Apart from the awesome Ritz-Calton restaurant in San Francisco, we’ve also had the opportunity to roam around China Town. Apparently we were told that San Francisco’s China Town is the largest and one of the best China Towns in USA. I can see why… As Pandabear and I walked through the large gate of China Town, the whole streets were filled with restaurants, shops selling nick knacks which ranges from kitchen appliances, markets, through to antiques and souvenirs. These sort of scene spans across a few blocks and every where you go it’s packed with Chinese people. It was an eye opening experience…
We’ve had the privilege of dining at this Chinese restaurant called Great Eastern Restaurant. It was with great difficulty that we chose this restaurant as there were so many choices to choose from, every restaurant seemed to be packed with people and their food pictures are all very impressive. So anyways, we came across this restaurant and had a peak with its menu on the outside door and saw quite a few Chinese people dining at this restaurant. We decided ok, let’s give this restaurant a try.
We were seated on a table which was very close to the glass show case of roast ducks hanging there looking juicy and tasty. The waiters were all well groomed and friendly. They gave us some chinese tea and left us to look at the menus. After few minutes the waiter came back to take our orders. We decided to try their peking duck with steamed bun, medicinal pork rib soup as our friend loves soup, deep fried egg yolk snow crabs cos they were so cheap and fresh compared in Perth, stir fried chinese vegies – which was the vegies that I used to eat in Taiwan which they don’t really sell in Perth called ‘Dang Er’, and a dish that was recommended by the waiter stir fried squabs with snow peas and ginger. I was thinking to myself what are squabs I’ve never tasted squabs before? The waiter replied it’s a pigeon meat. Okies, let’s be adventurous and tried the pigeon meat.
The food waiting time was fantastic, even though the restaurant was packed, we got our food within 10 minutes from order and they come few minutes after one another. Great service 🙂
The Medicinal Pork Rib Soup tasted fantastic has a nice tinge of medicinal taste not strong enough to overpower you but it’s there and the pork ribs were tender they fall off from the bones and the soup was just seasoned perfectly not too oily or salty. Made you feel healthy and want to have another serve.
The deep fried egg yolk snow crabs was impressive, so much meat in those crabs though I must admit some are coated with slightly too much batter, I felt like I was eating alot of batter. But the flavour was excellent, meat was tender and well priced.
The Peking Duck was great too, crispy skin, duck meat was tender. Usually in Perth they serve Peking Duck with pancakes, but I was pleasantly surprised when it came with steamed buns – I call them open mouth steamed buns cos you can flip them open in half and put duck meats with shallots and plum sauce and it tasted great!
The Chinese Stir fried veggies were also well-done. Not over cooked still juicy and tender. I was so glad they served us with ‘Dang Er’ and not Chinese Cabbages or something I eat regularly in Perth. I missed this ‘Dang Er’ veggies and used to have them in Taiwan but haven’t managed to locate them in Perth.
The squabs were fantastic, full of flavour soft and tender and the snow peas well done perfectly still crunchy and it went very well with the ginger.
Overall, we were very satisfied with all the dishes – the food waiting time was great, service was great and the proportion size of the dishes were adequate. The only thing I must say is that the toilets were located downstairs where it was dark and scary. I had to go there by myself feeling really scared. So I would recommend them to have lights near the toilet section as it made you feel like anyone could just peep out and attack you or it seems like a scene from a scary movie hehehee.
Here’s my ratings:
Dining Experience: 4 star
Food Experience: 4 star
Would I recommend? Yes