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  • Mee Magnum
  • December 03, 2014 04:14:44 PM

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What started humbly as five friends gathered for a night out, has grown to a quest. A Chinese Quest. Follow along as five hungry Jewish guys search for THE BEST Chinese Restaurant on all of Long Island (and now New York City too)! What do Jews like? A bargain AND Chinese food! It started innocently enough. Now it's become something bigger than even their appetites. Or, has it? So, follow along and let's see where their journey takes them in their search. They welcome your suggestions and feedback. And if you're lucky enough, perhaps they'll ask you to join them on one of their crusades! So pack your chop sticks, we're about to hit the road!

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Lunar New Year 2022: Ushering in the Year of the Tiger

This Lunar New Year will usher in the Year of the Tiger on February 1, 2022. The Tiger is one of the most beloved of the 12 Chinese Zodiac signs, signifying fortune and confidence. Happy New Year! Gung Hay Fat Choy! Click the link to learn more about the traditions of the celebration, and how you can join in on the celebrations. Follow the link in the article to learn more about the personality traits of those born in the Year of the Tiger. The post Lunar New Year 2022: Ushering in the...

Originally called Chinese New Year, the Lunar New Year is an important cultural event in many Eastern and Southeastern Asian cultures, celebrating the optimism of the coming year while honoring the past. Unlike New Year’s Day in the Gregorian Calendar used globally today, the Lunar New Year is a multi-day event and does not fall on the same day each year. While the exact date varies based on the lunar calendar, it always occurs near the beginning of the Spring season and is also called the Spring Festival.

This year, the first day of the Lunar New Year is Tuesday, February 1 and the celebration lasts about two weeks.

Some Background on the Tradition…

Year-of-the-TigerThe Chinese lunisolar calendar is directly tied to their 12 zodiac symbols and the five elements of wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. The resulting configurations create a unique cycle that repeats every 60 years.

This Lunar New Year will usher in the Year of the TigerAccording to Forbes, the Tiger is one of the most beloved of the 12 Chinese Zodiac signs, signifying fortune and confidence.

Some customs and traditions associated with Lunar New Year

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Celebrate the Year of the Tiger

  • SAAM also has free Family Zone activities to celebrate the Lunar New Year, with crafts, coloring pages featuring SAAM artwork, and live virtual programs and videos. 

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This article was compiled from various sources.

Gung Hay Fat Choy – Happy New Year! – שנה טובה

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Mee Magnum  (“Chop!  Chop!”)

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[REVIEW] 88 Szechuan Cuisine, Little Neck, NY

88 Szechuan Cuisine, a new Chinese restaurant recently opened in Little Neck, NY. Little Neck has rapidly become a new mecca for authentic Chinese Restaurants with at least six worth trying (yes, we reviewed them. Check them out! (type "Little Neck" in the search bar of our website). How does 88 Szechuan Cuisine stack up against the competition? The competition is hot. 88 Szechuan Cuisine is HOT! Click to find out the rest of the story. The post [REVIEW] 88 Szechuan Cuisine, Little Neck,...

COVID-19 shows no sign of letting up.  Neither does The Chinese Quest!  Another month, another review of a Chinese restaurant.  Specifically, 88 Szechuan Cuisine, which is located at 249 Horace Harding Expressway, Little Neck, NY 11362.  It should be no surprise then that the featured cuisine is Szechuan, and certainly no surprise that the food was going to be HOT!  Hot and Spicy!!  We came, they served, and we deliver this tasty review for your consumption.

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The owners of 88 Szechuan Cuisine are very wise people indeed when they chose this location, formerly the site of TJK Cafe, which will be missed, but if anything had to replace them you’d be hard-pressed to find a better choice.  And so convenient!  Literally two doors west is Carvel!  And, if you must, a few doors further east on the same block is Jade Asian Bistro, and just around the corner is QQ Cafe Noodle House.  Opened for a few weeks when The Chinese Quest made their Grand Opening official by paying them a visit and writing this review.

