Barbielytton on Citysearch
13 years ago
04/11/2008, 06:19 AM
Fresh, authentic Chinese food. This is the real deal. – We've probably eaten there 50 times and it is very, very good. Food is fresh - some of it is still swimming in tanks near the entry. Service is fast and friendly - usually Mai, one of the owners, is waiting tables.
The calamari with garlic and hot pepper (a.k.a. "salt-baked squid" on the menu) is a knockout. Ditto the salt-baked pork chops, beef with black pepper sauce and the chicken with special garlic sauce. Above all, do not miss the vegetables: whether it's snow pea tips, water spinach, bok choy or whatever Mai recommends (just ask her) that night, they will be freshly cooked and just gorgeous. Don't miss them.
What you will not find is the awful sticky-sweet sauce that is all too often used to drown out mediocre dishes at many Chinese restaurants.
The clientele is usually about 80% Asian, often from the nearby universities. They know good, well-priced food when they see it.