Lee House executive chefs Michael Lee and Thanh Uong inter-weave Chinese and Vietnamese cooking techniques, decades-old family recipes, and years of restaurant experience to craft a menu of dim sum and authentic Chinese fare. A team of culinary air-traffic controllers guides the peking duck’s half-bird in for a landing on plate runways next to a stack of steaming pancakes ($16.00). Savory spare ribs simmer in a clay pot alongside a tart tuft of bitter melon ($8.50), and the specialty beef-chow-fun coils house-made wide rice noodles alongside seasonal vegetables ($8.95). A separate dim-sum menu stocks bellies with classics such as pork dumplings, spring rolls, and black-tie spring rolls in noodle cummerbunds, as well as introducing appetites to exotic meats such as steamed chicken feet ($2.95–$10.95/dim-sum dish).
While it takes prodigious skill to man the 600-degree, 7-foot grill that is the center of bd’s Mongolian Grill’s dining room, the chefs running it don’t have any secret recipes. Instead, customers fashion their own customizable bowls of stir-fry according to their taste preferences, dietary restrictions, and desired portion size. Guests wander, nearly overwhelmed as they choose from an array of meats and veggies and ladle sweet, spicy, and herb-filled sauces into a cup. Chefs sauté the meal in front of their eyes, swords flicking skillfully across the grill to entertain and build anticipation like a mime about to jump buses on an invisible motorcycle. The resulting stir-fry dishes are accompanied by brown rice, white rice, tortillas or lettuce wraps.
The fusion of robust Malaysian spices and smooth coconut milk erupts with each bite of beef rendang. Sweet and spicy notes infuse the syrupy glaze coating each morsel of general tso’s chicken. A conical seaweed wrap imbues its saltiness in slices of spicy conch. Within the red and yellow walls of Hin Lee Malaysian Chinese Restaurant, the talented chef forges a synthesis of flavors from Malaysian and Chinese traditions. On the weekends, a rice artisan rolls cuts of fresh grouper, salmon, and spicy scallop into seaweed-encased slices at a small sushi bar, where diners can sidle up to watch the master work and shout names of current events to inspire the wasabi's improve-comedy routines.
At China 3, chefs use Zabiha hand-cut meats to build a menu of halal Chinese and Indo-Pak dishes. Szechuan style shrimp, broccoli simmered in garlic sauce, and sweet and sour chicken showcase the culinary flavors of the far east. Meanwhile, South Asian classics include goat biryani and kabobs galore, all served with naan cooked in a traditional clay oven.
With divine views of blue Bell Lake, diners at Rapscallions dig into a selection of mainland dishes with Caribbean twists. Get friendly with an order of 10 jamaican jerk wings ($10.99) or caribbean nachos topped with pulled pork ($9.99). Ten tempting island-influenced sandwiches, such as the homemade crab-cake sandwich ($8.99), rub elbows with four pizzas, including the rare white-sauced Sea Floor pizza, which roams the abyss of the ocean, collecting seafood toppings and avoiding the conspicuously earless dumbo octopus ($9.99). Hearty fare such as the hawaiian spare ribs ($13.99) or the 8-ounce cayman salmon pack stomach suitcases for trips to satiation ($15.99), and a selection of pastas, soups, and salads tickles the fancy of adorable ticklish appetites.
Maine-Ly New England—in business in the community for 26 years—acquaints palates with the flavors of Eastern-seaboard-style seafood in a relaxed dining room and pet-friendly outdoor patio. Voted best seafood restaurant in the Pasco Tribune's Best of East & Central Pasco 2012 reader's poll, Maine-Ly New England serves fresh catches of the day, lunches and dinners of beer-battered haddock, oysters, and maryland lump crab cakes. Crisp greens bolster grilled salmon salads and noodles encircle shrimp, mussels, and clams beneath an onslaught of sauces. The menu also makes peace with landlocked entrees by slinging sirloin burgers, chicken tenders, and transcripts of territorial-waters litigations.