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Delicious Kabob Chinese Restaurant: Buford Highway

posted on February 4, 2009 at 1:04 pm
Delicious Kabob Chinese Restaurant: Buford Highway
So, I got an email about a week ago from a new Chinese restaurant specializing in Northern Chinese and Szechuan cuisine. Naturally, I was there as soon as my schedule permitted. The owners of the restaurant are from the Northeast part of China and most of the large menu (pictured at the bottom of the post) reflects the region’s cuisine. The owner informed me they recently hired a new Szechuan chef, who debuted a new Szechuan menu that should be printed any day now. I was told the chef is none other than chef Liu, who has worked at both Tasty China and Man Chun Hung (Man Chun Hong denied the chef is no longer at the restaurant when I called) up until he started at Delicious Kabob a couple of weeks ago. I’d already ordered the lamb kabob, but canceled everything else when I heard Liu was cooking and asked for him to make me four of his favorite dishes knowing Moon would happily consume the leftovers this evening. The restaurant is quite new and the menu needs to be explored much, much further. But here is a quick and dirty first look at what I ate (there were no dish names since the menu has not been printed, but I hope my descriptions are sufficient).
Delicious Kabob Chinese Restaurant: Buford Highway

 Lamb kabob
Chunks of lamb encrusted with cumin seeds and coated in a smoky and spicy chili oil. Not too gamey and surprisingly tender. 

Delicious Kabob Chinese Restaurant: Buford Highway

Dry-fried eggplant
Good flavor, but it could have been “fried” a bit harder as you can see from the color. 

Delicious Kabob Chinese Restaurant: Buford Highway
Fried chicken in sauce

Thin slices of chicken fried to a crisp and coated in a light orange sauce with the tiniest hint of ginger. Seems Americanized, but the texture and execution make the dish.

Delicious Kabob Chinese Restaurant: Buford Highway

Fried fish with Szechuan peppercorns, cilantro, chilis, etc.
Great flavors, but the quality of fish was a tad too muddy for my taste. The coating, however, was perfectly seasoned, light and just crunchy enough.

Delicious Kabob Chinese Restaurant: Buford Highway

Crispy fried beef with all the usual Szechuan suspects
This was in a tight race with the kabob for my favorite dish of the meal. The beef is sliced, battered, fried and then tossed with all the flavorings. What makes this dish wonderful is how thinly the beef is sliced as it makes the entire dish much lighter.

The menu (click to enlarge), which will be updated soon. Look closely for the markings next to certain dishes. The owner’s sister said those were her favorite and “authentic” to her region.


Verdict (and full disclosure): The amount of dishes, the fact that I was the only table in the restaurant and my constant photo snapping drew a lot of attention and questions from the staff. As any of my friends and colleagues can tell you, I am an absolutely horrible liar. So, I came clean when they asked how I’d heard of the restaurant at the end of the meal. But please don’t let my cover being “blown” deter you from visiting. The food was solid and the staff was very helpful. I still need to explore more of the immense menu and the food, while not perfect, has loads of potential. I think you guys will like it. Let me know what you think.

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21 comments

  • Re: Delicious Kabob Chinese Restaurant: Buford Highway
    posted by: jimmy · February 4, 2009  2:42 PM

    ITP – woop! woop!

    p.s. – the spam verification letters I have to type to leave this comment spell ‘douche’. seriously.

  • Re: Delicious Kabob Chinese Restaurant: Buford Highway
    posted by: The Blissful Glutton · February 4, 2009  2:43 PM

    Shut up!
    That is way too funny.

  • Re: Delicious Kabob Chinese Restaurant: Buford Highway
    posted by: delicateflower · February 4, 2009  5:00 PM

    Nam Chun Hong lost its chef!??!? Dagnabit!!

  • Re: Delicious Kabob Chinese Restaurant: Buford Highway
    posted by: The Blissful Glutton · February 4, 2009  5:06 PM

    As I said, I got a different story from each restaurant when I called to confirm. I don’t know what chef Liu looks like so it is hard to figure out one way or the other.

