So I went back to try the regular menu, non-noodle, dishes. It was generally good or ok. I’d eat there again to try other dishes, but not going to run back.
The standout was the spare rib wrapped in sticky rice wrapped in lotus leaves. Falling off the bone rib, and five-spice flavored sticky rice—you can’t go wrong!
But the thing is, the only flavor in any of the dishes we got was five spice. If the dish didn’t have that, then it was kind of bland. Except for the big ol slab of pork belly, lovely to behold and good to eat, but I rarely dislike pork belly. Also, the tea smoked fried duck served Peking style was very nice, but hard to eat in that style bc all the bones were still there. The deep fried fish with spinach in the batter was good.
The whole fried fish was pretty good, but the flavor was mostly salt (soy sauce), same for the chicken with chestnuts, which I thought was really boring even with the chestnuts.
I love bamboo fungus, but the dish that had it, with the squash, was disappointing in that there was very little of the bamboo fungus—it ain’t expensive! And they could have seasoned the gravy better.
The snow cabbage and soybeans with tofu sheets was good in that it was different, but again, not much flavor. What were those doughy things called—I used to eat them as a kid, but the whole round version, not sliced, tong yuen. I didn’t like them then and still don’t like them now.
The siu long bao were ok, but no red vinegar, they gave us black vinegar, wth.
I didn’t have the beef rolls, but sounds like they were to die for. Can’t remember at the moment if we had other dishes. Anyway, I’d go back to try other stuff, especially some of the soups that are unfamiliar to me.