Random gem out in Kenner, in the same parking lot as the Kased Bros. Halal Market on Williams between 38th and 39th. Skeptically, I went in and was pleasantly surprised to find nothing but Chinese people in there, large dinner parties eating family-style and sitting around sipping tea all night. You know it's a good sign when you see actual Chinese people eating in a Chinese restaurant. Had the beef chow fun, crispy chicken, and beef tripe with ginger and scallions. I really wanted the sweet and sour chicken feet but my dining partner wasn't obliging and I can't finish an order by myself.
The beef chow fun reminded me of the chow fun I'd get back in Honolulu's Chinatown - flat, wide, squishy rice noodles which don't pop on the menus of your typical, American-style Chinese restaurants here. Delicious with just a little bit of sear on it that you can only get from a well heated wok. The crispy chicken by itself was unseasoned but was served with lemon, a salt/MSG/something else seasoning in a small condiment plate, and fresh shrimp chips that kept crackling as they sticked to my lips and tongue (if you've ever had fresh shrimp chips, you know what I'm talking about). And the chicken itself didn't lie. I think the whole thing was deep fried, with no fat left on the skin, just perfect, crispy skin. It wasn't greasy in the least bit though and with the lemon and salt/MSG/something else seasoning, it was delicious. The tripe was pretty good but I wanted a little more ginger and scallion. They served it with a large helping of rice in a container with a lid to keep it hot, the way Asians do back home.
The table next to me looked like they had shared a hotpot and another was full of old, Chinese men cracking open what I suspect was the crab with ginger and scallion with their teeth. It looked and smelled delicious.
Was it the best Chinese food that I've ever had? No. But, in this dearth of good Chinese food that is New Orleans, it hit the spot. Next time, I'm getting the chicken feet, maybe some congee, the choy sim with garlic (which I saw one table and the cooks eating), and the peking duck. You should definitely check it out.
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