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Lunch at Spicy Asian

I finished hemming Anne's pants and she bought me lunch at Spicy Asian.

I had an idea for us to order three dishes and share them, family style, the way you are supposed to. Anne doesn't like spicy or too weird but there are so many things on the menu that I haven't tried so that wasn't a problem. We ordered the Angelica Lamb Soup, the Sauteed Baby Bok Choy, and the Crispy Chicken w. House Special Sauce

There was enough Angelica Lamb Soup for four people. It is chunks of lamb with sliced angelica root in a savory broth. The lamb has skin and bits of bones. It seems to be a belly or rib cut. The Angelica root is pale and tastes a little like carrot. Angelica is a medicinal plant and tastes bitter. If you don't like bitter herbs don't try this. But lots of people do like bitter herbs.

Bok choy is also a little bitter. The sauteed bok choy had lots of sliced garlic and a mild savory sauce.

The Crispy Chicken came with a sweet vinegar sauce that was a nice complement to the bitter herbs. The chicken was lightly dusted with cornstarch or flour and fried until crispy, and the sauce was light and tangy. It came with a side of rice for each of us. I don't order sweet and sour chicken at restaurants because the batter is usually too thick and greasy and the sauce is corn syrup and food coloring. But this Crispy Chicken was what sweet and sour chicken should taste like.

We also had milk tea with tapioca pearls. Anne had peach flavored and I had green apple.

Spicy Asian has been making a lot of changes in their menu. They no longer offer the Japanese menu and they are making more changes to what they do offer. This probably a good thing. I thought they had too much on the menu to begin with. It is hard to do a lot of things well. I got a copy of the new menu and it looks like most the dishes that have been praised in the reviews will be staying.

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Too much on the menu?

Pshaw... No such thing. Check out this menu: http://www.shopsins.com/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2013/10/shopsinmenu442.pdf

Reminder: Tomorrow you are picking me up for lunch and we are going to Fat Jack's BBQ so you can be impressed and I can complain about their menu.

Re: Too much on the menu?

Just because people do it doesn't make it a good idea. And Kenny Shopsin appears to be insane. Mind you the menu at Panda III is huge. But it is mostly variations on a few few ingredients. Spicy Asian has so many unusual dishes I haven't been able to try them all yet.

As for Fat Jack's, Anne and I were wondering what you could eat there. Maybe we could go there for breakfast next time J is in town. They have Fried Chicken 'n' Waffles! They have fried pickle chips! I've never had fried pickle chips. I might have to order the Burnt Ends Sam'ich that sounds delicious. Although their Brunswick Stew doesn't have any squirrel or rabbit in it.