By recommendation of random anonymous strangers on Yelp and Google we ended up at a place called Jade Garden. It seemed pretty darn authentic to me, and was so full of people that it had to be good. Near the front counter they had tanks filled with live lobsters, crabs, and China rockfish. Though I'm probably the only one who appreciated the cleverness of having China rockfish in a Chinese restaurant (or knew they were called China rockfish for that matter...).
After waiting in line forever, we were seated and they began bringing around carts of food. I didn't drive 3.5 hours for some fried rice and chow mein, this was supposed to be authentic, so I dove straight into the deep end. The waitress looked at me sideways when I asked if they had chicken feet and tripe, but cautiously handed them over. To my surprise, she looked at me sideways again when I asked for a glass of water (That doesn't sound too unreasonable does it??). My wife explained that in China they don't often drink water with their meals. What do they wash the chicken feet down with then?? In their defense, they had provided us with a pot of steaming hot tea, but tea is not, well, my cup of tea. In the end, we thoroughly enjoyed our unpronounceable meal, even if we didn't have any water to wash it down with and I had no idea what most of it was.
|The only things I know how to pronounce here are chicken foot and tripe. I'm pretty sure it just got weirder from there!|
|I really stuck my foot in my mouth there...|
|I don't think my lady friend appreciated the subtle bouquet of flavors in the tripe.|
|Four inches of excitement|
|He seems to want a kiss.|
|This is probably one of my most colorful fish ever, plus, check out those lips!|
|Some people would call this a peacock. I would call it 10,000 flies just begging to be tied!|
|Here's a little monkey grooming a big monkey.|
|And here's a big monkey grooming a little monkey.|
|The sad thing is, I'm sure they had to put this sign up because somebody touched it. Other similarly useful signs might warn that sharks bite, skunks stink, and fire is hot!|