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You know you have entered an authentic Chinese restaurant when the staff nor the owner speaks much English. That made it just more enjoyable for us. 88-Szechuan-Cuisine-Menu Somehow we managed to communicate that we wanted to try their favorite dishes on the menu.  And this is what we had:

Being a surprisingly chilly evening, we wanted to warm up with some soup while we waited for Mee Tsu Yan to arrive.  To get the best bang for our review dollar, we divided and conquered.  Besides, it would have been yuckie in these pandemic times to share a bowl of soup with another. Three of us ordered the Wonton SoupMee Young Joo took a different path by ordering the Silkie Chicken Soup.  But, he wasn’t the only Mee who would take a different path this evening.

Wonton-Soup-88-Szechuan-CuisineAs this writer can only speak for the Wonton Soup, let me tell you that the broth was light and definitely not salty.  The four wontons were excellent.  Embarrassingly, I asked if they had Chow Mein Noodles.  What can I say?  I love Chow Mein Noodles.  They didn’t.  Briefly, I thought about going next door to the Asian Supermarket to get some, but knowing that Mee Tsu Yan would be arriving soon, I didn’t venture out.  No noodles, still no Tsu Yan, but the soup was delicious.  Who knew, that at the time, the soups would be the coolest thing we were to eat that night!

FIRE!

Time to turn up the heat… and on Mee Tsu Yan, where are you?… and on the dishes, we ordered next.

New Style Sichuan Chicken – I have a feeling that this isn’t a “new” dish, and that Sichuan cuisine has been around for thousands of years, but hey, it’s a new Chinese restaurant, so they have a right to call it “new style”.  Show us what you got!  What we got was a plate where the ingredients were hard to differentiate, but you got the feeling if someone put a match to it it would light up like a bonfire. Every bite was hot. Though the dish wasn’t lit, the fire started in our bellies.

Fried Beef with Cumin – Should have come with a side order of fire extinguishers.  Man, this was hot!  But, I have to tell you, it was extremely delicious.  I really loved the bell peppers.  The spices were overwhelming the beef though and it was hard to get a good read on how good it was.

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ICE!

We needed to quickly cool things down.  In retrospect, we probably should Fried-Rice-Shrimphave ordered the rice earlier so that it could soak up some of the sauces from the entrees.

Fried Rice with Shrimp – Consider it Young Chow Fried Rice if you need a comparable dish.  Perhaps it was the contrast to the incendiary flavors of the prior two dishes, or it was just that darned good, but it was darned good!  Such a light delicate dish is best how I can describe it.  Make sure you order this when you go to 88 Szechuan Cuisine.

It was right about then that Mee Tsu Yan arrived from his pilgrimage.  Approximately 90 minutes after we were seated.  Such an impressive tour-de-Long Island and Queens merit a shift in monikers (as if we don’t have enough already), and he is without a doubt, THE Wandering Jew.

Looking back, he must have known.  For this Mee doesn’t fancy the hot and spicy as much as everyone, and perhaps it wasn’t a coincidence that he arrived after we ate the two main entrees, was it?

To accommodate our perambulating brother we ordered another mild dish:

Crystal-Shrimp-DumplingCrystal Shrimp Dumplings – These dumplings were a big hit, and I have no doubt we could have ordered another round of them without further damage to our stomachs.  I liked the lightness of the wrapper and shrimp.  There was nothing to overwhelm the taste of the shrimp.  The dumplings stood on their own, but they didn’t avoid the eager chopsticks that snatched them up one after the other until the five of us each had one dumpling, leaving just one left from the order of six, before realizing we hadn’t taken a photograph of them.  Hence, we present, to the right, The Lone Dumpling.

By the way, that lone dumpling quickly joined his brother in my belly before it had a chance to escape!

NICE!

Sufficiently full, our mouths still ablaze, salvation was just two doors down.  Quickly paying the bill ($118.40 for the four and a half of us plus tip), we ran like the Keystone Kops to Carvel!

