Ladies and gentlemen, I am officially announcing the end of the Doomed Quest! Now I need to apologize because this review is severely overdue (think: criminal negligence). Since discovering Red Maple in Silver Spring last November, Ms. Classy and I have been patronizing this establishment as much as three times a week. After many disappointing experiences, we have found our 'go to' Chinese place.
We checked out their menu, which they offer Ms. Classy’s standard in which she judges all Chinese food: Crispy Shredded Beef. I’m a General Tso’s fan, and usually opt for the chicken, but here, I have the luxury of ordering General Tso’s Shrimp! I know this may sound like nails across a chalkboard to a Chinese food ‘purist,’ but a purist I am not. It’s good and doesn’t kill my wallet so that’s all I need (aside from this ashtray, this remote control, and this paddle game, that’s all I need).
If you haven’t guessed by now, the food is very good. Depending on our hunger level, we usually select one (or both) of the following dishes: Crispy Shredded Beef, and General Tso’s Shrimp. The General Tso’s shrimp has become our favorite. On days where we order only one entrée, this is it. The thick sauce is full of a mix of sweet and spicy flavor and we try our best not to let a single drop go to waste. The breading has just the right amount of thickness and crispiness, and the shrimp is cooked to perfection. I also enjoy the broccoli, with some of that tasty sauce drizzled over the pieces, of course. I’ve been to many places where the steamed broccoli is a bit too steamed, but they get it just right here. The Crispy Shredded beef is a larger portion size than the General Tso’s shrimp. These thinly sliced, thinly coated, and fried pieces of beef are covered in a savory sweet and sour sesame sauce that, like the other entrée, we absorb as much as we can with the rice as to not let any go to waste.
If you visit during lunch, portion sizes are more sensible, and prices are more cheapskate-friendly. Unfortunately, their lunch menu doesn’t offer or two favorite entrées, but they do offer General Tso’s Chicken. You also get a soup or salad to start, and I opt for the miso soup. The sauce and breading on the chicken is just as described for the shrimp, and the chicken is well-cooked and juicy. Red Maple also offers a full sushi bar, which we have yet to try. We’re just so thrilled that we found a place that serves awesome General Tso’s Shrimp and Crispy Shredded Beef that we cannot make ourselves expand our horizons and try something different from the menu.
-Mr. Cheap Eats