Posted on 23 January 2012 by Danny
Sam Woo in Irvine is a go to place for many seeking great Chinese food in Orange County. Today, I join the many!
Aah yes, the unmistakable flavor and texture of tripe. When done correctly, it becomes very tender with just the right amount of chew. Sam Woo of course knows how to do it right.
I was just introduced to this about 5 years ago by my wife…who is Italian! I immediately loved it and wondered how in the world I could have gone all this time without trying it. It has a very fun texture, gelatinous as could be expected yet almost noodle like. Gingery and sesame-y, the dish is served cold which adds another level of contrast with the other dishes. Try it, you’ll like it.
Continuing with the gelatinous theme, we order chicken feet. Slurping the skin and tendons off the bones doesn’t make for the best first date food but I’m with my wife so it’s okay. It’s delicious and if you haven’t tried it, it’s great and it’s a couple of bucks at most. So be a little adventurous.
When I think of Chinese food, the first thing that comes to mind is roast duck. I love duck in all preparations but the Chinese prep is the only one that I can daydream about during a particularly crappy day at work. Few dishes offer the umptuosness of tender meat and of course the fat laden richness of duck skin. Dipped in plum/apricot sauce and yeah…you forget about that awful day at work.
Tender pork lightly dipped in hoisin sauce. But what takes you to the moon is the sumptuous crispy skin. When you combine all of these things in one bite, you have a serious contender for the top spot on your last meal list.
Now, happily in my food coma, it’s time to go home.