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Mee Magnum  (“Chop!  Chop!”)

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Grand Opening: Kai Burgers & Dumplings, Great Neck, NY

Grand Opening: Kai Burgers & Dumplings in Great Neck Plaza, NY 11021 Asian fusion, hamburgers and dumplings obviously, and also Keto dishes, beef dishes too, oh my! The restaurant looks very modern and has a full bar and two large-screen televisions. We think you are going to like it. We wish Kai Burger & Dumplings lots of luck.  Let's all do our part as we come out of the pandemic and let's show our support of local businesses too. The post Grand Opening: Kai Burgers &...

Though not eligible for the Big Dance since it’s not a pure Chinese food play, The Chinese Quest does like to take the time to recognize other Asian restaurants when they open and to provide the guidance that our loyal followers have come to expect from us.  One such restaurant is Kai Burgers & Dumplings that opened yesterday, November 9, 2021, in Great Neck Plaza, NY.  To say that the Village of Great Neck Plaza has experienced a pandemic of restaurant and store closings over the last few years is an understatement.  It is great to see, and to welcome, those adventurous souls willing to still take a chance.  And, Burgers & Dumplings may be up to that daunting challenge.

The much-anticipated opening of Kai Burgers & Dumplings at 7 South Middle Neck Road, Great Neck, NY 11021, came to impress when Mini-Mee, aka The Dumpling King, and I went for an early dinner there today.  We were eagerly looking forward to trying it out as soon as it opened.

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Of course, the menu, as you would expect, offers burgers, and smashed burgers at that, and Dumplings!  Burgers range in size from 5oz all the way up to a Whopping one pound burger, and you can get single or double patties.  I can’t imagine anyone ordering a double pound-burger.  Now that I have thrown down that gauntlet, I bet people will be lining up to order just that.

A single 5oz cheeseburger is $7.99, or elevate your meal to Deluxe, which comes with French Fries, Cole Slaw, and a Soda for a mere $12.50.

Dumplings are $7.99 for half a dozen (we got seven, shhhhh!).  To make the order a dozen dumplings for just a few dollars more.  Currently, there are only three different types of dumplings on the menu.  

Kai-Burgers-and-DumplingsWhat I didn’t expect to see on the menu, which came as a nice surprise were some Keto dishes including salmon, and in addition, Boneless Ribeye Steak, Skirt Steak, and Filet Mignon on the menu too!

I asked Danny, the owner, and head chef, why “burgers” AND “dumplings”?  He said, Dumplings are a staple dish of my people, and my mother makes all kinds”.  The burgers he said, because of how much his friends loved the burgers he made on his outdoor barbeque.  They thought it so delicious that he had to sell them!  So, the seed was planted, and Kai Burger and Dumplings sprouted to life!

Danny made it a point to let us know that he was very particular about the ingredients that go into every dish, and only the best would be used.  That in itself is a great testimony to an owner who takes such pride in his food and caters to people who expect only the very best.  Like the residents of Great Neck!

What I was totally not expecting to see was a full bar fully stocked at Grand Opening. I’m not sure if the patron came with the bar, or he just found his new watering hole.  He seemed very content.

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The restaurant is very modern looking.  Two flat-panel TV’s were tuned to tennis, and heavy metal was blaring (Tip to Danny:  Change the music.  Please?)  The music was so off-putting that it wasn’t pleasant to be there.

So, what did the Dumpling King and I have?

 

Hometown Classic Dumplings – Pan-fried and filled with “quality pork belly, shrimp, and chives:

Hometown-Classic-DumplingsThe dumplings, even to the Dumpling King himself, were excellent.  I didn’t quite care for the dipping sauce, it was a little too spicy for my taste.  I asked Danny if he was planning on adding a wider variety of dumplings to the menu, but it somehow got lost in the translation, which surprised me since Danny speaks perfect English.

