Low-Key Chinese New Year Lunch

HappyNewYearCineseWe weren’t up for an elaborate Chinese New Year’s evening, but to acknowledge the Year of the Snake (or Year of the Water Snake, depending on the source), my husband, a friend and I met for lunch Saturday at Spice China in Louisville. You’d never know that it was the most important holiday on the calendar from the day-time look of the place. The only hit was that all three of us thought the food was subpar — as if the restaurant’s best chefs were tasked with preparations for the evening. More cornstarch and less subtle flavors than during our many past visits. Maybe it was going to a restaurant on the chef’s night off.

Very peppery hot and sour soup.
Very peppery hot and sour soup.
Six crispy wontons filled with soft, warm cream cheese and mininal crab flavor (not uncommon).
Six crispy wontons filled with soft, warm cream cheese and mininal crab flavor (not uncommon).
Vegetable stir-fry with fried rice.
Vegetable stir-fry with fried rice and the fried egg roll that accompaies lunch entrees.

Price check: Long complicated menu, but most noteworthy is that entrées are about $2 to $4.50 less at lunch than and dinner — and they include a choice of soups and an eggroll.

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