China Village at last - what mustn't I not order?
- zenduck Jan 19, 2006 06:11 PM
I'm finally going to get to China Village with three companions on Saturday night. I've seen so many effusive posts here on a multitude of dishes - help me focus on the absolute Don't Miss dishes!
I think we are referring to the China VIllage in Albany, on Solano Avenue.
homestyle chicken (it is a cold "appetizer" dish)
sesame bread (for four folks, one order could replace rice)
lamb with cumin
West style spicy fish -- although it is a big portion; one order provided a bowl of soup for each of us at a dinner for twelve.
Ask the waiter what green veg is in season. Recently we had "A" choy and "yo choy" -- both excellent.
On the menu you will see many dishes listed as "classic". Stay away from these -- they are the usual run-of-the-mill sweet and sour pork etc.
Only one problem with this place -- our favorite dishes are so good that we order them each time, so we never get to try new things.
I was disappointed with the village special seafood soup last time I was there -- one of the dishes that I think has deteriorated since the original chef left. Still, if you never had the earlier version, the current version is quite good.
I agree with most of the other recs. Has anyone had the Chengdu shrimp lately? My favorite cold plate is the sliced pork in spicy garlic sauce.