Today we went to Dong Bei Mama. The space used to be Panda Country Kitchen, but they got a new chef and a new name so we decided to revisit and see what was going on.
Smoked pig stomach. You know J can't resist offal. This actually tasted more like tea-smoked duck than anything else. It was interesting and I recommend it to the adventurous, but it's not exactly crave-worthy.
Beef rolls, on the other hand, I could eat on a fairly regular basis. I liked this version. A huge serving (about half of a $7 serving is pictured above) stuffed with cilantro, green onion, cucumber, beef, and some kind of hoisin-inspired sauce. I could have used a little more sauce in mine, but I liked that the outside was crispy and the vegetables tasted fresh.
Pan-Fried buns filled with pork. These are a lot more bready than traditional versions, and also less greasy. I don't know that they are better or worse, just different. I'm not a huge bun fan but I thought I'd try these. They are good for snacking on, but I didn't love them as part of a bigger meal since too much dough leaves little room for other food!
All this, a bowl of beef noodle soup, and a side dish that ordered to go rang up at $31, and we have enough leftovers for dinner. Not bad for two meals for two. So although I only give the food a solid B+, I will probably be back at some point to try a few other things. It's a nice place to have around, but not a destination.