I just haven’t been going out because of this heat. Argh. And summer has barely started
Several of the members of the group I get together with about once a month are of the same persuasion so we decided on a dinner meet-up Cafe Ginger. The dinner menu looked more interesting than the lunch menu, anyway.
I hadn’t eaten much all day so I could take advantage of the opportunity. I ordered the Beijing Duck appetizer - roast duck, scallions and cucumbers in a crepe, with plum sauce. It was prepared table-side, to be specific, right behind my back! The others didn’t realize it was going to wind up in front of me so they didn’t alert me to it. I only caught the last few seconds - he was plating them up when I turned around to see what everybody was staring at. I don’t know if the crepes were cooked there or if he was just assembling the things.
There were two crepes - they looked more like burritos. Thinly sliced duck, long thin slivers of scallion and cucumber with the plum sauce in a bowl on the side. They were not very filling and I loved 'em.
I followed with something I thought wouldn’t be too heavy, Steamed Seafood with Vegetable, from the Diet Treasure section of the menu. Very simple and another winner. I got 4 huge scallops, 5 or 6 jumbo shrimp and about 1/3 C of crab meat, plus asparagus, carrots, zucchini, button mushrooms, broccoli, peppers and bok choy. This came with a small pitcher of soy sauce and a bowl of chile paste/sauce.
I was very pleased and would order both things again — except there’s so much else on the menu that looks good.
No pictures. My friends are not foodies and we have an agreement to turn off our cell phones and enjoy the company of old friends so a camera would not be welcome.
Now. After one visit each to Shanghai River and Cafe Ginger, I will say I definitely prefer Cafe Ginger! Thanks for bringing it up Lambsy.