Crockheads! Hello and Happy Crockpottuesday day. I haven’t posted recently and I’ll tell ya why, I’ve been in a cooking drought. It all started with Trader Joe’s. My friend and co-worker, Carlos, has been training me at the gym recently (Insert:briefly shows off arm muscles) and after, we’ve been
making treks to Trader Joe’s. I have been taking advantage of the cranberry chicken salad, the mangos, the strawberries, the sliced deli meat, the yogurt with chia seeds, the list could go on. My point being, I haven’t been crocking or really cooking, or dinning out for that matter, but instead indulging in fresh Trader Joe’s produce. Then, last night, dinner happened at Lee Lee’s Kitchen! I called up my crew of Odom, Danielle, and Shannon and we all met uptown at 218 President Street.
The menu is remarkably extensive starting with appetizers, soups and salads, and then chicken, seafood, beef, and vegetable dishes with rice as well as noodles. Our waitress went over the menu and explained that the portions are family style and to order plates to share. Right off the bat along with our drinks we put in appetizers of the vegetable spring rolls, Sichuan dumplings, the scallion pancake, and the crab ragoons.
The spring rolls were light and crispy and served with a bright orange plum sauce-Mom you would have really liked these. For the dumplings, the table decided on the spicy version. Recently, I have been working on my spicy palate so I was game. After eating one, I have to say this was probably my favorite appetizer. Danielle said they weren’t even hot, but I’m still going to give myself credit here. I like dumplings because of the soft, delicate pasta that surrounds the meat. The sauce here is also what made this dish, a spicy pepper sauce with peanuts and green onions.
Next to come out were the ragoons and the pancake. Ragoons are always a favorite of mine, crispy wontons stuffed with a crab and cream cheese mixture. They were served with homemade sweet and sour sauce, also my favorite. The scallion pancake was served like a quesadilla with a giner-soy dipping sauce. The pancake didn’t have a lot of flavor to me, it tasted like a fried pita with scallions. I made sure to dunk it extra times in the sauce though to make up for it and I was happy.
Then for some reason we decided to all order our own entrée because isn’t that what you do at a Family Style restaurant? I went with a Susu classic and ordered the Cashew Chicken. This is a stir-fried dish served with water chestnuts, carrots, peas, zucchini, and roasted cashew nuts served over white rice. Cha-Cha use to make Stir-Fried Chicken all the time when Jake and I were growing up and this is what it reminded me of- good ole comfort (American) chinese food. Shannon went with the Chicken with Broccoli which was similar to mine, but with different vegetables. Danielle ordered the General Tso’s Chicken which was my next favorite dish. I liked that the chicken was crispy compared to my boiled chicken and it was served in their signature spicy sauce. And for Odom, he ordered their chef’s specialty -Black Pepper Beef served with onions, bell peppers, and mushrooms in a black pepper sauce.
The best part about Lee Lee’s, for all that food and a drink each, AND leftovers, it was only $25 a person! I would say that is certainly a deal for downtown Charleston in a competitive food market. My only complaint would be that there was no dessert. I’m not a dessert person, but of course Danielle had to bring it up and then I was already committed to the possibility. Instead the waitress gave us fortune cookies and mine read, “Every man is a volume, you must learn how to read him.” Okay fortune…I had to eat my cookie to wait and read that?? Regardless, Lee Lee’s we shall be back!
After dinner Odom and I hopped on our bikes and road back to our houses after a lovely dinner with great company 🙂