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Fabulous Tofu Dish At Golden Dragon (Chinatown)

Chandavkl Jun 12, 2006 01:21 PM

Well it's been a long time (probably the early 1980s) since we've been able to utter "Golden Dragon" and "good food" in the same sentence. And while the restaurant haas been on the upswing the past couple years I'm not sure I could recommend this as a destination eatery. But thanks to a recent banquet I've discovered the best tofu dish I can recall eating at a Chinese restaurant in the Los Angeles area. I believe it's called fried tofu in special sauce and consists of round silver dollar sized slices of fried tofu, not fried so deeply as to be crispy and very soft on the inside, with a combination of mushrooms and vegetables in a savory light (tapioca?) gravy. There's a taste in the gravy that I cannot identify that is terrific. If any of you try this dish I would appreciate your take on what this flavor might be.

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    ipse dixit Jun 12, 2006 03:46 PM

    Tapioca? That would impart a sweet flavor to the gravy, no?

    Perhaps it was a combo of fish sauce and star anise and thickened with corn starch (as opposed to tapioca grinders)?

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      prc49 Jun 13, 2006 01:34 AM

      From your description, I think LYL restaurant in Monterey Park has a similar dish using egg tofu. It's also served with vegetables/mushrooms and is very good there.

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