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“Listen* (Do da do)
Do you want to know a secret? (Do da do)
Do you promise not to tell? (Do da do) Whoa oh, oh
Closer (Do da do)
Let me whisper in your ear (Do da do)
Say the words you long to hear”
I found an authentic Chinese restaurant just for you. Going deep into the vault to pull this secret out, it’s “Secret Kitchen“, which is located at 185-20 Horace Harding Expressway, Fresh Meadows, NY 11365.
“I’ve known the secret for a [day] or two
Nobody knows, just we two”
The Vault of The Chinese Quest Secrets
Since the vault doors are already open, let’s take a look inside. Secret Kitchen recently opened and is still in its honeymoon phase celebrating its Grand Opening. Appropriate decorations of luck and wishes greet you on entry. Even their take-out menu says “Grand Opening. As you walk in there are rectangular tables and a few large round tables to accommodate eight to 10 patrons for family or friend get-togethers. What you cannot see is the “hidden” back room. Though no private dining, there are three large round tables, and there was room enough, they set up two additional tables for two or four people. That’s where they seated me and Mee Ni Ems.
While there were a few Americanized Chinese dishes, it was mostly all authentic Cantonese and Szechuan.
We only ordered two dishes, so we really had to make them count!
Peking Sliced Pork Chops – I always get excited when I see this on the menu. I’m like Pavlov’s Dog, I start salivating when I do. Good thing the menu had a plastic coating ;). These chops sure had their chops.
People often wonder when we rate a dish on “Aroma”. If you got a whiff of these chops you would know exactly what I mean. These would rate Five Stars! And, they were fantastic!! So good. And such a HUGE portion too.
The meat-to-bone ratio was outstanding. There were very few pieces that had a bone in them. One thing you should know about Peking Pork Chops is that they taste even better the next day. And they did!
Shrimp with Cashew Nuts – This was the perfect dish to go with the pork chops as the taste was the polar opposite. This was so light, the sauce subtle, and the celery (and it took us a while to figure out the vegetable), was so good. The green peas are sweet. This was quite a treat! Another huge portion; the leftovers will be enjoyed for dinner tonight.
With the check came sliced oranges. Their sweetness cleansed our palate, and off we went into the night…
The Bottom Line
Is Secret Kitchen Quest-worthy? Unequivocably I say YES!
And now that you know, you have to put this in your vault and you have to promise not to tell. Now you know “how much I really love you” by sharing this secret with you.
*Lyrics by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
If you’re not fluent in Chinese, we present this translation for your edification:
Humbly submitted for your consumption,
—Mee Magnum (“Chop! Chop!”)