Ok, I misspoke, thought the B-Day parties were the last eatin’ events in January. Forgot Chinese New Year (those sneaky Chinese, The Cat and The Mouse included) move the dates around every year, must be a conspiracy to confuse. I know solar calendar vs lunar calendar, but conspiracy is more exciting.
Disclaimer, The Cat nor The Mouse picked the restaurant (although, The Cat did think the food was really good there at one time, plus, we think it’s one of the few places in SPAM land to have Hainan Chicken rice on the menu). The Cat’s relative picked the place.
So, onward to S_______ Cafe in Chinatown (named masked to protect the …).
Crabmeat and Fish Maw Soup
It was … okay. The maw was a little crunchy/chewy, not sure if that’s the perfect texture. Had fish maw at other places that were softer in texture.
Country Style Rice Noodle
This was okay, not bad, added a splash of shoyu or vinegar to up the taste. The Cat’s relative couldn’t/wouldn’t touch it, she believe she cannot eat shrimp, crab, lobster, fish, chicken, beef, and a whole list of things, kinda Alanis. So, she couldn’t/wouldn’t touch the soup either.
Duck and Dried Pork Skin Pot
Hmm. Duck a little overcooked, the pork skin either not hydrated or not cooked long enough. Something definitely off on this dish. And such potential too. Now, to be fair, since it was Chinese new year eve, maybe the kitchen was overwhelmed (the tables were full). I dunno. One of two dishes The Cat’s relative “touched”.
Capital Pork Chop
The second of two dishes The Cat’s relative “touched”. I hope The Mouse doesn’t get “Morris” in his old age. The pork chops? Not bad, The Mouse prefers pork belly to chop, not bad for the chop cut of meat tho’.
Hainan Chicken Rice
The Mouse thought this was pretty good, especially the rice, cooked in chicken stock and fat. Mmm. The Cat thought the dish was better before. The ginger and chili sauce sets off the cold chicken well. One of two favorite dishes for The Mouse for the night. Better be since The Mouse ordered it. Hee hee.
String Beans with Pork and Preserved Vegetable
Again, “something” missing, dunno if the flavor was well distributed or just overwhelmed kitchen. Sigh.
From the morning dim sum service. A little something sweet to end the dinner. 🙂
Hope your Chinese new year celebration went well.
Enjoy. Eat well.
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