After reading some reviews of Chan's before going up to Bend, from California, we decided to give it whirl. So glad we did. The menu, extensive with several regional cuisine's of China was a delight to read. And a bit over whelming so at first we couldn't decide. So we ordered some lettuce wraps with our wine while we perused the menu. When they arrived at our table, we looked at theh dish, stunned as we were certain it would feed a small village...a heaping tray of tender succlulent chicken and light vegetables with 4 pieces of crisp cold iceberg lettuce. Not nearly enough for this heaping plate of chicken. It was slightly annoying to have to pay for more lettuce (just make the cost a bit more and bring enough) but it only slightely detracted from the
experience of this amazing appetizer. It was a bit annoying was having to order more lettuce and wait 10 minutes or so..Why so much filling and not enough lettuce? But that was a minor glitch.. For us, just charge a bit more so that the lettuce can accomodate the generous, delicious chicken filling instead of 85cents for each additional piece. We had to order 4 more cups, by the way.
Our appetitie was greatly dimimished with this stunning appetizer so we decided that ordering a main dish and rice would be pointless. So we decided on another appetizer which was stuffed pork dumplings. Oh my, I am ruined for life. THese home made pork dumplings, chock full of fresh tasting meat were such a treat, that nothing so far in my life can compare. All the others taste pre frozen and heated. California pizza kitchen dumplings spring to mind.
But again, such a huge amount that we couldn't finish them.
I am sure the rest of the food is fantastic. It all looked amazing passing by us on trays to other satisfied diners, It goes wtthout saying that Chan's had us at "Appetizers"..
I guess on our next visit, we will move to the main dishes. This spacious restaruant right on one of the main streets of Bend was quite a find. I recommend it highly but then again, I understand why so many wonderful reviews got me there. It was all true. Kuddos to the owners. I can't wait to go back. Just a little more lettuce please! We will be back in November.
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