This is another one of those "We're out running errands, we're hungry, let's eat ASAP" restaurants. We were heading toward the Potomac Yards Target and looking for a quick spot for a late lunch. We had success last time we tried a restaurant in Del Ray (Taqueria Poblano), so we gave South China Restaurant a shot. It's a no frills place with quick service, reasonable prices, and large portions.
Second Thoughts from B
This meal was about great gravy. This was stick to your bones gravy. Thick and flavorful, there was nothing subtle about it. It was Chinese comfort food on a plate. A little gravy on some rice and I'm in heaven.
I love rice. Let me say it again, I LOVE rice. When finances were tight in grad school, a bowl of rice with some butter and salt was a rather satisfying alternative to a proper meal. It wouldn't make the My Plate hall of fame, but it did the trick.
And while we're speaking of rice, have I told you about the old wives tale about eating all of your rice? If so, my apologies. If not, here you go. Every time I ate Chinese food with my grandparents, my grandmother would remind me that every grain of rice that I left in my bowl would be a pock mark on my future bride. In all my life, I can say confidently that I can't remember an occasion that I have left a speck of rice behind. Whether you want to say that I'm obedient, superstitious, or just plain stubborn, J has clearly benefited from my dedication.
In addition to making me love rice, this wives tale made me very good with chopsticks. After all, those last few grains are difficult to grab. Which brings me back around to why I'm telling you all of this (I'm sure you were wondering). When you love rice and when you feel a need to clean your bowl, having a thick gravy is key. Not only does it add flavor, it is the perfect rice-catching glue at the end of your chopsticks. Just a friendly tip for all of you single folks out there. You're welcome.