45 Years and still rocking

It’s a good-tempered Sunday afternoon having lunch with my family to celebrate my parents’ 45yrs of marriage. Wow!  As I sat down looking around I noticed the traditional Chinese round brown table, staff in black and white uniforms, that ever so familiar orange rice container and the Kimchi… wait what? Kimchi? Isn’t that Korean food? I guess this was a fusion Chinese & Korean establishment.  Also, rated the top Chinese restaurant in southern California according to my sister and mother but their sources differ from CNN or some friend of a friend’s cousin down the street.


Now, here’s the situation: If my brother, who moved to NYC, had been present I would have gone the sweet and sour pork route.  He wasn’t there so I had to make a decision on something else.  I’m not sure when that tradition started but my comfort zone at any new Chinese restaurant is sweet and sour pork.  My parents and sister had no hesitation: chop suey, garlic shrimp, chow mein, fried duck and my girlfriend ordered sweet and sour shrimp.  You’re probably thinking – isn’t that enough food? Not my family… my family loves taking leftovers back home and having a round two as soon as they enter their door.  Okay – I’m still at that dilemma and worst the waitress looks at me waiting for any word.  I froze… ah ah ah I’ll take the roasted fish… She smiled and suggested the halibut fillets.  (Rule of thumb – always ask what’s good if you’re not sure.)  I replied with an unsure look on my face – okay.


The waitress had left to fill our orders, I noticed around the other tables how huge the portion came and what other foods to order beside the typical sweet and sour / chow mein dish.  The person next to me had boiled dumplings and some steamed buns and assorted meats.  I instantly was envious and felt like I was invited to this party last minute.  The only thing to keep my emotions up was seeing my parents happy and enjoying taking stabs at me about getting married.  Something about seeing two people enjoying each other’s company for that long softens my irrational food thoughts.


When we received all our plates, it took 85% of table space to fit all of them it.  It resembled a Tetris ordeal trying to fit each dish in a certain position.  The vegetable in the chow mein tasted fresh and my halibut was moist and amazing.  Overall – I’m definitely coming back to this place with some research on what food to order.  Hot pots or their black bean noodle…???

Peking Gourmet

9092 Garden Grove Blvd # A
Garden Grove, CA 92844-1381
(714) 539-5301

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