Lunch watch: China Cafe

China Cafe is one of those hole-in-the-wall lunch places near my office that offers a cheap meal ($4.50-$7) served with lots of plastic: foam clamshell containers and cups with polystyrene tableware on formica tabletops. The country is full of places like this. Great if you’re going out with some office mates — which I did Friday; hi gang! — and thanks to one of our own who tipped me off, I went with a plan.

Turns out they offer in addition to the usual stir-fried-X-on-white-rice meals, a tasty Szechuan beef noodle soup, served in a melamine bowl. And I’m OK with melamine dishes (so long as there’s no melamine in the food.)  Knowing I wanted the soup, I brought along a proper spoon, more because the spoons they have are so small and useless for eating soup than the plastic savings.

Won’t do that too often — I so rarely eat beef; there wasn’t a vegetarian option — but it’s nice to know you can. And it was very good.

China Cafe (Yelp)

Author: Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.

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