Tuesday night I wanted to take my cousin and her grandchildren out to dinner. I let my cousin chose the place and I had some input in the meal. I wanted to revisit this nice Chinese outside of Chinatown. Only one drawback is parking is hard until 7:00 PM.
She orderrf one the special dishes of Gourmet Carousel which is Sweet and Sour Mustard Green with fresh local squid. The mustard greens are house made and had wonderful favor and texture.
Mrs. Yimster ordered the salt and pepper crab and Chinese crispy chicken. The chicken was one of the better versions we have had recently. Fully cooked but not too dried. The also used a Chinese chicken instead of the Foster Farms type. This not the range free chicken which not as large and has less meat.
The crab has lovely coating but again I like more seasoning and stronger salt and pepper taste. But the first local crab of the season was very good.
I then asked the waiter if you can make a dish not no the menu. One of the little girls wanted steamed eggs with BBQ pork but her older sister said the eggs would be too well done. So I order a dish we have made at home. I asked the waiter to have the chef add fresh clams to the egg custard mixture prior to steaming. Even if they over cooked the eggs the natural juices of the clams would keep the dish from drying out. At home instead of adding water we normally add chicken stock for color and favor.
As part of the meal we got a free house soup. Fizzy melon slow cooked soup. Great to keep you warm on a cold night. Also cookies and fresh orange as dessert.
I can not tell you the cost of the meal because I got outsmarted my Cousin paid while I parked the car. Next time I will beat her to the punch. I am already working on it.
We have always had great meals at this place. The set dinners are really good and the price are very reasonable.
1559 Franklin St