Hamburger Deluxe (which French Fries, Cole Slaw, Lettuce, Tomato, and Soda) – Made just like he would for his friends and family.  The French fries were out of this world.  Possibly the best I have ever had.  And that’s saying a lot.  They were perfect.  You could tell that the quality of beef in the burger was high.  It was cooked to perfection.  One word of warning if I may, the dressing was VERY hot!!  Next time I would ask for it without the dressing, and I would suggest you do too if you don’t like very spicy dishes.  The lettuce was crisp and crunchy, the tomato looked like it could be the idealized version of what a tomato should look like.  The Dumpling King opted for cheese on his hamburger, I passed on the cheese. 

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All in all, we would say that Kai Burger & Dumplings met our expectations, and we would go there again, and we feel you should try it too.  Not because it’s great to see a new restaurant open in Great Neck, but because the food was very good and reasonably priced.

We think you are going to like it. We wish Kai Burger & Dumplings lots of mazel.  Let’s all do our part as we come out of the pandemic and let’s show our support of local businesses too.

祝你好運 – Good luck!! – בהצלחה

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Mee Magnum  (“Chop!  Chop!”)

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[REVIEW] Dun Huang, Syosset, NY

Our latest Quest took us to the newly opened Dun Huang in Syosset, NY. This Chinese restaurant offers Shaanxi cuisine from Northwest China. If you like your food spicy and from a rarely eaten cuisine in the United States, we highly recommend giving it a try. (This article was written in memory of Kevin Dudich, who only loved pizza more than he did Chinese food. RIP) The post [REVIEW] Dun Huang, Syosset, NY appeared first on The Chinese...

A few weeks ago, the Chinese Quest was back on the road.  Finding a recently opened Chinese restaurant, Dun Huang, located at 8 Cold Spring Road, Syosset, NY 11791, we eagerly set out GPS on the destination.  When we walked in we were a little taken aback. The restaurant seemed to be primarily a take-out Chinese restaurant.  Perhaps it was COVID, or not, it’s not a sit-down type of establishment.  There were few chairs.  All the dishes were served on take-out plates.  The flatware was plastic.  The food, however, was excellent!

Hungering for some authentic Chinese food, Dun Huang bills itself as “The most authentic northwestern Chinese cuisine in the NYC“.  Alas, we were in Nassau County.  However, as I have since discovered, Dun Huang has opened restaurants all over New York City, and more!  You will notice that all those other restaurants are proper sit-down Chinese restaurants, and all look modern and use tasteful service platters and real utensils.

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But, that’s not what we are here to discuss.  Let’s refocus.  We are in Syosset, NY, and we came to eat!!  Show us what you got, Don Huang!

The starting lineup:

Marinated Cucumbers – This is one of my all-time favorite dishes.  I love its refreshing taste.  This will cool your mouth, and put a smile on your face.

Soup Dumplings – I must say that these were average on our list.  The soup was hot, but the wrappers were a little too thick.  Though that does prevent them from falling apart when making the elusive transfer from the steaming pot to the Chinese soup spoon.  Please note that the picture below is a stock picture, and does not depict the actual soup dumplings we received.  I promise it’s the last time we ever do this.

Marinated cucumberPork-Soup-Dumplings

If you look closely, you will notice that the cucumbers seem to resemble a Mobius strip.  They are one continuous cut.  How the heck?  I can’t imagine how long it would take to prepare the cucumber.  Want to know the secret?  From Dun Huang’s website, check out how to cut cucumbers like a Boss!  (Kids, please don’t try this at home).

 

What incredible precision!  Did you blink and miss the whole thing?  Play it again and watch carefully.

Let’s move on to some of the other dishes we had that fateful evening.

Sweet and Sour Short Ribs – This is a dish that we have come to expect at some of the Chinese restaurants featuring food from the north.  Bone-in.  Be careful.  My best advice is to pick it up with your fingers and eat it.  It’s the only way to get it all.

