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Tung Lai Shun - first visit

Foodlum | Aug 24, 200403:42 AM

Found myself at the San Gabriel Mall this afternoon, so we stopped in at Tung Lai Shun for a late lunch. Ordered sauteed shrimp, Beijing shredded salad, grilled lamb skewers, and beef with leeks.

OMG - this was some of the most delicious chinese food I have ever slapped a lip on...The shrimp were fresh, without a hint of iodine, in a wonderful light sauce that perfectly complimented their delicate flavor. Reminded me of some of the great Cantonese shrimp dishes I ate as a kid in NY's chinatown.

The Beijing shredded salad was a new dish to me, but I can see I'll be making another trip up the 710 soon for this one alone. Shredded cuke, carrot, cilantro and jalapeno in an addictive dressing that seemed to be a kind of sesame oil and rice wine vinegar vinagrette - fantastic.

The beef with leeks was an old standby, but really well executed, as were the grilled lamb skewers, which were coated in a kind of dry rub, mainly chili powder and cumin seeds (cumin in chinese food was a new twist for me also).

Service was extremely friendly, even though our server had almost no english. While ordering we walked outside so I could point to the picture of the salad in the window, no problem, big smiles all around.

After lunch I looked up the restaurant in Carl Chu's book and learned about dabing and shaobing, pancakes eaten instead of rice in Islamic-Chinese cooking. We had steamed rice with lunch. Next time...

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