On our short trip, we had one hit and one miss. However, our miss occurred after a 2.5 hour hike at Taihuyuan, so even cardboard would have been tasty. But one thing's for sure, it's so home style that you will never get the same in a restaurant, even in these parts.
The use of vegetables that we've never seen - how can anything that looks so much like bean sprouts taste so different - full of fluids from a crunchier stem and with a taste almost pickled. We longed for a better chef who used less MSG and who could bring out all the interesting flavors better.
Our food at Li Geng Tang was very decent. Quick blanched lake shrimps in a superior stock, farm fresh vegetables, and my favorite, a quick-braised chicken with Long Jing tea. Nothing beats a free-range lean chicken that's chock full of chicken flavor and goodness. None of that bland overly meaty chickens we buy from our run-of-the-mill jaded supermarkets. This was definitely a sprinter in its time. Although the tea was too subtle, it was a still very tasty akin to Hakka-style salt baked chicken, and the cause for my eating one more bowl of rice than I should have..
礼耕堂中餐厅 (Li Geng Tang Chinese Restaurant)