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China 1

China 1

Satisfying Chinese cuisine, egg roll lunch fix

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

There are 64 Asian places to eat lunch in the Urban GLOB.  And this is a story about one of them.

I enjoy Chinese food.

I like the way Asian chefs chop their vegetables in a technique unique to the far east. The veggies are always fresh and crisp -- stir fried quickly so that they retain their color, taste, and crunch.

I like duck, mustard, wasabe, and soy sauces -- they all add an extra flavor punch to what would otherwise be considered an ordinary, boring plate of food.

I like egg rolls. Actually, if I couldn't get egg rolls in Asian lunch spots, there's a good chance I wouldn't have many Asian lunches. I like the crisp fried wonton skins enveloping all that Chinese goodness with a little Chinese mustard that opens up the sinuses as well as any hot sauce in the GLOB.

Finally I really like the Food Network's Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. Iron Chef Morimoto is one very cool chef. He cooks up some fabulous meals for the TV show judges to critique – and they are generally very pleased with his dishes.

There. I just gave you the extent of my Asian cuisine knowledge. If there is an Asian eating expert reading this feature story who would like to offer up some oriental cuisine opinions, ideas about this interesting food type, by all means comment at will – or better yet, if you would like to provide a full length feature story, give Mike Sanford a yell: misanford@gatorglob.com.

In the meantime, I am going to tell you about a Chinese restaurant I frequent regularly.

China 1 on the corner of NW 13th St and NW 39th Ave is where I take care of my Asian lunch fix.

It's not a coincidence China 1 is real close to my residence. Like most GLOBers proximity seems to be a good wild card for my lunch choices.

An Asian Food On The Run lunch interlude rings my bell when fresh veggies, stir-fried chicken and a very large plate of white rice beckon my gastronomical soul.

China 1 is not really too different from any other of the Asian mom-and-pop storefronts in the GLOB. They all seem to hint that interesting stories of espionage and samurai warriors are floating around the oriental backdrop of these Chinese quick stops. I will never know the back story though. That's a part of the mystic East that will never meet the twain of my thoroughly Western soul.  besides, I only speak the English

Still, China 1's food is excellent, homestyle Chinese fare.  I add an additional order of veggies to my lunch and I feel very healthy doing so.  The extra veggies, all the rice, the chicken, and the sauce create an incredible smorgasbord on my plate. Plus I will walk out of China 1 with extra food to share. Funny I would use the word smorgasbord, a Swedish word, but then again, many Chinese restaurants are known for their buffets. Chinese 1 is not one of those.

You know what, I feel good about patronizing China 1.  These are good people, working hard to make a go of it. Their kids come to the restaurant after lunch and do their homework when they aren't helping mom and dad out in the kitchen.

So thanks China 1 for making my Asian FOTR cuisine experience nothing but a happy family of good tastes.

The Pluses and Minuses of China 1:

China 1 (+) indicators: The chicken with vegetables, a side of veggies and an egg roll works for me every time.

China 1 (-) indicators:  I have no idea what these folks are saying, but I do know they understand, "CHICKEN WITH VEGETABLES"

Be the first to offer your GLOB comments, lunch photographs and opinions about China 1. Please identify your opinions with a PLUS SIGN (+) for positive comments, and a MINUS SIGN (-) for your negative comments. - THANKS!

Be the first to offer your GLOB comments, lunch photographs and opinions about China 1.  Please identify your opinions with a PLUS SIGN (+) for positive comments, and a MINUS SIGN (-) for your negative comments.  - THANKS!

Last modified onWednesday, 19 February 2020 05:30

Additional Info

  • Phone Number: 374-8886
  • Address: 3820 NW 13th St., Gainesville, FL
  • Urban GLOB Location: 13th St
  • Latitude: 29.686621
  • Longitude: -82.340495
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