Egg roll, crab rangoon, chicken fingers, fried shrimp
Pad Thai Noodle
Rice pasta stir fried with shrimp, chicken, bean sprouts, scallions and egg with crushed peanuts
Orange Flavored Chicken
When DH and I order Chinese food, we always order some variation of the same thing: chicken (either Orange or General Gao/Tso/Tsu), a noodle (usually lo mein, either beef or shrimp), and egg rolls. If I have been very good, I can have crab rangoon too.
Tidbit #2 has all the things we like; it is basically a pu pu platter without chicken wings, which we never ever eat, except only one egg roll — so you also have to order a small (= one piece) egg roll if each of two people wants an egg roll.*
The orange chicken was not the best orange chicken we’ve ever had, but if you like orange chicken that is a little bit spicier than usual, then it may be to your taste. The orange peel is usually particularly potent, and whole chilies as well as chili seeds are used in the sauce. And yet when DH is asked to describe the flavour, his first word is “bland.”
However, I was surprised and delighted to see pad thai on the menu. DH loves lo mein, but in almost every single instance, I find lo mein too slippery, too greasy feeling, to be very delectable. I had been wanting for months to take DH to a nearby Thai restaurant just to have their pad thai, so I leapt at the opportunity to satisfy my cravings for Chinese and pad thai simultaneously. The pad thai was fantastic, excellent of texture and taste, just enough crushed peanut, lots of chicken infused with the pad thai flavour but, unfortunately in my opinion, not enough shrimp. The shrimp were big and plump and firm, so they were definitely not skimping on the shrimp-quality front — so maybe that was why there weren’t more shrimp in the pad thai. DH can pass on a shrimp if he has to, so I think that I actually got most of the shrimp.
Lucky Dragon also sells their excellent duck sauce by the pint. DH judges Chinese restaurants by how much he likes their duck sauce and how generous they are with it, so that fact that a pint of excellent duck sauce can be for $3 at this establishment makes him very happy to be their customer every now and then.
Maybe next time we visit Lucky Dragon, we should go completely outside the box and not order orange chicken at all, but branch out.
*NB: Some Chinese restaurants have been willing to not include the chicken wings in their pu pu platters, and throw in a few extra pieces of whatever component is most plentiful at the moment: a few extra fried shrimp, a few extra chicken fingers, an extra half dozen crab rangoon. Lucky Dragon, because of the computer system linking their counter and kitchen, will not make this sort of substitution.