New Age Chinese Cuisine
After many visits to No. 1 Beef Noodle House on Willingdon, we were pleasantly surprised to find their sister restaurant on Kingsway. New Age Chinese Cuisine is the older sister…the one without triple-parked cars and junior-high kids jostling for their bubble tea. It is also a place where the service staff takes time to recommend the better items to be had.
We were ready and set to go with the General Tso’s Chicken when our server recommended the House Special Chicken. Crunchy, deep-fried chunks of thigh meat are tossed in a quite spicy and sweet garlic sauce. The only downside to this dish was having to share.
Luckily, we have a savvy dining partner. He has an uncanny ability to pick out the best parts of a menu. Right off the bat he noticed the Beef in Spicy Sauce. He knew this wasn’t simply a spicy, stir-fried beef dish, but rather a bubbling clay-pot of soul-satisfying, chili & garlic-laden goodness. Sorry about the hyperbole, but this ranks as one of the top menu picks of all time!
When pressed for a final choice our server went and got their lunch special menu. After some humming and hawwing on our part, she recommended the Satay Beef. Turns out, she was right again. Tender beef, sweet chunks of pineapple and pepper swimming in a silky, savoury sauce atop wide rice noodles. At $7, this was the value dish.
Another recommendation that, sadly, we passed over, was the Braised Pork Shank. This is on the special, order-ahead menu. For $24 you get an enormous pork shank that looks like it was braised for the better part of a day. As we were preparing to leave, the neighbouring table got one delivered.
Jealous? Oh, hell ya!
Next time we’re not even going to bother ordering. Just let them roll out the feast. They know best.