I was in the mood for some Chinese takeout for lunch today. I am not familiar with the Chinese restaurants in the OKC metro yet so I took a chance and spun the bottle with Waze and Foursquare and it landed on Happy House in Moore. This was the closest place to where I was at the time and was not too far away from the path of my way to work.
I walked in and was immediately greeted by the person taking the orders, and took a look at the menu to see what they had. The menu was a familiar one, it had a lot of the typical items you would find in a Chinese restaurant.
As this was a take out order I can’t really judge on how I was waited on, this is going to be based on the food alone. I decided on a couple of spring rolls and an order of orange chicken, no chicken sub tofu. Normally when I make a request like this it takes a couple of back and forth for the order taker to understand what I am asking for, but not in this case. She knew exactly what I wanted and had no problem with this at all. She didn’t even have to ask the cook if this is possible to do. I was pleasantly surprised in this, especially since I was hesitant in ordering this special order since this was the first time I have been here.
Giving you a little bit of history with the orange tofu, back when I lived in Golden Colorado 17 years ago I ate at a Chinese restaurant and I used to get their orange tofu all the time. It was a nice thick sauce and the tofu was breaded and fried. It was stick to your bones fill you up good. It has been rare to find a place that came close to this perfection, usually I would get a thin watery sauce, have to request the tofu to be fried, or there was something else strange about it. Well Happy House came very close to perfection to me. The sauce was thick and dark. The tofu was breaded and fried, and it came close to the taste and textures I loved. The sauce actually stuck to the tofu breading and had a slightly spicy, sweet, and tangy sauce. The sauce could have been a bit more spicy and could have included a few dried chilis, but next time I will just ask for it to be more hot, and the tofu could have been fried a bit more, it seemed too spongy on the inside for me, but those are only minor complaints since the sauce was perfectly thick and gooey and the tofu breading was perfection. There was pieces of fresh orange peel in the sauce and had a few pieces of broccoli scattered in between the breaded tofu. The rice was perfectly cooked and you got the default pint portion of rice. The portion of Orange tofu and sauce filled the container it came in, there was no skimpy half portion here.
The spring rolls were one of the typical frozen prepared spring rolls with the woodsy taste of the shiitake mushroom inside. The rolls were that perfect brown color with no burned edges and did not have the smell or taste of past it’s prime oil. Even though it took about 10-20 minutes for me to get myself and my food to work and at my desk the spring rolls were still crisp on the outside and still warm on the inside. They included soy and duck sauces which I used the duck sauce to dip my spring rolls in.
The bottle landed on a good place.