Well, here is my little end of the wonderful day....I was lucky enough to hitch a ride with Milw.Food lover( Mike) and his lovely wife Beth. We had an animated conversation about food during the hour and a half ride down to Sun Wah.I am movig to a part of Milwaukee( West Allis) soon, and am so excited about the food possibilities there. Mike and his bride discussed MANY restaurants witih walking distance: I am more excited each day.
We felt spring in the air, as temps were in the 40's on the way down from Milw. to Chicago.
Mike had the fore sight to stop at New York Bagels and Bialy's- right of the freeway on Toughy Av.I havent had such a good, chewy bagel in years. They had fabulous smears( chive, salmon, roasted tomato, jalapeno, vegetable-more I cant recall)
I was leary of the bagels going stale( we were gone about 7 hours)so I ordered two( mish mosh-everything bagel but followed the terminology- one with chive smear for Bob, one with the salmon.)
Believe me, these are fantastic. By the time we got home-about 7 p.m., they were still as fresh as when I bought them! Next time, a dozen( they give you a free one) and several containers of smear. Top notch!
It was only about a 15 min. ride to our destination, and Mike is an awesome Chicago driver! He kept saying-"okay, I am going-hold on"-I would ride with him any day.
Having been out of the loop with these fine folks, I was stupidly nervous.
Sun Wah is in the coolest part of Chicago-, very near the lake. I saw the signs that said " Historic district"
We were lucky enough to park off street( No Pay) and admire the very cool houses, buildings, etc.., as we had our 4-5 block walk.
Windy City is right! Blew me almost away! I walked in the restaurant, and was instantly greeted by Buddy Roadhouse with a big hug! X1 followed with an enthusiastic gretting, and then I met the rest of the foks that came in-only knew them by name before......
On to the food- as you can see-we were served a whole suckling pig-which fed both tables with leftovers. God-fried pork skin with tender pork underneath!Fabulous! The duck came next, and that was even better, imo. I discovered Sun Wah's awesome hoisin sauce( Milwfoodlover and his wife declared it the best they have ever had) and I added that to the pork, duck, fried rice, hell,anything I could. We also had fantastic stir fried mushrooms-declared by both tables to be the best. After the duck was cut up-the leftovers were served in a broth. As Irisarbor proclaimed-it was "delicate". Better served before a meal than after.
There was alot more sides served-I am havig a bit of trouble recalling the names-I can taste them in my minds eye, am hoping my fellow diners will chime in!
After lunch/dinner we all took a walk along the street and stopped in several Vietnamese restaurants. I am so unimformed about this cuisine-but learned alot!
The way home was fast, temps reached 51 degress that day( its 34 and windy today)
I so enjoyed this meet up, and look forward to any one I can do........
Shout out to Aimee!