Made the haul out to Lakeway tonight with the family to go to Pao's, haven't been since they were downtown and saw their name someplace and decided to go, didn't disappoint. I asked for the Chinese menu on the way in, good plan.
The waitress was hustling and managed to keep up with several tables. We got lots of little plates -
Fried shrimp rolls - whole shrimp and cabbage with a too-sweet dipping sauce, but a nice combination.
Pan fried pao-tze - tasted like a regular dumpling, but very tasty, I guess the filling is a little different. The dipping sauce has a pleasant citrus flavor.
Chinese bacon with garlic - Fatty and warm (though it says it's a cold appetizer), a great garlic sauce, a touch of hot sauce made it garlicky, sweet, spicy, fatty all in one bite.
Chive box - a fried pastry with chives, eggs, onion, garlic. Crumbly, very mild flavor, but pleasant.
Scallion pancake - Somehow this didn't show up until the end of the meal. I prefer the kind you get at Coco's, a little thinner and crispier, tbut his was great.
Tea smoked duck - The only entree' wowed us. The duck was mild, smoky, fatty, succulent with crispy skin, an almost sinful combination. This dish alone was worth the gas price to get up there and for $11 is a steal.
All in all, the three of us took leftovers home for $35 plus tip. Hard to believe this quality at that price. Next time, I'll try the duck tongues and red pepper chicken.
Side note - I brought my kid with me, but was blown away that the table next to was bitching at the waitress for the lack of a kids menu. Maybe there's a reason they don't have a kid's menu... Everyone else in the place was eating sweet and sour dishes or beef with broccoli. A real shame, but it apparently isn't stopping them from producing a good product.