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BEST OF EVERYTHING

INIISIG (MIN)

dining room, carry-out and trays

• breakfast • lunch • dinner
• after-theater • kiddie menu

open tuesdays thru sundays
10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

968-0022

lincoln shopping center, 101/2 mile & greenfield, oak park

Deli Unique

25290 GREENFIELD North of 10 Mile Rd.

967-39991

CATERING FOR ALL OCCASIONS

THE GOLD COIN

OPEN 7 DAYS — YOUR HOST: HOWARD LEW

SZECHUAN, MANDARIN, CANTONESE

COMPL • E TE
CARRY-OUT
AVAILABLE

NEW A LA CARTE DINNERS UNDER S5

24480 W. 10 MILE ON TEL-EX PLAZA)

353-7848

West of Telegraph

GOLDEN BOWL

Restaurant

22106 COOLIDGE AT 9 MILE In A & P Shopping Center
398-5502 or 398-5503
DINE IN & CARRY-OUT

SZECHUAN, MANDARIN, CANTONESE & AMERICAN CUISINE

OPEN 1 DAYS-Mon.-Tburs. 11-10, Fri. & Sat. 11-11, Sun. & Holidays 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Your Chef: FRANK ENG

• Banquet Facilities

O old en Phoen ix

Chinese-American Restaurant
Cantonese, Szechuan & American
Dining & Carry-Out
OPEN 7 DAYS ... Mon.-Thurs. 11:30-9:30, Fri. & Sat. 11:30-11, Sun. 12-9:30
642-8386
4067 W. Maple Rd. Just East of Telegraph

INE GPEAT WACC.

SERVING YOUR FAVORITE EXOTIC
DRINKS & CHOICE COCKTAILS

PRIVATE DINING ROOM
• BANQUETS • PARTIES • BUSINESS MEETINGS

Your host . . . HENRY LUM

Businessmen's Luncheons • Carry-outs • Catering

476-9181
(Drakeshire Shopping Center) • 35135 Grand River

HOA KOW INN

Specializing In Cantonese, Szechuan & Mandarin Foods

Open Daily 11 to 10:30, Sat. 11 to 12 Mid., Sun. 12 to 10:30

— Carry-Out Service —
13715 W. 9 MILE, W. of Coolidge • Oak Park • 547-4663

KABOB GRILL

Authentic Lebanese Cuisine

CARRY-OUT & CATERING AVAILABLE

29702 SOUTHFIELD AT 12 1/2 MILE (In Southfield Plaza)

557-5990

MON.-THURS. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. FRI. & SAT. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
CLOSED SUNDAYS

DINING OUT IS BETTER AT A
JEWISH NEWS
RECOGNIZED RESTAURANT

72

FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 1990

3 Generations Of Experience
Guide This Chinese Restaurant

DANNY RASKIN

Local Columnist

B

ack in the '20s and
'30s, Chew Lim ran
the popular Shanghai
Chinese restaurant on Cass
and Peterboro.
In 1936, he opened the
Atlantic Gardens on Linwood
and sold it when becoming ill
in 1940.
But Chew didn't call it quits
. . . and he had Lim's on Seven
Mile between Monica and
Livernois until he retired in
1964.
For a short while at least .. .
Then he opened Lim's of Far-
mington in 1969 and sold it in
1971.
All this time, from the late
'30s on, son Don was with dad
. . . Don came to the United
States in 1938 and was an
11-year-old delivering chop
suey on a bicycle . . . attending
Roosevelt Elementary and
Durfee Intermediate.
He opened the Peking
House restaurant with wife
Violet in 1972 on Washington
in Royal Oak, and Chew, who
passed away recently at 86,
was his adviser . . . It had
been the former Black Forest
restaurant . . . and Don called
it Peking House when then
President Richard Nixon
made his historic visit to
China.
Although Don, a prominent
Royal Oak dentist, is still ac-
tive with Violet in the
restaurant operation, it is now
also run by son Randy and
daughter-in-law Cecilia Lim.
No artificial Chinese decor
here . . . No fake lanterns and
dragon paintings that many
times try to compensate or
cover up for mediocre food .. .
Peking House lets its menu of-
ferings do the talking . . . and
it's loud.
No monosodium glutamate
(MSG) here either . . . and on-
ly pure vegetable oil is used
. . . Don extols the healthful
virtues of Chinese dining
which is prepared at Peking
House by four Hong Kong-
trained cooks . . . Another
cook, formerly with
Romanik's, makes the pecan
brownies, sweet potato pies
and apple pies plus handling
all Peking House's American
dishes.
The casual, relaxed at-
mosphere is well-maintained
. . . with seating for about 200
in two rooms . . . The large kit-
chen and storage area is divid-
ed into sections . . . Chinese
and American . . . People are
often invited into the kitchen
to see its cleanliness.

