(Stop groaning! You would've written it, too!)
We were craving dumplings and noodle soups, so we went for the xiao long bao (pork soup dumplings), chicken and veg dumplings, and pork potstickers. For our soups, we had the duck noodle soup and the roast pork/shrimp wonton soup.
The soup dumplings were surprisingly delicate and full of a well-seasoned broth. I was surprised and pleased to find cilantro brightening up the carefully-crimped chicken dumplings. I found they didn't require the dipping sauce, usually a must for me. The potstickers had wonderful caramelization and decent porky flavor.
Our soups were lovely. Since we ordered take-out, the broth was served separately from the dry ingredients. One container held a generous portion of duck (crispy skin intact) over a heap of fine noodles and some stalks of what I think was choy sum. The other held maybe two dozen slices of roast pork, a few beautiful shrimp wontons, more choy sum and lots of the fine noodles that were a little clumped together. We prepared our soups a la minute, ladling the mild broth into the bowls with our chosen ingredients. Suddenly and magically, the broth poured new life into our bowls. It was akin to watching chrysanthemum tea blossom. The pork, which had already been flavorful, absorbed the broth and nearly reached fabulousness. The greens stayed crunchy and the noodles were practically calling out to get slurped up. The shrimp wontons were sesame-tinted and resilient. If the broth had just a little more oomph, it would have been flawless.
My sugar fiend didn't love the strawberry smoothie, but the sugar shunner loved it to the point of finishing it before I had a sip. The Thai iced tea was perfectly strong, slightly sweet, creamy and icy. Someone needs to make this into a panna cotta.
I'd love to hear other opinions.
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