I'm a big fan of the dumplings at Qingdao Garden but have not really tried their regular menu before. Got takeout last night and was really disappointed. Stayed away from the generic Americanized Chinese dishes and ordered the pork with cilantro, shredded potato with hot peppers, and the eggplant Peking style. All three were well prepared but sorely lacking in any flavor. The only word I can think of is "bland". Not bad, mind you, just nothing to write home about.
Was expecting the potatoes to be spicy but there was hardly any bite to them. The eggplant was ok but just kind of a generic sauce. Pork with cilantro was recommended by many folks here but I don't see what the fuss is about: nice texture but basically plain stir-fried pork with a ton of cilantro mixed in. I could have cooked far better at home. I found myself dashing on a fair bit of soy sauce just to give the food some flavor at all - it was as if they left the seasonings completely out of all three dishes.
Wondering if the kitchen was off or if they were dumbing it down (I didn't specifically request the food to be prepared "authentically"). Thoughts?