Golden City Restaurant
The lunch crew goes to Sunrise Buffet multiple times a year but since I generally avoid buffets (except vegas or souplantation), I searched for an alternative Chinese restaurant. Golden City was reviewed on mmm-yoso multiple times so I requested to go there one week. We arrived before noon and were only the second/third party to arrive for lunch. And as typical with Chinese restaurants, the menu was very diverse. I told the guys about the crazy $3.99 lunch specials for certain items, but the price was "suspiciously low" to them so we ordered off the regular lunch menu!
As part of the lunch specials, we were served one eggroll each with a side of sweet and sour dipping sauce. The eggrolls themselves were already a bit soft on the outside, as if all the eggrolls were premade too early. I would have liked a little crunch on there.
We were also served appetizer soup as well. I enjoyed the addition of baby corn in the soup which differentiated it from the usual simple but typical egg drop soup.
I ordered the Mapo Tofu since I hadn't eaten this dish in a while. After a couple bites, I wanted more leek or green onion flavor from it but instead my dish just had some kind of strange after-taste, maybe from the peppers cooked inside. I tested one of the jalapenos without seeds and had no issues with the 'one chili' spiciness level. Even after I finished my meal, I didn't sense any spice roaring out of the darkness! Nada. Nothing. I was only able to finish half of it so ended up getting a pretty cheap dinner out of this visit so whatever.
My coworker dish also was not spicy, despite having bright red chilis in there! If i can handle it, then it's pretty mild! The bell peppers were crisp and to my liking but of course the onion I would have preferred more cooked (on the raw side and crunchy).
My other coworker's noodles were a bit on the oily side as this dish tends to be. The green onions were a bit too prominent for me. The chicken in all three dishes was moist enough though, most likely due to them being dark meat.
I had high hopes for Golden City after reading about it on the other blog but we just weren't impressed, at least not with the dishes that we ordered. Everything was rather bland and even the dishes with the chili pepper besides their name lacked heat. I'm still looking for a good Chinese place but in the meantime, I'll probably still be eating the other asian foods instead.
Golden City Restaurant
5375 Kearny Villa Rd #107
San Diego CA 92123