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Kowloon: a painful revisit

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Kowloon: a painful revisit

Richard | Nov 16, 2003 04:40 PM

My wife and I were doing some high end shopping at the Christmas Tree Shop on Route 1 today. We were not too far from the Kowloon, which we have not visited for 25 years or more, so we decided, "what can it hurt, let's give it another try." After all it survived the war with Weylu's, and the parking lot is busy, and there are constant medium size parties going back and forth.

I ordered one of my standard vegetarian dishes: the family type tofu, which are squares of fried tofu with various vegetable in a mildly hot sauce. The tofu was very chewy with an odd unpleasant after taste - nothing like anyplace else. After a good look I noticed that the squares of tofu had been frozen, then reconstituted usually by boiling in water, then they are sauteed or whatever. Tofu reconstituted after freezing has a very different texture and is very chewy and is not by any means a good candidate for this dish. I guess they freeze the tofu since there may not be high demand for family style tofu.

My wife had the wonton soup, but suffered a gas attack before her main course (which in all fairness may not have been due to the soup), but this gave us an excuse to plead my wife's illness, have everything packed, and leave. All this may have been bad luck, but I know many good Chinese restaurants and the risks are not worth it anymore. Kowloon always seems to be busy, so there are many apparently satisfied customers.

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