I came to Oriental Village for my first time this last week and we ordered chicken chow mein, sweet and sour pork and chicken fried rice for the table to share. The chicken fried rice was good and it was what I expected. It was the chicken chow mein and sweet and sour pork that took me by surprise. Although everyone at the table enjoyed all the dishes as well, we couldn't figure out what was so different about these two dishes in comparison to other Chinese food restaurants we'd been to. We asked the waitress, who then had the cook (maybe the manager too?) come out to our table and tell us that he actually cooks these two dishes differently than how it's traditionally done. He told us that normally other restaurants will cook the chicken chow mein in a lot of oil and therefore it's more moist and greasy. But he prefers to cook his dry, which we enjoyed a lot as well! Normally eating the greasy chicken chow mein will give me a stomachache after the meal, but not this time! Also, he told us that normally other restaurants will leave the pork soaking in the sweet and sour sauce and then the pork is more soft and soggy. Whereas at Oriental Village, they put the pork into the sauce right before serving it and the meat is tougher. Which again, we really really enjoyed! We will definitely be coming here again.
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