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Sep 2, 2009 07:36 AM

Chinese showdown: a report (Tampa)

Here is my take on the two Chinese lunches i had with five fellow hounds. It was a good time.


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  1. Excellent job Andy!
    I'm heartbroken I couldn't get there like I hoped...

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    1. re: Mild Bill

      We were talking about an outing to ABC Seafood in St Pete. Maybe you could come along for that one. I would love to meet you!

      1. re: rhnault

        Thank you----- likewise....
        And I will be there...

        1. re: rhnault

          If you go to ABC Seafood, I would like to come, too. Alas, I missed the Chinese restaurant showdown because I left for a long-planned trip to Germany, Switzerland, and France the day before you met for the showdown. Please tell when, if your plans solidify. Thanks for the review, Andy. It was great.

          1. re: gfr1111

            I missed meeting you! I hope we can all go to ABC Seafood soon.

            1. re: rhnault

              Let's pick a date and set it up!

              1. re: RibDog

                You have my email from when we were making plans prior? We are actually good for this Fri or Sat night even.

                    1. re: Mild Bill

                      You are able to make the trip this Sunday?

                      1. re: rhnault

                        Thanks for asking....
                        Yeah, I think so...

                        I have this weird pain at the base of my ribs that I think is some kind of hernia---- and the pain is brought to life when I eat anything beyond 'lite'...

                        I have a doctors appointment for that following Wednesday...

                        So---------- I won't go crazy...
                        I don't want to miss this opportunity to meet & hang out with you guys...

                        1. re: Mild Bill

                          we can order healthy food too!
                          It was fun last time because we tried a lot of dishes but didn't really "pig out"

                          1. re: rhnault

                            Please mark one vote for pigging out.

                            1. re: CFishman

                              Crispy Pig Intestines for the room!

                              1. re: Mild Bill

                                I have already had my once in a lifetime try at CY. They were good but not going to make my regular list. Maybe y'all can find something else exotic for me to try.

                                1. re: rhnault

                                  Jellyfish with beef tendon is very good at ABC. I am just saying that last time we split one meal in to two so this time we should cram two meals into one. It would only be fair, right?

                                  1. re: CFishman

                                    Ok, I'll try it. Never had it and I trust you because you did not lead me wrong on the last excursion!

                                  2. re: rhnault

                                    When I was conducting my own showdown, comparing the two tampa restaurants by ordering similar dishes at each, I ordered the CPI at China Yuan and they were cut in a thicker, less crispy, way---- kinda lengthwise----and were challenging...

                                    At Yummy House they're cut into thin rings and I always order them 'well done/extra crispy'...
                                    That, along with the sweet dipping sauce and the sweet pickled vegetables on the side, makes them much more appealing and delicious...

                                    Jus' saying that if you had them the way I did at China Yuan I wouldn't blame you for not liking them...

                                    1. re: Mild Bill

                                      I thought they were good at CY. with the Mustard greens. Tasty.

                                      1. re: rhnault

                                        agreed. much better crispy texture than i expected.

                                      2. re: Mild Bill

                                        When we had them at CY they were in rings and moderately crispy. Not at all the way you describe them. They must have figured out round and crispy is better.

            2. :( wish i could have been there. I wasn't crazy about Yummy House, possibly because the staff was so decidedly...snobbish and unhelpful. i adore china yuan and abc chinese; would love to attend NEXT TIME (hint, hint)

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              1. re: Manderley

                Manderley, I was of similar opinion about Yummy House but the dishes we had were so good that I will go again.
                CY is still my favorite because I love the staff there and they win hands down on atmosphere. I think Mr Chen was a little entertained so see the regulars dining together.

                1. re: Manderley

                  We went back to Yummy House last Friday for lunch and it was so good. Service not as good as CY but definitely acceptable. We had the Westlake Beef Soup that Rebecca Kukla turned us on to, the salt n pepper tofu, and the spicy seafood hot pot. I think I will be alternating between the 2 restaurants from here forward.

                2. Well, it looks like we have a date set for going to ABC Chinese Seafood in St. Petersburg this coming Sunday, October 4th at 5 PM. Anyone who wants to join us there, please email me at ribdog54 at aol dot com.

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                  1. re: RibDog

                    are you going to make a reservation?
                    John and I will be there. I am excited to see everyone again.

                    1. re: rhnault

                      I will make it on Friday once I get a final count.

                  2. So as it stands, here are the attendees for our ABC Seafood get-together on October 4th at 5 PM:

                    Andy Huse
                    John & Rebakah
                    Mild Bill & possibly wife

                    If there is anyone else, please email me at ribdog54 at aol dot com before Friday, Oct. 2nd at 2 PM.


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                    1. re: RibDog

                      Rebecca Kukla is also confirmed and I may have a very special guest if she can break away from menu creation for the afternoon

                        1. re: RibDog

                          The Rebekah/Rebecca's have to stick together ;-)

                        2. re: rhnault

                          Your favorite newly employed celebrity chef? That would be fun.

                          1. re: CFishman

                            She is going to try to come. She is just so busy right now and they are closed on Sundays so that is good menu planning day. But a girl's gotta eat, right?!

                        3. re: RibDog

                          :( i just got back on a really serious diet. (pouting) i miss all the good stuff. looking forward to reading the reviews. i regret the one time i saw geoduck there in the fish tanks and didn't order it.

                          1. re: Manderley

                            Portion control! Eat light for breakfast and lunch and then just try everything.

                            1. re: rhnault

                              Yeah, I'm supposd to be on a diet and I'm still going...

                              And what a coincidence! --- the very next day is a Monday!
                              ----- the day we give it another shot!

                              1. re: rhnault

                                Not totally dissimilar from this is the fructose diet I have been on for a few years. It works well enough I guess. At least it allows me to eat what I want at dinner. Check it out: