quack, quack, I'm waiting for my steamed buns
We decided to try a different kind of Thanksgiving this year and tagged along with friends to Triumphal Palace in Alhambra for a Chinese banquet. Menu planning was a bit of a challenge, as we had vegetarians, kids, non-pork eaters and a few omnivores. So we didn't get to partake in the restaurant's signature suckling pig, but there were plenty of good dishes to choose from. I'm not even a huge lamb lover, but I liked the glazed honey lamb chops quite a bit. French-style beef (like Vietnamese shaking beef) was also a crowd-pleaser. The manager kindly saved us a whole rock cod (pictured at left), which was delicate and tender if a bit hard to disembowel. There were Szechwan shrimp, a savory vegetarian tofu-mushroom hotpot, vegetable fried rice, spinach noodles in broth, roast chicken and a Peking Duck complete with head which terrified the young 'uns.
Verdict: Triumphal Palace is a nice place for a larger group, and everything is fresh and well-prepared. We'll probably return to turkey next year, but in the meantime we'll return to Triumphal for dimsum or gather a group to try the pig.
500 W. Main St.