When China invaded Tibet, Thondup and Dolma Tsering's family escaped to India, and the two children enrolled in school for Tibetan children. They graduated and eventually moved to the United States in 1997, where they founded a business that would celebrate their culture: Lhasa Cafe. Today, as the cafe celebrates it's tenth anniversary, chef Tenzin Tsewang leads the staff at the restaurant, and Thondup and Dolma can still be found helping out around their authentic Tibetan restaurant on weekends. In the kitchen, chef Tenzin and Namdol cook all dishes to order and make dumplings in-house from scratch; they use only fresh ingredients and refuse to use MSG or decorative glitter.
The staff follows recipes according to the Tibetan culinary tradition, which incorporates subtle seasoning and a lot of ginger, garlic, and the emma peppercorn. There?s also an emphasis on yak meat, which is lean and low-cholesterol and tastes comparable to beef. It takes center stage in dishes such as traditional mo-mo dumplings, pan-fried noodle dishes, and stews. Also on the menu: vegetable dumplings, vegetarian noodle soups, and lamb and chicken curries.
Chefs at Foody Goody decorate their buffet with a vast menu of Chinese fare, Mongolian barbecue–style stir-fry and freshly rolled sushi. A dozen different artfully arranged sushi rolls wrap spicy tuna or tempura-battered shrimp into a bite-size bundle to assuage bellies or replace the coal on snowman coats. At the Mongolian barbecue station, diners can orchestrate a feast of lo-mein noodles, fresh veggies, and five types of meat, which pop and skitter across a hot grill at the hands of a seasoned chef. Buffet cruisers can also swoop up mouths-full of crab legs, oysters, shrimp, and scallops at the seafood bar like Poseidon bobbing for seafood. Chefs at Foody Goody happily accommodate special orders, and custom-craft wholesome cuisine for diabetic and meat-free diets. Although not a part of this Groupon, there is also 200 person banquet room available for special events and partys.
Though it may sound like a panda's wildest dream, Bamboo Garden is about so much more than leafy greens. This Chinese restaurant in Windsor features dozens of traditional dishes?some sweet, many spicy, and all worth a try. The chef's favorites include twice-cooked fish, wood- and tea-smoked duck, and crispy walnut prawns served in a conveniently edible basket. Speaking of convenience, the menu is helpfully divided into sections based on the type of meat used and which flavor of Mountain Dew it goes best with.
Luen Hop Chinese Restaurant fills pint- and quart-size cartons with takeout staples including soft lo mein noodles, fried rice, and well-sauced cuts of seared pork, chicken, and beef. Roasted duck—a house specialty—complements mixed vegetables with its crisp skin and tender meat, and tofu and chicken surrender to sweet and spicy sauces during General Tso's good-cop-bad-cop routine.
With a lengthy menu featuring Cantonese, Mandarin, and Sichuan cooking styles, Chef Sau Restaurant appeals to all palates with both spicy and mild dishes. Diners can prep maws for ensuing tides of spice with an appetizer of crisp spring rolls ($3.50). The eatery's cooks prepare beef, pork, poultry, and seafood in both sweet and savory styles, denoting spicy items on the menu with a star to indicate those dishes got a perfect score on a recent spelling test. House specials include orange-flavored chicken served on a bed of broccoli and cashews ($9.25), and tofu pad thai, a combination of rice noodles, bean sprouts, and lemon-flavored tofu topped with ground peanuts to add crunch and inspire jealousy in pistachios ($7.50).
At Butterfly Chinese Restaurant, guests dine on elegant entrees of boneless spare ribs and spicy hunan chicken, dainty dim sum plates, or a spread of authentic regional Chinese specialties. Diners can also feast on morsels of double-cooked sichuan pork or crispy roasted cantonese duck or chow down on vegetarian meals, such as eggplant with garlic sauce or general tso's tofu.