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We ate lunch at Chef Li in Oldsmar today.  Loren ordered the Kung Po chicken and some wonton soup.

I ordered the sweet & sour chicken with an eggroll.

There was a lot of chicken in this dish and it was cooked perfectly.  The batter was crunchy but not too thick and the chicken was very tender.  The sauce was very sweet and tangy.  There was so much chicken on the plate that I was only able to eat about half of the eggroll.  Total lunch with a drink was $14.

Chef Li
4013 Tampa Rd, Ste 20
Oldsmar, FL
813-814-9988

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Food4/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value4/5
3.6/5
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  • Grabbed some take-out from China Taste in Oldsmar today, some wonton soup, a spring roll, and some crab rangoons.

    I love the crab rangoons here.  They’re definitely my favorite of all the places we go to.  Nice and crispy with lots of filling inside.  The spring roll has shrimp in it and it’s also got some nice flavors going on.  I was really impressed by the won ton soup.  So many places give you two, maybe three wontons at most, and there were 6 in this small order and they were yummy.  For $7.30, it was a quick, tasty lunch.

    China Taste
    13887 W Hillsborough Ave
    Tampa, FL
    (813) 818-0881

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    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value4/5
    3.6/5
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  • It’s been a while since we had Chinese food, so we made our way over to Big Bok Choy in Oldsmar.  It was around 6:30pm when we got there and they weren’t very busy, but by 7pm, the entire restaurant was full.  Unfortunately, it seemed the kitchen got overwhelmed and the owner was trying very hard to keep up with the dining room.   We watched one table  just get up and leave after getting their menus and another party came in, saw the crowd and left.  

    In this economy, being busy is definitely a problem you want to have and for the most part, it did seem as though the customers were willing to wait the extra time for their food.   I’ve always found that our patience has been rewarded. 

    I say this every time we eat here, the family that owns the restaurant is just very friendly.  She recognizes us and remembers things about us as well.  She started us off with some spring rolls.

    Light and crunchy with a really nice flavor.  Loren was trying to save room for his dinner, so I ate most of it with the sweet dipping sauce.  I finally remembered to ask what the other veggie besides carrots were on the side of the plate.  It’s daikon radish.  I know it’s just a garnish, but it’s one of those simple little things that has such a fresh flavor to it. 

    We both got the wonton soup.

    This is Loren’s bowl, because they remember here that I don’t like scallions.  Loren got the hunan beef with evil hot peppers in it.

    He said the beef was very tender.  He likes this dish because of all the veggies.  It’s funny if you look at his plate halfway through since there’s a line of peppers all around the edge of the plate.  Surprisingly, he even had some leftovers.   I tried something different this time, the Lemon Chicken.

    It was a very attractive presentation with all the thinly sliced lemon sections on top and it had a wonderful lemon aroma as well.  The sauce was fairly thin and very tart.  With just the rice, it was a little too tart, but with the chicken it blended very well. 

    Total dinner with a drink was $37.  As I said at the beginning, they were very busy, so we were there for quite a while.  Regardless though, the owner always had a smile on her face and stopped to chat for a minute with the regular customers.

    Big Bok Choy Bistro
    3730 Tampa Road #6
    Oldsmar, FL
    813-854-1961

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    Food5/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    4.1/5
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  • We ate lunch at Chef Li in Oldsmar today.  It was pretty busy, which is always a good sign at a small restaurant. 

    Their lunch specials come with a choice of soup or eggroll and Loren got the wonton soup.  He said it was flavorful and tasty.

    I just nibbled.

    He ordered the Kung Po chicken.

    It must have been good because he ate all of it.  He did say there were a few too many green peppers in it though.  I got the orange chicken.

    It had a little bit of heat to it.  Very tangy and the chicken was tender, but there was definitely some red pepper in the sauce that warmed your mouth.   For $14, it was a pretty tasty, quick lunch.

    Chef Li
    4013 Tampa Rd, Ste 20
    Oldsmar, FL
    813-814-9988

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    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.4/5
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    Chef Li has opened up in the space where Hin Lee II was in Oldsmar.  The restaurant looks exactly the same, but I have to say, the food was much better.

    I ordered the teriyaki chicken lunch special which came with an egg roll and white or fried rice.

    The chicken was tender and flavorful and the white rice was cooked really well.  I guess I’ve just been to too many places where the rice has been sticky or not cooked enough that it was quite delightful to actually have rice that was cooked just right.  The egg roll was ok, but nothing special.  Lots of food for under $6.  We’ll definitely be back to try some other dishes.

    Chef Li
    4013 Tampa Rd, Ste 20
    Oldsmar, FL
    813-814-9988

    Chef Li on Urbanspoon

    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value4/5
    3.6/5
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  • Filed under: Chinese, Oldsmar