As is our wont, when The Chinese Quest comes to review a Chinese restaurant, they travel incognito. This time, our quarry, Beijing House in Syosset, NY matched us by also going incognito! Beijing House held their grand opening just a few weeks ago. The Chinese restaurant is SO new that they haven’t even gotten their sign yet. We were told that they’re fresh from China, and this is their first foray in to the restaurant business. If customer service is any indication, they’re going to have people coming back again and again.
Beijing House is on the site of the old Fuli Kitchen, who’s name still adorns the front window.
The restaurant is located at 170 Jericho Turnpike in Syosset, NY. If you don’t know where you’re going, you will NOT find it! Please note that they don’t have their liquor license yet. They have applied for a license. For now, you can bring your own bottle. We didn’t.
Roger, the Manager of Beijing House, took it upon himself to make sure that we were treated royally. He was quick with a recommendation and wanted to make sure that we got to try many different dishes. And try we did. NINE dishes to be exact. For four Mee’s (missed ya, Mee V. Stoogas!). Do the math. No matter what size your abacus, THAT is a LOT of food!
Beijing Houses style of food is both Szechuan and also Northern China cuisines.
Purposely, we ordered only two or three dishes at a time so that we could savor and review each dish independently rather than having all the food come out at once, and having the flavors get mixed up and mish moshed insides our mouths.
We started off with three appetizers:
Soft Fried Boneless Spareribs with Salt and Pepper – You won’t be finding any BBQ spareribs at this Chinese restaurant. This was a completely different dish of ribs than we’ve ever had before. The pork got a little lost in the dough(?). It was quite salty, and the pepper added a nice flavor to it. This was a nice start.
Shredded Dry Bean Curd with Garlic Sauce – The Szechuan style cuisine came through loud and clear in this dish. The spiciest, I would say of all the dishes we had this evening. In all fairness to the restaurant, we did ask for our spices to be on the medium side. We might have missed out on some of the flavors, especially in some of the later dishes we had.
Our third appetizer was Cucumber Salad with a little Garlic – This dish didn’t leave a lasting impression on my palate.
Since they didn’t have their liquor license, we asked for some other beverages. Roger was quick to recommend something for us to try. Canned Ice Tea, on the sweet side, from China. Interesting. But, eventually, towards the end of the meal I asked for a Coke.
It was time for some main courses. We had:
Pork with Shrimp, Egg, and Chive Steamed Dumplings – Even with the dipping sauce, this dish didn’t have any presence and lacked flavor.
Whole Fish with Black Bean Paste – I’ve never had black bean paste before, so it was nice to try something new. The fish was very well prepared, and was moist and tender. Well done!
Sizzling Sliced Beef – Served with red and green peppers. It didn’t sizzle, and there wasn’t anything about it that set it apart from other Chinese beef dishes that we’ve had at countless other Chinese restaurants.
Sauteed Cauliflower – You know how we love Chinese vegetables, so we were quite eager to try as many different ones tonight as we could. We passed up sauteed bok choy for this dish. I think we would have liked that dish better. Or the sauteed green bean. The cauliflower had a hidden kick at the end of each bite. Interesting.
Sausage Fried Rice – The sweet sausage made the whole rice dish kind of sweet, which was nice. This was one of our favorite dishes this evening.
Special Smoked Chicken – This dish was only available yesterday and today. After today, no more smoked chicken. After we had it, we wouldn’t be ordering it again. It was smoked alright. It was served cold. It looked kind of like duck. But, it was kind of dry.
The meal was finished off with some Chocolate Ice Cream.
Then Roger really REALLY wanted us to leave on a very memorable note. The owner created a special “dessert” for us. White Yams and Blackberries. I wish I got a picture of it. It looked like custard, but was definitely potato. I’m not a fan of whipped potatoes to begin with, so I certainly wasn’t a good one to judge this dish.
And now for our rating of Beijing House:
Humbly submitted for your consumption,
—Mee Magnum (“Chop! Chop!”)