Sometimes the lunch decision is the most difficult one of the day. At other times, the dinner decision is even more confusing. Last week, I encountered this decision head on. My dinner order was looming over my head all day and I had no idea what I wanted. I fluctuated between lobster rolls, burgers, Thai food or Japanese. In the end I went with Chinese because it’s a real takeout classic.
Having read much about Hot Kitchen recently, I knew I wanted to try it. It’s a new neighborhood and NYC favorite so just I went for it. In order to fully experience the Hot Kitchen flavor and essence, I ordered an appetizer, a side dish, and a main dish. I did want to get some specialties, but I have a fear of spicy food (I’m trying to work through it but its slow going.) In the end, I ordered Pork Dumplings, Shrimp Chow Fun (an American classic), and a side of Cold Cucumbers with Scallion Sauce. Let’s see how it went.
The delivery was smooth and dare I say seamless! I received my confirmation email quickly and the food came on time, warm, and in tact. I was pleased.
The dumplings were delicious and served their appetizing purpose. The filling was super flavorful – meaty and salty and scalliony. The dough was perhaps a bit overwhelming, but still soft and cooked perfectly.
My favorite dish of the night was the cucumbers. I kept popping those like they were candy. But they were cucumbers! They had a smoky flavor and served in a delicious scallion, salty, and awesome sauce. They provided a great light side to the entire Chinese meal. I highly recommend those.
To fulfill the American-Chinese quota of my order, I ordered some Chow Fun. Because I wanted more fun in my life. This was pretty standard and I was pleased. There wasn’t anything special about the preparation, but it was still enjoyed thoroughly. The shrimp were cooked well and I was very pleased about that – sometimes seafood from a Chinese establishment can be a bit suspect, but these were clean and delicious! I should also point out that the scallions as pictured below were nicely cut and were extremely fresh.
Upon reflection I do feel that I mis-ordered and I wish I had been a bit more daring and gone for some of the Hot Kitchen dishes or the Szechuan dishes. Next time (and there will be a next time!) I will be a bit more daring, stock up on some extra Tums, and go for something spicy.
Check out the Hot Kitchen menu and feel free to give us recommendations for future orders in the comments.