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Our Quest for a good lunch took Mee Wen Dee and I back to a Questie winner, “Green Leaf Chinese Restaurant“ in Port Washington. Let me remind you that Green Leaf is the unprecedented recipient of TWO Questie’s! And they not only display them proudly as soon as you walk in, but the Newsday article on the Chinese Quest prominently mentions Green Leaf and is posted on the back of the door as you walk in.
Remember my fruitless search for a good take out Chinese restaurant in Great Neck? Well, I had forgotten about the one take-out restaurants that’s in the heart of Great Neck Plaza. With good cause too as I wasn’t at all impressed when I last tried it five years ago. But, I remembered it and figured that it just HAD to improve, right? I will remember now not to go there again. It’s hard to imagine how tasteless Chinese food can be! So, I had to make things right, lest my girlfriend think I know not what I write about when I write about Chinese food!
It was time to re-visit Green Leaf! Simon Liang, the owner and Chef, was thrilled to greet me again, and made Mee Wen Dee feel welcomed. Over the course of the meal, the staff started noticing the resemblance of me to the picture of the Newsday article on The Chinese Quest on the door. It started to make me feel like a rock star LOL. Well, at least in my own mind.
So the question was, what to order. Hmm… two of us… Green Leaf Chinese restaurant, recipient of TWO Questie’s… it just seemed natural to order the Questie Special! (Ok, that’s not the name of it on the menu, and I didn’t presume they would understand if that’s what I ordered, so I ordered those two dishes by name.
Green Leaf Fried Rice – GREEN rice (vegetable infused via the broth) with Shrimp, Pork, and Chicken. If it it’s possible, it was even better then I remembered. One order was way more than enough for two people, so we had some delicious left overs to enjoy at our leisure.
Watercress with Shrimp – well, that was the Questie winner, but alas, there was no watercress in the kitchen that afternoon. Simon suggested we have Shrimp with Bok Choy instead. AWESOME! Shrimps were succulent and oh so tasty. And any Chinese vegetable you know is going to be great. And the Bok Choy didn’t disappoint!
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Feeling full and satisfied after a most excellent meal, we left with smiles on our faces, and a reminder firmly etched in our minds, to go back again to Green Leaf in the not too distant future.
Plus, I’m still hoping to take a video of Simon making his world famous Green Leaf Fried Rice!
Humbly submitted for your consumption,
—Mee Magnum (“Chop! Chop!”)