Happy China Restaurant Review

Gentle Readers, ever find a restaurant that serves one dish that is so good you’ll go just to order it? Has that dish ever been green beans? Yes, you heard that right. Having come full circle in this lifetime, once being a sworn green bean hater (and truthfully, I still have an aversion to the overcooked Southern kind, please don’t burn my club card), now I would walk on hot rocks to order the Dry Roasted Green Beans from Happy China.

Dry Roasted Green Beans at Happy China

Dry Roasted Green Beans at Happy China

Following the time-honored tradition of Chinese food on Christmas Day, fellow field tester CloudofCaroline and I ordered Tofu with Garlic Sauce, Kung Pao Chicken, and the green beans of which I speak of in reverent tones.

Tofu in Garlic Sauce at Happy China: Sweet and Savory

Tofu in Garlic Sauce at Happy China: Sweet and Savory

Full further confession, I went to Happy China once before, and wasn’t blown away. I don’t do negative reviews, so I let it drop. But Christmas is a busy time, and Happy China had space and food. This trip was made of win. The tofu was awesome, the peanuts in the Kung Pao Chicken were a surprise hit, and the green beans, sigh. Two grown women fought over them with chopsticks, that’s all I’m saying.

CloudofCaroline showcasing Peanut Skills

CloudofCaroline showcasing Peanut Skills

Moral of this story, I would pass on the appetizers, order brown rice, and double down on the green beans. They are like perfectly grilled asparagus in green bean form, plus salt. Trust me. Well worth the trip for a veggie high.

We had the good fortune to land at Happy China!

We had the good fortune to land at Happy China!

Will you return to a place if you love just one dish? Post your comments and thoughts below!

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