11/09/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I have many friends who are Chinese medicine practitioners and vegan lovers. If you don't speak Mandarin or a local dialect, and especially if you're not of Asian descent, you'll need to state clearly what you are hoping for. It's okay to ask for green veggies off the menu or ask for no oil, no salt, no pepper in the soups and so on. A lot of us locals like this place because of particular dishes or because we really want to eat well and feel good. I'm a very picky eater (over 60), and I've worked as a professional cook. I can practically live on the soups and ask for soups without salt or pepper. I like the greens and ask for them without oil. If you're here from out of town in the summer, they'll try to give you what they think a mid-westerner wants in terms of flavor. Even locals sometimes don't get it. Food is medicine to Chinese people, or their own comfort food. Let them know you'll pay well for something that's really special and not just for the tourist trade. All of the prices are incredibly low and reasonable, so make it clear. Of course, the staff will eat non-menu items. I did when I ran restaurants. So go the extra step and make it clear you want something special, what ever that is for you.