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King's Garden, Cranston, RI

celeriac | Jan 5, 2008 07:34 AM

A few friends and I went to King's Garden, a Chinese restaurant on Rolfe's Square in Cranston, last night. I definitely thought it was good enough to merit a mention on here. We tried two dim sum dishes (which are offered at all times) to start. Pea pod leaf dumplings, which had pea greens and shrimp inside, were very nicely steamed, perfectly assembled, tasty and quite light. The fried turnip cakes we had next were also pretty exceptional, creamy inside, crispy outside and studded with bits of roasted pork. Yum.

Both of the main dishes from the authentic menu (which you must ask for) were terrific. Ma Po Tofu was spicy, tangy and rich. The szechuan pickles in it really made the dish, and it was much more exciting than the same dish at Mu Mu in Providence. The sauteed watercress with preserved tofy was equally exceptional. The tofu was just present as flecks, more flavoring the dish than anything else, and gave it a rich flavor that i liken to parmesan or some other salted, aged cheese. Absolutely terrific. The only disappointments were the Moo Shu Vegetables (from the "normal" menu), which were ok but a bit bland, and the hot and sour soup, which we found too sweet and too thick.

Prices were very reasonable, service friendly and quick. Very nice place, I'll certainly be back to order more from the authentic and dim sum menus.

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