Recently, a few friends and I have been celebrating Lunar New Year together. Last year, we were kind of disappointed by our meal. But this year, the Feisty Foodie picked a place that she was much more familiar with. Yes, China Pearl. The tried and true place that the Feisty Family likes to patron. I was more than happy to finally try it. So with the Feisty Foodie, TC, Nommables, and friends, we ate and ate.
When I arrived, I knew the decor would be sparse as most Cantonese places are. It reminded me of my childhood though. Hole in the wall type places that serve up good food. I was down for the meal to come.
As tradition goes, we ordered way too much food. But we had to meet the 8 or 9 dishes to make it auspicious. Yeah, yeah. Superstition runs wild with Asian holidays.
And so, I felt like I bascially took the reigns with ordering mainly because I was pretty familiar with the type of food and also because my language skills were the best out of the group.
After I ordered, the food started coming out. Cantonese food is usually served family style and come out as they are cooked. There is no pacing. You just sit and eat. And talk when your mouth isn't full.
First up, the honey walnut shrimp. This is something I grew up with. The flash fried shrimp is served with broccoli and honey walnuts. There is usually a sauce of mayo that coats the shrimp. But they served it on the side at this restaurant. You can dip as little or as much (like FF) as you like. I personally enjoy it more when it's already coated but the shrimp remains crunchy. In this version, I thought the shrimp was kind of dry and the walnuts not sweet enough. But I did like how big the actual shrimp were and they gave us plenty.
Note: Don't ever flip the fish in order to get to the meat underneath. Instead, filet the bone/spine out to expose the other side. If you can't do this, ask the waiter to do it.
Happy Lunar New Year to all my friends, family, and readers!
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