When you are trying to decide on a restaurant in which to dine, there are many things you consider before making a decision. Your first thought is what type of food you are in the mood for. Once that is determined, you move on to the quality of the food, the expanse of the menu, the price, service, ambiance and location. The next time this question presents itself to you, your answer should be a resounding “Hakka Chow.” It gets high marks in every category!
Serving the finest in Pan-Asian cuisine, our table ran out of adjectives to describe the fantastic food we experienced. Having dined at Hakka Chow a number of times previously, I can always count on their consistency and excellence. This time was no exception.
Our evening started with appetizers:
Wonton Soup – Handmade pork wontons, straw mushrooms, spinach, chicken consommé and scallions. A wonderful way to start.
Fusion Deluxe Roll – Inside-out roll filled with cream cheese, asparagus, cucumber and crab salad, topped with either their signature hakka zen shrimp, seaweed or tuna tataki. They were all so good, we could not pick a favorite.
Crab Wontons – Homemade crispy wontons filled with a creamy mixture of crab meat, celery and scallions, served with lemongrass sauce and chili oil. The crispy wonton giving way to the delicious filling was another crowd pleaser.
The entrees followed, and we wondered how we were going to find room, but somehow we managed. None of us was going to let any of these tantalizing dishes go to waste:
Thai Red Curry Duck – Green beans, carrots, green peppers, mushrooms, onions and zucchini in a creamy red coconut sauce topped with their signature crispy duck. The blend of vegetables, seasonings and sauce perfectly complemented the crispy duck and made this another delicious dish.
Sweet and Sour Pork – Lightly battered crispy pork in a five-spice sweet and sour sauce with pineapple, green peppers, carrots, onions and zucchini. A classic dish done to perfection.
Mongolian Tofu – Soy-glazed crispy tofu wok-seared with scallions and onions over crispy rice noodles. This is the vegetarian version of their most popular dish. Are you a tofu skeptic? Give this entree a try, and it will change your mind.
Panko Crusted Peanut Salad – Chicken breast glazed in their homemade peanut-sesame sauce, topped with roasted sesame seeds, served on a bed of organic mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, julienne carrots and cucumbers in a ginger vinaigrette. This is a salad made amazing.
We had eaten to our heart’s content when dessert was presented. No matter how satisfied we were, there was no way we could pass up this treat:
Espresso Walnut Crème Brûlée – Espresso and vanilla infused house made crème brûlée, rich custard topped with caramelized sugar and walnuts. The perfect ending to a wonderful culinary evening.
So, where to have lunch or dinner (or maybe both)? The answer is simple — Hakka Chow! And tell them Rosey sent you.