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What started humbly as five friends gathered for a night out, has grown to a quest. A Chinese Quest. Follow along as five hungry Jewish guys search for THE BEST Chinese Restaurant on all of Long Island (and now New York City too)! What do Jews like? A bargain AND Chinese food! It started innocently enough. Now it's become something bigger than even their appetites. Or, has it? So, follow along and let's see where their journey takes them in their search. They welcome your suggestions and feedback. And if you're lucky enough, perhaps they'll ask you to join them on one of their crusades! So pack your chop sticks, we're about to hit the road!
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Guide to Eating Soup Dumplings

Soup Dumplings have become the latest craze. At first a rarity, they've come out of the closet and are popping up in Chinese restaurants all over, and on plates, or soup spoons everywhere you look. But, do you properly know how to eat Soup Dumplings without getting burnt? Well, you better watch this video before you leap in to the Soup Dumpling craze face first! The post Guide to Eating Soup Dumplings appeared first on The Chinese...

Lately, I’ve been eating a lot of soup dumplings at many different Chinese restaurants.  In fact, I do every chance I get.  And I’ve introduced soup dumplings to a few people who never had them before. Realizing not everyone knows how to eat soup dumplings without either scorching their mouths or, worse yet, getting the soup all over their spoon or plate and not in their mouths, led me to post this tutorial.

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So as a public service announcement, we bring to you the video below on how to properly eat soup dumplings . It was filmed at one of the most famous Chinese restaurants for soup dumplings, Joe’s Shanghai.

We first reviewed Joe’s Shanghai of Flushing at the end of August 2013 – Which is currently sitting atop our Rankings of the Chinese restaurants on all of Long Island (yes, it’s in Flushing, and Flushing is in Queens… but Queens is all part of that one very long Long Island.)

Now we’re going to potentially save your life.  If you’ve never eaten soup dumplings before, you MUST watch this video.  You’ll be glad you did.

You can thank us later (post a comment).  And also, please let us know if you agree with our review.

Humbly submitted for your consumption,

Mee Magnum (“Chop!  Chop!”)

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[REVIEW] “Daxi Sichuan”, Flushing, NY

Daxi Sichuan, is a Chinese restaurant located on the 2nd floor of the New World Mall in downtown Flushing which is located at 36-20 Roosevelt Avenue. Here you will find a most elegant upscale restaurant, great Chinese food, and raucous parties. Raucous parties? Click to read our Review and more... The post [REVIEW] “Daxi Sichuan”, Flushing, NY appeared first on The Chinese...

As if this summer in the city hasn’t been hot enough, we were about to have it cranked up another few notches on our recent visit to Daxi Sichuan in Flushing, NY.  Daxi Sichuan is located inside the New World Mall, which is located at 136-20 Roosevelt Avenue #2R, Flushing, NY 11354.  daxi-sichuan-signTake the escalator up one floor (if you go down, you’ll enter another paradise, the New World Mall Food Court).  The only way to know you’re at the entrance to Daxi Sichuan is to remember the Chinese Characters in the picture to the right, for there is no sign in English to let you know that you have arrived.

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It was nice to have all five Mee’s together this night.  And for once, we weren’t the most raucous table in the restaurant!  More on that later…

While waiting for everyone to navigate through the gridlock that is affectionately known as Downtown Flushing, they left a little stinger, I mean appetizer on the table.  It looks totally harmless, right?  Don’t be fooled.  If you put some lighter paper next to it, it would have ignited the paper!

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The restaurant itself was very nicely decorated, and included numerous private dining rooms.  The bathrooms, it should be noted, aren’t located inside the restaurant.  You have to use the Mall bathrooms on the floor.  Those, thankfully, were nothing like the ones down in the Food Court (make mental note, next time I’m eating in the Food Court, and I have to, umm, wash up, take the escalator up to the second floor.

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OK, I’ve digressed enough now.  By the time you get to this part of the review, all five of us had arrived.  Getting down to ordering, there was a language barrier that might have been bigger than the Great Wall of China.  Somehow we managed to get our order in.  But, it wouldn’t be placed until we returned the two menus (which looked like magazines).  The waiter stood like a statue and no matter how hard we tried to explain that we would be ordering more dishes than we place, he wouldn’t budge.  He didn’t even flinch!  In fact, he could have easily passed any test to become one of the Queens Guards that protects Buckingham Palace (which is apparently where the menus are stored).   Remember that raucous party I mentioned earlier?  Well, the party wasn’t in full swing yet, for if it was, surely we would have segued right in to the midst of their celebration.  How would that have helped us?  Read on…

Our dishes started to come out fast and furious.  It was hard for me to snap a pic before the next dish came.  What did we have?

