Pertinent items on my list include writing, finishing the never ending series on Disney World, and eating at new places.
Mr. Chen’s is one of those new places, and like free samples at the grocery store I’ve gotten a small taste but haven’t had a full meal.
The mochi I picked up at Epcot sparked an untamable craving and the only solution was to find more mochi. This objective lead us to the recently established Oriental Supermarket off of I-55, nestled between Cowboy Maloney’s and Big Lots. We popped in one afternoon to browse the store and couldn’t resist a late lunch at Mr. Chen’s.
Drifting through the store I was excited to see an entire row of soy sauce, Pocky, rice cakes, kimchi and a somewhat diverse mix of people. I bought two kinds of cookies, Sriracha, another chili sauce, and two boxes of ice cream mochi – chocolate and green tea (my favorite!).
Conveniently, the Oriental Supermarket and Mr. Chen’s restaurant share the same space, a short partition divides the store from the dining room. Asian grocery staples and delicious Chinese meals are only separated by a few paces.
Mr. Chen’s offers a daily lunch menu from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. which I ordered from because we sat down at 2:30 p.m. The lunch specials cost around $6.50 and you get a generous portion of an entree, an egg roll and steamed or fried rice.
I had Chicken and Mixed Vegetables which was full of mushrooms, broccoli, snow peas, onion and chicken in a clear sauce. It was hot, fresh and satisfying. Ben choose Beef Belly from the expansive regular menu and mistakenly overlooked the “belly” part. He was served fatty chunks of tender beef and turnip (a guess) in a spicy chili sauce.
It was a spontaneous visit at an odd time, so I look forward to eating dinner there another day. Subsequently reading accounts from two other Jackson food bloggers, Cynical Cook and Asian in a Strange Land (his first and second visit), I have a better idea of what I want to eat. Click on the links for their stories.
At least I got my mochi fix, for now.
Oriental Supermarket and Mr. Chen’s Restaurant
5465 I-55 N
Jackson, MS 39206