Thursday, July 24, 2014

Sichuan Gourmet Billerica

Back to Sichuan Gourmet in Billerica to resume the quest of trying all the lunch menu items on the Sichuan part of the lunch menu. I know, Asian food three days in a row but the restaurants are so fundamentally different that it doesn't feel like the same cuisine.

The H&S Soup was good as usual and so was the pickled veggies.

I ordered Z02 Pork w. Yu Xiang Sauce but I think it looks more like Z01 Pork w. Vegetables & Chinese Mushrooms that had some chilies added. The sauce was on the sweeter side but had a good amount of heat from the chilies. Too sweet for me and it had every conceivable vegetable added. This was also too messy for me, I like my food a bit more orderly but I liked the onions and the crispy hot pepper slices and the bamboo shoots.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Szechuan's Dumpling Arlington

Hot Hot and muggy but I'm heading out to Szechuan's Dumpling in Arlington for some porky goodness.

The pork bone soup today had seaweed? added. Didn't improve it.

Twice Cooked Pork was as usual delicious with really tender pork belly and crunchy cabbage, green peppers and fermented black beans. Add some chili oil and it's perfect. The couple at the next table had the same dish and my other favorite, Braised Pork Chop With Spinach.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Mandarin Reading

If you want a chinese lunch buffet, Mandarin in Reading is probably your best bet now since Feng Shui in Chelmsford have gone seriously downhill.

They have been in this custom built building since 1998 and are just off Rte 128. Plenty of (tight) parking.

Their Wonton Soup is way better than their H&S soup. You do get linen napkins.

Appetizer plate. The shumai and the shrimp and chive dumplings was OK, not the freshest but both was tasty. Salt and Pepper shrimp with the shell on was actually crispy enough so that you could eat the shell. Chicken wings are always good here especially with the hot mustard and duck sauce mix poured over them. Mixed right this can curl your toes.

Finally the good stuff arrived but this was all the nigiri available and I snagged it all. As you can see, just thin slices of fish BUT they had a dab of wasabi under the fish and that's rarely seen these days. The rest was just maki. They did keep on bringing out platters of sushi so I give them credit for that.

They had squid today and it was nice and tender. They also had shrimp dish with veggies that was really nice.

Good sized steam table and the items do change apart from your standard American-Chinese items.

Sushi offerings, a few nigiri and the rest is heavily riced maki.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe Woburn

Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe has moved from its Chelmsford location to Woburn and is now local to me and I paid him my first visit today for a Saturday lunch. Parking didn't seem to be a problem and Gene said that nobody has complained about the parking situation.

Unmarked awning and just a sign on the window lets you know that here is good stuff.

Gene and wife, I figured I would catch both of the since it's Saturday.

The menu is the same sans the chicken fingers etc.

Plenty of seating but at 12:30 today the place was absolutely packed.

Lunch today was the delectable #9, Cumin Lamb with handpulled Noodles. Delicious as usual with tender lamb and slightly chewy noodles in a puddle of spicy goodness.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Fishbones Chelmsford

Perfect day for some outside lunch so I headed out to Fishbones in Chelmsford to partake in my standard lunch here.

The Sesame Yellow Fin Tuna Steak Sandwich is superb here. Grilled sushi grade yellow fin tuna steak, marinated in sesame oil, coated in sesame seeds and grilled to temperature. served on a potato roll with pickled ginger, wasabi, seaweed salad, lettuce, tomato, pickle, homemade coleslaw and french fries is how the menu describes it. The tuna was rare as ordered with just a few grill marks and it was like eating sashimi with a knife and fork. Perfectly cooked coated fries and a big heap of them, just a perfect lunch.

Outside seating on this perfect NE Summer day.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sichuan Gourmet Billerica

I was going to go to MuLan in Waltham for their Pork Chop Noodle Soup but then I remembered my quest of trying all the lunch items at Sichuan Gourmet in Billerica so that's where I ended up.

Hot and Sour Wonton Soup from the lunch menu. I had seen this on the lunch menu but kind of disregarded it and expecting it to be the normal H&S soup with wontons thrown in. It was not. A delicious broth that was really hot and sour filled with Wontons and Bok Choy. There was a ton of wontons, I was slurping them down and still had a bunch left for dinner. I was surprised at how good the broth was, not something I expected to like but the balance was perfect.

Did I mention that it was a rainy and overcast day?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Pennypacker's Somerville

I was trying to go somewhere else but there was absolutely no parking to be found so I ended up at Pennypacker's in Somerville instead where there was plenty of parking albeit metered.

It's Taco Tuesday so I had one of each. To the left is the Grilled Chicken Taco with salsa verde, cotija, radish and to the right is the Baked Red Bean Taco with salsa verde, cotija, radish. The chicken taco was excellent, moist and flavorful chicken. The bean taco was less exciting.