New Peking

Located on Ford Rd, in Garden City, New Peking is one of the better Chinese restaurants I’ve been to. I’ve been craving General Tso’s Chicken and this place finally satisfied my craving. Introduced to me first by my brother, I wanted to share my experience with Josh. He liked it.

See how they rated: 

Atmosphere: 3 out of 5 bites

Price/Quality: 3 out of 5 bites

Service: 3 out of 5 bites

Taste: 4 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 1 out of 5 bites

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Egg Drop Soup: Classic Chinese soup with added tofu. I like this soup, because it doesn’t have that fake bright yellow hue that you get at some Chinese places. Creamy egg drop soup!

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Sizzling Rice Soup: Josh’s pick! Chicken and Chinese greens served with sizzling morsels of golden rice crust. The golden rice crust was poured in at the table and actually sizzled when it touched the broth. However, the rice crust tasted a bit burnt and distracted me from the rest of the ingredients. The veggies and the broth had a good flavor. I was disappointed I had to ask our server for those yummy soup noodles. Those soup noodles were the reason I ordered soup in the first place!

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Fried Wonton: Fried wontons filled with savory pork. The fried wonton was light and crispy and had a subtle sweetness tasting almost like elephant ear dough. Then you bite into the small center of savory pork and it added some saltiness to balance the sweetness. I only wish there were more of the pork filling.

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Hot mustard & what I think was sweet plum sauce. Be careful with the mustard, it’s potent. The plum sauce went well with the fried wonton.

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Chicken Fried Rice: I like that this fried rice is actually juicy and doesn’t taste like it was made hours ago.

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General Tso’s Chicken: Marinated chunks of chicken breast stir-fried with vegetables in a house special brown sauce. Huge chunks of juicy, chicken breast with a delicious breading. I like that the breading wasn’t too crispy and the veggies were fresh. The sauce was sweet and spicy. This is what General Tso’s Chicken should taste like!

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And now dessert…….

Almond Cookie: A little dry and didn’t taste fresh. Not the crumbly, soft almond cookie I’m used to. Eh.

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New Peking is an authentic Chinese restaurant serving up huge portions for your money. You still get the old school Asian decor, but the flat screen TVs add a modern touch. I recommend New Peking if you are looking for great food, decent prices, and good service.     My favorite part: fortune cookies!

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Benihana

Continuing my birthday celebration, Josh and I had dinner at Benihana Japanese Steakhouse Tuesday. If you’re not familiar, Benihana is a hibachi restaurant where guests are seated at a table with a screaming hot grill in the middle. You’ll watch the chef cook your meal while telling jokes and doing tricks.

Special Roll: Crab, jalapeno, cilantro, and cream cheese topped with tempura shrimp dipped in a spicy chili sauce. Our server talked us into this roll and even though I’m not a fan of cream cheese and seafood, it was pretty tasty. Sweet, salty, and spicy all at the same time, pulling my taste buds into different directions. A+ for presentation as well.

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“Onion Volcano”

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Food!: All dinner’s normally come with your choice of steak, chicken, or seafood, rice, veggies, shrimp appetizer, soup and salad. Our table had a good mix of everything. Image

Spicy Chicken: Chicken breast grilled to perfection topped with a spicy chili teriyaki sauce. The sauce reminds me of a mix of sriracha and teriyaki: sweet, but you feel the heat from the chili paste. The chicken fried rice is so moist and delicious. It’s probably due to the 1/2 cup of garlic butter the chef throws on the grill, but it’s worth it. I love it so much that I actually stole the recipe and have made homemade fried rice many times.

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Benihana Steakhouse is a good way to play with your food, without getting your hands all sticky and risking grill burns. It’s fun, delectable, and entertaining. Although I do like to have a nice quiet dinner with the one I love, it’s interesting to be seated with complete strangers who share your love of hibachi grilled food. If you would prefer a more intimate setting, they do have a dining room and a sushi bar.

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