  • Re: Delicious Kabob Chinese Restaurant: Buford Highway
    posted by: EatBufordHighway · February 5, 2009  6:12 AM

    Glad you discovered this place. I visited not long after they opened and was really impressed by the quality and variety. I know Atlantans are really into Szechuan, but it’s great to see true Northern Chinese starting to make more of an appearance here. Some of the dishes may seem “unusual” for Chinese food, but if you keep in mind the heavy Muslim influence in the North it starts to make sense.

    You really should try the Lamb with Goji berries and dates – an amazing dish. Guo Bao Rou is pretty tasty too…

  • Re: Delicious Kabob Chinese Restaurant: Buford Highway
    posted by: Nathan · February 5, 2009  7:10 AM

    this looks incredible. omg. we have a shop nearby (Durham, NC)that makes their own noodles for stewed beef noodle soup, but i haven’t seen anyhting there that looks this amazing.

    (capcha word = “cartio” … nothing amusing)

  • Re: Delicious Kabob Chinese Restaurant: Buford Highway
    posted by: nelu · February 5, 2009  12:03 PM

    it would be nice to have the exact names of the dishes you took photos of so that one can find them in the menu. For example, which one is the last dish? how about the fish? thanks!

  • Re: Delicious Kabob Chinese Restaurant: Buford Highway
    posted by: The Blissful Glutton · February 5, 2009  1:37 PM

    As I said in my post, they are working on printing a new menu with the new dishes. I will update it when they have the Szechuan menu available.

  • Re: Delicious Kabob Chinese Restaurant: Buford Highway
    posted by: The Blissful Glutton · February 5, 2009  3:01 PM

    I just got an email from the restaurant about the menu names. I will update it in the post tomorrow, because I about to head out. But here are the names if you go tonight:

    葱香烤鱼片 Roasted Fish Dry Fried with Cilantro and Chilis

    川椒酥牛肉 Szechuan Crispy Fried Beef Spiced with Chilis and Peppercorns

    川味吊烧鸡 Szechuan Flying Fried Chicken

    干煸茄子 Dry Fried Spicy Eggplant

    xoxo, Bliss

  • Re: Delicious Kabob Chinese Restaurant: Buford Highway
    posted by: rjm1604 · February 6, 2009  8:08 AM

    We went last night to dine in a completely empty room. What a shame!

    We started with the lamb kabobs, which were nicely lamb-y, though very heavy on the cumin (which tends to burn and become bitter).

    Next up were the Szechuan Crispy Fried Beef Spiced with Chilis and Peppercorns and Guo Bao Pork. Both were excellent. The latter is a bit like fried pork jerky in a light sweet and sour sauce; quite addictive.

    The wait staff is very friendly and helpful. I’ll be going back many, many times, although I think that Man Chun Hong will still remain my go-to place for Sichuan cooking.

  • Re: Delicious Kabob Chinese Restaurant: Buford Highway
    posted by: Anonymous · February 9, 2009  9:47 AM

    We went on Saturday – late in the afternoon but pre-dinner. The place was empty. We ordered everything mentioned above and it was all delicious! In addition, we had the scallion pancake and an order of shrimp dumplings that the chef graciously pan fried for us. The service was excellent. The dry-fried eggplant (my all time fave) was great! I would say that Tasty China still has a leg up (just barely) on them – but it’s great to have another place to go to since I’m always cruising Buford Highway on the weekends! Thanks Bliss! Another jewel in your crown.

  • Re: Delicious Kabob Chinese Restaurant: Buford Highway
    posted by: rjm1604 · February 11, 2009  11:57 AM

    We re-re-re-visited last night and assayed the Sichuan-style dry fried shredded pork, which was terrific. Also tried a somewhat more mundane kung pao chicken, but this was stir-fried in all of 1 tablespoon of oil, making it very low-cal. Plus, the mostly dark chicken was wonderfully juicy. We topped it off with a plate of boiled pork and sour napa cabbage dumplings that were meltingly tender and tasty.

