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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Emperor's, Wolf Road

We went to Emperor's last night. We had been there a few times before. My husband has also been there for lunch, and says that is a great deal. We got the Singapore Noodles and they made a chicken with mixed vegetable in garlic sauce for us because we couldn't decide between a couple of things.


Things that are great about Emperor's:
  • The waiter here actually remembered my husband is allergic to nuts. That can't be expected. I don't even think we've been here that much - very impressive.
  • The garlic sauce is actually not sweet. It has a little spice to it, and a touch of sweetness - the right balance.
  • The Singapore Noodles are great. They are really flavorful, and also fun to eat.
  • I also like that the hot tea comes with your meal.
  • The hot and sour soup is really good - which we all know is the real test of a Chinese restaurant.
I would say in this area that this is how I would rank the top Chinese restaurants in the area: Ala Shanghai, Emperor's, and Ichiban. Things that make up a good Chinese restaurant: dishes not being greasy, there actually being vegetables, and sauces that have full, sometimes spicy flavors. I think Emperor's succeeds against this criteria for Chinese restaurants. Also, we always seem to have leftovers and the noodles make a great lunch the next day.

6 comments:

  1. No love for Shining Rainbow or CCK? I only ask because it's a bit of an indictment when a Japanese restaurant comes in at the #3 spot of an area's Chinese restaurants.

    K. I know Ichiban has Chinese food. But it's name is Ichiban. You give a restaurant a Japanese name and a sushi bar, in my book it's Japanese (even if they have a large Chinese menu).

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  2. We haven't been to either; will have to try. My colleagues, at least before discovering Alla Shanghai, didn't have a lot of advice other than (the inaccurate claim that) "all Chinese food in Albany is terrible," so we've been on our own.

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  3. by terrible they meant "not spicy enough" which is weird since not every Chinese dish is meant to be spicy.

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  4. Emperor's is wonderful. The lunch deal is a steal! I also like their Hong Kong-style soups. Ichiban is also very good. I will be there on Christmas day. The bento boxes are a great deal.

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  5. Again, anything with bento boxes shouldn't be on a list of Chinese restaurants.

    But the "spicy" thing as a shorthand for "authentic" is amusing and totally true for the area. I want my mind blown with unusual ingredients and preparations, not simply mass quantities of capsaicin intended to mask the availability of better ingredients.

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  6. hahaha exactly. That is hilarious.

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