Sometimes, when my parents decide to fancy it up and go to a Chinese buffet (that was a joke), there’s always one thing that I make sure I get: a Chinese crab casserole. Now if you read the ingredients, you’d think it would be absolutely disgusting. But it’s really decadent and creamy, I can’t help but love it. All you need is lump crab meat, cream cheese, sour cream, onions, celery and a dollop of mayo. Mix it all up, and cover with cheddar on the top. Broil it in the oven, and presto! A creamy casserole that will make your arteries hate you, but would make your soul say “thank you!”
I was in the mood for some authentic Chinese food and boy did Hope Kee deliver! It’s been voted one of the best Chinese restaurants in the Valley, and I was excited to take my parents there.
For my brother, Lemon Chicken. For my parents, Fish Fillet and Tofu in a Clay Pot. For me, BBQ Pork and Roast Duck.
Also, I stopped by to get a Black Milk Tea Boba because it would be a shame to pass that opportunity by!
The Philippines finally have the joy that is the Orange Chicken. The nation’s leading Chinese food chain Chowking has introduced the people this tangy treat and I tasted it for myself.
I’m a Panda lover by heart so this had a lot of expectations ahead of it. It was a lot sweeter than tangier - that’s pretty much the only difference I noticed. But nothing beats Panda's O.C. though. No doubt about it.
I also had some Hong Kong Style Noodles on the side - it’s a new street food that everyone’s going crazy for. You add the sauce for your noodles and it comes with some siumai dumplings on top. I put Chili Garlic on mine.
Whenever one of your best friends recommends a place to go for lunch, go. My bubbie Cathy finally got me downtown to try China Chili, a little spot for authentic Chinese food. Personally, I’ve never had reeeeeally good Chinese food here in America - after living in the Philippines, you really can’t top REAL Chinese food. Well, this restaurant definitely shut me up.
I had the Spicy Schezuan Prawn lunch special. The prawn was cooked so perfectly (fried) covered in Scezuan sauce with scallions and garlic.
Cathy had the Pillow Tofu - fried tofu pillows stuffed with shrimp paste and covered in broccoli and oyster sauce. This was the stand-out of our little lunch date.
Thanks for the awesome place, Cathy! We are definitely eating there again soon (she tells me the dinner menu is even more mind-blowing).
And to think, right after this I had a teeth cleaning. Yesterday was a good day for my mouth.