Sunday, July 6, 2008
Chef Chang's House
After a long day at Six Flags New England yesterday, a bunch of us decided to go to Chef Chang's House, which is a favorite among our friends. I enjoy this place for its good, fairly priced food and its attentive and friendly staff--PLUS, dinner comes with free hot tea for the table, which is always appreciated!
[ASIDE] Speaking of free beverages, this restaurant has staff whose sole purpose seems to be to make sure everyone's water glasses are filled to the brim. The more we ate here, the more noticeable it got, so a fun game we like to play is seeing who can empty his/her water glass before it's topped-off. It's hard to do, but I am happy to report that last night was my first time actually doing it! But anyway...
Back to the food.
We always start off with tons of appetizers, but the favorites seem to be the Crab Rangoon, Egg Rolls, Scallion Pancakes, Chicken Fingers, and Boneless Spareribs. (Wow, that's a lot, isn't it?! But I guess there is usually a lot of us when we go, so I should mention that they do well at supporting larger groups!)
For main dishes, our table seems to be partial to chicken dishes, e.g., the sesame chicken, General Gao's (Tso's) chicken. Our friends are General Gao's "connoisseurs," and they like Chef Chang's version because it seems not to be as fatty as at other places, and the coating is a nice chestnut flour breading.
I really like their Moo-Shi dishes and have enjoyed both the chicken or pork. The Lo-Mein is also very good.
The portions are quite sizable, so you usually walk out with a take-home box or two, making Chef Chang's an even better value!
One thing that we have never gotten is CCH's Peking duck, which is a house specialty. Each time we're there, someone in the restaurant gets it, and we get to watch as the crispy bird is carved table-side. We all decided to forgo the usuals next time and have the duck, so stay tuned!
All in all, Chef Chang's House is definitely recommended by these gourmands, so check it out the next time you're around Audubon Circle!