Tso's

General Tso’s Chicken offers an explosion of flavor. Combined with sweet and sour shrimp, it makes a tremendous surf and turf at Pineapple Express. 

When the urge for Chinese food hits, deciding the next course of action can be difficult when dining in Baytown. 

The choices seem endless, but one restaurant has recently been my addiction ever since my coworkers introduced me to the one and only Pineapple Xpress Chinese Café & Sushi. 

The obsession comes from the fact they serve a wide array of quality food, everything from sushi, combination plates, noodles and even smoothies. 

While I must admit I do not like sushi, my better half absolutely loves it and says Xpress has some of the best in the city. 

With a great selection of sushi and even better selection of Chinese cuisine, dining in or ordering out is a win-win situation. 

Its proximity to the office only fuels my addiction and was my lunch destination Wednesday with the coworker that first introduced me to this excellent eatery. 

As a creature of habit, I wanted to order my usual — Hunan Beef with Sweet and Sour Chicken — but on Wednesday, I went with General Chicken with Sweet and Sour Shrimp. It has now become my favorite dish and is one of the best “surf and turf” dishes I’ve had in a very long time. 

The chicken, which was doused with a spicy and slightly sweet sauce, was still crispy and oh-so flavorful. The sauce had such a depth of flavor, with red chili flakes, garlic and vinegar, it was hard to consider anything else on my plate. 

After finally noticing I had an egg roll, rice and sweet and sour shrimp, I was both excited and scared. At this point, I knew it would be a miracle, and risk a possible food coma if I finished everything on the plate. 

Regardless of the risk, the sweet and sour shrimp was fried beautifully and immensely crunchy.  With the addition of the sweet and sour sauce, it was a perfect side dish to the chicken. 

Before I knew, all I had left was another fried delicacy: the egg roll.    

With the addition of the addicting General Chicken sauce to the roll, the savoy garnish filled with shredded cabbage, pork and other delicious fillings was great. 

Each bite seemed better than the last until I hit my limit and on the verge of spending the rest of my day asleep. 

While I originally wanted to try a smoothie, it was no longer an option thanks to the large amount of wonderful food on my plate. 

With an ice tea, I was able to get out of there for just $9.50.  

Pineapple Xpress is open Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.  

Christopher James is a reporter for The Baytown Sun. He can be reached at Christopher.james@baytownsun.com

  

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