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Lamb at Mr. K Chinese Restaurant. Lavish interior and pricey food that is less than satisfying.

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Lamb at Mr. K Chinese Restaurant. Lavish interior and pricey food that is less than satisfying.

jonkyo | Apr 24, 2012 01:09 PM

最近我到了:

Mr。K's Chinese Restaurant, 570 Lexington Ave at 51st Street.

I was not impressed at all.

Though the service was nice, and the wonderful staff spoke both English and Mandarin, the dish that I had was suspect from the beginning.

I ordered what is called Sichuan Goat (lamb in domestic us) or 四川羊肉, and the exact title on the menu if I remember correctly was Chuan La Yang Rou (川辣羊肉) though forgetting the English title.

As I ordered I was told "Oh...its very hot...". I also found out the owner is of Hunan origin. Hunan people know hot food.

My problem was that this dish had an inclusion of jalapeno. This inclusion disqualifies the dish as being that of Sichuan, and does change the dish entirely. The sauce or juice of the dish was halfway there, but for the price that such was not good enough.

The meat was alright, though I have had better yang rou 羊肉 or actual goat up further at Land Of Plenty. And at Land of Plenty 魚米子鄉 (yumizixiang). one is getting a more accurate example of hot Sichuan food.

The price was too much for this dish. 28.98 or there about, and when I ordered I thought that this was going to be good. I was wrong indeed.

One ought to consider the peppers used in Sichaun cuisine, and also that of Hunan cuisine, especially if one is the chef and the price is as high as it is. Jalapeno peppers are not a substitute for the peppers used in Sichuan cuisine, especially when one is buying supplies for a Chinese restaurant in NYC.

I could have found a better prepared dish of the same title in or around Canal or Division etc. for half the price.

 

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