Hong Kong...A steady, consistent and unchanged neighborhood Cantonese-Chinese-American restaurant since at least 1970 (when I moved here) has morphed, seemingly overnight (I swear!) Into "Red Jade" billed as Mandarin...just means a lot more "little peppers" on the menu.
They have cloth napkins , and the whole place has been "done" ...not just redone, but "done" . This vision hit me as I staggered out of my "electrically challenged" neighborhood. Searching for light and consistent "mommy food" I did not need such a shock, on such a night. I needed Yee fu wonton with "run free" chicken.
Miracle of miracles their new menu had retained this dish (albeit now with "fresh chicken") !!!. so ofcourse I decided NOT to have it and try something different...(the Chowhound sleuth won out)..they had "Chinese" brocolli in ginger garlic...I asked to make sure this was gai lan...it was...and I also tried dry fried chicken...tasty but it was "wet" dry fried and not "dry" dry fried...sauce sweet and vinegary and only a little "gloppy". I did like it over rice though.
It is difficult losing a place and people you have known for so many years..(I am still mourning the Swedish cafe, which used to be on Market street)
Change can be hard....I guess I'll have to make do with "little peppers" and fresh chicken!..(would they actually use "stale chicken"?)
But, I'll miss singing "Run free"...to the tune of "Born free" every time I ordered my favorite...ah well...