By: Bob Gourley
There is something comforting about a huge menu with just about every kind of Chinese dish you can think of. New York Chinese Restaurant in Henderson has a giant list of entrees and appetizers that will dazzle you as you look through the fare and ponder what to order.
A couple of things stand out. Not only do they have Egg Foo Young, but you can get it six different ways. Meat options include shrimp, chicken, pork and of course veggies.
Another unusual pick is Chop Suey, and once again meat picks reign supreme. Since these dishes aren’t on too many menus anymore, maybe a new generation of fans will emerge.
Appetizers follow a traditional path with egg rolls, fried wontons, BBQ spare ribs and fried jumbo shrimp waiting to be ordered. Fried dumplings are also available along with chicken skewers. Moo Shu are close cousins to burritos as gentle, thin pancakes arrive that can be wrapped around meat or vegetable fillings.
Whether you prefer offerings spicy or mild you will find both here. Chicken with Garlic Sauce is one hot item that is delivered with steamed or brown rice.
Hunan Chicken will also light up your mouth along with General Tao’s searing presence. Shrimp and lobster lead the pack on the seafood fare with a fitting shrimp with lobster sauce or shellfish with mushrooms.
Don’t overlook one of the Chef’s specials. The Butterfly Shrimp Jumbo Chef entrée features shellfish wrapped with bacon, dipped in egg and then pan fried on top of mixed vegetables with a fitting brown sauce.
Lemon chicken is a favorite for many and this version features tender white meat fried with a tangy fresh lemon sauce. For those who savor a multiple meat plate, order the Four Season special with jumbo shrimp, chicken, beef and roast pork sautéed with assorted Chinese vegetables.
They also have an assortment of teriyaki bowls for those who want to eat and run. Pad Thai is also available for those who must have their noodles.
Lunch is a great time to visit as they have large portion meals priced under $7.00. You can get Kung Pao Chicken with a choice of soup and rice anytime between 10:30AM and 4:00PM. Moo Goo Gai Pan served with crab Rangoon is another favorite.
Kids will have a good time as their youth fare has a half-dozen picks. Smaller choices like Orange Chicken and Chicken Wings are two options.
Having grown up on the west coast, I’m not sure how much Chinese cuisine varies from coast to coast. I can tell you that after visiting Chinatown in Los Angeles many times in my youth I got used to eating chop suey and egg foo young. Maybe it is time to embrace these traditional dishes that have almost been forgotten on today’s Asian fusion menus.
New York Chinese Restaurant, Open for lunch and dinner, 655 S. Green Valley Pkwy. #140, Henderson. (702) 558-9200. www.newyorkchinesenv.com.