Ma La Noodles (Regular) – This dish packed some potent spices.  I could not get past the spice to really enjoy this dish.  I’m not sure if “Regular” means it was mild.  The other version must be wild.  I’m glad we got the regular, or I don’t know if I could have continued.  The lamb was delicious.  Aside from me, everyone else loved this dish and couldn’t get enough of it.  It was my pleasure to let them enjoy it!

Sweet and sour short ribsLamb Shahlik

Lamb Skewer – Street food in China.  At home in my belly.  Loved this. Give me more!  I’ll trade someone my portion of the Ma La Noodles.  Anyone?  Bueller?

Original Lanzhou Beef Noodles (Regular) – The dish wasn’t very memorable to me.  The beef lacked flavor and was a bit chewy. 

Lamb-SkewerLanzhou Beef noodles

Normally, this would have been the end of our meal.  As you can see, it’s not an optical illusion, the serving size was on the small side, so we still had room for more. 

But, let’s take a brief break in our review and ponder the question, just how do they make handmade noodles.  Well, I’m glad you asked, for, on their website, they posted this very useful video:

 

How does he do that?  It’s pure magic.  That is the only explanation. 

Fair Warning: These noodles are IMPOSSIBLE to cut using plastic forks and knives.  They brought us a pair of scissors, REALLY!, so we could cut them.  They were washed first.  I hope.

Ready for more?  Let’s do it:

Monstrous Plate Chicken – It’s not bad grammar.  That’s what it is called on their menu.  This one we should have left there.  The chicken was dry and monstrous would not have been the way to describe the served size.  But, that is probably just as well.

Spicy Cumin Lamb Chinese Burger – That’s quite a mouthful, and that’s exactly what it was.  Very delicious. Served on a bun something akin to an English Muffin in texture.  The meat, some opted for the Chinese Burger – Stewed Pork, was nice and delicious.  I would have preferred it served on a softer roll.  But, hey, it’s not my recipe.

Monstrous Plate ChickenSpicy Cumin Lamb Chinese Burger

At this point, we were all full.  Could we digest the bill?  Yeah!  Excluding tip, the total was $114.60 for the five of us, which included four cans of soda.  Only one dish was more than $11.00.  Well, it WAS monstrous!!

Time to tally, before heading off to Carvel.  Our review:

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Mee Magnum  (“Chop!  Chop!”)

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Mid-Autumn Festival (a.k.a. Moon Festival)

The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival, is primarily celebrated in east and southeast Asia and coincides with the fall harvest during the brightest and fullest moon. This year the festival is celebrated on September 21, 2021. As part of the celebration, lanterns of all sizes and shapes, are carried and displayed. They serve as symbolic beacons that light people’s paths to prosperity and good fortune. Click to read more and check out a bonus recipe! The post Mid-Autumn...

The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival, is primarily celebrated in east and southeast Asia and coincides with the fall harvest during the brightest and fullest moon. This year the festival is celebrated on September 21, 2021. As part of the celebration, lanterns of all sizes and shapes, are carried and displayed. They serve as symbolic beacons that light people’s paths to prosperity and good fortune.

Some Background on the Festival

Although China has celebrated the harvest during the autumn full moon since the Shang dynasty (c. 1600–1046 BCE), the celebration as a festival only started to gain popularity during the early Tang dynasty (618–907 CE). Traditionally, the Mid-Autumn festival symbolizes a family reunion.

How to Celebrate…

When it comes to the festival, customs vary throughout Asia. The Mid-Autumn Festival is considered “children’s day” in Vietnam and celebrations include paper lantern fairs and lion dance parades. In southern China, most people will light lanterns and eat autumn fruits such as pomelo and starfruit. Some villages in Hong Kong preserve the tradition of fire dragon dancing through a narrow alley. In South Korea, the Mid-Autumn Festival is a three-day holiday commemorated by sweeping the tombs of ancestors and wearing traditional attire.

