Amen to that!
But BOY do I agree with Adam Platt about the "No Reservation Generation" phenomenon. So incredibly annoying. I put up with anyway at places I love - Diner, Fette Sau, and a few select other places. But I hate it.
Mission Chinese Food – 154 Orchard St.
Posted 26 July 2012 - 02:34 AM
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Posted 29 July 2012 - 05:26 PM
I happen to have one of those scarce ressies tonight.
And the rest of us were very glad you did. The 6 of us went thru probably 2/3 of the menu and I have to admit, I didn't find just about anything that wasn't very good. Believe it or not, the pastrami was probably my least favorite, but I'd eat it again without hesitation. What I like about this place is that they're churning out inventive, interesting takes that are 10-20degrees off "normal" Chinese food (of any specific region). And they're doing it with a wide variety of styles and tastes. And at a very nice price point. And in a very friendly environment. Genuinely friendly.
It will not replace my trips to Flushing for more traditional excellence at Fu Run, Little Pepper, Xi'an, Imperial Palace or the underground malls. But, for interesting somewhat off the wall stuff that works... this is the place.
Aside... the beer comes in nice big cups while the glasses of wine are very small. Spend your $7/serving wisely.
eta: I can't stop thinking about the brisket w/greens dish. Or the mackerel fried rice. Or even the peanuts.
Edited by Steve R., 29 July 2012 - 05:29 PM.
Posted 24 September 2012 - 06:42 PM
Ordered the salt-cod fried rice, the Chongqing chicken wings, the thrice-cooked bacon, and the mapo tofu, plus some of the pickles (the weakest part)
The rice was really nice - subtle but very very tasty - also interesting to have a fried rice without soy sauce. The bits of salt cod provided a nice balance to the sweet Chinese sausage, and the entire dish was a good foil to the spicy onslaught which followed.
The wings - holy shit. What are they dusted with, lots of Sichuan pepper for sure, but all I tasted was that, some sugar, and some MSG. Umami-mouth tingling explosion. My lips felt like they were fizzing like a glass of warm soda (I admit to actually spooning up some of the seasoning that was left on the plate and eating it straight). Also, the crispy fried dry chiles they come with are AWESOME, like chips but way way better.
The bacon - Holy shit part two. I have never tasted anything more porky and smoky. The sauce was divine, thick, spicy, smokey, and tingly, and the tteok did a good job absorbing it. My friend and I were rationing it out to have bites throughout the meal.
Mapo tofu - wow, just over the top. If I had this plus a bowl of plain rice, and nothing else, I'd be very happy. With everything else, it was probably overkill. Far more meaty and rich than any mapo I've had (of course, due to the generous use of pork shoulder) - this wasn't the incendiary, numbing dish I expected, but almost like a super heavy Chinese variant on chili. Really ridiculous.
I'm still in awe over this meal - what the hell do they do?
Posted 25 September 2012 - 02:51 AM
How long was your wait on Saturday night, or did you have a reservation?
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