I grew up near LaGrange and there was a Chinese place in downtown LaGrange that did almond chicken. Basically it was a breaded and fried chicken breast on top of lettuce with gravy and chopped up almonds on top. Here is what it looked like:
Anyone know of anyplace in the western burbs(or anywhere else) that does it? Does it go by another name on menus?
Why did you guys have to start discussing Almond Pressed Duck? I let it go 6-7 years ago after numerous disappointing stabs in the dark. But the recent discussion led us to China Chef this evening.
Our meal started with an egg roll, which was tasty. Slight peanut butter flavor and light in texture.
Next, egg drop and hot/sour soup, both of which were tasty.
I enjoyed the shrimp lo mein and Donna liked the General Tso's chicken.
But the almond pressed duck was horrid IMO. I was shocked when the waiter put this dish in front of me. I couldn't tell exactly what it looked like, but the following came to mind:
A. Deep fried duck scrapple (minus the liver flavor)
B. Deep fried Wyler's beef bouillion cubes on oriental vegetables
C. Deep fried chocolate brownies on oriental vegetables
D. Deep fried date nut bars
It was the complete polar opposite of what is pictured in Rene G's photo. boudreaulicious...I'm not sure this version is the dish you had back home.
The waiter asked if we enjoyed everything, and I told him that my dog wouldn't eat the dish.
I will give the owner credit...he gave me an $8 gift certificate good for our next visit.
There is a sizeable Philipino section on the menu and there appeared to be numerous people enjoying those dishes, like crispy pata type stuff.
I would go back...just not for the Almond Pressed Duck.
I'm afraid that dish is dead and buried.Not your Mama's Almond Pressed Duck