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For another round of Sunday dining in Philadelphia, E and I visitied Ela in Queen Village. That corner has been transformed into a beautiful space. The placer is warm and woodsy, but quite sophisticated. And we felt like young whippersnappers dining there, and we are not young! There seems to be a more mature clientele there.
Bread! Nothing special here, but it’s perfectly fine bread.
The hiramasa with beets, winter melon, black pepper, and yuzu. This was quite delicious, especially with the beets. You know we love anything with beets! The fish was the freshest of the fresh and the oats were an interesting touch!
Everyone has been raving about these scallop noodles. Holy seafood, they’re amazing! Theses “noodles” are made from diver scallops and are served with broccolini, chorizo, and trumpet mushrooms. How do they make scallops into noodles? I don’t know and I don’t care, I just want to eat them!
E got the skate with braised cabbage, sunchoke puree, and whole grain mustard. Here we are with the skate again!
I don’t even like duck normally, but I was somehow drawn to order this dish. This duck breast is served with pretzel spaetzel and a smoked butternut squash puree. I liked duck!
For dessert, E went the safe route and got the manjari chocolate. It’s a chocolate custard type thing with meyer lemon and peanut butterscotch.
I took the riskier route and got the deconstructed dessert… a liquid cookie dough poured over semi-freddo, banana, and chocolate chip. I’m not sure that I would call this good, but it certain wasn’t bad. It was just mostly bizarre. The liquid tasted like dough, and I’m not sure that a sauce should taste like cookie dough. Aside from the strange dessert, we both really enjoyed the meal here. It was tasty yet quite interesting food, and the service was great. The scallop noodles were an absolute standout!

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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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Lunch At Sang Kee Wynnewood

P wanted to get together and have lunch and suggested Tiffin. Since I had just gone there the weekend before, I had to kindly request another choice. So he suggested “that asian place next to whole foods”. That meant Sang Kee. I was in! It was pretty late for lunch so there weren’t very many people there. Outdoor seating was set up too. They asked us inside or out, and I almost laughed in their faces. It was a terribly hot and humid day. Inside, please! ┬áSo P got the Roasted Pork and Roasted Duck and Vegetable On White Rice. Yes, they get extremely creative with the names of their dishes here! It’s a giant plate heaped with rice, a bunch of greens, a crapload of roasted pork, and a sh!tton of roasted duck.

I usually always get the noodle bowls here, but it was just too darn hot for any kind of hot steaming bowl. So I opted still for noodles, but not the hot soupy kind. So I got the chow fun with the roasted pork. I love the roasted pork there, so I was happy to chow down on a whole bunch of that. And a wide flat rice noodle is probably my favorite noodle. I’m a big fan of this place, you all know that. I would be happy to eat lunch here all the time! The only annoying thing is that they don’t have a separate lunch menu. So there aren’t any lunch deals. But their prices are fairly reasonable anyhow (at least for dinner), so it’s not that big of an issue.

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