Sunday, January 23, 2011

Lunch at Golden Chopsticks - Rocky Point, NY

I am a bit indulgent.  I extended my birthday for another week by celebrating with my In-Laws at my favorite Asian Restaurant, Golden Chopsticks (382 Route 25 A, Rocky Point, NY 11778).  They are a Chinese, Japanese and Thai Cuisine Restaurant.  I have been enjoying this place since it was called Diamond Wok.  I have never had a bad meal in the 16 years that I have been a patron.  Andrew, my husband, has been going for at least 20 years.  We had our first date here in 1995.  Ah, Memories.

We started with a few appetizers. 
Wonton with Hot Seasame Sauce, my Brother-in-Law's favorite.  This is a soft wonton with a spicy peanut sauce.  My only complaint was that I think we should have ordered more.  I can't get enough of this unique flavor.
Boneless Spare Ribs.  Everyones favorite.  These are not too sweet and that is why I love them.  They are very tasty and have a great mouthfeel.  Usually, I am not a huge fan of boneless ribs, but when they are done right (like at Golden) they are wonderful.

Both my Mother-In-Law and Father-In-Law ordered the chef special Seafood World.  This is a hit!  It has rock lobster, prawns, crab legs and sea scallops in a nice and mild "house special light sauce" with perfectly cooked vegetables.  This was tasty and perfectly cooked.

The rest of us had wonderful dishes - all served with brown rice (of course, white rice is an option). 

Amazing Chicken and Shrimp - in a chefs special peanut sauce.  We would have liked it a bit hotter - which next time we will request.  Also, we could have asked for a side of hot pepper paste.  It was cooked perfectly and was a nice looking dish - served with the carrot flower.

Crispy Beef and Shrimp Duo.  A seasonal special  that is worth a try.  Andrew ordered this and I was a bit jealous.  This was like a "Chicken-Fried Steak and Shrimp" in a peppery, spicy, savory brown sauce.  Spot on and cooked perfectly.  I am getting this next time!

Chicken in Garlic Sauce.  A regular menu item that is consistently tasty.  I was in the mood for a medium spicy sauce with cruncy shredded veggies and sliced chicken.  Again, cooked perfectly and I had to take some home with me for breakfast tomorrow.

For dessert, we shared an awesome ice cream selection.  Pistachio (my fav), vanilla, red bean (sweet and nice), green tea (we all loved it) , orange sherbet (nice palate cleanser) and chocolate.  What a perfect way to celebrate!

Since we have been happy diners at Golden for years, I thought we should make a list of our favorites.  Keep in mind that we are casual people and love food that is consistent, well made and memorable.

1. Tom Yum (chicken) - a spicy Thai soup seasoned with lemongrass, lime juice, chili (hot!),   mushrooms and special Thai chili sauce.  I am almost addicted to this soup. 
2.  Miso - a mild Japanese soy bean soup with tofu, scallions and seaweed.  This is true comfort food.
3.  Hot and Sour Soup - Andrews favorite.  Nicely spicy with tofu, mushrooms, seaweed and lemongrass.  Warming, on a cold day like today.

1.  Boiled dumplings - tasty pork Chinese dumplings.  Nice dipping sauce!
2.  Gyoza - pan fried Japanese dumplings in a nice vinegary dipping sauce.
3.  Wonton with hot sesame sauce - see above.
4.  Bu Nuong Sate - BBQ Thai beef on skewers with spicy peanut sauce.
5. Japanese Seaweed Salad - excellent! Take a chance on this!

1. (Revolution Diet R5) - Prawns with snow peas, broccoli and bean sprouts in a spicy garlic sauce.  Usually I add $2 chicken or beef.  Did you know you could add meat in $ increments to any dish?
2.  Eggplant Delight - Chicken, shrimp, eggplant and scallion in brown sauce.
3.  Steamy Hot Chicken Cutlets - Thai chicken cutlets, onions, cashew nuts, dried hot pepper and fish sauce.  Very spicy and nice!
4.  House Filet Mignon - with fresh spinach and mushrooms in a special brown sauce. Wonderful!

Japanese Rolls:
1.  Special - Spicy Tuna Lobster Roll - extravagant with spicy tuna, tempura lobster and lobster salad.
2.  Dancing Eel - Andrews favorite - Avacado, cucumber, masago with eel outside.
3. Spicy Tuna
4.  Boston Maki - Reversed shrimp, lettuce and cucumber.
5.  Crazy Tuna -  Crunchy spicy tuna with tuna outside.
We ask for these rolls to be made with brown rice - and this is never a problem here.

For a casual and special meal, I highly recommend this hidden gem.

1 comment:

  1. everything looks sooo good, especially that seafood dish! yum!Asian food is always sooo good...happy belated bday :)