Griddled Shrimp with Spare Ribs – FANTASTIC.  The shrimp was out of this world.  Spicy?  Oh yeah!  Delicious?  Ya!  I wish there were more shrimp in this dish.  And look at that serving dish!  We never saw anything like it anywhere.  The Spare Ribs?  Well.  The tiny pieces have tiny bones.  Beware.  Beware too the peppers.  Actually they were hard to miss, so you’ll easily spot what to beware of.  The dish was smokily good.  I don’t think that’s a word, but that’s the best way I can describe them.  This dish also scored high in “Aroma”.

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Stir Fried Eggplant and String Beans – Tasty!  Every dish was packed chock full of taste.  The string beans were quite good.  I didn’t try the eggplant, as I’m generally not a fan, unless it’s prepared a certain way.  Tonight wasn’t that way.  But, the eggplant quickly disappeared too, so I take it that it was met with approval by those who indulged.

Crispy Shrimp – As Mee Tsu Yan was affected this evening by a temperamental tummy, we opted this dish for him.  But, we all dove in.  The corn in this dish was interesting, it had like a sugary glaze on it and was crispy.  The crispy shrimp looked like the fried shrimp I remember fondly from Arthur Treacher’s.  Only better.  In fact Arthur Treacher’s wasn’t very good.  But, I veer off-course again.  Righting the ship, we ordered another tummy friendly dish…

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House Special Cured Meat with Rice – Similar to Young Chow Fried Rice, only better.  A lot better.  The cured meat tasted a lot like bacon.  We easily could have had another order or two of this rice dish.  Must have!  (along with the Griddled Shrimp …. especially if you could have that dish without the ribs).

Sauteed Chicken in Chengdu Sauce – In the menu it’s described as Pork in Chengdu Sauce.  The waiter assured us it would be chicken.  Even after eating it, we questioned, and he still insisted it was chicken.  The chicken really tasted like pork.  Remember the language barrier I mentioned earlier?  I’m still certain that it was pork in this dish.  Remember the raucous party I mentioned earlier?  I’m getting to it.  Be patient.  But, that would have resolved this issue.  Why?  Read on…

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We were going to order the Tibet Style Pork Ribs too.  In fact we were pretty sure that we had ordered it.  For no other reason than it’s served in a bird cage.  Really.  A real bird cage.  We saw it on another table.  Oh that language barrier!  But, why a bird cage?  That’s a question we never got an answer to.  It might have helped if we actually asked.  It could understand if it was a poultry dish or a duck dish.  But, pork?  Darned language barrier!!

And that raucous party?  Now that was really getting our attention.  Even more so than not being served the Tibet Style Pork Ribs.  We eventually got over not receiving the bird cage, for by this time we were full.

The bill was surprisingly low for such a fancy restaurant.  Perhaps that explains why it was so crowded on a Monday evening.  And perhaps it had something to do too with how good the food was.  How good?  Here is our rating of Daxi Sichuan:

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Ohh, remember the raucous party?  I almost forgot.  Thank you for reminding me.  I was still thinking about that Bird Cage.  So, there must have been 40 toasts, if there was one.  More people kept joining the party (bringing a bottle or two of wine with them), to replace those who left (or perhaps passed out).  Or, got summoned by their respective wives, or girlfriends, who were dining in one of those private dining rooms.  So, we finally got up the courage to see what was going on… one of the guys had a Hawaiian shirt on, as was I, so we immediately built a camaraderie that might have lasted forever (assuming they can remember the evening at all) and now we were embraced in to the party.  Though we weren’t offered any wine.  They wanted to take pictures with us.  Perhaps they thought we were celebrities.  Yes, we are (at least in my own mind).  

At the center of the celebration we got introduced to the grand patriarch… the owner of Daxi Sichuan himself.  Peter!  Remember that name.  We shook hands, exchanged pleasantries.  He couldn’t have possibly been nice, nor more grateful for our patronage this evening.  I asked him how we could get the “Membership Card” (I didn’t mention that earlier… a lot of dishes had two prices.  The regular price and the Member price, which was lower).  But, Peter said they didn’t have any left.  But, all we have to do is say we know Peter, and we would be well taken care of.  It should be noted, that our rating was cast in stone (or written on our scorecards) before we approached the raucous party.

