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Red Kings – Chinatown

While chatting with B the other day, he was telling me that I had to stop by Red Kings. He’s going to be moving away from chinatown soon, so he’s going to try to get his fill of delicious and cheap chinese food before the sad departure. This place has terrible lighting. It’s yellow. They really need to fix that.
I read that they had soup dumplings so I had to try them. After loving them so much from dim sum garden, I had high hopes. These were ok, but they were no dim sum garden soup dumplings. I thoroughly prefer the dim sum garden version. But these are ok as far as dumplings go.
J was leaning towards poor menu choices again, so I encouraged him to get the roast pork with broccoli. It turned out to be a great dish with plenty of sliced char siu stir fried with fresh broccoli.
I always thought the sliced rice cakes were a korean thing, but once I realized it was also in korean food, I wanted to try it korean style. This is the sauteed rice cake with shredded pork and mustard green. The problem with this dish for me was that they didn’t mention that there were mushrooms in it. And these particular mushrooms made the entire dish taste like mushrooms, and I don’t care for mushrooms. But the rice cake and the greens were just fine. I just wish they would warn you when a dish was going to be full of mushrooms so I would not have ordered it. Boo. It would have been a thousand times better without them. Oh well, you live and learn.

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Pei Wei Overeaters

It’s always random the hours that restaurants have on weekends. We failed at going to one place that wasn’t going to be open for a little bit, so we headed over to Pei Wei instead. I hadn’t been here in awhile. I don’t remember being able to get beer there before, but you definitely can. And you can get big ass beers.
We totally got bamboozled by the menu. We read Japanese Chile Ramen and totally thought this was going to be a bowl of ramen noodle soup. Total order fail! Instead, this just ended up being a noodle dish with ramen noodles in it. You cannot imagine the disappointment. Anyhoo, this was a heaping bowl of egg noodles with a slightly spicy soy mirin sauce, scallions, garlic, bean sprouts, carrots, onions, lime, cilantro, chile peppers, and tons of tofu that we’d picked. It tasted fine, but it was totally not what we thought it would be. So it made us a little sad.
This is the Thai Dynamite with crispy chicken. It’s cooked in a sriracha sauce withh lime, scallions, garlic, red bell peppers, carrots, and thai basil. While there were some visible scallions, the carrots and bell peppers were few and far between.
I’m a creature of habit with certain restaurants, so here’s my Japanese Teriyaki rice bowl, which is my favorite dish here. It’s got a nice thick sweet soy glaze, onions, napa cabbage, carrots, spinach, scallions, and sesame seeds. And as usual, I got mine with brown rice, some of the best brown rice, ever! Why would two people order three entrees? Well, we thought we were going to share a nice bowl of ramen. Cue the sadface! At least we got to drink the crap out of some mr. pibb.
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Sangkee Asian Bistro

After that terrible lunch at Anh Hong, we had to be redeemed! So we went for a sure thing at Sangkee in Wynnewood. Check out these sexy sake carafes. I’m taking a guess it’s $4?
The duck. You know why I don’t do roast duck? Well, first, I don’t really care for the taste of duck. But more importantly, it’s all the damn bird bones. I can’t stand having to pick around or pick out the bones. I’m far too lazy for that.
This is why I stick to their delicious roast pork. There’s nothing but meat to be had. No thinking required, at all! I love this stuff. And they put some of the juice all over the rice. And I don’t know what these greens are, but I love them too. You can’t go wrong with this place.

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