    We had a long chat with one of the owners, a woman, who said that the family hails from Shandong, up in the northeastern part of China.

    The charming man in the wheelchair (another owner, presumably) with a mangled foot sent out a free plate of lamb kebobs, which were more refined than the first batch I tried last weekend.

    There’s lots more to discover here!

  • Re: Delicious Kabob Chinese Restaurant: Buford Highway
    posted by: Betsy · February 21, 2009  12:11 PM

    We ate here for the first time today, making the trek from OTP. Very much worth it!! The eggplant is my new favorite food, I think.

    Thanks for the review! I can’t wait to go again.

  • Re: Delicious Kabob Chinese Restaurant: Buford Highway
    posted by: Robin · February 24, 2009  10:41 AM

    The food was great at lunch today (shredded pork and pan fried chicken). The scallion pancake was a little bland. The pork and leek dumplings were pretty good. One other friend ordered the crispy beef and we saw it get delivered to another patron. They realized it was supposed to come to our table and tried to take it away from him. We canceled that part of the order as we had plenty of food without the beef…but it looked tasty. As we were leaving the lady said that their regular chef wasn’t there so I guess we had the backup chef. The food was very good so we definitely want to go back but the service was a bummer. The staff was friendly and apologetic.

  • Re: Delicious Kabob Chinese Restaurant: Buford Highway
    posted by: Anonymous · March 9, 2009  8:16 AM

    We went for lunch on Saturday – we tried the chicken kabobs and they were fantastic – extremely moist and full of flavor, although a little too hot for me (my husband loved them) – will definately try some of the other kabobs next time. The flying fried chicken was better than last time and, unfortunately, the eggplant was not as good – some of it quite undercooked. We still enjoyed it!

  • Re: Delicious Kabob Chinese Restaurant: Buford Highway
    posted by: Sophie · August 19, 2009  8:15 PM

    the eggplant dish looks so delish!

    this is really one of the simplest dishes to make anywhere in the world so long as you can get hold of eggplant and sauce package.

    Here I bought a sauce pack so as to skip all the seasonings! and i will try this friday after work.
    http://yummiexpress.freetzi.com

  • Re: Delicious Kabob Chinese Restaurant: Buford Highway
    posted by: Anonymous · October 8, 2009  2:25 PM

    I loved Delicious Kabob but I think it has closed. I've made several visits at different times of day and its always closed. Does anyone know what happened? I am having crispy beef with chili and peppercorn withdraw. HELP!

  • Re: Delicious Kabob Chinese Restaurant: Buford Highway
    posted by: delicateflower · October 9, 2009  6:47 PM

    Anon – It was closed when we tried it a week or so ago. We were devastated.

  • Re: Delicious Kabob Chinese Restaurant: Buford Highway
    posted by: The Blissful Glutton · October 9, 2009  6:49 PM

    I have tried emailing and calling. Nada. Another one bites the dust. Thanks, economy!

  • Re: Delicious Kabob Chinese Restaurant: Buford Highway
    posted by: Anonymous · October 25, 2009  1:16 PM

    Sign on the window says "China Express" Opening Oct 28, FWIW.

  • Re: Delicious Kabob Chinese Restaurant: Buford Highway
    posted by: Anonymous · October 26, 2009  4:07 PM

    Update if interested; there is a menu posted on the door, and a huge sign reading "$1 scoops everyday". I'm confused by the later.

    Delicious Kabob has not (yet) been painted over, and poster size review (still) hangs in the window. The menu was uninspiring, and lacked the dishes that made DK such a treat. (Sorry a little to dark for a pic). I'll let other judge for themselves.

    All hope of a reincarnation is lost.

    I might have to take a dollar to satisfy my curiosity. A scoop of General Szo's Chicken sounds yummy 🙁

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