Randy and wife Cecilia are
steeped in Chinese restaurant
experience . . . They bought
the Ten 'Thn Restaurant in
Livonia while he was going to
Wayne State U. school of phar-
macy . . . After five years, they
opened China Fair in Nor-
thville and spent seven years
there . . . During this time,
they also opened another
China Fair restaurant in
Traverse City.
Before Wayne, Randy was at
Groves High and a busboy at
Peking House two years, then
bartender there four years
when home summers from
Michigan State.
He and Cecilia bought out
Don's partner while a phar-
macist at Northville State
Hospital . . . Randy takes care
of the restaurant and she
tends to their home and two
sons when not at Peking
House.
Our waitress, Grace Li, was
personable, gracious and effi-
cient . . . There's no bread at
Peking House . . . not even if
you beg for it . . . The quality
and large portions are
standard.
On the menu is a dish very
few places have . . . Chicken
Soong, a simple but ultra-
delicious offering . . . People
call and ask, "Are you the peo-
ple who serve Chicken
Soong?" . . . It's minced
chicken with fine-cut
vegetables and pine nuts on
lettuce.
Highly popular appetizer is
the fresh mussels in black
bean sauce.

The tender and tasty lemon
chicken is prepared lightly
breaded with fresh lemon
juice . . . Seafood War Ba of
shrimp, scallops, crab, lobster
meat, straw mushrooms,
peapods, baby corn, etc., is a
delicious dish . . . Also the
Phoenix nest of jumbo shrimp,
scallops, crab and lobster meat
sauteed with mixed vege-
tables in a taro nest.
Peking House food is like a
throwback to Chinese
restaurants of yesteryears .. .
simple and tasty . . . without
the unnecessary showbiz flair
. . . and prices are reasonable.
And how's this for dessert in
a Chinese restaurant .. .
homemade sweet potato pie?
Folks at another table ob-
viously liked their food on the
spicy side . . . and ordered
Mongolian chicken that came
on a sizzling plate (breast of
chicken marinated with curry
and Chinese barbeque sauce
with green pepper and onions)
and Tai Cheng chicken,
chunks sauteed with jalapeno

pepper, celery, Chinese black
mushrooms and green pepper
. . . But everything wasn't on
the hot side . . . They also had
the steamed whole fish with
ginger and scallions (it also
comes deep fried and topped
with sweet and sour sauce.)
Freshness is a big word at
Peking House . . . which is
why it sometimes runs out of
items . . . They don't overstock
or buy things out of season .. .
Randy goes to Windsor and
buys little eggplants at a
grocer who gets them from a
Japanese farmer living on his
farm outside of Windsor .. .
The tofu is bought at a grocery
store where the woman owner
makes it herself.
Randy's wife Cecilia takes
care of booking banquets and
parties in the upstairs ban-
quet room that looks so much
like a highstyled nightclub .. .
with its very modernistic

Chew Lim began in
the business in the
1920s.

features, mirrors, stationary
dance floor, bandstand sur-
rounded by glass blocks, dan-
cing lights, mirrored ceiling
above the dance floor, half cir-
cle bar with full brass top .. .
and capacity of 270 people.
Peking House restaurant is
hard to miss in Royal Oak .. .
right by the railroad tracks
. . . And the huge sign outside
brightly beckons so many
community-ites.
Randy is a chip off a couple
of Chinese blocks . . . and do-
ing a good job in the mainte-
nance of a Chinese dining
tradition at Peking House.
IT WAS A sensation at be-
ing 98% fat free . . . And now
the Slimmery Ice Cream at
American Bulk Food in West
Bloomfield Plaza, Orchard
Lake Road, south of Maple, is
100% no fat . . . Also no sugar
and no cholesterol.
You wouldn't think any-
thing so good would have
much taste, but the amazing
thing is that former phar-
macist, owner Marty Benson's
brainchild has many flavors of
goodness that's better than a
lot of regular ice creams.
Now the West Bloomfield
Plaza American Bulk Food,
run by Marty and Sandy's son
Mitch, even has Slimmery in
favorite candy bar tastiness
. . . Milky Way, Almond Joy,
Snickers, Mounds, Turtles,
Milk Duds, Reese's peanut
butter & chocolate, Heath
Bars, Mackinac Island fudge,
Chocolate Mallo Cup, Ella's

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