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lao tse chuan

ann | Nov 8, 2001 07:10 PM

After visiting the day of the dead exhibit last weekend, the mister and I needed some food and hadn't been to Chinatown in awhile. I'm new to the board, but based on some reading I'd squeezed in at work, decided to take a first trip to Chinatown Square, which I'd never been to although I'm a regular shopper and eater in Chinatown. It just always looked kind of aloof and deserted and not very interesting. We found a parking place right away (I'm blessed when it comes to parking but always in the slowest lane on the highway, don't ask why, it just is) on the outside. Himself was a little dubious, but after almost twenty years of marriage he's learned to have a little patience and follow me around. I approached a total stranger and out of my mouth came the words Lao Tse Chuan? The stranger barely spoke English, but indicated down at the end around the corner.

Can I say how good it was? As is the whole Chinatown Square, once you penetrate that exterior. We had the tendon, which the mister didn't really like, but ate a good bit of (you are either a gristle person or you're not). But he was hungry. The cabbage that came with it was great too. Also a chicken thing that was basically deep fried dark meat, but no batter, with lots of leeks and lots and lots, like 75 hot red peppers. But it wasn't all that hot. And a great pork dish which the waiter assured me wasn't twice cooked pork. They basically had to put the check on the table to make himself quit picking at the chicken and turn over the table.

But the real kicker was the potatoes. NOW when I am in the throes of potato deprivation psychosis, I don't need to cross Chinese off my list! What a spectacular addition to a menu already so overwhelming. Has anyone tried any of the rabbit dishes?

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