All in all a splendid time was had by all this evening.

Humbly submitted for your consumption,

Mee Magnum  (“Chop!  Chop!”)

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“Yum Yum Dumplings”, Centereach, Not so Yummy

What better way to celebrate the Dumpling King's birthday than a trip to an authentic Dumpling House. We went to the recently opened Yum Yum Dumplings in Centereach, NY. Did it meet the Dumping King's very discerning palate? Well... you'll just have to read the article to find out! The post “Yum Yum Dumplings”, Centereach, Not so Yummy appeared first on The Chinese...

Being it my Mini Mee’s birthday, and being that Mini Mee is THE Dumpling King, what better way to celebrate his birthday than by going out for Dumplings, right?  Wrong.  Why?  Let me tell you.  I read about a new authentic Chinese Dumpling house that just opened in Centereach, NY.  Yum Yum Dumplings is located at  2432 Middle Country Rd, Centereach, NY 11720.

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Now in all fairness to Yum Yum Dumplings, I was expecting that this would be a proper Chinese restaurant.  It’s more like a Tea House (think Bubble Tea) with some food offerings, such as Dumplings!  And a very limited menu.  There are a few tables, that’s really only for eating the food that you order at the counter.

And in further fairness, we really went because they had Soup Dumplings.  However, perhaps because we sat at the table and waited to be served, there were NO Soup Dumplings for US!   Ok, further fairness, there were no Soup Dumplings for anyone.  The lady who makes the Soup Dumplings was out sick that day.  Despite our disappointment, I suppose that is better than her coming in sick and make us all sick.

So with Soup Dumplings off the menu, we had to make other choices.  Luckily(?) for us, there weren’t a lot of choices to be made.  

What did we have?  Well of course, Dumplings are Dumplings (don’t tell THAT to the Dumpling King…. especially not on his birthday).  Though he took the disappointment in stride, just like he handles all of life’s challenges that have been thrown his way.

The Birthday Feast

Pan Fried Pork Dumplings – These were a little on the dry side, though they did have a little bit a spice that gave it a nice flavor.

Beef Steamed Dumplings – These are the soft buns that I do like.  The beef wasn’t very memorable.

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As you can see, the dishes were served on disposable plastic plates, with plastic utensils.  I was beginning to doubt the choice of restaurant to celebrate His Majesty’s birthday.

Two different entrees were selected from the limited menu (less than a dozen choices).

Beef over Rice with Teriyaki Sauce – SALTY!  And the Teriyaki was a little too sweet.  The broccoli was incredibly dry.  The beef?  See note above.  The King’s brother polished off his dish.  I, however, took half of it home.  I will say it tasted better the next day.

Yum Yum Spicy Fried Rice with Chicken – Just a hint of spice.  It looked bland from this side of the table.  Most of the dish was taken home by The Dumpling King’s mother.  I’m not sure what happened to it after that.

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The Dumpling King summoned for more Dumplings.  What may have saved the night was his choice of…

boiled-pork-dumplingsBoiled Pork Dumplings – This dish was made to perfection.  The wrapper was just right.  The pork delicious, and very juicy.  A smile came upon The King’s Face, and everyone in the restaurant took a huge sigh of relief.  

It may not have been the best birthday celebration ever, but there’s always next years birthday which we will try to make extra sweet.  After all it will be his 16th birthday!

On a more positive note, I saved The Chinese Quest from taking a long drive out east.

Humbly submitted for your consumption,

Mee Magnum  (“Chop!  Chop!”)

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[REVIEW] “Zou Ji” in Syosset, NY

"Zou Ji", a Chinese restaurant, opened up three weeks ago in Syosset, New York.  Zou Ji features Northeast Chinese Home Style, or Dongbei, cuisine. This evening we had some dishes that we had never eaten before on our Quest, and that was only half the surprises that were in store for us! The post [REVIEW] “Zou Ji” in Syosset, NY appeared first on The Chinese...

