Monday, March 15, 2010

Lee's Palace

I've had food from Lee's Palace a number of times--usually takeout--and it's always been quite good. But last night my friend and I went there for dinner and decided to eat-in. It was a good decision. 

Lee's is not a large place inside, maybe 8 to 10 tables. We ate there on a Sunday evening and there was only one other table full there. However, I've been in here a number of times getting takeout and it's usually somewhat busy. They've been in this location for probably 5 or more years--a testament to their success. Our eat-in meal was very good as well.

We were promptly greeted and given our choice of tables--we chose to sit right by the window, it was a pleasant evening. We ordered two appetizers. The first was Shrimp Tempura--4 large shrimp dipped in a tempura batter, deep fried, and served over a bed of shredded chinese cabbage. They were served with a tasty dipping sauce--a sweet and sour sauce that complimented the delicate flavor of the shrimp. We enjoyed this dish.

For a second appetizer we had Pan Fried Dumplings--commonly known as Potstickers. Six tasty pan fried dumplings were arranged on a bed of shredded Chinese cabbage and served with a tasty soy-based dipping sauce. The sauce however was quite light and did not mask the flavor of the dumplings--they were actually excellent. I could have eaten a whole plate of these little delicacies, the filling was that good.

I had the Hot and Sour Soup and my friend, Tommy, had the Won Ton soup. Both were very good. I've had the Hot and Sour soup from Lee's a number of times. Often on a weeknight, I'll stop here on the way home and order just a pint of the Hot and Sour soup. It's very good and usually a good balance of hot (as in spicy hot) along wiht the sour. I've found it to be consistently good, time after time.

For his main course, Tommy ordered the General Tso's Chicken--big chunks of chicken white meat that had been breaded and fried, then coated with a somewhat spicy, rich and tasty sauce. A few pieces of broccoli acompanied this dish. It was served with pork fried rice and also an egg roll. I had a taste--it was very good. I am a big fan of this dish, though I will say, I'd like it a bit hotter, but for most I think it is just right.

For my entree, I chose the Cashew Chicken--tender pieces of Chicken that were wok-fried along with some onion, peppers, and a few other Chinese vegetables, then finished off with unsalted cashews. This was a very good dish, all the flavors blended nicely with the finishing sauce and the cashews added a creamy crispness to the dish. The fried rice was good, nothing too special, but just good. I'd say the egg roll too was just good. 

Overall, we had a very good meal here at Lee's Palace. The food was good as was the service. Usually I order take out here, and I'm sure I'll continue that tradition time after time. Always good!
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