A Chinese New Year's treat at P. F. Chang's, and two new Chinese restaurants
Monday, in honor of the Chinese New Year, I got a press release from P. F. Chang's enumerating the new, special dishes debuting in honor of the Year of the Ox.
They were mahi-mahi, VIP duck, sesame chicken and "traditional egg rolls."
This last fascinates me. ...
It's just hard to imagine that "traditional egg rolls" would be worth a press release.
I know I could pick up the phone and call the PR person to get the story behind the egg rolls, but I prefer just to imagine the brainstorming session that came up with this.
"I have an idea. Let's celebrate the New Year by adding EGG ROLLS to the menu."
Gee, no Chinese restaurant has ever thought of that before.
But maybe "traditional egg rolls" are different from what we usually get on Chinese menus. Again, I know I could find out from the PR person. But what fun is that?
Here's the description:
An enticing appetizer filled with fresh pork and marinated vegetables. Served as a pair, the flavorful egg rolls are perfect for dipping in a special sweet & sour mustard sauce.
Actually I can't remember the last time I had an old-fashioned egg roll. I used to get them every once in awhile until Vietnamese spring rolls made their appearance on the local dining scene. When is the last time you had a fried egg roll? Maybe what's old is new again.
While I'm at it, in honor of the New Year I'm going to share a couple of e-mails I got from readers about Chinese restaurants they like. Here we go:
We have eaten several times at a recently opened, family run Chinese restaurant. Not only is the food outstanding, but the owners are extremely accommodating. The decor is very attractive and the restaurant appears to be quite clean. The prices are reasonable, the menu extensive, and the food is always fresh. Because of it's hidden location and limited advertising budget many people are not aware of it Since it is a small business I am hoping it will be successful. Perhaps a review ( hopefully positive) will introduce this restaurant to many more people.
Please note that we have no financial interest in this restaurant other than it's success. The information about the restaurant is as follows:
3755 Old Court Road suite F
Pikesville, Maryland 21208
M-Th 11 am - 10 pm
F & S 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
And here's a second one:
We would like to call your attention to the fact that China Taste in the Perry Hall Crossing Shopping Center at 8750 Belair Road, Nottingham has changed hands. We had tried it a few times over the years and been unhappy with the food we were served.
We live quite close to the Lucky Inn in Parkville and used to eat there frequently. Our delightful waitress, Jenny Huang, was always most pleasant and accommodated all our needs. One day last year we learned that Jenny was leaving to take over China Taste. Her husband is a chef and a very good one. We spent Thanksgiving and Christmas at China Taste. Mr. Huang on both days made Chinese style turkey and gifted each table with a platter of his creation.
Our small family cleaned that plate and it was delightful, more so considering the fact that our son is the only person who likes turkey.
We have switched our allegiance to China Taste because we eat there on a weekly basis and have had nothing that was not delicious. They also have a Sushi menu which is very good. We can't speak for the raw dishes as we are not that adventurous. Please consider visiting these kind and delightful people. We feel you would surely not be disappointed.
Lunch is served from 11:00 to 3:00 each day and they are open 7 days a week. Phone 410-529-9300
If you've eaten at either of these, let us know if they are as good as these readers say they are.
(Kenneth K. Lam/Sun photographer)