I have gotten so many tips, hints, recommendations from this board that perhaps I should try some reciprocity. After 2 months of good to great French restaurants, I felt the need for some oriental food and ask our resident expert on all things Chinese, Parigi, for one suggestion and she came through in spades, Shan Gout, in the 12th between the viaduct des Arts and the Gare de Lyon. The decor is nothing special, but the cooking is. Ms. L. and I ordered 3 appetizers to share and 1 main plate each, as well as dessert, since several comments have been made about the small servings. The amuse bouche was julienned Granny Smiths with some interesting cilantro like herbs. Our appetizers were #1: excellent ravioli of pork in a broth, mildly spiced. #2: house made Dan Dan noodles with the tiniest shrimp I have ever seen, sprinkled with sesame seeds and again lighty spiced. #3: Cold, sliced cucumber with the very good contrasting dressing of oil of crushed chili peppers.
Our mains were strips of beef sautéed with ginger and ciboulettes, delicious but overshadowed by the spicy pork, also with ginger and ciboulettes but quite a bit zippier. It said on the menu aigre-doux but this was so much more refined than the sweet, gelatinous goop endemic to Chinese take-outs.
Desserts were very simple; a caramelized apple with sesame and a pear poached in rice wine.
I pretend no expertise in Chinese cuisine, strangely my best previous experiences were in the top end places in Las Vegas, which caters to the abundance of wealthy Chinese gamblers, but this was as good as I need, and has excellent rapport qualité/prix: 2 courses for €22 or 3 for €28.
Strangely, we were the only diners on this fine Friday.
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