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Lunches at China Max

e.d. | Mar 21, 2004 04:04 PM

Having heard the buzz about China Max, I had to try it. I arrived at around 11:30 one weekday and was impressed immediately by the clean, classy look of the place--absolutely no Chinese kitch. I decided on the pan fried noodles with fish filets. The dish was visually stunning. The noodles, yellow and golden, were complemented by the bright green broccoli, the orange chips of carrot, the brown straw mushrooms, and the white fish filets. Similarly, textures were nicely balanced, the noodles varying from crispy crunchy to soft, the broccoli a different crunch, and the fish and other veggies softer. The flavors came together nicely and there was just enough of the very gelatinous sauce to moisten the noodles. A very good lunch for less than 8 dollars. In fact, it was so good, I was back the next day for oysters with ginger and scallions, a spicy dish. Again the dish was visually wonderful, the dark green of the scallions playing off against the browns and tans of both the ginger slices and breaded, pan-fried oysters. The flavors were wonderful, the heat in the dish arising from the ginger, which a diner could eat as much of as he/she would wish. The oysters were perfectly prepared, neither over nor under cooked. Yum. This time I also had a large cup of the twice boiled winter melon soup, which had bits of shiitake, a couple shrimp and some small chicken pieces along with a few chunks of the melon. The broth was perfect, both subtle and flavorful.

I am no great judge of Chinese food, but I know what I like and I liked both of my lunches and would recommend that hounds give the place a try.

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