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We are starting a new series on The Chinese Quest to respond to emails that we receive. We are aptly titling this series, “From the Mail Bag”. We will respond to as many e-mails as we can, and for those that recommend Chinese restaurants for us to review, we shall. So, please keep sending in your comments and suggestions.
Today’s email came from Kyle E.
Hey guys, I love the site. I’m writing today to let you know about this place not far from my home in Suffolk County, Long Island called “J J Dynasty”. I haven’t ordered from anywhere else since trying it. The address of the place is 4514 Sunrise Highway, Oakdale, NY 11769-1012 and the website is jjdynasty.com. Trust me when I say you will not be disappointed.
We love receiving e-mails like this. There are so many Chinese restaurants for us to try, so we welcome reader suggestions. So, I did a little research. “Unfortunately”, since they serve Chinese and Japanese food, it technically disqualifies J J Dynasty from inclusion in our Quest to find the Best Chinese restaurant on Long Island and New York City. That being said however, me, Mee Wen Dee and her family (I love making little rhymes like that!), including the The Dumpling Prince, along with my Dumpling King, and her vegan son and fiancee, well we had to find a place on Christmas Eve that was not only open, but catered to all of our diverse requirements.
J J Dynasty in Oakdale definitely seemed to be just what we sought, so off we went in our sleighs, err cars for a Christmas Eve feast. And, I must say, we were NOT disappointed. Good job Kyle!
One word of caution if you go there, the restaurant is NOT accessible via the Sunrise Highway. If traveling east, you must take the exit about half a mile south of the restaurant, and drive along the service road. J J Dynasty is in the strip mall on your right.
When you walk in, you feel like your walking in to a Chinese restaurant from 40 years ago. I like that kind of decor, so I felt right at home. Now you might think that a Chinese restaurant that has been around for that long might be a little stale or depressed. However, the wait staff gave off a very positive, and upbeat vibe. VERY welcoming and appreciated! They were happy for us to come, and the restaurant was already doing a very nice business this evening. As they told me, they were expecting big crowds on Christmas Day — it’s one of their busiest days of the year — and on the coming weekend as well.
The menu was very varied. As I mentioned above, along with Chinese food, they do offer Japanese food as well as sushi.
One might expect the usual menu of Chinese foods. The menu however included some dishes I totally wasn’t expecting (and I’m not referring to the French Fries that the Dumpling Prince, for some reason, ordered — at least The Dumpling King did not disappoint, and he ordered the Steamed Pork Dumplings… and pronounced them good!) He also ordered Pork Fried Rice that, I must say, was quite tasty!
The eldest of the Wen Dee clan ordered Dim Sum (pictured above), and Shrimp Lo Mein. The lo mein was good.. the shrimp, however, was on the small side, and didn’t look, nor apparently taste, especially good. Thankfully for the rest of us, the disappointments ended there.
Mee Wen Dee and I tried two Chinese dishes (pictured below). Sizzling Beef and Scallion, and Double Delight, Hunan Style.
The sizzling beef was amazingly tender and tasty, and the scallions fresh and succulent. The veggies excellent, and the preparation and sauce, were pronounced perfect! The Double Delight as sauteed shrimp with hot chili sauce sauce (which I expected to be spicy hot, but was told it was sweet. I liked!) on one side, and shredded pork with hot black bean sauce on the other side. Two excellent dishes. We were NOT disappointed.
On the other end of the table sat the Vegans. They had Seaweed Salad, which was very green, and Vegetable Lo Mein. They said that both were quite good. They also ordered two rolls from the Sushi menu and said those were both quite good as well.
Dessert was a ice cream, which completed a most enjoyable meal.
Though J J Dynasty can not be considered on our Quest, it should definitely be considered if you’re looking for some good Chinese (or Japanese) food!
Humbly submitted for your consumption,
—Mee Magnum (“Chop! Chop!”)
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