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Respond to Review of Tong Eng Kina Grill
by kfinlato

Review: Step downstairs into the drafty, poorly-lit Grill and you will find little hygge and lots of enthusiasm for vegetables. The owner is an immigrant from Shanghai who has lived in Copenhagen for 20 years and speaks tolerable English. She believes that locals don't eat enough vegetables and views herself as the representative of a Chinese culinary tradition that embraces them. Upon learning that we were a party of three vegetarians, she jumped for joy, disappeared into her kitchen, and reappeared with several dishes full of raw veggies. "You like these?" she asked, pointing to mushrooms, celery, eggplant, and tomatoes. "You like fried noodles? What about soup? Eggs?" We barely had time to object. Without discussing money or showing us a menu, she whisked her ingredients back into the kitchen and began chopping and frying. Soon she emerged with a plate of Vegetable Lo Mein, sizzling hot. We had not finished it when she returned with a bowl of steaming white rice and a delicious eggplant curry. After a further few minutes came a savory and filling dish of fried eggs and tomatoes. The final piece was a celery and glass noodle soup. While we ate, she held our five-month-old and grew animated with her views on the importance of vegetables. She asked us for our number so that she could call the next time that she made soy milk ("very important for mother!"). For emphasis, she handed us her card. Four dishes and three large portions of green tea came to a total of DKK 320 for three customers, but half this food would have been plenty.

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