After a wonderful time at the Philadelphia Art Museum, my fiancee wanted Chinese Food. Since neither one of us had eaten in Philadelphia's "Chinatown," we decided to go there and see what we could find under $20 for two. We literally followed the good food smell after parking and ended up opening the door to Four Rivers, a rather nondescript Chinese restaurant on Race Street.
The atmosphere was not elegant but wasn't too bad. Only a few diners were seated (VERY hot day and most people would be inside elsewhere). We were immediately seated and given water and hot tea. After giving us about 5 minutes to review the menu, the waitress came over and asked us what we wanted. Since we had the time, we decided to share an appetizer, some soup and a main course.
We shared "Crystal Wontons" (an award winning appetizer), egg drop soup for two and Sesame Chicken with steamed white rice. Hot tea and water were enough for us (we are both trying not to drink soda), and everything was EXCELLENT! The Crystal Wontons were actually akin to small "dim sum" and filled with ground chicken and tofu and served with a spicy, garlicky brown sauce that had just enough kick (the menu warned us). Since this was my fiancee's first time having egg drop soup I let her try a little and she loved it (as did I). Not too eggy or gelatinous, it had flavor, smoothness and was enough for two small bowls each. Also a first for my fiancee was the Sesame Chicken. Served with steamed broccoli on the outside of the dish, the chicken was cooked "just right" and had a good amount of the "sauce." The sauce was slightly sweet, not really spicy and had just enough sesame flavor to be pleasant. Best of all, the chicken wasn't "swimming" in the sauce and was pleasant to eat.
All the while the waitress was bringing water as needed (not bugging us but being attentive) and checking on us without hovering. More diners came in including a gentleman and two young children who already had chopstick experience (much to my fiancee's chagrin). Overall a wonderful experience that wasn't too expensive (the entire meal not including tip was under $21). Would definitely return (especially since I've seen the other dishes customers ate and some on display like the spicy pickled cucumbers).
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