We went back to Pot Sticker for the third time in a week, which is an unprecedented record for restaurant love. Truly, I think we're going to make this a weekly habit for the foreseeable future. It's just that frikkin' good.
Surprise love of the evening: bittermelon, deep fried and dusted with salted duck egg yolk. Yes, it has that edge of bitterness that bitter melon (duh) is famous for, but all in all it kind of tastes like a zucchini stick. The bitterness offsets the mouthwatering spiciness and sweeter flavors of the other dishes, though I really have to remember to ask the kitchen to kick up the spice level next time.
Mmmm...chicken. So, the very unappetizing Chinese name of this dish is "saliva chicken" because once you start eating, you can't stop salivating. I vouch for the truthfulness of the name. I could (actually, I did) drink this sauce straight. It's spicy, it's herbal, and it has a surprising hint of peanut. Could not get enough, should have taken the sauce home.
Silken tofu with fish. If you're looking to feed a family of four with a single dish, this will get the job done. This plate (nay, platter) was at least 20 inches across, and filled with silken tofu, fish, soy beans, and a slightly sweet/sour/spicy sauce. Much more refined than a traditional American understanding of "sweet an sour," and really nice over rice. A+ for the tofu, which was the texture of dou hua ("tofu flower," the kind used for desserts.)
Grilled shrimp covered in spicy deliciousness. Nicely sized jumbo shrimp, couldn't complain. Great presentation too, like all dishes at Pot Sticker. Truly, I'm kicking myself in the head every day for not finding this place sooner. It's literally a 5 minute detour on my walk to work every day. Oh well, now I know, and the entire rest of the menu awaits!