Like me, my mailman, Skip, loves Chinese food. Unlike me, he married into that cultural obsession — as I’ve mentioned before . Today, when Skip delivered my daily ration of junk mail, along with a handwritten note from the Dale Turner Family YMCA (where I recently took a tour — see: “Do these jeans make me look fat?” in my previous post), he brought along a menu from a new Chinese restaurant. Skip and I regularly discuss what’s hot and what’s not on the Chinese-food scene, and we did so again today:
Me: “Hey! I went to Chiang’s Gourmet for takeout last week. Nate loved the orange beef, and I loved the buns they serve with their tea-smoked duck, and their pan-fried housemade Shanghai noodles. But man, when someone walks across the room in there, it feels like we’re having an earthquake.”
Skip: “We just went to a great new place in Everett, Chef Wow. The orange beef is excellent there, too. And so was the spicy fish stew. And my wife really loved the Sichuan ma la chicken. Check out that menu, and be sure to read the little blurb about how they’re giving away food to poor people.”
Then he took off in his U.S. Government-issue rig to deliver de-letter da sooner da-better — leaving me to get back to my blog. Of course, now I can’t get this out of my head:
And now neither will you.
Anyway, I thought I’d pass along the good word. According to my annotated take-out menu (you can view a version online), Chef Wow immodestly offers “Authentic Chinese Food” with “Less Oil, Less Salt, No MSG. As well as “Gourmet Steaks” and my idea of a good time: “Single Hot Pot with Mixed Meat and Veg Stew Stuff. Excellent!” I haven’t been this excited about the idea of heading north on I-5 for lunch since my friend Mark introduced me to the Grouchy Chef in Mukilteo.
What’s more, according to the “Foreword” on the take-out menu, the owners are not only giving us the gift of reasonably priced Chinese food prepared by a guy named (not Wow, but) Chen — they’re also offering a helping hand to the hungry. And I quote:
“During recession period, Chef Chen especially cares about our neighborhood and giving back to community is always our goal. We will provide free meal for the needies, especially the deserted elderlies within our ability. We are now planning to give away free meal for 2 people per month. Feel free to contact us if you are in need or if you know somebody needs help.”
Nice, huh? Yo, Arnel! Have you and your Boeing buddies checked this joint out yet? Do tell. And if not, what are you waiting for?