I was referred to the Golden Horse by an older Chinese lady who volunteers at the Lan Su Chinese Garden. I asked her where she liked to eat in Chinatown, and she didn't hesitate a bit. She "warned" me that this isn't a fancy restaurant, but that it serves the kind of food Chinese people would make in their homes. She also recommended some of the dishes. All I can say is that she was spot on in everything she said. Understand, you go to this restaurant for the food, and nothing else.
We didn't try a thing we didn't love. My guide had recommended the dry sauteed green beans. They were delicious. There was something I couldn't identify in them which our waiter said was pickled Chinese vegetables, and they packed quite a wallop of flavor. They weren't like the many Japanese pickled veggies I've had, but they were scrumptious. Our guide also recommended the salt and pepper squid. This is batter fried, but the lightest batter imaginable. Another hit. She liked all the hot pots, and we had one with salted fish and tofu - yum! I can't remember everything we ate, but I strongly recommend this restaurant, especially considering the prices.
The Golden Horse menu has what seems like hundreds of items, and many would not be chosen by average American diners, e.g. chicken feet with vinegar sauce, Zho Shan Jelly Fish, and Sea Cucumber with Brown Sauce. Other than the sea cucumber, I recommend being adventurous. I would certainly have returned if we'd had more than one day in Portland. (And I have to say that some of you might very well like sea cucumber; it's just my warning.)
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