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Pao's Mandarin House (Lakeway, Texas)

Posted 27 December, 2008 at 10:31pm by Michael Chu
(Filed under: Food, What I Ate)

Pao's Mandarin House - Shao Bing with Beef
Blogged via phone (photos added later)
Dec. 27, 2008 - Lunch
Pao's Mandarin House
2300 Lohman's Spur, Lakeway, TX

Highly Recommended Dishes: None
Avoid Like the Plague: None

Pigs Ears - Good texture; a little mild
Pao's Mandarin House - Pig's Ears

Spicy Cucumber - a bit too sweet but flavor of Chinese pepper was welcome; some pieces were nice and crisp while others were soft and mushy (blech)
Pao's Mandarin House - Spicy Cucumber

Shao Bing with beef - tasty but sesame bun (shao bing) could have been thicker
Pao's Mandarin House - Shao Bing with Beef

Chives Box - okay taste, dough was too tough - prefer pan fried over deep fried
Pao's Mandarin House - Chives Box

Drunken chicken - tasted odd to Tina but it reminded me of the drunken chicken my mother and grandfather made as I grew up
Pao's Mandarin House - Drunken Chicken

Sheng jian bao - finely crispy bottom, filling was a little bland, soy sauce helped
Pao's Mandarin House - Shang jian bao

Many guides list Pao's Mandarin House as one of the best Chinese restaurants in the Austin area. It could very well be the case - we cannot yet confirm or deny. Unfortunately, it leaves much to be desired as far as Chinese restaurants in general go and we hope that it truly isn't the best that Austin has to offer.

1 comment to Pao's Mandarin House (Lakeway, Texas)

What I Ate: October 31, 2009 (Pao’s Mandarin House, Serrano’s) | Orthogonal Thought, November 1st, 2009 at 2:20 am:

  • […] Mandarin House (2300 Lohmans Spur, Lakeway, TX‎ - (512) 263-8869‎). Tina and I had been to Pao's almost a year ago on one of our scouting trips to Austin, but didn't think too much of it. The food was better […]