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Great China, Berkeley

foodfan | Apr 6, 200710:38 AM

Craving some good Chinese, I searched some old posts for advice on choices outside of the (berift) town of Alameda. We settled on Great China in Berkeley, on Kitteridge and overall, had some good food. Based on Robert Lauristons recommendation, I made sure we ordered a small double skin. I thought it was a great mixture of flavors, textures, temperatures etc but my husband was initially off put by the appearence of the (rice?) noodles and after a perfunctory bite, passed on more. We had a fried selection plate for 2 that had wonton skins, spring rolls and breaded shrimp. Very average, more crunch than anything else. The combo fried rice (requested no squid) was good, fairly plain with lots of mixed meats and fresh vegetables. Sweet & Sour Beef (hey, we're from the Midwest) had lightly fried crispy beef covered in a flood of sweetish, vinegary brown sauce with some cabbage, thin sliced cucumbers. Obviously, we are not overly adventorous but we will go back and branch out. I think a small double skin and a Peking Duck dinner would be great but will have to wait for a different dining companion and I hate to give up my favorite date!

Lots of choices on the menu and everyone else (it was full all the time we were there) looked happy. Portions are huge and we took lots home. I am happy to report that the cold double skin makes an excellent breakfast salad ~ wasn't soggy, still had clear tastes and textures and the mild mustard dressing is easy and perky in my stomach this morning.

Any other recommendations for Chinese for the appreciator of good food but mainstream? East Bay preferred. No ultra spicy or ingredients that need to be looked up in reference books, most innards are out but not the same old Mongolian beef, cashew chicken, or shrimp with snow peas either. Thanks ~

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