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Great simple lunch at Quan's Kitchen


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Great simple lunch at Quan's Kitchen

Psora | Sep 14, 2005 10:38 PM

Used to occasionally go for shrimp and veggies on pan fried noodles at Quan's as a nice, uncomplicated (but still with a mixture of tastes and textures), light tasting dish. Very basic - large shrimp with lightly cooked bok choy, served in medium amount of clear (broth based so slightly salty) sauce with a visible generous scattering of chopped up garlic all through it. Most of the sauce got soaked up by (and softened some of) the fried to crispness noodles to give another texture. Hadn't been there in ages, and the last time I was, found they had apparently changed hands. The sauce was now brown because it had so much soy sauce added to it that that's all I could taste. *Yuck* Was passing by again and in the mood for it again, so stopped in and asked if I could get it without the soy. What a great lunch. Got a huge (big enough for two) colorful plate full of all sorts of nicely crisp-tender veggies (the bok choy, but unlike the old version also chopped red and green peppers, broccoli, carrots, onions, mushrooms, etc) with a very reasonable amount of shrimp - not sure, but I think 6-8 large ones -in a soy-free sauce. Took a lot of convincing them that I didn't just want less soy, I wanted none (woman behind the counter had never heard of it the old way and thought I must mean some other dish), and I still think it ended up saltier than I remember it, but all those different veggies brought the old favorite to another level. Hardly unusual or gourmet, but good when you're in the mood for simple and pretty healthy other than frying the noodles. They sold another one on looks alone to a woman in line watching me eat. Hopefully not just a one time bit of good fortune, and worth trying if you're in the area.


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