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Silver Pond

Neil G | Aug 24, 2002 09:57 AM

Had my best-yet meal there last night. The first thing I noticed is that, on a Friday night, the anglos had discovered the place. Mostly non-Chinese clientele, which is a dramatic change from past visits. Also appreciated were the little umbrellas with the drinks, and such entrees as chop suey and chow mein. (No, just kidding, relax.)

We started with the winter melon soup. Another winner, although my favorite so far is the dried scallop delicious soup (which is, well, delicious). This soup features a mild broth -- I debated to myself whether I wanted it to be a little spicier, but the subtle complexities proved more than sufficient -- and chock full of wonderfully fresh shrimp, diced chicken, and other meats, along with (of course) generous cubes of winter melon. Next to arrive was pungent pineapple pork -- not my favorite type of dish; I'm not a fan of gloppy, brightly colored super sweet sauces. But the pork was as good as I've ever had in a Chinese dish -- just amazing quality meat, perfectly cooked. (The key to this restaurant's excellence continues to be the absolutely prisitine quality of the ingredients.)

The best dishes -- and these rank with any Chinese dishes in my considerable experience (Chinatowns in NY, SF, Mei Mei take out in Sheepshead Bay) -- were the Peking Duck and Satay Beef with noodle. The PD is served in two stages: only the skin is served with scallions and hoisin sauce in the familiar crepe, and it's delicious. Then they bring out a huge plate of stir-fried duck, all the meat from the duck (a lot) in an amazingly deep, hearty, rich-flavored stir fry with vegetables. At first I thought it might be the beef, so thick were the slices of duck, and so hearty the flavor. Amazing. The satay beef might have been even better: served over thin noodles (often referred to as "pan fried"), crispy on the outside but moist on the inside, with a tantaliing sauce and amazingly tender beef. I think the sauce had elements of oyster sauce rather than what I think of as "satay" (I was expecting more of a barbecue sauce), but man, it was good.

For dessert, wonderfully ordinary orange slices...(hey, it's a traditionally authentic Chinese restaurant, whaddya expect?)

Silver Pond is truly a find, and is an incredible asset to the South Florida dining scene, as it will satisfy anyone's craving for truly authentic, great Chinese food.

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