Chef’s Critique – Finding Fresh Chinese Food in Jackson Hole

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This off season the visitors from all corners of the globe left Jackson and once again gave us chefs our parking spots back around the Town Square and a chance for to enjoy the Fall. If it weren’t for our worldly and regional travelers the town of Jackson would be a bleak seasonal town. It doesn’t hurt that we have Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park around either. During this time we actually get to relax and enjoy some our great restaurants. Recently, I revisited a place I haven’t been in years: Ocean City China Bistro. The typically huge menu was on-hand to please any tastes. I was in the mood for veggies, which didn’t disappoint. I chose the hot and sour soup to start- very well balanced with heat from chilies and tanginess of the vinegar, finished with the earthiness of the sliced mushrooms.

The only thing I would add to this is some freshness of chopped scallions, which adds both flavor and texture. My dining partner opted for the wonton soup, which was full of plump Asian dumplings and veggies with a crispy clean broth.chinese wonton

Next we moved on to the entrees: Szechwan vegetables and rice for me (brown rice is an option here which is nice). It screamed freshness and flavor. Carrots, pea pods, sprouts, mushroom, broccoli and cabbage in a really great garlic chili glaze. I added a bit of the Chinese hot mustard to the rice and went to work on this lovely mound of freshness. My partner went for the General Tao’s chicken, which came with fried rice and was really quite tasty tender morsels of chicken battered and fried and tossed the sweet chili sauce. For my taste it could have used less sugar and more heat as it was denoted as a spicy dish, but then I usually eat a few jalapenos for breakfast so take my opinion for what it’s worth.

The service was quick and attentive and the food was super fresh and hot. In general, the meal gave me many reasons to return to Ocean City (which I already have). I ordered the Kung Pao vegetables for an entree, which was another mouth-watering mound of freshness finished with a sweet and spicy glaze and peanuts for a great crunching texture to finish.

So next time you’re in the mood for some good freshness DON’T forget Ocean City China Bistro: you will be pleasantly surprised!

Till next time,

A Local Chef

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