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Full Kee report

pam h | Jan 14, 2003 12:05 PM

OK, people: nice work. I was so excited about eating at Full Kee (for my date Monday, as in last night) that I took my date (another guy) on Saturday. Am a busy girl.

Saturday night:
1) both pan fried and steamed dumplings. I liked fried, he liked steamed. A good match. Very good dumplings, btw.
2) Leeds flowers: good, fresh chivey things. A huge portion. Very nice to mix in with rice and to lighten the...
3)clams with black bean suace. Very good, very unusual and fresh tasting dish. Not quite hot enough (temperature) for me but very good. I added a little red pepper (at the table). Delicious. the sauce was not at all thick or gooey, which is to recommend it.
4)ginger and scallion lobster: a little messy but tasty, although I once had a similar and far more upscale dish at Ten Penh -- not a huge fan in general -- and found it dramatically superior. Have had similar dish at Yanyu and liked it less than Ten Penh. It's a little tough to eat -- v. messy. But how can you complain about lobster ever, really? The ten penh version had crispy fried baby spinach under it, which might be swaying me. I can not resist translucent , crispy spinach.

Then on Monday:
1)Shrimp dumpling Soup with noodles. OUtrageously wonderful on a cold night. Big bowl of soup, lots of noodles and the dumplings. I could eat a mountain of those dumplings and never be tired of them. Much better than their regular dumplings, which are very good in their own right.
2)Pile o' Roast Pork: fatty but not gristley, sweet, savory -- very good. Like the best pork rib you've ever had in a chinese restaurant, with none of the mess or grease on your chin.
3)Chicken and eggplant casserole: white meat chicken, tender, garlicky eggplant, onions and shitake mushrooms served in a hissing casserole dish. Great. Can not wait to try other casseroles. Maybe the oyster next time.
4)Stir fried snow pea leaves: I preferred these to the leeds -- more substantial green, you know? and garlicky too.
Great suggestions. I have a few more standards I need to try there to see if it will permanently supplant City Lights (it will for authentic chinese dishes, like the casserole, that I can't get at City Lights, but I do love City LIghts Kung Pao chix and garlic eggplant...what can I do?). If Full Kee's kung pao is any good, I will say goodbye to the long lines of CL forever.
Thanks for your guidance. Both dates, by the way, were great. Wonderful, hilarious guys that allowed me to order for them with only a minimal loss of ego.

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