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Celebrated the New Year with good friends at Peking House last evening. I hadn't been eager to try the restaurant but, being just a mile from the house and having gone past it literally hundreds of times, figured it was about time. I found a warm, authentic decor and staff that made me laugh. The dining area is divided in two areas. We had a large room to ourselves, our table filling roughly half. With high ceilings and windows, beautifully shellacked wood tables and semi formal place settings, we settled in with hot tea and Chinese beer while we waited for everyone to arrive.
For one reason or another roughly half the expected guests either couldn't make it or already ate. Though it would have been nice to finally meet some of the interesting people I heard would be attending, the extra room they left at table would soon be needed for platters and bowls of food.
I was thrilled George did the ordering. I'd wanted to try new things but had no idea what, or how much, he ordered. The table shared an appetizer plate of thinly sliced pork assumed to be pork belly to start things off.
Before we could finish the appetizer the first entree arrived. Ants on a tree? Don't ask me! This stringy, cellophane noodle dish isn't what we usually order for Chinese take out. Had a hard time just serving it much less eating it. Like spaghetti? Over rice? I'll learn.
Like everything else to follow, the next dish came. . . and came. . . and came. . . before we were able to finish the previous. I'm sure there were more dishes than people to eat them. This was feasting at it's finest.
We were served mapo tofu and many other dishes I'm unfamiliar with. Tried them all, including tripe or dim sum. There was tofu and calamari, tofu and fish - likely catfish, tofu and chicken, steamed pea shoots, green beans... Most of these dishes were spicy hot. I enjoyed the calamari, catfish and tripe the most.
Since I tried them all and was the last done eating I made everyone else wait for dessert of deep fried sesame balls which were hot and delicious. The whole meal was delicious and quite the experience. It was fun relaxing and conversing with new friends at a new place and trying new foods. Happy New Year!