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August 2nd, 2004

Bad Chinese Food

When we lived in Denver, we had a craving – as people sometimes do – for Chinese food. Our last residence was near a fantastic, fantastic Chinese place called Tom Lee. For about $5.00, you’d get enough food for two big meals along with a can of soda. It was unbeatable – these styrofoam containers had heaps of foods. And all of it was good.

But the first place we tried had middle-of-the-road Chinese food. The chicken was a little gamey (never a good quality for any food,) and everything tasted a little bland. But the egg rolls… the egg rolls were all wrong. Instead of a thick, crunchy coating, these had a thin, crispy one. The weird thing? Every single egg roll in Denver is this incorrect, thin and crispy type. It’s wrong, I tell you!

The funniest and saddest part, though, is that the best (cheap) Chinese food in Denver could be found at Safeway. A frozen Lemon Chicken along with some Uncle Ben’s and frozen egg rolls was about the same price as Chinese, and actually tasted pretty good. No mystery meats.

Safeway: your source for good Chinese.

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FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday August 2, 2004 -- 9:27:56 am
My girlfriend and I eat Chinese food at least once a week. Our favourite restaurant is in a tiny shopping center near her place (Szcheuan Hill, Havertown, PA). Small, cramped, and looks like it was decorated with a $20 budget. Yet, for $6, I can get a full order of Wonton soup, Egg Roll, REAL fried rice, and a huge plate of Orange Chicken or Triple Delight.

It's so big, I can skip all meals for the entire day if I know I'm eating at Szcheuan Hill. Funny thing is, most of the other Chinese places near her (and me) are horrible.

All the good places to eat look like crap from the outside. If it's not Chinese, it's Vietnamese iin a rough section of Upper Darby, PA. I hate going there at night, but at least if I'm gonna get shot, I'll get shot on a full stomach. :)

Just goes to show you never really know where the good food lies until you try it.



FROM: ryan
DATE: Tuesday August 3, 2004 -- 12:07:23 am
i agree completely. the best chinese place i've ever been to is near my house. [China Taste, Huntsville, Alabama] it is sandwiched between a hair products store and another that has been a new restaurant every few months.
i've been eating at china taste for ten years now, and i still go there once a week or so. dinner doesn't run over $6.50 for a meal and lunch is insane. a container half full of rice half full of your meat/veg choice. completely filling, very few people finish it and most take it home for another meal later. and it is $3.50. it's gone up twenty-five cents in ten years. nice people, food is fast even when they are busy.
i like to try different places when i am out of town or if i am hungry while stopping for gas somewhere, and nothing has come close yet.



FROM: Evelyn
DATE: Saturday August 7, 2004 -- 2:48:11 pm
I agree, my boyfriend and I go to a place behind his apartment. Pretty good food, but all I get is tofu. I love it there. It's in Denver, too. It's called Lucky Fortune.



FROM: Evelyn
DATE: Saturday August 7, 2004 -- 2:49:52 pm
I agree, my boyfriend and I go to a place behind his apartment. Pretty good food, but all I get is tofu. I love it there. It's in Denver, too. It's called Lucky Fortune.

Cam Phung October 15, 2008, 2:26 am

Seriously, Chinese themselves are starting to dread eating Chinese food. Check it out http://www.bizcult.com/content/?p=813#more-813

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