Today I finally tried Utopia Cafe, which people have been very excited about on the board. It was one among several of my recent timid forays into Chinatown dining, the highlight of which has been the Golden Gate Bakery.
I really am not good with knowing what to order so that I get the "real" thing in Chinese resturants, which contributes to my timidity. I thought I'd be safe with Utopia cafe, based on everyone's recommendations. I chose something another poster had said was "awesome," sweet-and-sour fish. That sounded not particularly authentic to me, but I thought I'd give it a try. It is sitting in front of me right now, shimmering in a dark red glutenous mass of...grossness. I obviously made a *really* bad choice. The fish, though neither over- nor undercooked, is coated in a seemingly straight-from-the-bottle sauce and swarthed in green peppers and onions. What is sweet-and-sour sauce, anyway? The pieces of fish I could salvage from the sauce were tasty enough, but the few bites of the rest I could manage are now turning my stomach. Yuck yuck yuck!
So, is this something that only non-Chinese order? Since I can't believe 'hounds would lead me wrong, I'm willing to go back and try again. What should I order? The salt-and-pepper pork chops that were ordered at a 'hound dinner sound good, but I don't see them on the menu. I also hope to try that fried tofu that Gary Soup raved about.
Steer me straight, folks! I want to be able to return to Chinatown without fear of lead-stomach.