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Very Tasty Lunch at Quality Cafe, Chinatown

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Very Tasty Lunch at Quality Cafe, Chinatown

Bob Geary | Jul 11, 2006 07:18 PM

This place just moved itself up in our lunch rotations - I don't know if we've ordered the wrong things in the past or what, but today's meal just shone.

Clay Pot Rice w/ Satay Beef - I've always like the claypot rice dishes here - the rice cooks up crispy against the hot clay pot in a nicely bibimboppish way. The beef was interestingly seasoned - kind of an earthy taste, maybe cinnamon or allspice? Possibly a five-spice mixture, but I didn't get the star anise taste I usually would - but delicious.

Fried Noodles w/ Pork & Vegetables - the pork was spiced similarly to the beef above, the noodles (skinny yellow ones) were fried until crispy, but were still separable and manageable, unlike other implementations I've had, and non-greasy considering their friedness.

Salt & Pepper Squid - I feel sure we've had this here before, because we tend to have it everywhere, but if so it wasn't this good then - very lightly battered, very well fried, good tender squid, excellently salty & spicy. Among the best we've had in Chinatown, ever.

Chef's Special Tofu - we had this dish for the first time last week at Gourmet Seafood, and enjoyed it enough to order it again here - Quality Cafe's wins. It's crispy fried chunks of soft tofu mixed with shrimp and some herbs - Gourmet Seafood's chunks were bigger and less pleasantly fluffy inside, plus Quality Cafe served the sauce on the side, which was nice. (Putting wet stuff on top of properly fried things defeats the purpose, you'd think).

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