Some of the best things in life arrive fully assembled, such as motorcycles and newborn babies. Get dinner pre-put together with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get a bento-box meal for two at Hunan Dynasty in Irving (a $57.75 value). The meal includes:
- Two soft drinks (a $3 value each)
- Two cups of soup (a $2.95 value each)
- Two salads (a $4.50 value each)
- One edamame appetizer (a $3.95 value)
- Two bento boxes (a $13.95 value each)
- One dessert (a $5 value each)
Chefs at Hunan Dynasty pack bento boxes with a five-part culinary tour of Chinese and Japanese traditions. Meals begin with hot-and-sour soup and a crisp green salad to cleanse palates of the broth’s dueling flavors. Fingers pop tender edamame beans out of their soft, salted shells, bulking up muscular dexterity in order to wield chopsticks on later courses or unbuttoning shirtsleeves. Friendly servers present a choice of two bento boxes, each containing creamy crab-rangoon dumplings nestled alongside three other toothsome dishes. In one package, sesame chicken roosts in a nest of noodles next to a shrimp-tempura roll, whereas the other mediates cultural differences between spicy szechuan beef and a california roll with a fried-rice translator. The dessert course crowns a bowl of ice cream with a circlet of fried bananas to complete the meal with sweet memories of Elvis’s eating habits.