Zou Ji” opened up three weeks ago in Syosset, New York.  The Chinese Quest, always vigilant on their quest and search for authentic Chinese food on Long Island, picked up on their scent and got there as soon as we could get at least four of us together.  Zou Ji features Dongbei cuisine, which comes from Northeastern China.   Northeastern Chinese cuisine is a style of Chinese cuisine in Northeast China. While many dishes originated from Manchu cuisine, it is also heavily influenced by the cuisines of Beijing and Shandong Province, and even Russian cuisine.  A strong flavor is very important for Northerners, who achieve this with salt and strong seasonings, compared with the South where chilies and pickles are more used, or dishes are lighter in flavor. Generally, northern dishes are oilier and richer in meat, and make liberal use of garlic and scallions.

Zou Ji is located at 19 Ira Road, Syosset, NY 11791

The strong flavors were very prominent in almost every dish that we had.  And we had some dishes this evening that we never had before.  So exciting!

Zou Ji MenuZou Ji is owned by Helen, who named the restaurant after her daughter.  Her father, Pan Chai (apologies if I have misspelled his name) was a famous Chef in China.  Managing the restaurant is Joe Hawkins.  You’re not going to get much more Irish than Joe.  And it was the first time we ever saw an Irishman managing a Chinese restaurant.  But he did a fine job, displaying his knowledge of Dongbei Cuisine and making sure that we truly enjoyed our dining experience.  Joe was well qualified as he spent many years in China.  He and Helen have known each other for about 14 years.

Our main waitress this evening was Grace, and her elegance was only exceeded by her laugh.  Or, she was just laughing at all of our jokes and shenanigans (I had to sneak an Irish reference in, didn’t I?) out of courtesy 🙂

Enough with the background, I’m sure you’re looking forward to reading, and seeing, the food that we ate this evening.  So, Joe and Helen, bring us your best!

Lamb Dumpling and Chicken Dumplings 

DumplingsWhile we waited for Mee Yong Joo to arrive, the three of us (myself, and Mee Tsu Yan and Mee V. StoogasMee Gonzi Biao was busy implementing something big that probably saved the world or cured the common cold…. the spices in the dishes we ate could have cured a cold for sure!) placed orders for these two different type of dumplings.  In my very humble opinion, the Lamb Dumplings may just have been THE best dumplings I ever had in my life.  Though they weren’t soup dumplings, they did have a lot of flavor and juices packed in to those dumplings!!  The Chicken Dumplings were ok.  There were about 10 dumplings in each serving.  Many many more that you usually get in one order.  The Dumplings were served at the same time that Mee Yong Joo arrived.  He has impeccable timing!

We were ready now to move on to some main dishes.  The first to be served was…

Stir Fried String Beans – As good as the Lamb Dumplings were, these String Beans were that good and better!  Immediately we had two Questie-worthy dishes served to us!  The String Beans were incredibly flavorful and seasoned to perfection with a nice spicy kick!  Well done!!

Stewed Mixed Vegetables and Pork – Of all the great dishes that we had, I would have to say this was my least favorite.  In the stew were potatoes, string beans, cellophane noodles, and some very very fatty pork.  I felt that this dish didn’t have a very strong presence.

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Having seen a dish being served on the table behind us, Mee V. Stoogas said, “We have to try that!”  What was that?

Grilled Fish with Vegetables

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The dish comes out in a large metal serving tray and places on top of a portable stove.  The fish, Squirrelfish, was already cooked, nice and crispy.  The vegetables raw included Mushrooms (the large “stalks” in each corner of the tray), mushrooms, various greens, peppers, and more ingredients that I can recall all in the broth.   The dish is left to cook until it starts to look like this:

Everything is then mixed together and you end up with a most delicious main dish.  Beware the bones of the Squirrelfish.  They are very long and you do not want to end up ingesting one!

Joe, the ever vigilant Manager observed how much we enjoyed authentic Chinese cuisine, so he really wanted to show off some of their best dishes.  He treated us to the following:

A Tofu dish that looks just like pasta.  And it did!  I’m not the right person to judge this dish, since I’m not a tofu fan.  I will say though that the consistency of these “noodles” reminded me a lot of conch.  VERY chewy!  

The other dish was called “Huo Shao” in Chinese.  These are on the menu as House Beef Pancakes.  The beef is on the inside, obviously, the outside is a kind of thick, crisp, pastry(?).  I liked this dish!

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We at a LOT of food for just the four of us.  We like to guess what the bill will be before we receive it.  None of us were even close!  $74 including tax!  That was some real good eats for not a lot of money.

