Really, there’s only so much heavy, pork and carbohydrate overkill Alsatian food that you can eat when it’s 34 degrees (Celsius, Roger) outside. Jade, of course, had to have one more ham hock before she went back to school, but she’s young. I made her wait until Sunday.
When she got off the bus from school at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, she was ravenous. She complained that the school cafeteria food lacked imagination and that she had skipped a few meals. Fearing for her health, I took her to a roesti restaurant, where they serve hash brown potatoes with a choice of toppings; bacon, cheese, egg, ham, steak, etc. She was pleased but I was miserably over full. I vowed, then and there, that the next day, Saturday, we would just have to find something else; regular French, Asian, American, but not Alsatian.
The school does not do laundry, so Saturday morning was laundry day. On the way to the laundromat, we saw a fantastic church first constructed in the 7th century called Saint Pierre le Jeune. If you are ever in Strasburg, do take the time to see this church. It was first built as a Catholic church, then divided and shared with Protestant worshipers, then given over entirely to the Protestants when the new Catholic church was built. I’m going back for a second look and interior pictures!
When we got to the laundromat, there was this horrid, reeking drunk man inside who wanted to help us with our laundry. He sprayed when he talked. Bleah! We jammed the clothes in a machine and decided to walk around the neighborhood until they were done. That’s how we discovered the Chinese restaurant, Tong Yuen. Thank you Mr. Alcoholic Man.
The Tung Yuen restaurant is a modest, reasonably priced, authentic Chinese restaurant. The food was fantastic and they helped us move table 3 times to avoid the glare from the sun.
I’m always afraid that I’m not going to get a drinkable wine in places like this, but the Cotes de Provence Rose was fine. We began with an assortment of appetizers.
The stuffed crab claws were stellar and like some we had eaten in Beijing.
I love steamed dumplings and these were very good, served with a spicy soy sauce in rustic, tin steamers.
For our main course we had noodles, Peking duck and shrimp flambe. So good!
As we were leaving, the owner showed us his live lobsters, just waiting to die for a good cause. We are going back!