Hi guys, new poster here. I'm a waiter that was told about chowhound by a few of my customers because of posts with my name in them... thank god you people like me. :-)
at any rate....
I'm from Temple. When I was growing up there was an authentic Chinese restaurant called The Golden Dragon. It was owned by a man named Joe Ha. The food was fantastic, no buffet, only family style entrees and sides. This was the best (chinese) food I have ever eaten, and I have yet to find a restaurant anywhere that even comes close to his quality. The building is still there, and occupied by a new family buffet called "Dynasty". It's mediocre at best.
Beyond the garlic chicken and the pepper steak he made the most incredible egg rolls you've ever eaten. First they were almost 3 inches in diameter, and about 8 inches long. He would cut them in halves and serve four to an order.
Ingredients: I remember cabbage, marinated pork, celery, sprouts.
I've tried Suzi's, Chinatown, some modest buffets, China hill, and a chinese food place on slaughter and brodie, in the heb shopping center there. And though they were close to what I remember, it still missed the mark by a stretch.
and get this...he didn't serve any sauce with those wonderful appetizers, only a pat of real butter. I'm salivating right now.
any help much appreciated.