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Tampa TC Choy, oh boy - NOT!

BeaN | Jan 21, 200408:08 PM

Our experience at TC Choy was uniformly bad.

We visited TC Choy on the next day after our outing to The Yellow Door.

We made a specific trek to Tampa to eat. Spartaco, and the Japanese place next to it were closed. We proceeded to TC Choy.

We were seated immediately, but it went downhill from there.

We ordered appetizers. If squid in any iteration is present on the menu, we will be ordering it.

Spousal Unit (SU) ordered the "salt and pepper" squid and I ordered the wonton soup.

I fully expect that the broth on wonton soup will be quite subtle. The soup was swimming with a good quality green vegetable. The three stuffed wontons were HUGE. Every time I tried to split one (with chopsticks AND spoon) in order to politely fit it into my mouth, I began to launch that item across the room. The broth was indeed subtle. It was every bit as flavorful as hot water.

The steaming dim sum cart passed our table almost immediately (while our server was still there). We made our selections (BBQ chicken feet for the ever adventurous SU, and a shrimp dumpling dish for me); the waitress said that she would return with our dipping sauces.

3-5 minutes passed and the waitress returned with our drinks. No dipping sauces accompanied the drinks. I again asked about dipping sauces. She replied, "oh, yeah," and she disappeared again.

After another 5 minutes or so, I decided that I had just misunderstood, and I ate my cold, gummy, congealed dumplings.

Another few minutes later, the waitress arrived with the dipping sauces along with the fried squid. With regard to the squid, I commented to the SU, that I have certainly eaten worse. He looked me dead in the eye and responded, "yes, but never at an Asian establishment." I had to agree with him.

When the next dim sum cart came around, we selected three more dishes. Admittedly, we did not really know what we were selecting, but we didn’t enjoy any of them. One dim sum dish was lacy and crispy on the outside and pasty and bland on the inside. Neither the sweet nor the hot dipping sauce could redeem it. Another item was the lotus ball. That one was quite tasty, but we didn’t expect it to be sweet. It had a piece of lotus root encased in a perfectly round bit of deep fried breading that had been rolled in sesame seeds. The last item was a bit of pork BBQ in philo dough. Each bite was alternately dry, flaky, crunchy dough or sweet BBQ sauce. I never found the pork. More than one person asked if we needed a go-box, and we simultaneously answered “No!” We left a lot of food on our table.

We paid our bill and tipped more than adequately for the apathetic service that we received.

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