"It's not perfect," was her verdict that first night. "Service is a little lacking because the people don't speak English." But, she added, "This is the most authentic Chinese restaurant in Washtenaw County."
Our experiences diverged again when we returned to try the buffet. Since I grew up eating and enjoying Americanized Chinese food, I thought I might feel like a kid in the candy store at the buffet. But what I once found scrumptious--sweet-and-sour chicken, fried shrimp, egg foo yong, General Tso's chicken--no longer seemed appetizing. Much too saucy, much too fried, much too sweet. And some things seemed to have been sitting too long. Other Americanized offerings, like the garlic chicken and broccoli, were bland (though I appreciated that they hadn't overcooked the broccoli). The fried tofu was rubbery and tough, impossible to cut with the spoon and fork provided.
Again, my friend chose more authentic dishes and had better luck. She thought the spareribs were "awful," but found mussels, squid, and green vegetables "very tasty...and saucy." We both agreed that the steamed fish and the vegetables with rice noodles were excellent. Overall, she said, she thought the buffet was fine.