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Reno chowdown#2 at Soochow in Sparks

Janet | Nov 16, 200302:36 PM

well, Steve's the journalist, but he probably considers it a busman's holiday, so I'll take a stab at a brief writeup of our gathering last night. If my memory seems a little fuzzy, keep in mind that I was on my first "night out" after a week of the flu....and that I had spent the afternoon freezing at my son's football game in Tahoe.

Anyway, a nice group of about 15 hounds gathered at Soochow for a dinner graciously arranged by Steve. The owner had selected a feast (more food than we could possibly eat, and more than I can remember...maybe Steve kept the menu?). It included a number of items not on the regular menu. The restaurant is a small family-owned storefront in a Sparks strip mall...probably has all of 15 tables. We were definitely attracting attention from other least one group of five wanted to join us!

Dinner started with soup: chicken with greens. It tasted just right to this recovering husband decided it needed chili sauce to punch it up. I noticed a number at our table following his lead. The highlight of the appetizers was a chicken dish: crispy little chicken drummettes coated with a sweet/spicey/garlicky sauce. yummy! I didn't try the eggrolls; there were also crab rangoon which were good.

Then came an amazing succession of entrees. Among the highlights: whole steamed fish in soy with cilantro, greens, and ginger. delicious! I also really enjoyed the Chrystal Shrimp: coated with sesame and with an almost mayonnaisey sauce, served on lettuce. The spicy beef was also a a delicious sauce...with red peppers and sesame as well. It had a real kick. Steve's favorite is the bokchoy with mushrooms...delicious. I think there was also lemon chicken, fried rice, steamed rice, some type of stew with tofu, beef, and veggies; there were green beens with pork in a black bean sauce (unusual smokey taste: I really liked it); and a sizzling dish with scallops and various meats. Do you get the idea that there was just a LOT of food! Everything was beautifully presented and garnished.

David (the owner) gave us all his card and promised to cook some of these dishes if we came back and reminded him of the chowhound dinner. It was all delicious, and an obscene amount of food (a lot was taken home!) for $18.50 per person, including tax and tip. (try getting that price in San Francisco!) Thanks Steve for putting this together!

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