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12 years ago
01/03/2008, 09:26 AM
Worth a trip
Hoicin is one of my favorite restaurants within the neighborhood of Rancho Cordova. Me and my girlfriend have been to hoicin for a number of times for the past few months, we were having a great time every single visit. It is located in one of the ugliest strip mall on Folsom Blvd, which I remember the first visit I made, I was questioning myself how good a restaurant will be if it is in a mall like that... I almost wanna to turn around and go somewhere else, but finally I did give it a try and good thing I did.
Unlike some of those hole-in-the-wall type of Asian restaurants in the neighborhood, it is clean and nicely decored. Great services, and dishes were always presented neatly.
I am Chinese so usually I intended to order some traditional dishes, and my girlfriend is American-born Korean, she intended to order mostly Americanized Chinese dishes. Good thing is, they do well on both cuisine.
Based on our several visits, I could summarized a bit on the dishes we like the most:
The top dish is always be their black peppercorn steak filets, beef cube in a strong favor of sweet black pepper sauce, meat is very tender and the sauce is well-balanced, even it has a strong favor, but never overwhelmed the taste of the meat;
I personally like their smoked sea bass, although it isn't a everyday dish which cost like $20 something. Boneless sea bass have a nice honey favor, juicy and fresh. It isn't a big dish but very unique. I have had this type of sea bass in a few restaurants in Sacramento and even Bay area, I personally think they did the best job;
My girlfriend loves their sesame seed chicken, pieces of chicken leg meat, battered and dressed in a dark brown or I could say black sauce, topped with sesame seed. It is good for me, but personally, I preferred white meat more. I think it will taste ten times better;
Anything with green bean is good too (probably we both love green bean), we tried their spicy green bean, green bean beef with black bean sauce, garlic green bean. Especially their green bean beef with the black bean sauce, make sure you ask for an extra sauce, those sauce have a strong fresh favor of black bean, and I love to pour the sauce on rice;
Potsticker and the fried wonton is a must try appetizers. their fried wonton is stuffed with shrimps and pork, with a nice clean favor of sesame, and wrapped in a crispy wonton skin. It goes very well with the sweet and sour dipping sauce. Forgot to mention their wonton soup or wor wonton too. Their wonton is just like the same kind of wonton I have had in Hong Kong.
Last but not least, their sampan crab or lobster, sampan, is a very popular shellfish cooking technique in Hong Kong. It is chopped, battered, fried, then lastly, wok fried with seasoning ingredients. It is kinda like salt and peppery, but have a bit stronger favor.