Wednesday, October 16, 2013
The Rice Box - Kung Pao Chicken
Location: 1638 Westheimer
Date: October 16, 2013
Spicy classic cheap Chinese fair. Lots of chicken with peanuts, bean sprouts, and celery. Served in the Chinese takeout classic box of rice with an egg roll. Mine seemed to be heavy on the soy sauce. Lots of the Kung Pao chicken compared to the rice.I'm a bit mystified by the heavy use of soy sauce since the classic western version of Kung Pao is flavored with ginger paste and orange juice. The soy sauce really over powered any other flavors other than the peppers. It would very cool if they ran a special of the classic Sichuan version with lots of numbing Sichuan peppercorns once to see how that was received! While I pine for something more "foodie" that's not what Rice Box is going for here. They are trying to recreate the classic old school Westernized Chinese we all grew up with. In that light, this dish is successful. Synopsis: Not a classic version but still a great value dish.