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All about mooncakes…

One of the highlights of the Mid-Autumn Festival is the mooncake. The calorie-packed pastry is sliced up and shared like a cake between families and friends. The most common kind of mooncake is made of lotus seed paste, salted egg yolk, and lard. They can contain about 1,000 calories. If you would like to make one, try this recipe:

Easy Mooncake Recipe

Traditional Chinese mooncake

with lotus paste and salted egg yolk

 

PREP TIME: 20 minutes
COOK TIME: 20 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

Dough

• 60g golden syrup
• 1/4 tsp lye water (in Chinese: 鹼水 Jiǎn shuǐ & in Japanese: 灰汁水 kansui)
• 24g vegetable oil
• 100g cake flour

Filling

• 10 salted egg yolk
• 220g store-bought lotus paste (See note)
Egg wash to brush the mooncake

YIELD: 10 MINI MOONCAKES

Instructions:

For the dough:

        1. Mix golden syrup, lye water, and vegetable oil accurately in a mixing bowl.
        2. Sieve the flour. Add all at once to the above mixture.
        3. Combine all the ingredients.
        4. Place the dough on a piece of cling wrap. Refrigerate for thirty minutes to let the dough relax.

For the filling:

        1. Wash the salted egg yolk with water to remove the white sticking to the yolk. Pat dry.
        2. Wrap the yolk with the lotus paste
        3. Then roll it into a ball. Set aside.

Wrapping:

        1. Roll out the pastry in between two plastic sheets or cling wraps.
        2. Remove the cling film on top, fold the pastry toward the filling.
        3. Pinch away the excess pastry where the pastry is double folded to ensure consistent thickness.
        4. Roll the mooncake with your palms to form a ball.

Baking:

        1. Roll the mooncake on a surface dusted with flour.
        2. Plunge the piston of the mold to the flour and shake off the excess.
        3. Place the dough on the baking tray.
        4. Put the mooncake mold on the dough and plunge the piston downward. The dough will take the shape of the mold, and the pattern will be imprinted on the surface.
        5. Bake it at the middle rack, 175°C/350°F top and bottom temperature for five minutes or until the surface starts to firm up.
        6. Remove the mooncake from the oven and brush the surface of the mooncake with egg wash.
        7. Bake for another ten minutes or until golden brown.
        8. Remove the cake from the oven to cool at room temperature.
        9. Transfer the mooncake to an airtight container and keep it for three days before serving.

Notes:

The actual amount of lotus paste depends on the weight of the salted egg yolk. The total weight of the filling (yolk + lotus paste) is 35g for each mooncake.

Chopsticks

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[REVIEW] 365 Noodle Bar and Grill, Hicksville, NY

365 Noodle Bar & Grill is a Szechuan Chinese restaurant located in Hicksville, NY in a strip mall next to H&Y Marketplace. This Chinese restaurant is overlooked by many. It should not be overlooked. If you haven't tried it yet, you have our recommendation to try it. You'll like it! A little bonus in the article, there's a contest! Check out the mystery dish and post in the comments (comments on the website, not Facebook, etc.). Only comments posted on the website will be...

Let’s start with what it’s not.  It’s not a bar.  There is no bar there.  Calling it a “Grill” is iffy.  Though you can get a hamburger there, it is not your average backyard burger.  It’s a Chinese Hamburger.  Now that we got that out of the way, what is 365 Noodle Bar and Grill?  It is a FANTASTIC Szechuan Chinese restaurant located at 478 Plainview Road, Hicksville, NY 11801.  There is a huge Asian Market, H&Y Marketplace, next door.  Perhaps that’s where they get their ingredients?

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Lessons in Writing Restaurant Reviews

  1. Don’t wait a month to write it
  2. Don’t lose your notes
  3. There is no Rule #3
  4. When in doubt as to what a dish is, because of #1, and #2, make a game out of it.

