Its time for a feast and nothing beats going to Tiger Fork restaurant for some traditional Chinese Cantonese/Hong Kong style dishes with a flavor of modern where we tried the entire menu. The first thing that makes this place very special is the adventure of getting there. It’s not overly complicated, but don’t be surprised if you are confused by GPS direction. Indeed, this restaurant is located down the dark empty ally. Which leads into open space with an art gallery, coffee, shop, and this great Chinese restaurant. Even our Lyft driver told us that she normally does not go down dark alleys in DC.
Its April 15 and you know what it means, end of the tax season and we are partying with accountants of RY CPA, and this is the best place to celebrate. Why with accountants you ask? Well, they have been working super hard for the past months and time to unwind the best way possible with alcohol and food. Make sure to check out this full service and outsource accounting firm for DC, MD, and VA.
Disclaimer: The food featured was provided by RY CPA as part of Tax Day Celebrations, more about disclaimer
Smashed Cucumber Salad (4 NOMs)
Sometimes eating veggies is not just good for you, but also tastes amazing like this starter Smashed Cucumber Salad. I won’t deny, we were a bit surprised about the size of it. Though maybe it’s normal as this comes from Dai Pai Dong menu section which refers to a type of open-air food stalls in Hong Kong. There are no crazy toppings or seasoning here, a simple dish containing cucumbers, garlic, chili, and sesame. Great way to start the nomnom dinner with an order of this salad and drinks. While small they are great for sharing; two guests can easily share one order a few for a larger group. I guess its called smashed because instead of cutting they smashed the cucumbers? I wonder with what and how. Maybe we should try smashing at home?
Chairman’s Clams (3 NOMs)
While waiting for the main dish and drinking lets enjoying Chairman’s Clams with chili jam and basil. Another Dai Pai Dong starter dish we nomnomed on while waiting for the main course. A beautiful dish with many colors we didn’t enjoy this dish as much. We do have to say that others in our group enjoyed this dish more. It tasted as if clams were over seasoned with too much spice that overpowered their flavors.
Beef Chow Fun (5 NOMs)
Time move onto the main course with a trusty good Beef Chow Fun from their rice and noodles section. We are a big fan of wide rice noodles and super excited to dig into this one. Plus we are very hungry at this point. Beef Chow Fun is a staple of Cantonese cuisine originally from Hong Kong is so common that at this point everyone has tried. So if a restaurant can’t make this right, then you just as well leave. You can tell by our good rating that they did not disappoint at Tiger Fork. We are big fans of these thick rice noodles, bok choy, and juicy brisket. If you a fan of Beef Chow Fun and noodles then this is a perfect dish for you. We enjoyed this dish so much that left the plate sparkly clean.
Fried Rice Chicken & Chinese Sausage (4 NOMs)
When going to a Chinese restaurant it’s almost obligatory for you to order fried rice and at Tiger Fork, we are starting with Fried Rice Chicken & Chinese Sausage. We are big fans of Chinese sausage which you can buy at any H Mart or other Asian markets. Portion wise its very good and enough to share with a large group. While its a great dish, not sure its $15 worth it. Still, it’s enjoyable, and you won’t be disappointed by ordering it.
Fried Rice Fish & Prawn (5 NOMs)
They don’t just serve any rice, it’s Fried Rice with Fish and Prawn. We actually like this one more than the Chicken& Chinese Sausage one. Portion and price wise both fried rice are identical. You won’t go with either one, but this one is better.
Hong Kong Green Beans (3 NOMs)
These are not your mom’s boring green beans; these are Hong Kong Green Beans with peanuts and chili. A whole lot of peanuts, it almost looks like there are more of them than green beans. We won’t complain, that’s a great way to eat your veggies. While not our favorite dish, it was still enjoyable and a whole lot of food for $15. With all dishes being mostly meat its good to add some veggie variety.
Humble Plate of Chili Wontons (3 NOMs)
It’s always good to be humble, but that’s not us, so we eat humble like a plate of Humble Plate of Chili Wontons. The presentation is fun with these little bite floating in the spicy sauce. These wontons are stuffed with shrimp, chicken, and ginger. While a good dish for $10 the flavor-wise it was a bit bland. Even the spicy sauce didn’t hit that much-needed spot.
