Seven eager chowhounds got together on Saturday evening at Golden Dragon in Rocklin, California for a highly anticipated chowdown. We were fortunate to have with us a Chinese culinary enthusiast who arranged a special menu of unusual dishes for our dining pleasure with the owner and chef at Golden Dragon. And it turned out to be a spectacular evening.
The special dinner included:
1. Fish Fillet Soup with Pickled Mustard Greens
2. Dry Braised Pork Intestines
3. Garlic Stir Fry Bok Choy
4. Tea Smoked Duck
5. Whole Flounder in Bean Sauce
6. Salt and Pepper Squid (done as a special; not from the restaurant menu)
7. Lion Head Pork Meatballs (done as a special; not from the restaurant menu)
8. Thin Sliced Pork Belly with Brown Sauce (done as a special; not from the restaurant menu)
We also had a special dessert that our Chinese friend brought to share with us and the kitchen - pineapple custard stuffed cream puffs. Plus one couple brought a bottle of excellent Riesling which perfectly matched the dishes. General consensus was that this meal was favorably comparable to what you could get in a good San Francisco area Chinese restaurant. The portion sizes and number of dishes selected were perfect - everyone was pleasantly full, but not stuffed, and every dish was excellent. About half thought the duck was the best dish, while others thought the Pork Intestines or the Pork Belly were their favorite. My conclusion was that whichever dish you tasted last was what you remembered best; they were all so good.
I've eaten Chinese food in a lot of places around the U. S., and even in Hong Kong, but I can't remember a better Chinese dinner anywhere. Special thanks go to our Chinese friend who worked with the restaurant to select the menu. In case you're wondering, the total cost was $25 person, including a generous tip.