Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Our First Californian Chinese Food

We went out to Costco last night and bought a few more things, mostly because we now know the prices to expect for food, and needed to stock up a bit. Afterward, we decided to just grab a bite, and headed downtown for Chinese.

We first attempted to go to a restaurant called Trend first, but chickened out. As we were walking up, we looked in the window. The specials menu was completely in Chinese characters, and there were pictures of the food on the wall (but not in that tacky way that some take-out places post. this was in a real way, as it was a real restaurant with tablecloths, china, and silver). All of the customers appeared to be Asian, and we were slightly afraid we wouldn't be able to order (we have heard that there are places out here where you have to know how to order to be able to eat).

Only a block or two from uWink, we stumbled upon a place called New China Delight. As you may know, this is a semi-common name for a Chinese restaurant (or at least it is in FL), but this particular one actually owns newchinadelight.com, not some random domain. The menu was a bit different from what we're used to, but was quite extensive. The portions were generous, and the prices were fair. The food is served family-style, which we weren't expecting when we placed our order. I asked for the 'minced chicken breast with spicy garlic sauce' and white rice. JB had the 'General Tso's Chicken' (which I don't see on their online menu) and white rice. We both loved his meal, it had a great flavor and a perfect crispness. Mine wasn't garlic-y enough for its name, and had a very hot aftertaste. We took home leftovers of both types of chicken, and plan to return to this restaurant to try their hot pots.

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