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Posted by S. Meinkind on 06/01/2006
Evergreen is a reliable, consistent Hong Kong-style spot on the south end of Chinatown. You'll be presented with two menus: the standard gringo menu and a (mostly) Chinese-language list of more authentic specialties; casseroles and more esoteric stuff made with the parts the uninitiated tend to shy away from. Pass on the appetizers-- the egg rolls, pot stickers and fried won-tons are about as pedestrian as they come. The entrees, however are the real story. The Evergreen Basket (either meat or seafood) is bursting with meat and vegetables in a gingery, garlicky sauce. It's served in a crunchy fried taro root basket. I order it every trip. The Walnut Shrimp, a platter of deep-fried prawns, caramelized walnuts and sweet mayonnaise sauce, are a salty, crunchy, sweet delight. Ribs with black bean sauce is a worthy contender, too. The place is bustling, bright and brash--more like NYC than Chicago. Open late most nights, too.