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Lee Kam Kee in Alhambra - a review

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Lee Kam Kee in Alhambra - a review

WildSwede | Feb 21, 2005 11:43 AM

Thank you to everyone who responded to friend's post and recommended Lee Kam Kee.
Went on Saturday night and arrived around 6:15-ish. Seated immediately. About 85% of the restaurant was full.
I ordered the salted lemonade and friend ordered Tsing Tsao (sp).
We followed the recs and ordered the chicken curry in the clay pot with french bread and the lemongrass beef. Also ordered the soup with fresh fish (the one that is not under the Pho section).
First came was the chicken curry. AMAZING!!! Great flavor with a nice kick to it. Definitely our favorite. Then came the lemongrass beef. Thereafter the soup.
We came to the conclusion that if we got the chicken curry after the other two items, we would have liked them better. But, since the intense flavors of the chicken curry flavor was singing on our tastebuds, it was hard to give anything else a fair shot. I liked the lemongrass beef (I would rate it second from what we ordered) and was pretty much disappointed with the soup - it had pineapple in it which IMHO made it too sweet. It had a delicate flavor, but was not balanced and the sweetness overpowered it. I added lime, chili sauce, salt and soy sauce to try to combat the sweetness, but was unable to find a nice balance.
Friend liked the soup and the beef, but the chicken curry was definitely the star of the show.
Service was great and helpful and it was a nice, relaxed setting.
I noticed that a lot of tables ordered something that was called something like fried shrimp bowls with vietnamese beef (don't have a menu - did not see a to-go one that I could take) that I want to try next time. There will definitely be a next time... oh, that chicken curry....

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