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China Road has been on my list of nearby eateries to try since I’ve been living in Syracuse. On International Hallmark Appreciation day last Thursday (aka Valentines), the husband carted me out to Mattydale to sample some fine Szechuan fish heads. Or one anyway.
We start with these spicy marinated radishes, fried wantons with sweet sauce for dipping, and tea. You would’ve thought they didn’t want us to order any more food!
After sharing a bowl of hot and sour seafood soup and some pillowy soft Szechuan dumplings, the Sea Bass arrives, cloaked in breading and still steaming from its hot oil bath. All around it lay the makings of a perfect Chinese meal — swollen garlic cloves, shitake mushrooms and scallions, suspended in a thick brown pool. I have a staring contest with the fish, and he wins. He lets me win when he realizes I hold the knife.
The Sea Bass behaves very well for a series of close-ups, hardly complaining about it being his bad side.
The snow pea shoots (recommended by our server) were probably the only dish to grace our table that were even half deserving of low cholesterol status.
China Road is a great place to try breaking away from chicken balls and fried rice. Their authentic Chinese menu allows diners to choose between the standard American-Chinese fare and the stuff the owners are really proud of. It was apparent that others thought so too, as there wasn’t an open table in the house.
2204 Brewerton Road
Mattydale, N.Y. 13211