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Review of Big 3 Restaurant in Alhambra

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We went with my extended family to eat at Big 3 Restaurant in Alhambra. It's located on 240 W. Main St. behind Alhambra High school. The Chinese name means "New Macau Street".

Overall, the food was just okay. But I felt the menu was deceptive (more on this later).

It was the night before Chinese New Year, so it was packed. They ran out of normal chairs, so we sat in Cosco foldup chairs. We pre-ordered from a fixed price menu, and they served us within five minutes of getting seated. Here are my opinions of the food:

* Winter Melon Soup served in the half melon: decent flavor, but the melon was undercooked.
* 10 Year Orange Peel Ribs: It's like Orange Chicken but with pork ribs. Decent but nothing memorable. I wonder if there is a 15 Year version
* Winter Melon slices stuffed with Pork: pretty good. Nice presentation
* Mushroom with baby bok choi: decent
* Stir-fried lobster: tasty
* Yellow Feathered Chicken: Cut-up chicken served cold with a oil and ginger dip. Okay.
* Some type of friend rock cod: didn't get a chance to try it, but everyone else seemed to like it.
* Dried scallop and egg white fried rice: insipid and bland. There was almost no dried scallop in it.
* Roast Suckling Pig: It was actually very good, but the problem is that the menu advertised one whole pig (一只) but they gave only 1/4 of a pig. My mom complained about it loud and clear but to no avail.

In summary, it was a so-so place with some good dishes and some bad dishes. The deceptive listing for the roast suckling pig was bad form, to say the least. Perhaps they have some decent Macau specialties. But with the hit-or-miss quality of the other dishes, I doubt I will return to this place.

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