Pork Ribs (5 NOMs)
A beautiful presentation and amazing taste make for our favorite dish of the night the Pork Ribs. Not much to say, these ribs are amazing! Covered in soy, ginger, and Happy Lady spice which is also known as Lao Gan Ma Chili Crisp Sauce. These ribs were cooked to perfection with meat falls off the bone. Not the cheapest dish with $17 price tag, but it’s so good you will forget about it. With so much sauce it makes for one very messy dish. Good thing they give you some wipes. However, we all know that you will lick your fingers clean. It’s so good, maybe even a neighbor’s finger.
BBQ Platter (5 NOMs)
It’s one plate of meat to rule them all, a BBQ Platter with three different kinds of meaty goodness in one. What not to love, its crispy pork belly, char siu (Cantonese roasted pork), and soy chicken. Plus served with some side sauces, veggies, and rice. Every piece of meat was so good that we just naturally enjoyed it slowly to savor every bite. Our favorite, no surprise was crispy pork belly. Rice was surprisingly good, very sticky and soft. This is their most expensive dish with a large hit of $42, but the quality of this dish makes it worth it. Though still left us wishing for more of this delicious meat.
Stir Fried Rice Cakes (4 NOMs)
Did someone say stir fried cake? While not a dessert this cakes might win your hungry taste buds with Stir Fried Rice Cakes. These rice cakes were stir-fried with sour cabbage and shiitake mushrooms. The fun thing about rice cakes is that it’s anything made from rice like rice flour that was shaped and combined into a single object with some sweetener. Common in China, Cambodia, Philipines, India, etc. with their unique take on it. See, eating things can also be very educational. Great combination of flavors that any mushroom lover would enjoy.
Sweet & Sour Eggplant (4 NOMs)
Look at this beautiful veggie dish the Sweet & Sour Eggplant. Eggplant does look a bit like meat so I can see why we were excited. While not meat, taste wise it did not disappoint. It comes with some super crunchy fried egg noodles and scallions. Ah, what a great combination of flavors and texture. Probably for that visual effect the sauce is not fully mixed in, so make sure to stir it before eating. Without that the flavor of the sauce will overpower. Not everyone in our party liked this dish, but unless they are a nomster what do they know! I would same the only thing that could make this better is more eggplant.
Peruvian Chef Cocktail (3 NOMs)
We asked for the sweetest drink from their TCM a Traditional Chinese Medicine cocktail menu, so they gave us Peruvian Chef in a Chinese Kitchen. Lets quickly talk about TCM which are drinks inspired by Chinese holistic recipes. There is a whole lot of things going on there and not just the mouthful long name. These drinks include Macchu Pisco, Midori, Lime, Orange, Goji Berry, He Huan Hua, Valerian Root, Kava Kava, and Lavender. So many words we have no idea about, but lets drink. So why would this earn it a lower score? Mostly because it just wasn’t sweet at all. It was the opposite of sweet. Which is not as fun since its a pricy drink for $14. It is a strong drink that raised its score by a few points. We might not like as much, but if you are into non-sweet drinks, then this is your drink of choice.
Bubble Waffle with Ice Cream (4 NOMs)
Every great dining adventure needs to end with a nice dessert, like this popular Hong Kong street food Bubble Waffle or also known as Egg Waffle. This dessert is also known as Gai Daan Jai which translates as little chicken egg. We are big fans of waffle and this very soft and bubbly (pun intended) wins. While it commonly served just as is, it’s also popular to eat it with ice cream and other great sweets. Sprinkles are always a great addition! You don’t get a choice of toppings, but so far they made some good choices. Extra points for serving it on newspaper to make that extra street vendor vibe real. Its a whole lot of dessert for $9 and enough to share with friends. Probably better if you share, that’s a lot of sugar for one. The chef alternative the toppings pretty regularly so just because you’ve had this dish once doesn’t mean next time it will be the same. Tiger Fork also has Egg Tart dessert for $3, but waffle always win!
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