Over Thanksgiving break, my family stumbled upon a new place to add to our restaurant rotation. Despite there being a plethora of chinese restaurants near my parents, it seems we can never figure out where to eat, so we were happy to find a new spot.

The menu was pretty much all over the place so it wasn’t very clear what region of chinese food they specialize in. What really impressed me were the prices on the family set meals.  On our first visit we ordered the family set for six people ($68; 6 dishes plus 1 soup) which was plenty for our family.  On our second visit, we ordered the five person menu set ($48; 5 dishes + 1 soup) and added two dishes and that was enough food for us too.

First, they provide some complimentary appetizers: Roasted peanuts and Pickled carrots and daikon

The other thing I like about this place is the cold appetizers. In addition to the menu offerings, they have a selection of cold appetizers that you can choose from at the front of the restaurant and make a plate of cold appetizers (similar to Ba Ren or Spicy House). We actually thought the appetizers didn’t look very appealing in the display but we chose 3 anyway. We were surprised by how much they gave us, filling a huge plate, for only $5. And we were even more surprised when they all actually tasted pretty good.

Visit 1 appetizers:

Our six person menu set dinner. We made a substitution or two, which is allowed as long as it is the same price for the dish being substituted, or you pay the difference.

Pork soup

Unfortunately the broth was too light on this soup compared to other versions I’ve had.

Tea Smoked duck

Stir fried green beans with ground pork

After making the cookies and cream cookies which I absolutely loved (and so did all of my friends and family, so if you love cookies and cream check them out!), I was inspired to make a Cookies and Cream Mug Cake.

Of course I had top top it off with the delicious cookies and cream frosting that was used on these Oreo Cupcakes.

This cake was yummy. The frosting even yummier. It’s funny, I can’t eat more than two oreos before getting sick of them. But when they are broken down into something like cake or ice cream, I love it and can’t get enough.

I recently had the pleasure of meeting up with CC from Pink Candles of Ridgemont High and Dennis of A Radiused Corner. After a really delicious lunch, CC suggested we check out Lisko for dessert.

You might be familiar with Lisko from their presence at Little Italy Farmers’ Market.  The storefront Lisko offers more than just dessert. It’s a small market/deli offering a variety of sandwiches, meat, fresh made pastas, and desserts.

I wasn’t a very good blogger and forgot to take pictures of the rest of the interior, though I was definitely eying some of the fresh made pastas. Luckily, CC took pictures of everything from her previous visit so you can see the menu and other offerings here. What I was most excited about though was the desserts.

Lisko offers the biggest macarons I’ve ever come across.

Look how big they are, it practically covers my hand.

In comparison, you can see the regular sized macarons in the display counter.