|Jennifer Fan serves great steamed dumplings|
Now that I've actually eaten in Jennifer Fan's little restaurant, I'll be even more candid. The location -- a forlorn strip mall at 10400 Mastin -- is lousy.
Another restaurant made a game attempt in this location several years ago, the attractive Greek place Olympic Village Restaurant & Bar, operated by Anastasio Rodopoulos. He's the one who installed the snazzy, hand-laid granite floor that's still in the dining room today.
The dining room isn't as stylish under Jennifer Fan's ownership, but this veteran of Chinese restaurants -- her resume includes stints at China Star Buffet, Bo Lings and Andy's Wok -- is working hard to make a success of her namesake business.
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There are a couple of oddball choices on the menu, including a dessert called "fried milk" ("Crispy on the outside and smooth and custardy inside," the menu promises) that's listed among the appetizers between chicken kebabs and crab rangoon. I would like to have tasted fried milk, but Fan informed me that even on slow nights -- you know, like when no one else is in the restaurant -- it must be ordered well in advance.
"Next time you come, you call me before you get in the car and we'll have it," she said.
House specialties -- including shrimp balls (who knew?) and chicken sauteed in honey-tomato sauce -- are served with a salad. There's a decent selection of hot teas, including the most fragrant jasmine brew I've ever tasted. It might be delicious with fried milk, if I can just remember to call in advance.