The Marshall Islands is not a restaurant destination. In fact, there are only one or two restaurants that offer local Marshallese food that is not simply BBQ take-out. What there are more than anything are Chinese restaurants. I've been trying a few of these slowly but have not been too impressed. But like most of my friends, if I had to choose, I'd say Aliang Restaurant is probably my favorite. At a recent dinner there, the chef didn't miss a stroke.
Aliang Restaurant is the parent restaurant of Aliang tea room I wrote about before, but with a more traditional Chinese menu. Last week I was invited to a terrific dinner party there and had an opportunity to taste 12 different dishes. Some of the dishes that I had that night might be a special order but I am sure if you ask the cook, they would prepare it again for you.
Top left : Warm cucumber salad ; Top right : fried rice
Bottom left : Fried shrimp with salt and pepper ; bottom right : steamed whole fish with scallion and ginger
Top left : braised pork belly; Top right : sauteed eggplant
Bottom left : broccoli and beef stir fry; bottom right : prawn with red chili sauce
left : sauteed lettuce; right : roasted five spice duck
There were twelve dishes and I have to say I liked every one. My favorite that night was the warm cucumber salad, the eggplant and the pork belly. We also had a wonderful soup with gourd and chicken and my favorite Chinese dessert, sesame balls.
The only thing I don't like about Aliang (or every other restaurant in Majuro) is the atmosphere. It bad lighting and absolutely no regard whatsoever to decoration. It would take someone an hour and $10 in cheap wallpaper, paint or posters to put some life into the place, but instead they leave it looking like a prison canteen. I recommend bringing a candle to take the edge off the room so that you can enjoy the effort they obviously reserve for cooking rather than decorating.
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