August 14, 2014

A heavier second nibble

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Very few of my meals are work-related, but I had occasion to lunch today.  After going through the usual process of picking the restaurant with Mo' Unni, we eventually settled on Duddell's.  I had only been there once, at the invitation of the restaurant, and left a little underwhelmed.  Now that more than a year has passed and they have gotten themselves a little macaron, I was curious to see if things had gotten better.

Pan-fried bean curd sheet roll with fungus (香煎上素付皮卷) - pretty nicely done.  Dry and crispy sheets.

Fried rice roll with XO chili sauce (XO醬煎腸粉) - at first these looked like mini versions of Korean ddeokbokki (떡볶이), but they are actually hollow at the center.  Pan-fried until golden and crunchy, yet slightly chewy at the same time.  Pretty good.

Shrimp dumplings with matsutake mushroom (松茸筍尖鮮蝦餃) - premium ingredient here.  Pretty good, too.

Steamed barbecued pork bun (蜜汁叉燒包) - methinks someone loves this, since it was the first item mentioned while we were rounding up the order...

Pretty good filling, and the bun itself was fluffy enough and not soggy.

Braised E-fu noodle with roasted duck and enoki mushroom (金菇火鴨炆伊麵) - two of us were eyeing this dish, so this was a no-brainer.  Pretty tasty, but this was seasoned a little more heavily than I expected.

Steamed bean curd sheet bag with fungus and bamboo shoot (羅漢石榴球) - the filling is tasty as expected, but I did not expect this heavy sauce.  I was kinda hoping for something similar to the one I had at Guo Fu Lou (國福樓), whose flavors were more subtle and delicate.

Not bad for a second nibble.  I guess I'll have to come back for dinner some time...

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