On this week’s adventure we head back to Alma to eat at the best Asian restaurant that they have to offer. Granted, it’s the only Asian restaurant that they have to offer, but when you’re really jonesing for an eggroll, you’ll take what you can get.
Located just a hop, skip, and a jump from I-40 in Alma is China Fun. I don’t know about you, but as soon as I heard the name, I wanted to eat there. I mean, who doesn’t want a little fun for lunch or dinner. Sounds like a food adventure to me, and that’s why we’re heading there is this week.
I don’t really know what I was expecting, maybe skee-ball or a street carnival, but there isn’t anything there that screams “FUN!” at you. It’s just a simple Asian buffet. Even the food doesn’t really shout “Play with me!” it just sits there in its sticky sauces and waits for you to digest it and rob it of its delicious complex sugars.
That sounds more depressing than fun. But, I guess you won’t get very many customers if you name your restaurant “China Depression.”
Despite the lack of actual fun to be had there, the restaurant does offer many plusses. A friendly and efficient staff keep the food and drink flowing in a very timely manner. No bin on the buffet stays empty long. And the drink in your glass never really quite makes it to bottom before being topped up.
Since we’ve been yammering on about the food already, let’s take a few bites and see how they measure up. The honey chicken is pretty much what you’d expect, it is sweet and sticky, but pleasantly so. The “triple delight” is oddly delicious. You might even go so far as to call it delightful.
The black pepper chicken is friggin’ awesome in that punchy, savory, gooey kind of way.
Also, try the fried potatoes. They’re magical.
The old classic beef and broccoli is wonderful here, if that’s your thing. The sea salted shrimp are excellent, but as you can probably guess, a bit salty.
The General Chun’s chicken is like the less spicy version of its cousin General Tso. The crab Rangoon is excellent, as are eggrolls. The fried rice, on the other hand, is very strange. Much like the lo mein. I can’t recall ever eating a stranger pair.
I’m always a big fan of meat on a stick and their chicken-on-a-stick is pretty excellent. A little drier than I prefer, but still tasty. I didn’t manage to try any of the other 100 or so dishes because I thought I might explode if I ate anymore. That, and I got the buffet, rather than ordering off of the menu.
Overall, China Fun is not bad for a place that serves everything on Styrofoam plates with plastic cutlery. If you are out in that neck of the woods and get to hankering for some all-care-to-eat Chinese food action, stop by China Fun and fill up your black pepper chicken tank.
Until next time, good eating to you and yours.