An Eclectic Asian Oasis in Lauderhill
In addition to a shooting range, Oakland Shopping Center houses a handful of interesting shops such as a Bible store and an herbalist who practices acupuncture. But primarily, it's a culinary destination. There's Gou Lou Cheung's Chinese Barbecue for Chinese-style roasted meats. Next door to Silver Pond is Maxin Oriental Bakery, a wan looking place that offers for some of the most delicious pork bao I've had in a while, for under $2 each.
On the other side is Saigon City Vietnamese, for terrific spring rolls and banh mi: roasted pork on a crusty, demi-baguette, served with cucumber, pickled carrots, jalapenos, fish sauce, and cilantro. Some of the fun of going to a Vietnamese place is playing with condiments to achieve that harmony of spicy, sweet, salty, and savory.
Silver Pond Cantonese Restaurant is a destination unto itself.
The restaurant offers two menus. The white one is Chinese take out's greatest hits. Skip it and go for the green one, the multi-page epic with dishes as diverse as sea cucumber, abalone, conch, and squid. Seafood is a specialty, with the entire back wall dedicated to tanks for lobster and Dungeness crabs. It's really worth rounding up a crowd to sample as many items from the menu as you can that may appeal to you. I can't wait to go back.
Some advice to heed that I did not: Do not order the preserved fish unless you want the dining room to yourself.
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