The sweet and sour pork at Hoi Tong in Richmond, BC, certainly looked familiar enough: Our server set down a plate heaped with glossy, battered nuggets. Blocks of pineapple and curled pieces of red and green bell peppers speckled the dish like colorful flags planted on a bare mountain. Its appearance conjured the many saccharine iterations I’d scarfed down in the Chinese-American restaurants I loved as a kid. But the Hoi Tong version tasted nothing like them at all.
During my yearlong travels as Eater’s national critic, I eat hundreds of meals to report on America’s dining culture as it changes and unfolds. At the beginning of 2018, it makes sense to stop and revisit some of the standout experiences that weren’t mentioned in other stories last year. Since I toggle between a fork and a camera at dinnertime (I’ve come to love the double-duty of being my own photographer), I approached the task visually.
This post originally appeared in Bill Addison's newsletter "Notes From a Roving Critic," a twice-monthly dispatch from Bill's travels across the country. Subscribe now. I have a smoldering fascination with tea. Nearly everyone I know — including most of my editors — rolls their eyes and yawns when I bring up this subject, but I ignore them. I’m not talking about a strong cup of Constant Comment in a “Virginia Is For Lovers” mug to soothe on a rainy day.
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