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Aug 5, 2009 11:14 AM

Help me order FCB for three (Plano)

I arranged a business lunch at First Chinese BBQ in Plano. I want to order for the table. There will be three grown men. I appreciate any suggestions.

I did this with a different group about a week ago and got Fried cod with Black Bean sauce, Roasted Duck, and Eggplant with garlic or something.

The cod and duck were great, but the eggplant felt left out and was 80% leftover. Can the shrimp wonton soup be shared? Maybe other pairings are more complimentary. Let's hear it.

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  1. I personally like going for the BBQ & Water Spinach if they have it.

    1. I'd like to turn this away for a moment from what to why? If only three people, why do you want to do the ordering? I've never found it a problem for three (or more) adults to be capable of ordering food that everyone can share. If, however, you take it upon yourself to do the ordering and the others don't like something, then what? To take it further (and I HAVE had this happen) I know people who don't like to and won't share food. I think they're a teensy odd :) but they are out there. Since you've eaten there and will also hopefully get recs here, wouldn't it be better to give them some rec and let it go from there? Just some thoughts.

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      1. re: c oliver

        Good points indeed. Also I might want to add in that I am a bit more experienced eating Chinese than most so I receommend what I eat. Someone new to even FCBBQ might not like the dishes I order.

        That being said:
        The Water Spinach that irod suggested is quite high. Maybe Chinese Broccoli and Chinese Black Mushrooms would be a good substitute. I hate straw mushrooms because they are almost always canned and awful so this is why I specify. I personally love water spinach but for roughly $9 a plate is runs a bit high for a veggie.

        Crispy Shrimp
        Lemongrass Porkchop (Not on the Menu)
        Fish Filet (Cod) Steamed w/Tofu and Ginger – I added the ginger
        Crispy Tofu (Usually on the Menu in Chinese) - ask the waiter
        BBQ Duck or Pork with the Salty Ginger Dipping Sauce - duck can be rich so maybe a combo plate
        BBQ Pork Crispy Noodle
        Beef with Mustard Green

        These are dishes I have ordered with good success. My wife and I both like them but we aren't entertaining 3 other people. I personally still prefer Little Sichuan in Plano over FCBBQ.

        1. re: LewisvilleHounder

          Ah yes crispy tofu stuffed with shrimp is always a winner! I personally also love the spicy squid but that's a "guys" food, depending on your mix it might not go over.

          1. re: irodguy

            The first thing that came to mind was the combo plate, it's a very good way to satisfy a group who may be craving different kinds of meat.

            Lemongrass porkchop is my favorite off-menu dish there. Otherwise you can't go wrong with any of the BBQ dishes especially BBQ pork.

            1. re: air

              What is lemongrass pork chop and how is it served?

              1. re: Scagnetti

                As I remember it's basically a pork chop. It's been a while but I do remember it was tasty. As I remember it appears to be a saute with lemon grass and other herbs.

                1. re: irodguy

                  Confirming that's exactly right, a porkchop with sauteed lemongrass and other herbs/spices.

        2. re: c oliver

          Most of my family, friends, and coworkers are not chowhounds or foodies. I take them somewhere new and they stare at the menu until the server comes and then they say "sweet and sour chicken" or some other familiar buffet dish. I can't stand it. With the group tomorrow, I may throw out suggestions from this post, but I will insist on family-style dining. To be able to sample the menu that much quicker is priceless. Thanks for y'alls help.

          1. re: eulogite

            I agree that it drives me nuts to go to a chinese or vietnamese restaurant and have the others at the table order General Tsao's, or Pepper Steak. I don't know a whole lot about either cuisine but I avoid the familiar. Once I am better educated I will try to order for the table. Let us know how it went.

            1. re: danhole

              We had the combo duck and pork with salty ginger sauce, cripsy shrimp, and water spinach. It was very good and everyone enjoyed it. The others fought over the tab, but I forgot to mention cash only, hah! It didn't turn into a problem. The server asked if I wanted hulls with the shrimp; I didn't know how to answer, but we got hulls. I peeled the first one then figured out you can just chomp away, shell and all. It was very tasty, but I hope I don't get diverticulitis or IB from eating stuff like that. LOL. Thanks again for the suggestions.

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          1. Folks, Please confine your replies for eulogite to suggestions of what to order for the guests at First Chinese BBQ. We've had to remove a number of off topic replies. Thanks very much.

            1. To answer your question, yes the wonton soup can be shared. However, I've had better wonton soups. It's okay, but not mind blowing.

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              1. re: MarcusB

                They have several bbq soup dishes that are served as a main course. We order those frequently when large groups go. You do need to ask them to cut up the noodles though. If they don't cut the noodles it's a bit hard to serve them out into the smaller bowls.