In a recent foodie function, I heard about a hole in the wall Chinese joint in the Bywater that I “just had to try!”. I didn’t think much of it since it appeared to be in an isolated area with no noticeable signs. When you find your way to the entrance, no one would ever guess that there was such a nice restaurant inside! It appears to be an old bar or convenience store from the outside, but what a surprise on the inside!
Pork Belly Buns. Pickled Daikon. Kim Chi. Mayo. Cilantro.
Chicken Dumplings. Black Vinegar. Fried Onions. Scallions.
General’s Chicken. Deep Fried Chicken. Bourbon Soy. Peanuts. Cilantro.
The food was surprisingly delicious. I’m not one to normally crave Chinese, but Chef Tobias, although not of Chinese descent, really knows how to throw down a well-done family style meal. My favorites were definitely the appetizers. Pork Belly Bao > Rangoons = Dumplings. The General’s Chicken was good, but order a small. The large was a bit much for our party of 3.
What I love: It’s not quite fusion, but a few small surprises here and there such as the Craw Rangoons!
What not to love: The location. Extra sketchy. Park nearby and walk with groups.