Ever wonder when you sit down at a Chinese restaurant if this is the foods they eat in one of the Chinese Provinces? More times than most this is their interpretation of their foods to suit the American taste buds. This is very true with Bamboo Garden located on Meraly Way, in Silverthorne; there is nothing better than tender pieces of meat in a sweet and spicy sauce that coats your mouth with flavors of fresh ginger, teriyaki and Hoisin. Besides, the proportion of meat to vegetables is better here than there, since it suits the American style.
As the soup was delivered you enjoy the aroma as it fills your nose with hints of miso and chicken stock and when you stir the cup you get to see everything the broth contains: shitake mushrooms, green onions and slices of tofu or sheered eggs. With the cup of wonton there were two large dumplings filled with pork floating in the flavorful broth.
Just as you finish the soup with perfect timing arrives the food, huge portions of sesame chicken, mandarin ribs, peppered beef and sweet and sour chicken are placed before you; each plate containing fried rice, fried wonton and a spring roll. The sesame chicken was in a dark and sweet sauce with a sprinkling of sesame seeds on top and fried rice noodles underneath. The mandarin ribs had a very light dusting of a flour mix that kept the pork tender and juicy inside with a gorgeous hoisin BBQ sauce with pieces of fresh ginger floating in it. The peppered beef was flash cooked on high heat and had big dices of green bell peppers and red onions to mellow out the oyster and pepper flavored sauce; which worked well with the tender cuts of beef. Then there is the old trusty stand by: sweet and sour chicken, you can’t really go wrong with this dish, it had nice big pieces of vegetables with battered chicken fried to a golden brown all in the traditional sauce.
The portions were large for the amount paid and you can make a second meal with the leftovers from the table. Bamboo Garden has much to offer: Hunan, Cantonese, Szechuan and even sushi and all with great prices. They will even deliver to your doorstep with a minimum order. As the check arrived with the fortune cookies don’t you wish they were really a Chinese custom, not something that was created here in the States; either way it can be the most enlightening moment of the meal.