SuZhou is actually a Taiwanese restaurant. Yeah, I know why chinky-eyed bastards all look the same to you guys1, but it’s a completely different type of Chinese food from the ones that we’re used to. SuZhou is actually competing with the Crystal Jades, the Lugangs, and the Shi Lins — and you know what? They’re fighting a pretty good fight here.
First, the Special Xiao Long Bao. I hated it. This is one area where the competition has a clear upper-hand, and it’s not even close. It’s a notch below the shitty XLBs of Kim Po. I’d say go ahead and skip this if you get to visit.
And no, condiments don’t help. A bad dumpling is a bad dumpling.
The Pancake with Spring Onions was pretty solid. It’s like a fried crepe but not overly oily — perfect as a starter or for dishes with flavorful sauces.
And because Taiwan is famous for their beef noodle soup, we had to try their version of the Special Taiwan Beef Noodle Soup. First thought, “This is HOT!“ Second thought, “Fucking burned my tongue!“ Third thought, “Hey, this isn’t half bad!“ I’ll be the first to say that I’m not a fan of Taiwanese noodles. I’ll even say that I’ve had better2. But on a cold day after a long workday, I’d be perfectly happy with this bowl — not my first choice, but would definitely be happy with this.
But if you don’t fancy a noodle soup, I’d go for the Spicy Minced Pork Noodle. Loved this dish. Amply spicy, good texture to the noodles, and some nicely season ground pork.
But the one dish I’d come back for is their Spicy Fried Spareribs, which IMHO is the best I’ve had by far. Now, I love my Chinese spareribs — love ‘em steamed, love ‘em fried. These babies are perfectly fried, moist, spicy, fatty3, and even a little bit oily. Basically, that’s everything we love about pork.
Now, they’re a bit expensive. It’s almost 400 bucks for a plate of spareribs, but man, they’re pretty good! It’s about the only overpriced item on the menu, so I’d say it evens out overall. Not a bad place to get a late night supper!