I dined at the Lion Pavilion last night and had an interesting experience that I'd like to share with the board.
It all revolves around a classic sichwan dish; kung po chicken. Now there is a classic dish called kung po chicken and there is also a plain old Chinese takeout dish by the same name. So if you order kung po chicken at the Lion Pavilion, a place that is known for it's classic sichwan style cooking AND also does a big lunch special and takeout business what do you get?
Well, you can specify! And I didn't find out until it was too late. For almost anthropological reasons, I would love to taste many Chinese/American dishes in their native form and missed this chance. I urge the curious to try it.
Oh yes...many of the dishes served to our table were wonderful, but it seemed that the closer you got to takeout, the worse it got. My favorite was pork kidney in chili sauce - extrodinary in every sense of the word, every flavor sensation I know in its' most extreme form. The worst? That American sytle kung po chicken.