Can anyone tell me where I can eat my all-time favorite Chinese restaurant dish, Chow Gai Kew? It is a dish that was common on most Chinese restaurant menus until the mid- eighties when Cantonese style food was replaced with cuisines from Szechuan & Hunan provinces. Now, in my area, the typical Chinese restaurant offers Asia Fusion cuisine with a few classic Chinese items as well as Thai/Vietnamese inspired dishes and sushi bars.
Chow Gai Kew is battered and deep fried white meat chicken (like sweet & sour chicken) then stir fried with Chinese vegetables and served in a savory brown sauce. It has a distinctive taste that I can’t identify.
I’m starting to obsess about this one dish. I will consider making a pilgrimage to find a restaurant serving this if it’s not too far from my home in CT. I even recently went to an old school Cantonese restaurant in Chinatown, NYC and they didn’t know what I was talking about when I asked if their chef could prepare it for me. I told my wife that if I can find a restaurant serving this dish I want to take our next vacation to that town, stay in a hotel close to the restaurant and eat there for lunch and dinner every day. You can imagine how thrilled she is with this idea. Please Help!