Monday, September 24, 2012


Located in the Lower East side of New York City is this Chinese restaurant where the style has been tweaked to a different level but still bearing the flaovrs of China.  Although it's been described as American Chinese, it should not to be confused with "suburban" Chinese food.  It is a breed of its own using Chinese seasonings in a different level.  You have to try it in order to judge it.

I believe, this restaurant was named after Mission Street where its main restaurant is located in San Francisco bearing another name.

When you enter the restaurant, there is a long corridor where you can watch the chefs cook.  At the end is a red curtain that opens to another corridor with steps up to the restaurant. (Sort of a mysterious destination)

Steps down from the street is the restaurant.  It's a relief that it's graded A by the Health Department

As you enter, you will see the menu board.
If you are ordering to take out, this is where you would do it.

Watch the Chef cook through the glass window in the corridor before going in to the restaurant area.

In this area, as you walk towards the restaurant area, you feel that you just stepped outside the street where you can see the dining room area up ahead.  The dining area seats up to 40 people and has 2 big paper dragons hanging from the ceiling and some chairs.

What we ordered:
I particularly liked the fried rice with salted cod, Chinese sausage and lots of chopped parsley.  It was well seasoned and had a clean taste.  But do not confuse with typical Chinese fried rice.

It somewhat reminds me of Malaysian style fried rice except in this case, they used salted cod instead.

The Kung Pao dish has loads of skinned peanuts and chunks of their homemade pastrami with Sichuan seasoning.
It's a little spicy in a good authentic way.

The spiciest of all we tasted was the fried chicken - mostly wings and some small drumsticks.  I personally did not like the strong powdery seasoning that was on this chicken dish.  I think it was a bit powerful.  It left my lips tingly and throbbing.  Others like it.
The restaurant donates 75 cents from every large plate to the Food Bank for New York City.
Ordering 3 items is not enough for me to make a judgment.  I need to go back one more time and try more things in their menu.

You may wait a while in cooler season, so make sure you have a scarf.
Our eggplant dish
154 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 529-8800

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