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Monday, October 1, 2012

China Hut, Trotwood

  We stopped by China Cottage in Trotwood recently.  I had no idea what I was in the mood for, exactly, but I do tend to like Chinese food.  One of the first things you'll notice when you go inside is the large saltwater aquarium that dominates the center of the restaurant.  There is a large fish that reminds me of a huge variation of an angelfish that swims around in there.  It is probably a foot tall and a foot long, and fun to watch while waiting for the food.

  Of course, the finest ceramic ware historically came from China, which is why you may have heard of it referred to as "fine china".  This restaurant has a nice ornamental display.

  After looking over the menu for about 8 minutes, I decided to try something I don't believe I've ever had before, the moo shu beef.  The description said something about plum sauce.  I know from a trip to Chicago's Chinatown that I love plum sauce, though when I tried it from another source at a later date, I was less impressed, so it must depend on the recipe.  Of course I also love beef, so I thought it might work to mix them together, along with cabbage and other vegetables, in a sort of crepe.

  Our food arrived after about a 15 minute wait.  Mine involved some preparation, so I took a couple of pictures.  Our waiter, Wen L, did a fantastic job of presenting the food.  He made little circles of the plum sauce, added some of the beef and vegetable filling, and then folded the crepes.

Eventually, after a bit of folding that reminded me of origami, we ended up with something that I guess is essentially a Chinese version of a burrito, but with one end open.  The food was excellent, as was the service.  My Moo Shu Beef had a taste that was not overly sweet, and not dominated either by the beef or the vegetables.  The meal was very filling, so we had leftovers.  Instead of just handing us a doggie bag to fill ourselves, Wen took our leftovers and boxed them up himself.  I was not expecting this level of service for a meal under $10, and heartily recommend trying one of their 4 Dayton area locations.

My apologies for the menus - they essentially show the prices and item names, but not the descriptions.  While the menu says copyright 2003, the prices are current.  Also, these prices are the same for eating in.  If you need greater detail, you can visit the restaurant's website at
China Cottage
location: 1983 Shiloh Spring Road, Trotwood
telephone: (937) 854-8033
hours: Sun-Thur 11A-10P,   Fri & Sat 11A-11P
locations in Kettering, Centerville, Trotwood and Springboro

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