Speaking of Chinese, I had a really good and authentic meal at House of Hunan in Schaumberg. I actually made the trip out there just to eat there...since it came highly recommended by some Chinese persons whose taste I trust.
Well...I wasn't disappointed.
We started with a light soup not from the menu. Am I cool or what? :) Its was light, and perfectly bland. Only the flavors of the chinese vegetable and tofu flavored the broth. It was perfect way to start off the meal.
We had the steamed orange roughy w/ crunchy fried bean sauce. Absolutely delicious. The fish was fresh and steamed to perfection. The crunchy fried bean sauce was slightly sweet, complementing the butteriness of the fish. We also had the choice of either this or the whole sole. We chose the orange roughy becase we felt it would be meatier, and more buttier.
Another entree we had was the beef stew casserole. You can get this dish anywhere...but most places don't do it this good. The beef was tender and meaty. The tendon was "just right" chewy.
The above two dishes are reasons I would make the drive out there again and again.
Our third entree was the Hunan style shrimp (shrimp in tomato sauce). Okay. I admit I have a weakness for certain ameri-Chinese dishes. I also like sesame chicken and honey walnut shrimp too. I find that the sweetness of this dishes goes well with the rest of the other entrees on the table. Here, the shrimp was plump and fresh, but the sauce was a bit too sweet...not as spicy, rich and tomato-y as I had hoped. But still, a decent dish. The sauce for this at Hong Min was perfect. (sniff, sniff)
The room was very clean and feels a little more upscale than your typical Chinatown restaurant. The service was extremely friendly. It's worth the drive.
House of Hunan
1233 E. Golf Rd., Schaumburg