Chef Chen

Hello! I just want to do a quick check in and tell you about my delicious date night dinner wlEmoticon smile17 Chef Chen

I was craving either Thai food or Chinese last night and since we had Thai a few weeks ago I decided we should change it up this week. I started to “Yelp” places, but told Ben just to drive in toward Irvine. Irvine is the city right next to us with a huge Asian population and an even bigger population of amazing authentic restaurants.

We ended up at Chef Chen and they brought hot tea and peanuts to the table as soon as we sat down. IMG 8528 800x600 thumb Chef Chen

We started with the scallion pancakes. They are thin savory pancakes fried up with scallions, flour and egg.IMG 8530 800x600 thumb Chef Chen

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And for some reason I ordered some steamed rolls. It is fluffy rice dough steamed and served like bread. But, it’s completely tasteless. I know I’ve tried this before and liked it, but that time they were stuffed with flavored meat. The texture of these is so interesting – I can’t decide if I love it or hate it.IMG 8533 800x600 thumb Chef Chen

Ben ordered some combination hot pot…

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I ordered the General Tsoa’s chicken because it came with broccoli. Turns out the brocs were raw, but it worked. Everything was served up with white rice.IMG 8537 800x600 thumb Chef Chen

The place was small, but busy – a good sign for a restaurant, no?IMG 8539 800x600 thumb Chef Chen

I love that they took our order in Chinese (you can see it on the receipt). That ish is legit.IMG 8542 800x600 thumb Chef Chen

I drank 22 little cups of tea. I’m a fan.IMG 8544 800x600 thumb Chef Chen

Then, we went a few doors down to get dessert from a small bakery (even though there is the original Yogurtland across the street!).

But, I’m not exactly their target audience so we left empty handed…IMG 8545 800x600 thumb Chef Chen

I ended up sipping some port wine and enjoying a little dark chocolate (from my shoe egg) for dessert. Now I’m off to run and eat…


  1. says

    Raw broccoli with a hot dish seems odd! I’ve an ever heard of a restaurant doing that(?).

    We always add ‘in bed’ at the end of our fortune cookie messages. LOL Makes for some pretty funny dinner table conversations some times. :D

  2. says

    Glad to see you’re still plugging away at that humungo chocolate egg. I love sweets (and the savory) from authentic Chinese bakeries! I can’t believe you didn’t find anything there, though I will admit, it’s definitely not everyone’s cup of tea.

  3. says

    I think you could have dipped the bread in sauces of one of the dishes and also put a piece of meat/veg etc in between the bread. Something of a DIY. I know there are Chinese dishes served this way with “mantou”/bread dough.

  4. says

    I’ve only ever seen those steamed buns in Chinese restaurants in Nigeria and LOVED them….especially dipped in soy sauce & vinegar! It’s probably not the most healthiest thing to eat but it’s too delicious to pass off…and hey it’s a runner’s dream: sodium & carbs ;)!

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