N and I deserve a badge, or at the very least a double chocolate chip cookie--we ignored an empty parking lot, ventured into a new to us restaurant and lived to tell about it. As a matter of fact, we'll probably return.
It's been a long time since we've been greeted with, "ah, you're new here.". A definite sign of restaurant owners who have regulars and make the effort to remember them. During our meal, there were about 5 people who came to pick-up to-go orders. At first I thought they were being ignored, but then realized she was putting their order together in a box, without needing to ask their name.
China Faith is unremarkable on both the inside and outside. The exterior is a well kept box of a building situated on Lancaster and the interior is standard for an older Chinese restaurant--clean, but a little worn around the edges. Although I'm pretty sure I've never seen origami crafted from one dollar bills displayed in the glass case by a cash register before.
Another good sign: the tea was hot and it wasn't weak. Plus we didn't have to ask for a new pot, she checked it when she brought our dinner. N and I settled down to look over the menu. Our waitress/owner heard me mention "potstickers" and said she'd put in the order right away, as they take awhile to prepare. We both decided to order one of their specialties: for me, "Double Happiness: sliced beef and chicken combined with vegetables in our rich black bean sauce", for N "Sizzling Shrimp and Chicken: shrimp and chicken sauteed with vegetables and served on a hot platter". I opted for steamed white rice, while N chose fried rice to accompany his meal.
Both of us enjoyed our shared appetizers and entrees. The pot stickers were steamed and fried just right, complementing the flavor of the filling. We appreciated that the plum dipping sauce wasn't overly sweet. At the end of our meal, I told N that the flavors reminded me of Chinese/American dishes we've made at home. Although, the Double Happiness was a little heavy on the celery, the black bean sauce had some nice flavors going on without being too salty or sweet. Even with the absence of cheese or gravy, I'd characterize this as comfort food, because that's what I felt after she packed up our leftovers and told us good-bye.
(Click here to see their menu.)
1812 Lancaster Dr. NE (N of Market St.)
Fri. 11 AM-10PM