Highly Anticipated; Totally Deflated
What would you think if I told you that at the end of the meal we fought over who would take the leftovers home? What would you think if I told you that this is the first time we ever had leftovers left over?
Eh! That wouldn’t make much of a blog post, would it?
Let me do my due diligence and properly write out a review, while the after taste is still fresh in my mouth (and the aftertaste was more tasty than the taste. But, trust me that is not saying much!)
Our Quest took us to:
3342 Jerusalem Ave.
North Wantagh, NY 11793
Now you would think that being on Jerusalem Avenue would be a blessing or an omen. It wasn’t. You would likewise also think that a restaurant that’s been a neighborhood staple for over 50 years has to be doing something right. The only right thing that they did is not take a chance. There was nothing original. No risk, Nothing special. This was plain and simple, plain old white boy Chinese food.
In fact, we were the only pseudo-Chinese people in the entire restaurant. Enough said? Nah, let me keep going.
We ordered the “Kwong Ming Tasting”. We usually go in and ask to be served an authentic Chinese meal. This had to be a good sign, no? The “Kwong Ming Tasting”, allows our host to recommend, and coordinate, a tasting from their diverse selection of specialties.
It should be noted that the Kwong Ming Tasting is priced at $26.95 per person (minimum two people). When all was said and done, I do believe it would have been less expensive to have ordered each dish ala carte, and it would have cost less. They should revoke our Jew Cards immediately!
This is what we were served:
- House Special Wonton Soup (included shrimp, chicken, pork, and bok choy)
- Marinated Beef
- Spare Ribs
- Egg Rolls
- General Tso’s Chicken (Click link to read about General Tso)
- Four Seasons (roast pork, beef, chicken, and shrimp)
- Nest of Seafood (lobster, sea scallops, jumbo shrimp, with broccoli, mushrooms, and other assorted vegetables)
On the table were the standard fried noodles. They kind of looked like fried calamari, and tasted like leather. Definitely not worth filling up on.
Our staple, Spare Ribs, were meaty, but not all that tasty. The egg rolls were greasy. The marinated beef was tender and tasty (my personal favorite). The other dishes were totally forgettable.
We were served an ample amount of fortune cookies (please see below for our Fortunes… feeling lucky, I guess, we chipped in and bought five Power Ball lottery tickets, looking to split the $425 Million dollar jackpot five ways. I think the tickets might have been tastier than the meal, but we opted to wait until they drew the winning numbers before eating our tickets.
Our Fortune Cookies:
Whoever wants to reach a distant goal must take small steps
You have only begun to scratch the surface of your real potential (clearly our Chef did not receive THAT fortune cookie)
He climbs highest who helps another up
You must learn from the mistakes of others
Take no shortcuts along the road to success
Pessimism never won any battle
With every deed you are sowing a seed, though the harvest you may not see
Humbly submitted for your consideration,
— Mee Magnum (“Chop! Chop!”)
P.S. The highlight of our evening might have been the after dinner drinks we had at the Pub across the street where we met an aspiring blogger who has just started, with her friend, a new blog of their own which is dedicated to all kinds of news editorials and opinion pieces. We think it’s worth your while to check it out: http://recklesspress.wordpress.com