Back in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, we dined one fine evening at “Eatery 19“, located at 19 Ira Road, Syosset, NY 11791. No, you are NOT experiencing your 19th nervous breakdown. Eatery 19 食全食美 replaced Zou Ji, which moved to Glen Cove becoming Zouji Dumpling House after a fire gutted their restaurant. This is also not to be confused with “Master Chef Chinese Asian Cuisine“, in Syosset, NY which replaced “Tao”, “Dao”, “Ao”, and “Hao” in rapid succession. We are still afraid to review “Master Chef” lest it too goes out of business before we get there.
Located in a strip mall not too far from the Long Island Railroad station, you will find plentiful parking. Across the street.
A Language Lesson
Faithful to our calling, Eatery 19 serves authentic Chinese cuisine. Tawaiinese cuisine to be precise. How do we know? They have their WeChat ID on their takeout menus. In case you’re interested, it’s “Eatery19”. Conclusive evidence. Case closed. Q.E.D., quod erat demonstrandum, meaning “which was to be demonstrated”. It states “what was to be shown”. Or, in Chinese, you would say 可以顯示， Or, אפשר להראות את זה in Hebrew.
What was to be Eaten
Having exhausted all of our brain matter in proving our hypothesis, and flexing our knowledge of foreign languages, we opened the menus, shut the menus, and said, please bring us your best! I think they did! How did it stack up? Like a pile of pancakes on a Sunday morning. Comfort ruled the day. And a chilly evening it was, so we had soup for starters.
Braised Beef Noodle Soup – I felt this dish was a little salty for my tastes, but it worked wonders in warming us up. While deciding what entrees to order, we were brought Taiwanese Sausage to munch on. These had a little kick to them. Subtle, but there. They were quickly snatched up.
Next up we had Spicy Beef with Chinese Spinach. I wasn’t expecting it to be so spicy. Being that “spicy” is in the name, I should not have been so surprised. The beef was tender and tasty. But, a spicy dish sounds the alarm for rice. House Special Fried Rice with Shrimp. This was by far my favorite dish. The rice was cooked perfectly, and the shrimp was succulent. More, please!
We were intent on sampling a wide spectrum of their dishes, so we needed a chicken dish and a fish dish because it rhymes and because they completed our food circle.
Salt and Pepper Chicken – We have tried and enjoyed, salt and pepper prawns on our quest, so why not chicken? And now we can say we have. The coating sealed in the moistness of the chicken, and the salt and pepper gave it a nice crispiness.
Steamed Fish – My second favorite dish. Cooked to perfection and not a second later, two seconds later, the fish were in our bellies. At this point, we were stuffed to the gills, leaving just enough room for Carvel Ice Cream. I mentioned that it was a cold night, so we nixed Carvel.
The Bottom Line
Having paid the bill, it was time to rate Eatery 19. Using, for the first time, a special magic piece of paper, we took our time assessing each dish again the dish standard, applying our top secret patent-pending, formula to arrive at our final score. Thereupon I learned what was magical about this piece of paper. I’ve used invisible ink before, but this is the first time I ever, unbeknownst to me, used disappearing paper. Luckily for Mee, I remembered the overall rating.
Eatery 19 received 4.0025 out of five stars for an above-average rating.
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—Mee Magnum (“Chop! Chop!”)
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Summary : Authentic Tawainese cuisine. They took over the location after a fire closed Zouji.