We went to dinner with friends of ours last night. We ate at Chin’s, which I had wanted to try since we moved to Portland. Chin’s has been in the Hollywood neighborhood since 1949, and I have always thought its neon looked cool on a rainy winter night.
Last year, it was bought out by some sisters from the Shandong region. AJing has talked to them quite a bit and it is an interesting story. She told me that their food is traditional home style (i.e. what you would make at home rather than in a restaurant). It was very good, I definitely will go back, especially for the dumplings.
This dish, candied sweet potatoes, is a holiday dish, according to AJing. The sweet potatoes are cooked, then coated in sugar (simple syrup?) and brought out very hot. You eat them carefully right away or they get glued together by the sugar. You grab one, and all these sugar threads appear (you can see them in the picture above) so you dip the potato into the bowl of water. That makes the coating harden and snaps the sugar threads off. Fun to eat, and I wouldn’t have known how to do it unless AJing had ordered them and walked me through it.