It’s no secret that most Chinese food in the City of Light, well, sucks. Why? We’re not sure. Lack of interest among Parisians? Fear of spice? Influx of immigrants from areas of China not generally known for their cuisine (like Wenzhou)? Who knows? But after some months of investigation, we are thrilled to report that we have discovered a Chinese restaurant worthy of this blog’s stamp of approval.
Likafo offers food from Guangdong, aka Canton, in the south. (Side note: Thanks to my comrades at Chowhound for this restaurant tip!) The shrimp wonton soup (soupe de raviolis aux crevettes, 7.50€, photo above) comes crowded with 10 huge wontons, each stuffed with tender chopped shrimp and seasoned with a judicious burst of pepper.
This dish (photo above) may be the zenith of our Parisian Chinese food experiences to date: chow fun rice noodles with beef and black bean sauce (pâtes de riz sautées de boeuf et grains de soja, 8€). Tender, flat rice noodles coated with a copious sauce — salty, slightly spicy with a haunting smoky, seasoned wok flavor.
The weakest link: mapo doufu (tofus sautés au porc haché épices, 9€). And I should have known better to order a Sichuanese dish in a Cantonese restaurant.
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