The documentary the Search for General Tso, now on Netflix, got me in the mood for a deep-fried lunch. I head to two Chinese American places on Laurel St. in San Carlos.
Hot Wok Bistro Too’s version of the dish used dark meat so the meat was juicy, and the light coating absorbed the tangy sauce. It’s served with broccoli. The restaurant has a small menu of greatest hits, rather than the same formula for each type of meat, and friendly service.
Amazing Wok’s version wasn’t as good— the chicken breast had a batter too puffy to absorb the cloying sauce. Big portion though. The menu has standards except for Beijing Pork, which is made with shredded pork and “plum sauce.” This sounds similar to a dish served at Beijing style restaurants, which is made with Sweet Bean Sauce (tianmianjiang).
What are your picks for Chinese American dishes or lunch specials between San Carlos and Menlo Park? I’m not a fan of Yat Sing or Chef Kwan’s. I’m dismissive of Fey and Crouching Tiger for taming their Sichuan dishes, but how well do they prepare General’s Tso’s, Mongolian beef, sesame chicken, mu shu, broccoli beef, etc?