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Thanks, russkar, for Lake Spring Cuisine (long-ish)

Rick | Jun 5, 200206:52 PM

At the Roving Chowfest last Saturday, russkar recommended Lake Spring Cuisine in Monterey Park as the best Chinese restaurant in the southland and the “Pork Pump” as the must-order dish. Please note that I refer to both Russ AND Karla of russkar as one. I can’t remember meeting a couple of such culinary unity! (Would that be “Culinity”?) It was great to meet you two, as well as all hounds present.

Some additional forking around on the Chowhound site led me to a second must-order: the House Special Chicken, which requires 24 hours notification. I called in the order and made a reservation for five (people, not chickens).

Russkar, we were not disappointed. Thank you.

When the Noisette Pork Pump arrived, I fought the urge to call my friend in motion picture special effects because the gelatinously jiggling rump resembled an alien life form as conceived by Giger. Curiously, it was served in a huge scallop shaped dish. But once the flesh was peeled back and the meat drenched in the sweet and soy “gravy”, the pork melted in the mouth.

The chicken arrived with its head attached, freaking out my friend Linda. In her defense, it was looking right at her. A bok choy leaf was quickly draped over the eyes to avoid further torment. Wrapped in large lotus leaves and stuffed with an array of vegetables and spices, including lotus seeds, the chicken met with universally high praise.

A combination plate of Jade Shrimp and House Special Shrimp took up the remaining space on the table. Opinions were split between the subtle, spinach and cilantro flavored Jade and the almost crisp, chili-oil-hot House Special. In spite of the disagreement, all were consumed.

All in all, it was a wonderful lunch. Total bill for five with tip: $80.00 (with leftover chicken in the fridge for later). Now, however, it’s time to walk around the block a few times and begin working it off!

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