What was Remembered

  1. The food was great!
  2. It was Szechuan cuisine (What’s the difference between “Szechuan” and “Sichuan”?)
  3. Our server was Nina.  She was great!  Her English is so-so, but I think that’s because she was trying to ignore my poor attempts at humor.
  4. The restaurant was clean
  5. Service was excellent
  6. All of the dishes were delicious
  7. Almost all the dishes were spicy
  8. It’s not a bar.  They don’t serve Chinese beer nor white wine.  You can get red wine by the glass and/or a Heiniken.

What we ordered (in no particular order.  See Lesson #2 in Writing Restaurant Reviews):

365-Noodle-Bar-Grill-Dan-Dan-NoodlesDan Dan Noodles – You can’t go to a Szechuan Chinese restaurant and not order Dan Dan Noodles, can you?  Well, we didn’t take a chance.  We did.  And they were great!  Sometimes the minced pork in Dan Dan Noodles can be dry.  This pork was moist, and the noodles were yummy.  Don’t forget to mix it all up before serving!  Want to make these at home?  They this recipe for Dan Dan Noodles.

Chopsticks

Pork Soup Dumplings – I could have sworn we ordered these (Again, refer to the rules of review writing above). We had to!  But, I don’t have a picture of them.  So, we must not have.  That’s the way it works.  No picture = Didn’t order ’em, and therefore did not eat them.  So, I guess there is nothing to write here.

365-Noodle-Bar-Grill-String-Beans-EggplantString Beans with Eggplant – As you know, I love string beans, and was never a fan of the eggplant until I tried it a few years ago in a Chinese restaurant.  I found out that they are not made from eggs.  Who knew?  And plants and now the in thing to eat.  That being said, I loved the String Beans, and since no one was looking, nor would they remember a month later (sometimes those rules come in handy), I didn’t try the eggplant this time for some reason that I could make up, but I won’t.

Sauteed Lamb with Cumin Seeds – Marvelous, moist, sumptuous lamb cooked to perfection with just the proper amount of cumin so as not to overwhelm this dish.  Amazing how memory works sometimes, isn’t it?

Chicken – I know, that’s not very descriptive, but my CRS was flaring up.  I think this was a nice dish.  But, even if it wasn’t the others more than made up for it.  If anyone ate at 365 Noodle Bar and Grill and ordered this dish and can post its name in the comments at the bottom of this page, it would be greatly appreciated!

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After all these spicy dishes, you really need something to soak it all up and keep your stomach happy.  Don’t underestimate a happy belly.  You’re only grateful for it when your tummy has had enough or more than enough than it can tolerate.  At this time then, ordering a rice dish was the right call.

365-Noodle-Bar-Grill-House-Special-Fried-RiceHouse Special Fried Rice – What other restaurants would call Young Chow Fried Rice, they call House Special. It’s the same ingredients.  Only there is better.  After all, it is special.  You can’t call something special unless it really is.  It really was.  Far too many times, these rice dishes come out dry.  Perhaps the thought is that if they are dry, they can absorb more.  I disagree.  The drier it is, the less your want to eat it.  And it only works on your stomach if you actually eat the rice.  Make sure when you’re at 365 Noodle Bar and Grill that you order this dish.

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Before we get to our, umm, ratings.  ~Cough Cough~  Let’s have a little fun.  There was one dish that we ordered that for the life of me, I cannot remember what it was.  Odd though, because I remember it was good.  How do I remember?  Don’t ask.

The Mystery Dish

365-Noodle-Bar-Grill.Mystery-DishPlease post your answers in the comments section at the bottom of this article – more like the bottom of the page, since we fill up the area below articles with clickbait and some advertisements.  Someone has to pay to keep the lights on, and our website up.  We appreciate your clickiness. 

WHAT is this dish? ==> 

It’s very colorful.  has some green bell peppers in it for sure.

Bonus points if you can identify who’s hand is in the picture.

This concludes our review.  Thank you for putting up with my shenanigans.  Oh wait, I’m not done yet with those…

Our Rating:

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Humbly submitted for your consumption,

Mee Magnum  (“Chop!  Chop!”)

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