Growing up, I ate a lot of Chinese food. I don’t know if it was because my mom was a working single mother that didn’t really like to cook or what, but we had our go-to Chinese place that we frequented pretty often. In our case, it was a restaurant called House of Chinese Gourmet. My mom and I would always get two things and share them because that’s what we felt that you were supposed to do with Chinese food. You were not supposed to get your own dish. We’d usually end up getting Moo Goo Gai Pan and Moo Shu Vegetables. House of Chinese Gourmet closed when I was in high school (it was on Rockville Pike, near Congressional Plaza for anyone who is familiar with suburban Maryland.) and I never found a go-to Chinese place in Maryland that was as good. Although, I went to college in Vermont and then subsequently moved to Georgia shortly after.
When we bought our house in 2010, it took me a while to find a decent Chinese place nearby. But I think I stumbled upon a winner when my mom and I (again with the Chinese food, right?) got take-out from a place near my house called Hunan Inn when she was last here. It was just random; I used to drive by it on my way to work so we decided to try it. Success! Jason and I tried it again last night and it was just as good.
I had steamed shrimp with vegetables and a seaweed salad. Seaweed salad isn’t typical for a Chinese restaurant, but it tasted fine. I also had some really good Chinese food earlier in the week and here’s the kicker: I made it myself.
Remember that Moo Shu vegetable dish that I liked growing up? Here it is in a healthier reincarnation courtesy of Eating Well’s 25 Quick Vegetarian Dishes.
I only used 1 cup of mung beans, doubled the soy sauce and added some chili garlic sauce. This was just like the Moo Shu from House of Chinese Gourmet. At least that’s what I choose to believe.
Do you have a go-to Chinese restaurant? Do you eat Chinese food often?