‘Twas the night before Thanksgiving, and all through the land, all the Turkey’s were in hiding, It was time to get our last fix of Chinese food before binging on Turkey. Wishing to try some place new, but not far, we opted to finally give Jian Chinese Restaurant a chance.
Read the Fine Print!
All this time, since I moved in to this area, I was under the impression that Jian served Japanese along with Chinese food. Either I need new glasses, or worse! Sure as day, though we went at night, Jian Chinese Restaurant ONLY has Chinese food on the menu. You would think that the “Chinese” in the name of the restaurant would have given it away!
Hmm… I see, said the blind man, the sign on the restaurant just says “Jian Restuarant”. It wasn’t until I saw the menu, where it showed the name as “Jian CHINESE Restaurant”. But, that’s neither here, nor there. What was nice was that it was nice to see quite a few tables filled already on the Wednesday evening that we dined there.
Jian is located at 254-35 Horace Harding Expressway, Little Neck, NY 11362, which is just south of the Long Island Expressway in the strip mall on the corner of Little Neck Road.
They have a nice looking menu with a variety of choices of the usual suspects, combination platters, lunch specials, and some nice sounding Chef Specials. We opted for two combinations platters. We both opted to have the Wonton Soup (rather than the egg roll or other type of soup). Next time, we shall opt otherwise. I’ve never ever had such salty broth. Look at how the chow mein noodles floated! Ok, they would have floated regardless, but I bet I would have floated on the surface if the bowl was large enough!
The Main Courses
Great minds, they say, think alike… we both opted for Shrimp Dishes. Mine with snow peas, and Mee Wen Dee’s with mixed Chinese vegetables.
Shrimp with Snow Peas – Served with a light sauce, which didn’t add a lot of flavor, but the shrimp was very succulent, and the Snow Peas so crispy that you would think they were SNAP peas (rim shot!)
Shrimp with Chinese Mixed Vegetables – This dish was served with a brown sauce, which added a wonderful flavor to the shrimp and to the vegetables.
There is no security in life, only opportunity.
Think about your own mistakes rather than blame on other’s faults.
It’s a good thing that we came on Thanksgiving Eve, as they were clearly close, err, closed, on Thanksgiving Day. We can only hope that they are smart enough (especially considering the neighborhood that they are in) to be open on Christmas Day.
Have you ever eaten at Jian? What do you think of their food? Where else would you suggest we eat?
Humbly submitted for your consumption,
—Mee Magnum (“Chop! Chop!”)