Peking Buffet Review

Peking buffet has some wonderful items and a very wide variety of food choices. I enjoyed certain items from the place and some I didn't enjoy at all.

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Saturday afternoon is exactly 23 hours away. You sit in your sixth period class and instead of paying attention to your teacher rambling on about geometric equations all you can think about is going down to your favorite fast food place and smothering away the same item you order everytime you go there but then you think of the unthinkable, I’m getting bored of that fast food place, how about I go try some other ethnic restaurants? But then your lazy conscious replies, It’s so much effort to go find new places plus you don’t know any places. That’s why I’m here to help you. I’ve decided to try some items from the Peking Buffet located Coralville and here are my thoughts:

My plate:

As I eagerly stared at my plate, I decided to eat the sesame chicken with fried rice first. The sesame chicken had a mix of sweetness and a bit of salt. Sometimes I would taste the light salt but most of the time the sweetness dominated the flavor. The chicken was well cooked with a smooth surface and a pretty soft inside. This combination of textures and flavors made it enjoyable with the addition of the well cooked fried rice. The sweet flavor blended in perfectly with the rice and had me begging for a second serving.

Next off, I decided to eat a single fried frog leg. The area where most of the meat was located in packed in a powerful punch of flavor. The meat tasted like chicken wings with a rich flavoring. It tasted as if black pepper was mixed in with the meat. The meat of the frog leg also had the same texture as the chicken in a chicken wing.The texture of the frog leg overall was a somewhat smooth one but one that fell apart easily. The fried skin was perfectly salted and peppered and these little details added to the experience. Although it was weird to think about eating a frog leg, I will admit that I enjoyed this item.

Next to the fried rice and sesame chicken were the clams. The clams had a nice salty taste. This salty taste was one that tasted as if it was mixed with water. The clams also had a fishy like taste but not one that was overpowering or gross. As for their texture, the clams came off as chewy and a bit rubbery. The clams overall were not too pleasing as their texture made swallowing it displeasing.

As for my least favorite item on my plate, the sushi was the least enjoyable. The texture of the sushi had a slimy and raw feeling. It felt as if the raw fish did not belong with the rice and this ruined the experience for me. As for the raw fish, it was very salty and this did not combinate with the soft rice well. The sushi was hard to swallow due to the raw texture. I did not enjoy this item as much as I hoped to.

One of my favorite appetizers I took was the fried crab rangoon. The crab meat on the outside was perfectly crunchy and was also somewhat soft. The flavor of the crab meat was bland. As for the flavor in the inside, the cream paste in the middle was perfectly sweet but was also smooth. The crab meat mostly dominated the appetizer and I felt as if there wasn’t enough cream in the middle. I loved the mixture of the crunchy crab meat and the sweetness of the cream. Overall, the crab rangoon was a good appetizer but it lacked cream in the middle.

One of my favorite items on my plate was the steamed custard bun. The custard bun was super fluffy when I first got it but it slightly became harder as it cooled. It was very soft and chewy and had a pleasant feeling as I chewed it. The texture of the custard bun was very smooth and had no roughness to it. Flavor-wise, the custard bun was very sweet with a bit of blandness to add on to the sugar. The blandness made sure the sugar wouldn’t be overpowering, which I enjoyed.

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