Monday, June 25, 2012

Tropical Chinese

The moral of this story is don't judge a book by it's cover. This little gem is located in an unglamourous strip mall on Bird Road and the unsexy slums of whatever this place is. Step inside to find a tastefully decorated, dimly lit little place with a full bar, an elegant wine cellar and incredibly friendly staff.

Never in my wildest most judgmental dreams would I have thought this place was this cute inside. And the open kitchen? Never have my paranoid eyes seen that in a Chinese establishment (in the back)

We had several items from their famous dim sum menu: steamed pork buns (didn't love, but OK), crispy shrimp ball (fire!), steamed shumai and a kickass wonton soup.

Steamed Shumai

Wonton Sou

Crispy Shrimp Balls
Steamed Pork Buns

We ordered the Peking Duck and had no idea what we were getting ourselves into.

This dish rocked my world. After Igot over the sight of a duck necropsy table side - a pretty graphic and unappetizing sight - I focused on the assembly of little "pancakes" with crispy duck skin and scallions, with the tangy sauce for dipping, being put together. This was the highlight of my meal. The duck skin was so tasty, so crispy, with the perfect amount of fat. Yum.

The rest of the duck was taken back for proper and private dismemberment (thank God) and brought back stir fried with veggies which was tasty but not as magical as the pancakes.

Steaming hot

I hear the day for dim sum is Sunday so we plan to go back for just dim sum. Hopefully the pancakes are on the menu. This is a nice place for a quiet evening with your lover or a big feast with the fam. Dress it up or dress it down, the place is casual but you won't feel overdressed if you've dolled up for a hot date.

Tropical Chinese
7991 SW 40th St
Miami, FL 33155
(305) 262-1552

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