Saturday, April 21, 2012
Ding How Restaurant - Davis, CA
In keeping with my attempt at showcasing restaurants during our "travels," I'm reviewing a restaurant a short distance from Sacramento. My family discovered Ding How in Davis several years ago, but I can't remember now how. It is a traditional Mandarin Chinese restaurant but offers a separate menu for vegetarians. Twice a year I take my mom and Blessings to San Francisco to a museum that offers a homeschool day. When we come home, it's begun to be our tradition to eat dinner at Ding How. The service has always been prompt and efficient, and this time our server, David, was especially charming. I highly recommend this restaurant, and if you are ever in Davis, California, take a chance and stop by.
Their information is www.dinghowdavis.com; phone: 503-753-3590; address: 640 W. Covell Blvd. They are located in a nondescript strip mall on the corner of Covell and Anderson.
Of course we chose, as usual, from the vegetarian menu. Along with the dishes pictured, we also ordered tea and steamed rice. David knew we were vegans and said most of the mock meats were vegan on the menu. Here is the Vegetarian Hot and Sour Soup. This soup is normally hot with heat and spice, so be careful when you first eat it. It is good though and is always ordered when we show up.
My mom has a hard time with anything beyond the smallest amount of black pepper, and last time she couldn't eat the soup. Here she is again giving it a go, brave lady. She lasted about four spoonfuls this time. You can see SR and GR with their bowls checking her out. JK doesn't eat it either, so it's just me and my girls chowing down on the bowls.
This is usually ordered as well - the Vegetarian Sweet and Sour Chicken. Very good. Kind of blurry shot.
We enjoyed this dish, the Mandarin Braised Tofu. JK pretty much eats as much rice and tofu as he can (along with any available baby corn), so we ordered two of this dish.
Vegetarian Lemon Chicken. Very good. I wish I could figure out how they do the glaze. We went to another restaurant, now closed, that had a very similar dish, and I tried and tried to recreate it, but I just couldn't.
Here is the Ding How Special Vegetarian Chow Fun. First time we ordered the chow fun this way, and it was very good, like all of their dishes.
Leftovers were brought home to G, who readily enjoyed them! All of the dishes are reasonably priced, and the food never disappoints. Give them a try, especially if you are local!