Sauteed Tortoise Meat from ? (81 Allen Street, 212-625-0001)
Hey, it’s what the menu said!
We’re not even quite sure what the restaurant is called (Google searches say that the address refers to a Spring Boy Fuzhou Food, but the menu and signage are not in English.)
So did we eat our shelled, reptilian friends — or is this just a name?
UPDATE: OK, so it’s not tortoise. We asked the woman at the restaurant about 16 different ways — short of drawing a tortoise or turtle on a napkin — and she said it ‘s a way of referring to the mixed meat dish, which just happened to be pork innards* that day.
Which of course brings us to our next point — the food itself.
A balance of vegetables and porcine pieces was studiously achieved, and the hot garlic gravy — which had both bold earthiness and peppery zing — neared perfection.
(*The general definition of “innards,” of course!)
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