Before watching Hunger Games, we dashed over to Chinatown for some C’s- chow fun and chicken. Although New Golden Gate primarily specializes in seafood, they also serve up some amazing non-seafood items.
New Golden Gate restaurant is spacious and there were many families eating. The dining room tables were covered in pink linens and the servers were dressed in formal black vests and black pants. I could not help but notice how family friendly the restaurant is and that there was an adorable rapscallion munching on his chicken wings, scampering about, joking with the servers and observing the species of fish in the tanks.
New Golden Gate is now located in the spot where Grand Chow Chau was. Grand Chow Chau used to be open super late and New Golden Gate is open until 4am every day. Great for late night munchies or early morning Chinese breakfast.
I was impressed by the variety of soups that they have- including chicken corn, crab and fish maw, salted egg and mustard, as well as egg drop and wonton soup. The extensive seafood items include steamed eels, clams, conch, flounder, squid, flounder and much more.
Almost every table had seafood including lobster, clams and fish on their table, but I also noticed they all had sesame chicken. We followed suit and ordered the sesame chicken for $9.95. New Golden Gate has some of the best, thinly sliced, crunchy and has the perfect amount of sauce and has a thin coating. The sprinkling of sesame really adds a light nuttiness to the dish.
The generous portion of dry fried Beef Chow Foon ($6.25) was chock full of soy sauce sauteed flat noodles, strands of green onion, sprouts and tender beef. The chow foon was savory and glistening. The portion was large and we had to take over half home. The Chow Foon was even better reheated the next day.
We had the sesame chicken and blanched broccoli with a perfectly rounded side of white rice ($1.00 each bowl).
The Tailiang Crispy Sticky Milk ($6.95), located in the appetizer section, is more like a carnival dessert. When dipped in the sweetened condensed milk, the crispy sticky milk has similarities to a silky milky panna cotta on the inside and fried, crispy skinned fried tofu on the exterior. We think the Tailiang sticky milk is the Asian equivalent to a cross between Indian gulab jamun and Latin churros.
If we were in a group, we would have been served orange sections, but instead we were served fortune cookies. Rarely do I take fortunes seriously, because they are full of hot air, but these seemed quite insightful. We enjoyed both. “A good laugh and a good cry both cleanse the mind” and “Doubt is the beginning, not the end, of wisdom.”
Upon our exit from the restaurant, a family stopped us to asked for some restaurant suggestions. Although they were eyeing Gourmet Dumpling House, another great Chinatown spot, they did not want to wait the 40 minutes required. We suggested they try New Golden Gate and mentioned that we just enjoyed a great meal there, how spacious, clean and family friendly it is. We hope they went to New Golden Gate and return again.