Since most of my friends are free, I’ll be going out a lot to eat over winter break @.@! Well, that means more food photo opportunities for me and my GF1 ^^;. Anyway, it’s been awhile since I’ve last visited this place so it was nice to check them out again with my manager (I almost always come here with her) and a few friends…
Here’s another “read on an empty stomach” post… ;)
The restaurant has changed location since the last time and it is now (literally) inside the Hawthorne Theatre (of all places…). Better furniture and atmosphere than before but gone are the cute Chinese waitresses ToT
Japanese (sushi) plates in a Chinese restaurant… I like this cultural mixture :D. The interior had a lot of artful bits but I didn’t take any pictures because there were a lot of people around us so I didn’t want to make them uncomfortable while they were eating ^^;.
Appetizer! Forgot the name… but it is basically a savory dofu fa in chili oil and spicy sauce with roasted soybeans. It was silky smooth!
Korean seafood pancake… at a Chinese restaurant! I think it tasted more like a seafood okonomiyaki though… what’s with that kewpie mayo and katsuo all over the top. As long as the food is good, I don’t care what kind of restaurant makes it ^^.
om nom nom…
My mushroom royal plate that consists of enoki, oyster mushrooms, and some other stuff…
Oh yea… gotta have the chili peppers!
Spicy pork ears!
You might not be able to tell or even see what this is but it’s pork intestine… yum! Well… the cooked flavor is nice but the intestine tasted kinda… well, how do you put it… stinky? I don’t know how to describe it since it was my first time trying it but if you don’t know what you’re eating here, you’ll get at least get the idea you’re probably getting a dirty part of an animal ^^;
Guinness pork ribs they called this… spare ribs in a really thick soy sauce more/less. It was sweet!
Some sort of spicy beef soup… man was it pungent!
Here’s what I got out of it.
“Dan Dan Noodles”… it came in a small rice bowl but it sure was a mouthful!
My favorite- Hot Pepper Chicken Bath. As the name implies, it is plate of lightly fried chicken thigh bits swimming in chili peppers. Most flavorful out of the dishes… but for such a huge plate, there really isn’t much actual food (chicken) to eat >_>.
The fun part comes near the end when you have to dig through the pile of peppers to look for any remaining pieces of chicken xD
Pineapple fried rice to round off the meal!
I had to order this because I couldn’t stand the plain rice anymore. For an Asian style restaurant, they managed to get all the food right but totally fail on the most basic part- the rice. It was really offensive to my Chinese tongue; the white rice was just completely dry and the grains did not held together so it was difficult to pick up. To top it off, it doesn’t even come with the food we ordered. It’s not like we wanted to order the white rice but just eating the food plain could be a bit too salty. This is not the first time the rice is bad; I’ve been here more than six times and every time we had to get the rice, it is similar to this with varying degree of offensiveness. As far as I know, this place has the worst white rice in any Asian restaurants I’ve been to… even compared to the restaurants I hate. This is my only complaint. I love everything else!
If you happen to be in the area, definitely worth trying out… just avoid the white rice if you can.
Afterwards, walked down a few blocks for dessert ^^. Here’s a self-serve shop where you can build your own frozen treats with various bits and toppings.
Peppermint stick yogurt and peach mango yogurt with random toppings including mochi, cheesecake bits, cookie dough, strawberries, gummybear, and marshmellow sauce(?)… what was I thinking?!
Looks like I wasn’t the only one with whacky combinations…