I once worked as a personal trainer at an Anytime Fitness. The owner was a Chinese guy and we talked about food once. I asked him if there was anywhere in New Orleans to get authentic Chinese food and he told me there wasn’t. Well, this place has two menus. A typical Americanized Chinese food one and one they label, “Chinese Authentic Menu”. I took pics of that whole for your convenience. Yummy sounding things like jelly fish with fresh garlic and cucumber, sliced beef shank and ox tripe in Szechuan chili sauce, pork belly cooked with brown sauce, shredded pork stomach with mixed veggies, pig intestines with cucumber, braised beef tendon or shank with brown sauce and beef tripe mixed with Szechuan pepper oil and pepper.
I’m not a huge fan of the Americanized Chinese food and I like trying authentic cuisines. I came here maybe a year ago and tried the beef tendon in brown sauce. I remember the tendon being a little tough and not being too impressed with the dish, but I was feeling adventurous today and wanted something different. I specifically came to try a tripe dish. I love tripe, but was disappointed to see that the tripe dishes were served cold. I’ve cooked tripe myself, stewed down in a brown gravy and served over rice, and can’t imagine eating it cold, so I passed on it.
We started out with the Crab Rangoon. Just like you’d get anywhere else, and maybe not as good. Fried won tons, pretty greasy, stuffed with a little slightly crab flavored cream cheese.
We tried the combination fried rice. The shrimp and small pieces of chicken and pork were few and far between and everything else about it failed to impress.
The sweet and sour pork was below average. Small, rubbery chunks of pork fried in a batter with a spongy consistency. Bleh.
I still had to scratch my itch for authentic Chinese cuisine so I ordered the “Stewed 1/2 Duck With Brown Sauce”. I love duck sooooooo much it’s almost impossible to mess it up for me. Well, they did. Big pretty plate of duck but the compliments stop there. The duck was a little tough and salty. I’m not sure how to describe the brown sauce. Very slightly sweet. Not like a gravy at all. Anyway, I didn’t like the dish.
The only way I’d recommend this place is if you want to try something different like pig intestines or jelly fish. Otherwise, go somewhere else.
3009 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115 504-891-8280