Asking for the 'secret menu'
From the Chinese-only menu: I can speak enthusiastically of xiang qian rou si, above, a superb stir fry of strips ¿ pork strips, tofu strips, leek and bamboo strips. (Richard Bajjalieh / August 2, 2012)
There are a number of Asian restaurants around town that operate with two menus -- one for its countrymen, the other for everyone else.
I always found this curious, because almost always the native menu is far more interesting than the watered-down version clearly intended to appease a wider group of people.
On the 1-to-10 Severity of Discrimination scale, this ranks maybe a two. So this week’s column is my call-to-arms to take a leap of faith, and try the unfamiliar menu.
The wait staff will be pleasantly surprised and happy to help you decide.
-- Kevin Pang and James Janega
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