Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Chinese New Year

I've always liked LA's Chinatown.  It isn't huge, but it's fun.
Chinese New Year there is crazy, with throngs of people every which way and Chinese lined up for long waits in front of casino booths.

Phoenix King Bakery is one of the most famous bakeries in Chinatown,
and for good reason.
Like an Abercrombie and Fitch, you can smell it down the street, which is more than enough advertising.
We wanted to eat everything, which was unfortunately not a feasible option.

 Sesame Ball and Pineapple Express
I'm somewhat familiar with Dim Sum-type
baked goods, so I made these choices.

The sesame ball was great.  Massive, for one,
and fresh, chewy, with a wonderful textural 
contrast and nutty bean paste.
The Pineapple Express was incredible.
Light, slightly sourdough-esque bread with
a sweet top, and hunks of pineapple throughout.


 For lunch, we ate at Chinese Friends
Restaurant, which is somewhat renowned
with some of my friends.  I'd been here
once before, but not for a while.

Bok Choy with Mushrooms
I'll admit mushrooms aren't always my favorite,
but these were great.  Clear, sweet sauce
over well-cooked vegetables.

Noodles with Vegetables
Same clear, sweet sauce, over water chestnut, carrot,
more mushrooms, bok choy, and baby corn.
The noodles were the standout - crispy and chewy
in different places along the noodle.

House Special Shrimp
You must get this.
Deep fried shrimp with tangy, slightly spicy sauce.
Deep fried in the best way possible.  Not heavy
and thick, but lightly breaded and almost
deep-fried-searing.  May contain some sort of
addictive substance.

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