A group of young musicians I know gathered in Leesburg for a family event a few days ago, and I decided to take ten of them to Joe's Noodle House on Sunday for lunch. They came from Stockholm, Tel Aviv, Lyon, Amsterdam, Ottawa and points around here. They are all strings players -- violin, viola, cello, bass. And they range in age from mid teens to mid twenties -- the high appetite years. Because the Joe's menu is so daunting, I ordered in advance:
APPETIZERS * means spicy
A28 SALTY & CRISPY SQUID
A47 * SZECHUAN STYLE RABBIT
A50 * PORK KIDNEY WITH MINCED GARLIC
A56 * CHOPPED LEEK STEM WITH PORK GARLIC & BLACK BEAN
A01 * SHREDDED RADISH WITH HOT SAUCE
A14 SEASONED SEAWEED
A16 * SHREDDED PORK TRIPE WITH HOT SAUCE
A41 FRIED BABY SMELTS & PEANUTS
F22 * YU-SHIANG PORK HOME STYLE
T20 * TRIPLE PEPPER CHICKEN DRY SAUTÉE
F29 * SHREDDED CHICKEN WITH PICKLED CABBAGE
H20 * FISH FILET OVER VEGETABLE SZECHUAN STYLE
H05 STEAMED FISH WITH SHREDDED SCALLION & GINGER
F02 BEEF WITH OYSTER SAUCE
F09 * SHREDDED PORK WITH HOT PEPPER
F26 TENDER SHRIMP SAUTÉED WITH EDAMAME BEANS
E19 SMOKED DUCK
N11 * PASTA WITH HOT MEAT SAUCE
The young man from Tel Aviv said to me, "Does anything contain pork?" I said, "Yikes, yes!" He paused, smiled sweetly and said, "That's okay. I'm just not used to it."
The review: nothing was left over, not even a drop of the dreaded H20. Everything was snarfled up, but most kudos went to the rabbit.
My conclusion: It is safe to hand over the world to this generation.