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It is perhaps redundant to point out that Chef Hsu has an all-you-can-eat "super buffet" at lunch packed with fresh, fried, braised, sautéed and steamed foods, plus fortune cookies. And chopsticks. What isn't redundant to point out is that most of this Chinese food is delicious: fresh, greaseless and tasty without that nasty steam-table shrivel that can sometimes make egg foo yong look like melted auto parts. But the real gems stud the à la carte menu with its braised sea cucumbers, fried and braised whole fish and braised shark's fin. Even the bravest buffet tables wouldn't go near these slivers of delicious Chinese exotica.
There aren't many places around Dallas where you can eat a sea cucumber family-style. Heck, there probably aren't many places outside of municipalities with China Town tracts that serve the wormlike sea creature. But the cucumbers are here at... More »
Dallas doesn't have a Chinatown. It has a Koreatown. And there's a Cowtown to the left. But no Chinatown, no parades with dragons and firecrackers. Perhaps that's why most Chinese cuisine in Dallas is forgettable: heavy, dry, greasy and sticky--with dumb fortunes. Chef Hsu busts that mold with a fat bronze Buddha (they have a nice collection on the bar). Chef Hsu features lithe treatments of the old standard retreads: kung pao chicken, Mongolian beef, sweet and sour pork. Then it goes on a... More »
There's a lot of all-you-can-eat lunch buffets out there, the kind that let you dump ladle upon ladle of quick-set cellulite mix onto a plate and then go back for more after you've licked it to a sheen. The pity is that these places don't offer forklift service to your car when you've exhausted the "all" part of the you-can-eat designation. Well, you won't have to worry about being propelled by a Clark after you pay the check at Chef Hsu--which rings in at $5.25 for all your little paunch... More »