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Moving and Chinese Food

Hey there to anyone reading. So, this past weekend was consumed by moving, and I sadly don’t have any posts scheduled to publish at the moment. Pretty much, that means I might be quiet for a couple days as I sort my new habitat out, and figure out what’s going on.

As an interesting note, is it just me, or does a move always need to include Chinese Takeout? I feel like it is an essential  part of any move, large or small, to eat some takeout Chinese in the process. Not sure where the association came from, but here is to tasty takeout, and new beginnings!

Take-out Review: House Special Mei Fun

Back in college, I was introduced to a dish from a Chinese restaurant that I probably never would have gotten around to trying on my own: Singapore Rice Noodles.

Now, the first time I tried these, they were a friend’s leftovers on a late night shift at work. They were awesome! The next time I got takeout, I was determined to have them again…and they stunk. I had them three more times at college, and each time they were never as good. In fact, they tasted different each time. Still I wanted something as tasty as those first leftovers.

Fast forward to present day, and to the Jade Garden in Hooksett, NH. I’ve talked about this place before, and since it really has turned into my go-to place for Chinese in the area. Looking at their menu, I felt like trying something other than my standard Sweet and Sour Chicken dinner combination. After scanning the menu, the word Singapore caught my eye under a type of food called “Mei Fun”. With a touch of hope, I Googled Mei Fun to find out that they were the type of rice noodles that I had been looking for!

Now back in college I had found out that Singapore rice noodles were supposed to be spicy, but the leftovers I had tried were special ordered not to be. Seeing other rice noodle dishes under Mei Fun, I decided to try the House Special.

I apologize for the cell phone photography up top, but it was the best I could do at the moment. Still, it does a good job of showing the delicious contents of the dish. The house special has the base of rice noodles cooked in a wok with light oil, but also chicken, pork, shrimp, egg, mushroom, onion, and even some carrot. Even with the oil base, the Mei Fun was a light dish, with all of the flavors cooking together. I feel bad because the picture makes this tasty dish look like some cheap ramen, but it is so much better. If you’re ever in the area, definitely give the Jade Garden, and more specifically, the Mei Fun a try.

Restuarant Review: Jade Garden of Hooksett, NH

I have one rule about living somewhere: you need to find “that” Chinese restaurant. Everyone has one. It’s your go to place when the craving strikes, and you know they have what you want.

I’ve lived in Manchester now since the end of December 2009, and have been looking for “my” place.

When I first moved in, I tried a local place that had gotten some pretty solid reviews on Yelp.com. It was the Aloha restaurant, and I only felt it to be…so so. The problem I really had is that it did not have dinner specials available on Sunday night. Well this started a trend.

Over the next couple months, I got several menus in the mail for other local places. What did they all have in common? No one serves dinner specials on Sunday nights. Sadly for me, that’s usually when I get the hankering for Chinese. Well at long last, on a Sunday night, I found myself with a flier for the Jade Garden in Hooksett.

Well, I ended up ordering my standard from there: Sweet and Sour Chicken. Even better, they offer your choice of an additional appetizer. Without a doubt, had to get crab rangoons.

Now to what it actually was like. IT WAS AWESOME. Food was tasty. The service was fast and friendly. The portion size was great. The only interesting bit is that an hour later I was hungry, but that’s generally the rule with Chinese. The best way to describe it was that everything was fresh. That goes a long way in takeout. Besides that, the food was the standard. I’ll have to try some other dishes now that I know the place is “safe” as far as a takeout restaurant goes.