rene wrote: After Mandarin Kitchen was sold, Chef Shu went to work at Chuan Xiang Yuan in Naperville. I don't know its English name but it means Szechuan Fragrant Garden. Does this mean anything to the Naperville gang? I don't know if their menu includes the spicy chicken gribenes from the old Mandarin Kitchen.
Got me. I have neither heard or seen this place, and have done a little searching. Any ideas where it might be?
Have had two meals at MK, a dinner, and dim sum.
Dinner was quite good. The high point was the stewed pork, which was a rich, braised chunk of pork with a lovely layer of fat, in a red sauce on a bed of bitter leafy greens. A great dish.
Have tried both the soup dumplings with crab and pork, and just plain pork. The Crab version is a little fancier in presentation, and has an added sliminess and fishiness, I think. Interesting, but sort of overwhelms the more subtle flavors of the soup. So I preferred the plain pork, which was quite good.
Quite limited Dim Sum menu, but good. Inexplicably they were out of Congee that morning (very busy Saturday, the waitress explained, go figure). The seasoned rice dumplings (char siu, I think) were warm, tasty, filling and comforting. The Seven Treasure sweet rice was full of sweetness from the fruits and spices.
Good scallion and egg pancakes. Particularly good.
Service was good for me both times, but the place was not very busy at either 930am or 4pm on Sunday, as both times we went on the way to a football game. And the food was very good, and absurdly cheap.
Thanks for the rec.
Feeling (south) loopy