Why am I making this face? And what am I eating? Why is it a face of some worry, yet I seem to be fully digging in?
It's because I am eating the "Chinese Hamburger w/ Pork" at Panda Dumpling, a food item I'd seen displayed in their window and been so curious about. I definitely was not expecting it to have lettuce and a tomato. And no, that isn't my Four Loco in the background. But there's a real sort of ambiance leant by sitting down to a table in a dumpling house one Friday evening to find someone's half-finished malt beverage among the sauce bottles and napkins.
And the verdict on the Chinese Hamburger w/ Pork? It is cheap ($2.50!) and there is a lot of pork on it. Pork that looks a lot like beef. I could have done without the lettuce and tomato, but I guess that's the essential West meets East element to this creation. If you put a lot of dumpling sauce on it it is pretty tasty. And I liked the bun. But, on the whole, it is probably best approached after a few Four Locos.