Food Porn: New Peking Chinese Restaurant

It takes a lot for a Chinese take out restaurant to really stand out, in fact most places that I’ve eaten at don’t.  However, one of my guilty pleasures is ordering Sweet and Sour Pork (usually a whole quart).  Clearly the food isn’t authentic, it’s not remotely healthy and it’s definitely not prepared with high quality ingredients.  That being said, there is something about the sugary sweet and sour sauce that still gets me excited. The other day Alli and I were craving Chinese, it had been months since we’ve had any so we decided to treat ourselves (and undoubtedly punish ourselves later on that night).

Normally, we order from Chinese Kitchen which is the closest Chinese take out place to Allentown.  It’s within walking distance from our house but we wanted to switch it up for this meal.  We ended up choosing New Peking Chinese Restaurant, mostly because they are the only Chinese restaurant in the area that takes credit cards.  Now, I could have just ordered one of my deep fried favorites but I wanted to try something new.

Here’s how our meal went….

We started our meal off with one of our favorite Chinese take-out appetizers, Crab and Cream Cheese filled Fried Wontons (pictured above).  You get six of them for about ~$3. Clearly, these are probably one of the most unhealthy things one could order from their menu, but we didn’t care as they were perfectly fried on the outside with a delicious creamy center (which was heavier on the cream cheese than the -probably fake- crab meat).  I really loved that they gave us a side of sweet and sour sauce to dip.

Alli ordered the Garlic Broccoli (directly above, ~$6) along with a pint of Chicken in Oyster sauce.  Now we love cooking with Oyster sauce in this house, we actually use it quite often.  Adding it (in moderation) to stir frys can really give the meal a little extra flavor.  But on its own it can be a bit overwhelming and really salty, which is exactly what I thought of this order.  Sitting in basically a pint of just Oyster Sauce, it was just way too salty for me.  I didn’t really enjoy it but Alli liked the flavor and when combined with the Garlic Broccoli and other vegetables, it satisfied her craving.

For myself, I ordered some Szechuan Chicken. I’ve never ordered this before from a Chinese restaurant but all I was hoping for was a very spicy chicken dish.  Instead, I got a mildly spicy dish with soggy chicken and a bunch of vegetables.  I can give them props for loading the dish with a lot of food though; for ~$9 there was a crazy amount of chicken, broccoli, carrots, onions and a handful of other vegetables.  But there was just not enough heat and the sauce did not have a strong flavor at all. I definitely wouldn’t order this again.

It’s not like I was expecting anything amazing from this meal but I guess I learned to just stick to the boring classics when ordering Chinese take-out.  If I’m ever hoping for anything remotely healthy or ‘different’ I should probably just go to a sit down restaurant or try one of the finer Chinese take out places in Buffalo (I’ve heard May-Jen is great).

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One thought on “Food Porn: New Peking Chinese Restaurant

  1. Katelyn

    The food looks really good. I wonder how you would say this compares to Chinese Kitchen. We arrived in Buffalo this week (from Europe, where the Chinese cuisine is quite different) and live across the street from Chinese Kitchen. We picked up a combination platter yesterday and were very pleased with the quality and quantity of the food (both of us shared one combination dish and there is still almost half of it left).

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