My sixth visit to China Star was a spectacular lunch shared with a gaggle of Chowhounds. This was easily the best visit yet, and I'm not sure where to begin, except to say that the special of Lamb in Hot Pot is something that every Chowhound should run out and get RIGHT NOW. I mean it. I don't know for how much longer it will be offered. I called China Star, and they said until it runs out. Usually the specials are up for a two week period, but I don't know when that started. Among the many things that amazed me about this dish was that all the major ingredients of this stew really kept their flavor despite the aggresive spicing. The turnips, Chinese leeks, carrots, etc all had intense flavors which shone through. My mouth was going in so many directions at once.
Also, it is really important to eat this food right when it comes from the kitchen. Some of the party who came late didn't get the full impact, sorry to say, especially with the absolutely killer rendition of the dry fried string beans.
Anyway, other wonders were the eggplant(somebody please tell me where this was on the menu) and the Ma La Diced Rabbit. Young country chicken looked like the eggplant dish, but packed a nice cinnamon punch. I'm in love with the dry-braised fish with chili-miso sauce, yet some people think their roast fish is even better. What an embarrassment of riches!