Compelled to post on my little bit of excellent take-out from Qingdao, especially since on a Thursday night, there were no customers in the restaurant. Because it's not within easy walking distance, it periodically slips below my radar, but the simple, fresh offerings are really some of the best Chinese food I've had in Boston.
I ordered off the northern Chinese section of the menu (they have all the typical Amero-Chinese take-out items which I am not as familiar with).
- Pork and Leek dumplings - taste fresh and homemade which in fact they are (can order frozen ones for home too). The pork and leek center is juicy and the leeks even retain a hint of crunch after the steamer. The freshness is evident because they are lighter tasting and feeling than similar dumplings ala dim sum. Could have made a meal of just these. A dozen babyfist-sized for $5.
- Shredded port with cilantro - I had to fight the very strong urge to eat the entire dish python style (i.e., all of it at once). So good...the pork was cooked fully but very tender, not at all chewy...cilantro and many bamboo shoots combined in a light sauce that was barely there and had such a wonderful flavor. How can I describe it? You ever get that twinge of taste at the back of your mouth when you eat something aromatic and it kind of flows up into your head? This kind of worked that way for me..the aromatics of the cilantro and the sheen of the pork fat made it taste very rich, but it did not sit heavy. It actually had quite the narcotic effect...I fell asleep about a half hour after. A silver rectangle tray full for $8ish.