Our Rating:

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Humbly submitted for your consumption,

Mee Magnum  (“Chop!  Chop!”)

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Mini Mee, Little Mee, Little Dumpling Chinese Restaurant

What would Father's Day have been without a trip to "Little Dumpling" in Little Neck?  My little Dumpling, err, my little Mee, I mean, Mini Mee made sure that we capped off a spectacular Father's Day with some Chinese food of course! The post Mini Mee, Little Mee, Little Dumpling Chinese Restaurant appeared first on The Chinese...

What would Father’s Day have been without a trip to Little Dumpling in Little Neck?  My little Dumpling, err, my little Mee, I mean, Mini Mee made sure that we capped off a spectacular Father’s Day with some Chinese food of course!  Soup Dumplings, for sure.  But what other surprises might there be in store for us on the menu?

For those of you unfamiliar with Little Dumpling, it’s located at 252-20 Northern Boulevard Little Neck, NY 11362.  We formally reviewed Little Dumpling a few years ago, and I’d say what we wrote then is still valid today.  And since that time, I noticed that they opened up a second location in Bayside, NY.  I spied it when I started taking computer programming classes at Queensborough Community College.  One night I will have to try it out before class.

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When we walked in, at around 4:30pm, the restaurant was already packed.  Who knew that Little Dumpling would be such a hot spot for Father’s Day?  Or is it just a hot spot every day?  The Soup Dumplings are always hot.  So, why not?  We had to wait 20 minutes for a table.

Let’s get down to the nitty gritty.

Of course we immediately placed an order for Soup Dumplings, but as they were packed and I assume wanted to turn over the tables as quickly as possible, we were pressed to place our entire order.  So, let’s break the meal down:

Soup Dumplings – These were extraordinarily good.  Bonus points because the dumpling didn’t break apart when removing it from the Steamer basket in to the Chinese spoons for consumption.  As if you needed reminding, or a warning, the contents ARE hot!  And delicious!

Pan Fried Pork Dumplings – I don’t know why I assumed that these were going to be Char Siu Bao (Roast Pork Buns)?  The name didn’t sound like them… and nor did they look like them when they were served!  LOL… and oh my gosh, did they taste oh so so so good!  I loved this dish!  They were fried to perfection.  A little crispy on the bottom, and delicious (dare I almost say “delucious?  You know they’re good when I have to start making up words to describe something).

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Last, but not least (though surprising to the waiter that that was all we wanted to eat… but, we were full and sated by the time we did finish all three dishes)…

Shanghai Spring Vegetable Rolls 

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These were ok… UNTIL you dipped them in the sauce, and then kung—-POW!  Dynamite!  Don’t leave this little dish off your order, and dip to your hearts content in the hot sauce (chili peppers?).

I feel like it had been a long while since I had eaten IN a Chinese restaurant, and as I mentioned, it was a perfect ending to a perfect Father’s Day with my Mini Mee.

It was also the perfect appetizer to whet my appetite for another Chinese Quest!  Did someone mention a Chinese Quest?  Well, it just so happens, that we will be going on one in the very near future!

Everyone has an opinion on who makes the BEST Soup Dumplings.  Please post in the comments below where YOU think the best Soup Dumplings can be found.

Humbly submitted for your consumption,

Mee Magnum  (“Chop!  Chop!”)

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“Shanghai You Garden Dumpling House”, Flushing, NY

The long line of hungry people waiting to eat at "Shanghai You Garden Dumpling House" should give you an indication of not only how popular this Chinese restaurant is, but possibly how good it is too. If you want to see what all the buzz is about, I suggest you go to 135-33 40th Street, Flushing, NY 11354 - Now if only we knew what that dessert soup was! The post “Shanghai You Garden Dumpling House”, Flushing, NY appeared first on The Chinese...

“At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they begin to hope it can be done, then they see it can be done–then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago.” 
― Frances Hodgson BurnettThe Secret Garden

Let me come to tell you, that the world waits in wonder for a table at Shanghai You Garden Dumpling House in Flushing, NY.  Every time I have driven by, I was astounded to find hordes of people waiting for their turn to dine in this apparently, not too secret, Garden.  Long a destination in The Chinese Quest’s Bucket List, we have never managed to make it there.  But, I will call them to order and insist that we go in force and wait on line like everyone else.

