The Fulton Connection – China Palace
BY SYDNEY SEXTON
The China Palace is conveniently located in the heart of The Brick District across from Beks. It (surprise) serves Chinese food. When I walked into China Palace, all of the customers seemed to be very happy and satisfied. A lot of them were business people, families, or retired women enjoying their lunch breaks with friends. The man who works the host station has a huge smile on his face and is very excited and nice when there are new customers.
During the weekdays at lunch, they offer a $7.85 buffet (including tax and water). There are three buffet tables that hold an assortment of foods.
Each table has a plate dispenser, and some of the plates are decorated and are very cute. They have a red border with dragons all around. It adds fun to the experience. The first table includes desserts and a salad bar. The second table offers hot and sour soup, egg drop soup, wontons, French fries, egg rolls, and other appetizers. The hot and sour soup did not attack your throat with heat. The heat index was mild, which is how I like my soup. The most delicious food item comes from this table as well: the crab Rangoon. This is not your normal, everyday crab Rangoon. To begin with, it is not shaped like the normal four-pronged crab Rangoon sold at most Chinese restaurants. It resembles anything from a triangle to a fried wad of Heaven. The texture is smooth like pudding and has a sweet taste. When dipped into sweet and sour sauce, fireworks explode in your mouth because the flavor combination is perfect.
They are so delicious that I ate 8 of them, which I know is a bit excessive, but it was necessary. Back to the tables, the last table held the entrées. They included beef and broccoli, cashew chicken with zucchini, onion chicken, sweet and sour chicken and pork, lo Mein noodles, and fried rice with ham. I wished there had been a better chicken option, like General Tso’s or sesame, but the beef and broccoli and cashew chicken were pretty delicious.
The food in general was not heavy or greasy. It digested well, only leaving weird Chinese food breath behind. Our waiter kept our drinks filled and table cleared. When he brought the check, he also delivered fortune cookies. These fortune cookies were especially good because they were crunchy and had a lot of vanilla flavor.
My fortune read, “You should do well at making money and holding on to it.” I was pretty satisfied with that, I cannot complain.
Also, I like to judge Chinese restaurants based on their Chinese donuts. Chinese donuts are little, round puffs of soft goodness that are covered in sugar and I am sure most of you have seen them. They are the one dessert item that is not always placed with the other desserts but your parents insist that you wait till you are completely done eating to indulge in one of them. Let me tell you, China Palace did not disappoint. Their donuts were soft, not crunchy, and were covered with a respectable amount of sugar that provided the perfect sweetness after a meal of crab Rangoon and varying entrées.
Overall, I would give China Palace 5 out of 5 stars and would recommend it to anyone who is seeking a relatively cheap, quick, and delicious meal. Also, I will be returning; my crab Rangoon withdrawal will become a real problem here soon. Thanks to Colleen Fletcher for the food advice!