Twice Cooked Pork Belly Buns steamed then fried, red braised pork belly, condensed milk
Soprano Man and I started out at the bar while we waited for Teety. I was imagining the open faced white steamed buns with some thick yummy slabs of pork belly sandwiched in between, Momofuku style. These were the actually buns like at dim sum, but deep fried which was a different twist. The filling had an anise aroma which was another twist. I also was not familiar with dipping these savory buns in condensed milk so I passed. I think when dough is fried, the result should be something light and fluffy but these were too dense. They weren’t bad, but not good enough to order again.
Spicy Sticky Wings fried mary’s organic wings, sweet and spicy chili sauce
Wow, these were terrible. Too sticky, too sweet. You could probably get better wings from Wing Stop. Sorry Shirley.
I followed a certain blogger and took his/her recommendations which were not good recommendations. The duck here is not good. And the duck in this salad tasted like yesterday’s leftovers. The dressing itself was really nice. It seems like a good idea to take meat juices and jazz it up into a vinaigrette. I’m stealing that idea. I appreciated the use of chicories since it added some bitterness and elevation to the dish as a whole.
This was another recommendation, and this was NOT good. Just average, overpriced, mediocre excuses for Shao Mai. Sorry Shirley.
OK, so FINALLY they bring something good out of the kitchen. I actually let Teety and Soprano Man have the tails and I just fished out meat from the claws and head. The meat was sweet and succulent. My dining companions complained that their tails were overcooked. Ironic that the best part turned out to be less desirable part. The sauce was just a little tangy but I wouldn’t say it was very spicy. I guess my spice-O-meter is still recovering from Night + Market. What I loved the most about this dish was actually the noodles. Green as the Jolly Green Giant, those noodles were, but I’m not sure I detected strong cilantro notes. Still though, they were chewy, al dente, and sopped up that sauce very nicely.
Ugh. I’m still annoyed that we wasted our money on this duck. Too meh for real words. I would put an angry emoji face here but blogspot does not support emojis. WTF? Everything was flavorless and I would have preferred some store bought hoisin over their house made stuff.
Ooook Shirley, now you show us why you’re a WINNER! It’s hard to impress me with chicken, but this chicken was finger-lickin’ good. Skin was crispy, meat had this incredibly smokiness to it. Wow is all I have to say. I’ve never tasted anything like this.
Ok so the first version of this was waaay salty. I asked to send it back and they sent us a better version. I think if you’re Chinese and you grew up eating something like this, you might think your grandma’s version is better. I, however, did not grow up eating this, so to me it’s tasty though the version I had at her pop-up was slightly better.
Ok, it just looks like Chinese broccoli, but it might be one of the tastiest versions I’ve eaten. Big on umami and that poached egg just added some runny lusciousness for bonus points.
We were pretty stuffed by this point, but I sorta felt like I was unlikely to return to Twenty Eight and I wanted Soprano Man to try the uni noodles. They were pretty unique at her pop up, having strong ginger and scallion notes. Maybe too strong. This version was the opposite. Much more dry and muted flavors. The noodles themselves were the star of the show, so perfect and chewy. Hand cut noodles are ugly no doubt, like scraggly skinny worms.
Good Fortune dark chocolate mousse, coconut gelee, chocolate wafer, curry croquant, edible fortune
Tofu Panna Cotta house press soymilk, red bean ice cream, ginger espuma, roasted salty peanut crumble
Rum Roasted Green Apple Tapioca coconut tapioca, brown sugar and five spice granita, thai basil
Shirley Chung needs to pack up her knives and go home for her desserts. Pretty and elegant but not tasty AT ALL. The Yelpers who rave about that tofu panna cotta need to go have a really good panna cotta and see if this one even compares. Her tofu panna cotta was just as unappetizing as the first time. The green apple tapioca was frankly strange. The only passable dessert was the chocolate one because it’s sorta hard to mess up chocolate if you ask me.
8 – Very good
7 – Good (for the noodles and broccoli)
5 – Average
4 – Not bad