A number of us were there today working on a secret project ;-). Me, DylanLK, Ben (chowtimes), Karl (the Friday Lunch), Keev (TimeToChow) had a great lunch consisting of:
Pork and Ginger Soup
Spicy Pig Hearts (incredible dish)
Smoked Hunan Bacon with Garlic Bolts (my favourite dish at Alvin Garden)
"Chaiman Mao's" Red-Braised Pork (great deep, flavours, tender pork)
Taro and Chili Pickle
Most of the dishes had a spicyness that hit you immediately...then changed into a more moderate internal heat. Half-way through the meal, I started to feel a pleasant light-headedness from the chilies. This meal proves yet again that Alvin Garden is my favourite Chinese restaurant in town. It is consistent, delicious and uncompromisingly Hunan. It has never let me down.
The real gluttons of the group (DylanLK, Keev, and I) ended up at Crystal Mall where we sampled some street food from Beijing, TianJin, Guizhou, and Malaysia... http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/695783
Belly full...must nap.
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