My favorite Chinese restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area is Koi Palace. http://www.koipalace.com/
I have mentioned Koi Palace several times in this blog (see “po tats”, “egg tarts”, “xiao long baos”, “yan can cook”) because I think the food here is fantastic. My family loves their dim sum and fixed dinner menus.
The dim sum here is fantastic:
Beautiful with a lot of variety. Everything here is made perfectly and really delicious.
They’ve got these pots of veggies and proteins:
that are filled with many interesting ingredients. Abalone, shrimp, chicken feet, etc, make for a fantastic meal of flavors out of a bowl.
The fixed meals are pricey, but there is a lot of food and you always leave quite satisfied. Since I’ve mentioned their dim sum in previous posts, I’m going to focus on their dinner menus today.
Each time I’ve dined here, their meals all start off with an appetizer plate like this:
Next comes the elusive shark fin soup! Real or not, it is always delicious…
Their vegetarian plates are filled with mushrooms, abalone, and chinese greens.
Sauteed peppered beef in a bird’s nest is the first meat dish.
Crab claws remade into these delicious fried puffs are always a favorite.
You can then choose from a variety of meat dishes like this chicken and lamb bowl
Steamed chicken with soy sauce…
Or Peking duck, my nephew’s favorite!
After the poultry, comes the seafood. Like crab roasted with garlic
Beneath the shell are bundles of vermicelli noodles to soak up the sauce. Delish!
Their steamed fish is always perfectly tender and served with a delicate sauce.
The meals all end with either a rice or noodle dish. Plain rice is optional to the meal and can be ordered earlier on if you want.
By the time this dish comes, I am already pretty stuffed. 😛 BUT, I can tell you that this is even better the next day!
For dessert, you are served either a green bean or red bean soup, which I am not a fan of. But my aunt is a frequent and loyal customer, and so we are sometimes gifted with mango pudding or sweet buns! These are fantastic and easily found during they day with their dim sum.
So, don’t assume chinese food is always greasy and gross – treat yourself to some authentic and delicious Chinese food at Koi Palace and you will be thoroughly impressed!