dish and soup but they can tell the quality of the place. The hot and sour soup was decent; chicken with broccoli was flavorful. The source was tasty, not as thick(corn starchy) as some other places. I ordered white rice instead of the pork fried rice but when my waitress brought the dish to me, it was with pork fried rice, she apologized for the chef and told me that she would get me the white rice on the side. I declined the offer since I would not be able to eat all that, besides, the pork fried rice looked pretty good to me(non greasy). I am actually glad that the chef made the mistake, the pork fried rice was good, very hot and the pieces of pork(BBQ pork) were very juicy. Other than the fortune cookies, oranges were also offered, which was a nice touch.
I am happy with my lunch, service and food were both good. If I really have to pick on something, it would be the little kid running around the dining area. I believe he is the owner’s child and both parents are working so he is running around in the restaurant. There were four other tables while I was there, other customers seem to enjoy their dishes too. I will have to come back and try their dinner menu some other time.