Mr. Swank and I were passing through Arlington Heights this evening and saw a large "OPEN" sign at SD. Turns out the grand opening was tonight! We decided on takeout. The dining room was fairly busy with a good assortment of olds, youngs, families and so forth.
OK, so -- we got the mini juicy pork buns. Rivals anything I've eaten in Chinatown. Perfectly explosive-in-your-mouth juiciness.
Also got shrimp and vegetable dumplings: same sensation. Both came with a yummy hot chili sauce.
I ordered beef tendon and shank in chili sauce, a specialty for me. This dish was somewhat ma la and tingly. I wish the tendon had been a bit softer, but it certainly beats the odd Jello-ish goo I've had elsewhere, plus the tingle factor earns points in my book.
Also ordered beef noodle soup (with flat noodles). WOW. Just wow. First of all, I'll be feasting on this for a week. Secondly, the broth is just rich, tangy, a bit sweet...absolutely delicious. Could've used some scallions, maybe, but in general really amazing.
Mr. Swank got pork with mustard greens and is currently moaning with delight.
The service was very nice, and the menu is enormous -- with an emphasis on soups. The house specialty list is small and focuses a lot on seafood. I did notice clams in black bean sauce with basil on the menu. There are many spicy options, too, which suits me just fine. There are also rice plates for just 6.95, including the often hard-to-find beef with tomato sauce. I'll be back to try this, as well as their oyster pancake appetizer.
The dumplings were on par with Gourmet Dumpling in Chinatown.
In general, a hearty endorsement!!
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