Those who know me know that I judge all Chinese restaurants against the Chop Suey Palace, the restaurant visited by the family in the movie “A Christmas Story” after neighborhood dogs devour their Christmas turkey.
I love that scene in the movie because it captures a feeling I’ve always loved: Being in a restaurant with your best friends or closest family members, laughing and eating good food. If you have the place to yourself, all the better.
Any Christmas that I have the opportunity, I always cajole my family into going to an Asian restaurant with me as part of my endless quest to create that Chop Suey Palace feeling.
So I’m sure you can imagine the squeal I let out in Walgreens on Saturday when I stumbled across the gem you see above. It was only $12.99. It’s now displayed in my kitchen, set on a timer, and admired every few minutes.
For the record, my honorary Chop Suey Palace awards in Wichita go to Ming’s at 1625 S. Seneca and Lee’s at 6215 W. Kellogg. My annual list of restaurants open on Christmas, which always includes lots of Chinese options, is set to be published on Friday, Dec. 23.