Sunday, January 19, 2014

Chen's

Location: 3506 N Clark
Cost: About $15 per person

The other night I was over at Jenny's, and it was way too cold to head out for dinner. Unfortunately, her fridge was even emptier than mine. We decided to order in, and after a heated debate, I was able to convince her to sway from Thai and get some Chinese. We gave a few places a call and ended up ordering from Chen's.

Logistics
I can't speak to the restaurant itself since we ordered in, but the delivery was very poorly serviced. They projected a 45 minute delivery time, and we ended up with a good hour and a half wait. When the food got there it was luke warm. The cost was reasonable with most entrees just north of $10 and a minimal delivery fee.

The Food
We ordered a bit more than need be, including the Spring Rolls, the Chicken Lo Mein, the Vegetable Fried Rice, and the Sesame Chicken. The spring rolls were too flaky and fell apart with one bite. The Lo Mein noodles were thick and chewy, but the dish itself was sitting in a pool of oil. The fried rice had plenty of egg and veggies but that too was on the greasier side, even for Chinese takeout. The Sesame Chicken was the biggest sufferer from the cooling results of a long delivery time. What I assume was once crispy became all too soggy chicken chunks. The sauce was sweet and rich though.

The Spring Rolls

 The Chicken Lo Mein

The Vegetable Fried Rice

The Sesame Chicken

Overall
Chen's was disappointing. Dishes were either too oily, too cold, or too mushy. I'm sure it'd be a little better if we went in for the meal, but even for delivery this was sub par. I'm giving them 1.5 out of 5 Pearls.



Note: Jenny disagrees with my opinions on this post... and she's always right.
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