|Not pretty. Don't keep up with traffic. Slow down, stop and eat well.|
|Wonton Soup (for an extra $1.50 with a lunch special) - delicious!|
|Hot and Sour Soup - thickened just enough to make it feel rich and satisfying, but not hot enough for Zena|
The Kung Po was good - tender chicken with crisp peanuts and celery, a bit on the sweet side but tamed with a splash of vinegar. Everyone enjoyed the Beef and Broccoli, with tender slices of meat and plenty of greens.
|Kung Po Chicken - don't eat the little red things|
|Beef and Broccoli - we all LOVED the sauce|
The traditional menu is extensive - fish/seafood, poultry, beef, pork, Chef's Specials, Dim Sum. Seasonal specials were a bit more daring, with squid, eel, pork belly and intestines if you are so inclined - this made me think the chef/s must know what they're doing. I was not disappointed. The Wonton in Spicy Flavor ($7) was decidedly not spicy but rather mild, scented with peanuts, rich and soothing. The Pork and Crab Soup Dumplings ($8) were a beautiful burst of flavor, slippery and salty. The dough, in both dishes, was perfectly tender. The Beef Chow Fun - wide rice noodles with slices of tender beef - was a big greasy dish that you must plan to share.
|Lovely soup dumplings. Wait until they cool. Eat in one big bite. You've been warned|
|Wonton in Spicy Flavor - not spicy but packed with flavor (and pretty, too)|
|Beef Chow Fun. This was a very large, heavy duty dish that you should plan on sharing|
Don't forget your greens. The Chinese Broccoli ($7) was fresh, slightly bitter, garlicky and shiny with oil, with a perfect texture. Everyone enjoyed the Sauteed String Beans - charred just a bit, a punch of garlic, and naturally sweet vegetables - this was a simple but lovely addition to our feast.
|Chinese Broccoli - bitter and heady with garlic|
|A decadent addition to a wonderful meal|
Lunch for 5 (no beverages besides tea) - nine dishes (including three lunch specials) was $85.32 plus tip.
It's hard to eat slow when the food is coming on fast and hot and beautiful like a fire goddess on a mission, but I tried.
Zena, Goddess of Fire