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North Chinese Dream.?.. Litteraly still think it didn't happen

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So, I have been visiting my parents the last couple weekends and they told me they were going to a chinese restaruant up past Ligonier, PA .... My first question was .. WHY? We just vistted the smiling bannana leaf 2 days before. His answer HOMEADE NORTHERN CHINESE MEALS .. all from scratch. Hmmm , So i tagged along.

The Mountian Palace in Bolvair , PA ( I know it is not an everyday route for 95% of the popluation) ...

http://www.mountainpalace.net/

I must warn everyone , this was one of the strangest settings I have ever ate in. Picture a log cabin exterior ( more of a double wide trailer insides) about 4 Booths and One large kitchen table (either from kmart of goodwill) You are no more than 15 Ft from one side to another.. Mixed in the "dinning room" was about 100 art pieces all scattered about all over the place.

Two chinese women (mom and dau) make the food in what seemed to be pajamas and aprons.

We ordered the "dumplings' and (2) Hot Pots.

Dumplings are by far the star of the show. They are very very good, made on spot per order. and cheap..

My hot pot wasgood. > I got the hot chicken version. There was hardly any chicken in the pot, which was a disspointment. I understand now , the veggies, broth and noodles are the star.. but putting in maybe 1/4oz of chicken is an insult. I did like my Spicy broth and everythign else.. Not a huge fan of the non spicy version.

There was also a twice cooks pork special that imho was very good. all made from scratch .. EVERYTHING...

YOU WILL BE HERE FOR AT LEAST 2 hours..... I wanted to tell everyone that this is a cannot miss meal, but ... the location is a huge turnoff. I had a unforgetable expereicne with some great people and some amazing food...

FOR A FOOD PERSON (FOODIE) THIS WAS REAL COOL... but just not that practical. I do not want to put down this place what so ever...IT was great food with accomding people, just stuck in the middle of no where

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  1. Thanks for the report. Looks like it would be a nice Sunday drive type of place!

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    1. re: Rick

      The area is beautiful...Across the street is Mirror Lake.(Ithink a camp site)... The area in general is VERY well kept, not back woods middle of no where, like retired doctor middle of nowhere. I believe the owners a PHD for PITT, during the week.

      1. re: Augie6

        Thanks muchly for the report. we go out to hike often, and always appreciate a good meal before the drive home.
        Speaking of cool places out east -- you been to Ianni's Pizza (aka Babe's place)?