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Yuyuan Garden (as is the name of the restaurant in Chinese) is an extensive Chinese garden located  beside the City God Temple in the northeast of the Old City of Shanghai, China.  However the restaurant itself, Shanghai You Garden Dumpling House, is located at 135-33 40th Road, Flushing, NY 11354.  It’s literally around the corner from both the Flushing Stations of the Long Island Rail Road and the subway (Main Street Station).  Good luck trying to find parking. I would recommend finding a spot if you can in the municipal lot at the corner of Prince Street between 38th and 39th Avenues.

This past evening I went with my good friend Mee Ette Apparently, we learned when we were given a beeper that it is quicker for a party of two to be granted entry in to the Inner Sanctum than for larger parties.  But, no matter the wait, I say it’s alright.  For the pager we were told works in a one block radius.  So rather than wait in a line, one is free to explore the neighborhood until you are beckoned.  We only had to wait 20 minutes for our beeper to buzz. 

The first thing you’ll notice when you walk in is the swarm of activity.  Service staff buzzing all around.  The buzzing of the beepers still going off as you’re led to your table, which is nearly drowned out the din of conversation and food consumption.  I hesitate to call the staff waiters, for the moment we sat down any and all Staff stopped by impatiently asking if we were ready to order.  And when you finally were ready, you pretty much had to give them your entire order.  No trying two dishes… enjoying those, and then selecting more if you like.  No, there’s a line waiting out the door, so they have to move plates!

A very nice surprise, which I’m sorry if I am ruining it for you — but, it’s something to look forward to no matter, and should be taken in to consideration when you place your order, is that every table gets a FREE order of Soup Dumplings!  Now usually when someone tells me something is free, I always say “I’ll take two!”.  But, we weren’t given that chance.  In fact we weren’t even told (at least by the Wait Staff) that the dinner came with free dumplings.  In fact there’s one more surprise coming at the end of the meal which I won’t ruin for you (at least not here…. you’ll have to read on!).

Now, on to the food and away we go!

Soup Dumplings – I did mention that they were free, didn’t I?  And if you forget that they’re free, it states so on the bill!  Well, just because they were free didn’t mean that they weren’t good.  Quite the opposite indeed.  The Soup Dumplings could stand up to any Soup Dumplings I’ve ever had.  Caution:  Contents ARE hot!

Shanghai Shao Mai – At first I didn’t know what to make of these.  But after the second I bite, they won me over.  Inside these dumplings were, to the best of my knowledge, sticky rice.  With one pea on top (perhaps there’s some significance to the pea that someone can enlighten me on).  Four in this serving (what we will do when the Five Mee’s come is anyone’s guess).

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Scallion Pancakes with Sliced Beef – Questie Alert!  I thought the Scallion Pancakes that we had at Kung Fu Xiao Long Bao were the best I ever ate.  Slide those down the ratings and make room for the new best Scallion Pancakes with Sliced Beef!  YUM!  A Questie-worthy dish.   Need I say more?

Pork Moon Cake – This is an item on the Breakfast Menu.  They look like roast pork buns (Char Siu Bao) on the menu.  But, they aren’t.  Mee Ette always wanted to try this dish.  So we ordered it.  We didn’t even manage to finish one each.  Save this dish for breakfast, but don’t order it for dinner.  The Wait Staff refused for us not to take the remaining two home.  I gave them to Mee Ette.  Hey, it WAS her idea to order them.   She “threatened” to discard them the first chance she had, but I wouldn’t let her.  Until we got momentarily separated on the way to the Asian Supermarket to browse when I noticed that they were gone.  I don’t think I believe her when she innocently said that they were knocked out of her hand.  Hmm.  What do you think really happened to them?

Scallion-Pancakes-Sliced-BeefPork-Moon-Cake

The Final Secret

Dessert-SoupCourtesy of Shanghai You Garden Dumpling House we were served a dessert soup.  It is served warm.  They said it tasted like (I couldn’t hear what he said because of the aforementioned din in the restaurant).  Can someone please identify this Desert Soup for me? 

The Bottom Line:

Shanghai You Garden Dumpling House is definitely Quest-worthy.  When will we go?  Well, there’s at least one secret I can keep!

By the way, the cost for this extravaganza (which included one can of Coke), with tax came to only $20.26 – Need I say any more?

Humbly submitted for your consumption,

Mee Magnum  (“Chop!  Chop!”)

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