Thursday, October 02, 2014

Legendary Noodle House / 飛天拉麵

October 2, 2014

Dao Xiao Mian (wok fried sliced noodles) w cumin lamb shank & beef brisket, stir fried green, red pepper, celery, bean sprouts, dark bean soy sauce - 2

J's comment > noodles noticeably hand made and sliced, good bouncy texture - reminiscent of Shaolin Noodle House's version, but SNH much much better; meat OK, slightly firm; the pieces on top were cold but the ones buried in the noodles were warm; could definitely use a lot more meat, esp since I had ordered extra meat (the beef brisket) for $2.50 more, looks like they took my money and took off the proportionate amt of meat; lamb was no too gamey, actually it was borderline bland

Xiao Long Bao (steamed pork dumplings) - 1

J's comment > what a disaster! Rant warning:

the moment this dish arrived I could tell it wasn't 'right'; upon trying to lift a piece, the wrapper tore immediately - wrapper was thick too, and clung to the paper and its neighbor for dear life; jus (what was left of it, was passable, but by no means extraordinary); meat however, was RAW!!! (see pic below)

So I brought this to the attention of the server, and she had the gall to offer the following options:

1) re-steam the shao long bao - I declined, the raw meat was a severe turnoff;

2) start another order - I declined, they already took 20 mins to get this out, I don't have the time to wait for them to piddle around in the kitchen until they get it right; or

3) pack the remainder to go and reheat it at home myself - WTF?! If I had the time to heat up my frozen shao long bao (which is what this tasted like BTW) I wouldn't be eating at your restaurant

So I asked for option 4) that they take it off my bill and we call it even - guess what? The server refused. WTF?!? Their kitchen had the audacity to serve me raw meat and FORCE me to pay for it?! In the end the server very reluctantly agreed to give me 50% off the $7 shao long bao

Guess who didn't get a tip today?

Raw shao long bao - do come here if you like raw pork

House chrysanthemum green tea - 2

J's comment > avg tea, mild chrysanthemum flavor; impossible to drink as all the leaves were floating on top


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Labels: chinese, denman, downtown, west end

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