Confession time: I usually insist on high-quality food. It's one of my things. I'm kind of a food geek, it's in my blood. My Mom was a great cook and she was always trying out new dishes. When you grow up with something like that, you just continue in that vein. Eating crappy food never really crossed my mind. I just started cooking similarly as soon as I left home armed with a file folder full of recipes. My college roommates would be baffled that I'd spend an hour and a half trying to recreate my Mom's Chicken Scampi recipe on a random Thursday night. But there I was- chopping garlic, tracking down a splash of white wine, searching for the perfect ratio of lemon to butter... I thought it was something everyone did. There is an exception to all of this- Chinese Food. I will happily gobble down crappy, overly-salty Chinese Food (usually during my umm... "ladies' days" - to quote Ray Romano). A gal just needs to feed her inner salt monster sometimes. 🙃
But alas, no more. The easygoing and almost-always-down-for-anything @seanhjorth put his foot down on this one. He's been to China and has eaten the real deal. Crappy Chinese food is just a no-go for him. And I get that. So I've stopped ordering from the place down the street that is soooo subpar, I've ordered from there dozens of times and couldn't tell you their name if I tried. Now we go to Chinatown and do research. We get tips on where and what from our friends in the culinary world. Tonight we hit Gourmet Dumpling House and tried the Leek and Pork steamed dumplings, the House Special Lamb with Cumin, and Sautéed String Beans with Dried Shrimp. Although the peppers were a bit excessive in the lamb dish... No? In any case, my Chinese food dining has received a much-needed upgrade.
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